More suc­cess for film stu­dents

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - LUKE KIRKEBY

Af­ter gain­ing in­ter­na­tional ac­claim with their 2016 short film about blind teen Jayke Hopa, Pu­taruru Col­lege’s film stu­dents thought they’d used up their win­ning luck.

But spend­ing three days on a fi­nal re-edit of The Jayke Hopa Story, which was a fi­nal­ist in the 2016 All Amer­i­can High School Film Fes­ti­val, has seen the stu­dents gain two more awards.

Lily Bendy, So­phie Meszaros, Shelly-ann Cochrane, Vianna Loi­jen, and Is­abelle Pear­son en­tered Jayke Hopa- If I Can Do

‘‘Mine and Vianna's faces were just sud­den shock’’ Is­abelle Pear­son.

It into the Mak­ing a Dif­fer­ence film awards re­cently held in Wellington and came away with the Best Sec­ondary Film Award and the Mak­ing a Dif­fer­ence Award where they were up against ter­tiary and open fi­nal­ists.

Is­abelle said the film, which fo­cused on Jayke’s mu­sic, win­ning was un­ex­pected.

‘‘We went down not ex­pect­ing to win any­thing and came home with two. Mine and Vianna’s faces were just sud­den shock,’’ she said.

‘‘It was re­ally fun and quite sur­pris­ing that we ac­tu­ally won,’’ Vianna added.

They said it was a fit­ting send off for Jayke who is now based in Ma­nurewa, Auck­land, so he can be closer to Ho­mai School for the vi­sion im­paired.

‘‘Jayke was an in­spi­ra­tion to peo­ple, so it was not just telling his story, it was show­ing how he could in­spire peo­ple,’’ Vianna said.

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