Agony, Vicky Chen (2023)
Agony (2023), Vicky Chen

The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority presents

Top Screen: Screening + Meet the Filmmakers

M
Film

Tickets

General Public

$18

Education

$16

Regional Concession

$14

Teacher (1 per 10 students)

FREE

When

Wed 20 Mar - Wed 1 May 2024

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Top Screen 2024 filmmakers discuss the successes and challenges involved in making their short films.

Chaired by the State Reviewer for VCE Media, the panel will explore the ins and outs of producing a VCE Media film, from choosing an idea to sound and lighting.

The one-hour panel discussion will take place in the cinema immediately following the screening.

There will also be a school holiday session of Top Screen: Screening + Meet the Filmmakers at 10:30am on Wednesday 10 April

Durations:

Screening: 90 minutes

Presentation: 60 minutes

Total: 2.5 hours

Event duration

150 mins

Rating

M

Where

Cinemas, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

Plan your visit

Top Screen 2024 program

There are no upcoming related events at this time.

Films screening in this session

BAD CHICKEN

Rebecca Murphy | Animation, Comedy | 7 min

Following a typical school day, Darcy and Evie go to their local chicken shop for an after-school snack. However, upon receiving their food, they notice there might be something wrong with their chicken. Something very, very wrong. BAD CHICKEN aims to represent teenage friendships and show the often nonsensical situations they may find themselves in.

VCE Media 2023, Santa Maria College, Northcote, Wurundjeri Country

BAD CHICKEN, Rebecca Murphy (2023)

L’ecole de Cirque

Matilda Deeble | Documentary | 10 min

This documentary is based in and around the National Institute for the Performing Arts (NICA), the only institute that offers tertiary level study for the circus arts in Australia. Through interviews with NICA students and staff, the film explores why maintaining the magic of circus is socially and culturally important, which is especially relevant with Swinburne’s recent pausing of NICA’s Bachelor program.

VCE Media 2023, Wurun Senior Campus, Fitzroy North, Wurundjeri Country

L’ecole de Cirque, Matilda Deeble (2023)

Agony

Vicky Chen | Animation, Action/Fantasy | 7 min

In this animated music video set in a fantasy world, a Duke and Duchess suddenly pass away from suspicious circumstances, leaving the protagonist Solomon to protect his parents’ fortune from greedy relatives keen on taking it for themselves. However, Solomon meets someone who could save him from this fate.

VCE Media 2023, Balwyn High School, Balwyn North, Wurundjeri Country

Agony, Vicky Chen (2023)

Magpie Mocha

Dylan Wijesekera | Animation, Absurdist Comedy | 5 min

In a dystopic vacuum of space, where humanoid robots are assigned to tedious labour, a barista's habitual work shift is interrupted by the hijinks of an erratic magpie. By incorporating both 2D and 3D palettes into its animation, Magpie Mocha aims to utilise the creative liberties of its medium to accentuate the film's surrealist humour.

VCE Media 2023, Balwyn High School, Balwyn North, Wurundjeri Country

Magpie Mocha, Dylan Wijesekera (2023)

I Know What They're Thinking

Fynn Williams | Music Video | 4 min

This music video delves into the world of a teenager who is grappling with her own mental health struggles. Through a surrealist, non-linear approach, the film explores issues around depression, anxiety and dissociation, challenging the stigmas surrounding mental health.

VCE Media 2023, Dromana Secondary College, Dromana, Bunurong Country

I Know What They're Thinking, Fynn Williams (2023)

The Nitpicker

Ryan Harrison | Comedy | 7 min

A pedantic neat freak throws himself into a psychotic, lice-ridden panic quest in an absurd effort to get rid of his nits. Using a range of genre-stereotypical visual and musical styles, The Nitpicker spins an irritating intrusion into a slapstick calamity.

VCE Media 2023, Mallauna College, Mitcham, Wurundjeri Country

The Nitpicker, Ryan Harrison (2023)

LORENZO?

Jasmine Lui | Animation, Action/Low Fantasy | 2 min

LORENZO? follows a young lion tamer within a colourful circus troupe whose star lion is missing before their nearing performance. With the aid of his clown companion, the duo search for the lion across the bizarre carnival grounds before the curtains are drawn.

VCE Media 2023, Ringwood Secondary College, Ringwood, Wurundjeri Country

LORENZO?, Jasmine Lui (2024)

Cat

Gabe Hartshorne | Psychological Horror | 10 min

A boy delves into a mystery surrounding his beloved Cat after he has a paranormal experience while looking into the Cat’s eyes. As the boy desperately attempts to figure out what happened, he begins to lose his grasp of reality, becoming crazed with trying to understand his household pet.

VCE Media 2023, Northcote High School, Northcote, Wurundjeri Country

Cat, Gabe Hartshorne (2023)

Open Dining

James Rushbrook-Stock | Food Documentary | 8 min

The backdrop of Portarlington’s bustling mussel trade provides the setting for this documentary about the industry’s inner workings. Open Dining’s host follows the journey of Victorian mussels from sea to plate. This journey is captured through insightful conversations with Peter and Tracy Bold, two of the nation’s most accomplished mussel farmers.

VCE Media 2023, St Kevin’s College, Toorak, Wurundjeri Country

Open Dining, James Rushbrook-Stock (2023)

Puddles

Henry Qiu | Animation, Drama | 2 min

Struggling with their sense of self and identity, a young child in a gloomy suburb escapes their own reflection by stomping on puddles. Eventually, they build the courage to peer into the water and confront their image.

VCE Media 2023, Brighton Secondary College, Brighton East, Bunurong Country

Puddles, Henry Qiu (2023)

Sticky Notes

Jorja Kavellaris | Coming-of-Age/Drama | 5 min

Sticky Notes follows the friendship of two young women, Florence and Anisa, as they pursue their dream of opening hairdressing salon together.  Their picture-perfect life suddenly comes to a halt when Anisa is in a tragic accident, leaving Florence to face a tough decision regarding a promise made in the past.

VCE Media 2023, Loreto Mandeville Hall, Toorak, Wurundjeri Country

Sticky Notes, Jorja Kavellaris (2023)

Don't Burn the Toast

Lucas A. Taylor | Absurdist/Comedy | 4 min

In order to make breakfast, a teenager must confront the absurd fantasies of the kitchen. ‘Boy’ sees visions when preparing toast in a battle against his own imagination. Don’t Burn the Toast uses an absurdist, comedic lens to investigate young people’s relationships with their imaginary inner-worlds.

VCE Media 2023, Alice Miller School, Macedon, Wurundjeri Country

Don't Burn the Toast, Lucas A. Taylor (2023)

TAPE 108

Tom Caulfield | Crime | 9 min

An obsessive audio surveillance expert accepts a deadly mission to infiltrate and record a meeting at the infamous Cobra Club. When he crosses paths with a mysterious assassin, he must question the nature of his mission and confront the impending danger that awaits.

VCE Media 2023, Buckley Park College, Essendon, Wurundjeri Country

TAPE 108, Tom Caulfield (2023)

Reminisce: A Poem

Jesseca Daly | Animation, Mixed-Media Stop-Motion | 3 min

This short film, based on Dr. Earl Reum’s poem Reminisce, defines the various phases of a young boy’s life. Through three chronological sections, it captures the gradual loss of his innocence during the transition from childhood to adolescence. More abstractly, Reminisce is about the isolation commonly felt by young people.

VCE Media 2023, Mirboo North Secondary College, Mirboo North, Gunaikurnai Country

Reminisce: A Poem, Jesseca Daly (2023)

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