THE VICTORIAN CURRICULUM AND ASSESSMENT AUTHORITY PRESENTS
Top Screen 2020: Screening + Meet the Filmmakers
12 Mar – 15 Apr 2020
Hear from the filmmakers of Top Screen 2020.
After the screening, join the Top Screen 2020 filmmakers as they discuss the successes and challenges involved in making their films.
Chaired by the State Reviewer for Media, the panel will explore the ins and outs of producing a VCE Media film, from choosing an idea, to sound and lighting, to obtaining copyright clearance.
Presented as part of the VCE Season of Excellence 2020, Top Screen provides the unique opportunity to view the creative work and processes of Victoria’s young emerging filmmakers.
General public tickets - Full $15
Education tickets - Full $13 / Regional concession $11
Teacher entry is free with booked groups over 10 (1 teacher per 10 students)
School tickets available now. A limited allocation of general public tickets will be available at the venue box office half an hour before the start of each session, subject to availability.
Dates and times
- Thu 12 March 10.30am
- Thu 26 March 10.30am
- Wed 15 April 10.30am
Screenings in this session
VCE Media 2019, Our Lady of Sion College
Seven teenagers make the most of their final summer holidays before embarking on their post-high school journey.
When creating this music video, the director aimed to accurately recreate Australia in the 1970s, capturing real and candid connections between friends. Along with this, she wanted to give more attention to the Australian artist who created the music, Lafferty Daniel.
Director: Siena Bonnici | Duration: 4 mins | Country: Australia | Language: English | Date: 2019 | Format: DCP, Colour | Rating: M
The Hitchhiker (2019)
VCE Media 2019, St Kevin's College
A young man finds himself on winding country roads, desperately seeking a lift to take him as far away as possible. Salvation arrives in the form of an enigmatic stranger who says very little.
Inspired by the likes of David Fincher and M. Night Shyamalan, this short thriller is intended to inspire suspense and terror within the audience, and ask them to consider the consequences of deceit and question who they trust.
Director: Angus Molden | Duration: 10 mins | Country: Australia | Language: English | Date: 2019 | Format: DCP, Colour | Rating: M
One Plan(et) (2019)
VCE Media 2019, St Bernard's College
Surrounded by the consequences of climate change and environmental negligence, a young man living in 2031 observes and comments on the declining world around him.
In creating One Plan(et), the director wanted to construct a believable near future scenario that addressed the consequences of neglecting our environment. He aimed to enhance the narrative's setting through various editing techniques, and hopes to impact younger audiences through a relatable protagonist and his view of a declining planet.
Director: Jeremy Njegac | Duration: 3 mins | Country: Australia | Language: English | Date: 2019 | Format: DCP, Colour | Rating: M
VCE Media 2019, Fitzroy High School
A young, innocent girl is invited into a large mansion where she is dressed by two maids. While the girl is being prepared for an occasion, two mysterious, regal women are ready for an extravagant feast.
The director's intention was to create a music video for her band Charm of Finches. The song 'Lies' is about how social media can be toxic and psychologically 'eat you alive'. She wanted to evoke unease and mystery in the audience, within a Victorian-styled set inspired by the work of Peter Greenaway and the Pre-Raphaelites.
Director: Ivy Windred-Wornes | Duration: 4 mins | Country: Australia | Language: English | Date: 2019 | Format: DCP, Colour | Rating: M
Sallie Jones: An Australian Farmer (2019)
VCE Media 2019, Scotch College
Australian farmer, Sallie Jones, shares her inspiring story about overcoming hardship.
This documentary covers issues such as mental health, country living, starting a small business and gender stereotypes of women in rural Australia. Inspired by the ABC program Australian Story, the director had the intention of presenting a moving story in a way that was both informative and engaging.
Director: Henry Johnston | Duration: 7 mins | Country: Australia | Language: English | Date: 2019 | Format: DCP, Colour | Rating: M
Deja Vu (2019)
VCE Media 2019, Beaconhills College – Berwick
A teenage girl reflects on the memories in her life that evoked the strongest emotions, including happiness, sadness and fear. She looks at a box of photographs, leading her to relive those influential moments.
In this music video, the director aimed to create a dramatised story that reflects some of the emotional highs and lows of life. He aimed to do so through an experimental, abstract style similar to that used by director Spike Jonze, which amazes an audience through professional and engaging cinematography. Berwick
Director: Callum Pritchard | Duration: 5 mins | Country: Australia | Language: English | Date: 2019 | Format: DCP, Colour | Rating: M
VCE Media 2019, Xavier College
Tamron Gotchi is an animator struggling to keep up with the copious amount of work required of him. Collapsing at his desk and falling asleep, a dream sequence begins where his animation comes to life.
In making this film, the director hoped to create a fantastical and satirical glimpse into the work life of a typical millennial; in this case, an animator. He wanted to elicit tension from the audience and call upon them to reflect upon any times that they have rushed towards a deadline.
