Comedy is king as Campsie Public snares top award

The voting has closed and the Film by … Invitation virtual film festival winners are …

14 August 2020
Students standing outside in front of a mural wall.
Image: Winners are grinners: Back, Monica, Agam and Syon; and front, Isha, Jeff, Jay, Louis and Ludo.

Campsie Public School’s film ‘Homework’ has won the prestigious Bryan’s Pick award in the Film by … Invitation 2020 virtual film festival.

In announcing his winner Film by … patron and Australian actor Bryan Brown said he thought the short film was “well thought out and carried off”.

“And very funny,” he added, “and given the times we are all experiencing then ‘comedy is definitely king’.”

Campsie Public School teachers Julie Cornford and Andrew Fox, who worked with the students on the film, said they were delighted for the Campsie Public School film club.

"We are really proud of what the students produced. Their dedication to come in on the weekend to film and their creativity is commendable,” they said.

Film club member Isha said she was “shocked, yet excited about winning the Bryan Brown award" while her classmate Agam also admitted to being surprised by their win.

"It was fun making a small film to submit to a competition. Never thought it would go this far," Agam said.

Mr Brown also gave a nod to Centennial Park School entry ‘Spawn’ as his top animation and said it was "highly accomplished and very topical".

Ellison Public School student Liam Boys, who played Sir Ricky Atten-Bro – a New Zealand distant relative of the legendary British television naturalist - was named by Mr Brown as the film festival best actor.

Mr Brown said Liam delivered his performance with a “wonderful wryness and authority”.

The award-winning actor also gave a special award to Hastings Public School for “taking us into Tyler’s world of limited sight”.

He said the short film, Tyler’s Tale was “very inspirational”.

In the People’s Choice category, after more than 20,000 votes statewide, Broken Hill North Public School was voted winner for its film, Just Another Ordinary Day.

Film By ... co-ordinator Glen Carter thanked the students and teachers who took part in the creation of story for Film By ... Invitation 2020.

"The famous director Steven Spielberg said, 'audiences are harder to please if you're just giving them special effects, but they're easy to please if you give them a good story'."

He reminded schools that the Film by ... festivals 2020 movies were due by 25 September.

The Film By … Invitation virtual film festival can be viewed online.

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