Bcomm Media graduate success – Screen Australia announces $2.3 million for 10 documentaries

Media graduates Fergus Grady (writer, director, producer) and Kim Ingles (executive producer) have secured funding for their film Gloriavale through the Producer Program.

Screen Australia has announced $2.3 million of documentary production funding for eight projects through the Producer Program and two projects through the Commissioned Program.

Gloriavale: A feature documentary about the infamous Gloriavale Christian Community and the institutional failures that have allowed one of the world’s biggest and longest running cults to continue. Told through the personal journey of a man fighting to save his family, the film follows a group of unlikely heroes as they interrogate accusations of abuse and modern day slavery within this isolated community. Gloriavale is written, directed and produced by Noel Smyth and Fergus Grady who previously collaborated on Camino Skies. The executive producers are Kim Ingles (Impact Producer on The Australian Dream) and Richard Fletcher (This Could Go Anywhere).

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Partnership with ACMI

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The Bcomm (Media) studio program worked with our partner ACMI to get students to produce a series of short explainer videos communicating concepts across film, TV, videogames and digital art.

 

The project was run by studio leader Cat Lew with Brian Morris and Paul Ritchard as coords. Working with ACMI they provided guidance and critiques to the students throughout the concept development and production of these pieces.

 
 
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Welcome Djoymi Baker!

We are delighted to welcome to the Media/Cinema team Dr Djoymi Baker, who has been appointed as an Early Career Development Fellow. Djoymi is an established teacher and researcher in film and media studies, and has published numerous articles on film and television, on topics such as fandom, myth in popular culture, and genre studies.

Djoymi is the author of To Boldly Go: Marketing the Myth of Star Trek (2018) and the co-author of The Encyclopedia of Epic Films (2014). Recent work appears in The Age of Netflix (2017) and The New Peplum (2018), and in The Soundtrack journal (2019).

Djoymi will be teaching into Introduction to Cinema Studies and True Lies: Documentary Studies in Semester 1, so please make her feel welcome!

Actuality Media Documentary Outreaches

Actuality Media Documentary Outreaches are one-month study abroad experiences where students travel internationally and learn to produce a short documentary film that features a local changemaker. In 2018 we have outreaches taking place in Cambodia, Guatemala, India and Zambia.

You can learn more about the program and see behind-the scenes photos at actualitymedia.org/documentary-outreach.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Actuality Media’s International Program Director, Robin Canfield at robin@actualitymedia.org.

And our facebook page for the scheme

New media teaching facilities come online

Staff and students in the BComm Media program have been making use of some of the exciting new spaces in the Swanston Street Media Precinct that is a feature of RMIT’ New Academic Street Project. New event spaces, classrooms and studios have been coming online since mid-2017 and are expected to be completed by the end of the year.

 

Media portal space – end of semester studio celebration

 

Staff meet in a new classroom

One of the new television studios

‘The Audition’

James Thompson, a former graduate of the program, filmmaker and a current sessional teacher in our media production and cinema studies was recently in the U.S at the Palm Springs ShortsFest (June 2016), one of the largest showcases of short films in North America which screens over 325 short films that are selected from 3,000 submissions from 50 countries.

A short film, ‘The Audition‘, which James wrote and directed, opened a special ‘G-Day USA‘ mini-festival of Australian films.

James recently led a 2nd/3rd year Media studio, ‘Finding the Ear: developing short film drama‘ and has continued his teaching into the context courses ‘Histories of Film Theory‘ and ‘Popular Cinema‘.

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