Director: Hugo Di Mattina | Duration: 6 mins | Country: Australia | Language: English | Date: 2019 | Format: DCP, Colour | Rating: M
Three in the Night (2019)
VCE Media 2019, Lavalla Catholic College
Three teenage boys – the oddball Art, the bully Lee, and the coward Charlie – gather around a campfire in an isolated setting just after twilight. To overcome their boredom, they each tell a scary story.
The director's intention for this film was to terrify audiences. He developed a storyline involving intertwining sub-stories to keep the audience engaged in a complex narrative. He also wanted to explore new filmmaking techniques through an eclectic style, inspired by the works of David Fincher and Paul Thomas Anderson.
Director: Joshua Wong | Duration: 10 mins | Country: Australia | Language: English | Date: 2019 | Format: DCP, Colour | Rating: M
VCE Media 2019, Templestowe College
Ida is given the chance to move away from the dull city to her grandparent’s old, uninhabited house in the countryside. However, when she arrives, she discovers the house is not as empty as it seems.
The director's intention was to create a short 2D-animated film that presented a traditional, comedic story for young audiences. He drew on the exaggerated animation style seen in conventional children's fantasy and comedy cartoons as a key reference for the film, which aims to entertain.
Director: Jasper Margaritis | Duration: 6 mins | Country: Australia | Language: English | Date: 2019 | Format: DCP, Colour | Rating: M
Call You Up (2019)
VCE Media 2019, Norwood Secondary College
River walks across Melbourne in search of forgiveness from his girlfriend, Reeves. He remembers both the happy times and the dark times from their relationship, longing to be with her one last time.
Viola Beach was an upcoming indie-rock group who, in 2016, all tragically died in a car accident. As a tribute to their lives, the director produced a music video to their song 'Call You Up'.
Director: Jared Halden-Cornish | Duration: 5 mins | Country: Australia | Language: English | Date: 2019 | Format: DCP, Colour | Rating: M
Organic Food (2019)
VCE Media 2019, St Leonard's College
Not your typical cooking tutorial. This stop motion film was made using everyday objects to look like the meal preparation of a fast food meal.
Inspired by online producers PES and Omozoc, Organic Food was created in a surreal visual style designed to make the viewer feel hunger for completely inedible objects. Animated frame by frame at 24fps, over 10,000 individual frames were captured to make the end product as lifelike as possible.
Director: Max Straume-Tsai | Duration: 4 mins | Country: Australia | Language: English | Date: 2019 | Format: DCP, Colour | Rating: M
Memento Mori (2019)
VCE Media 2019, St Kevin's College
Set in a dystopic future in which mankind is rid of nature, a man travels to a distant and long deserted planet for an ‘alien’ asset. However, what he finds is a connection to a missing part of himself and the potential for change.
Emulating the escapism of 1970s sci-fi, Memento Mori was designed to demonstrate the reflective nature of film, while offering little humanity for the viewer to grasp onto. The director hopes to stimulate thought about our connection to the world around us.
Director: William Penfold | Duration: 9 mins | Country: Australia | Language: English | Date: 2019 | Format: DCP, Colour | Rating: M
Time Well Spent (2019)
VCE Media 2019, Woodleigh School
Henrik the Dog tells a tale about time travelling and socks. Time Well Spent explores a collection of quirky characters, each with their own fixations.
The director made this film to explore what it means to waste time from an existential viewpoint. Is it really time wasted if something seemingly pointless to others, does indeed brighten up your day? He hoped to create a joyful film, inspired by the quirky flair of Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Wes Anderson and Monty Python.
Director: Griffin O'Neill | Duration: 5 mins | Country: Australia | Language: English | Date: 2019 | Format: DCP, Colour | Rating: M
where are you going? (2019)
VCE Media 2019, Lakeview Senior College
A young girl grapples with conflicting emotions after she runs away from home.
Inspired by the work of Lynne Ramsey and François Truffaut, the director aimed to create a sense of intimacy through naturalism and realistically portray the themes of childhood innocence, parental relationships, rebelliousness and conflicting emotions.
Director: Owen Morfitt | Duration: 10 mins | Country: Australia | Language: English | Date: 2019 | Format: DCP, Colour | Rating: M
Wing Man (2019)
VCE Media 2019, Our Lady of Mercy College
A father struggles with his embarrassment and doubt when asked to complete a personal errand for his daughter.
This film is a commentary on the stigma associated with menstruation, illustrated through a dad's first time buying pads for his daughter at the chemist. The directors intention was to challenge and poke fun at this irrational taboo.
Director: Kate Keenan | Duration: 2 mins | Country: Australia | Language: English | Date: 2019 | Format: DCP, Colour | Rating: M
Top Screen 2020 is classified M and is not recommended for persons under 15 years of age. It contains horror themes and violence.