VCA releases 50 films for School of Film and Television’s golden anniversary

June 16 / 183

Still images from 2011's Bino, by Billie Pleffer
Still images from 2011's Bino, by Billie Pleffer

Australia’s longest-continuing film school is celebrating its golden anniversary this year. To mark the milestone 50 student films from each of those 50 years will be publicly released for the first time.

In the run up to the mid June anniversary celebration the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) will release the 50 films via the University's Pursuit website, with accompanying articles highlighting films from the collection and the decades in which they were made.

Head of Film and Television at the Victorian College of the Arts, Nicolette Freeman, says the project is a celebration of the school’s legacy and its contribution to the Australian screen industry.

“The collection includes award-winning shorts and student films made by graduates who went on to become key creatives on familiar titles such as: My Brilliant Career [1979], Muriel’s Wedding [1988], Legally Blonde [2001], Look Both Ways [2005], Animal Kingdom [2010], Top of the Lake [2013] and The Dressmaker [2015],” Ms Freeman says.

The selection of student films from each decade since the school’s inception will be available on the University of Melbourne's multi-media platform, Pursuit, and thereafter on VCA Film and Television’s dedicated YouTube channel.

“As part of our anniversary celebrations and our commitment to preserving and maintaining a living record of the work produced by the graduates of Australia's longest-continuing film school, VCA is also launching an ongoing Digital Archive project to house these 50 films,” Ms Freeman says.

“Not only do these films showcase the work of creative, emerging Australian artists, they reflect the history of our society and preoccupations. It’s important that we continue to preserve these works so they can continue to be experienced and enjoyed by future generations and budding filmmakers alike.”

Story by Louise Bennet.

Thumb image, still from 2008's Happy Country by Corrie Chen.

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