Friday night was nice. Lights! Canberra! Action! was lovely, a reassurance that what local filmmakers are doing is worthwhile, and deserving of praise. Across the board the quality was fantastic, with each film succeeding in at least one aspect of professional filmmaking.
It was brilliant to see students, led by Ash Robertson, from the separate institutions of CIT and The University of Canberra come together, to collaborate on a wild, Anchormanesque film. Other highlights included Luke Patterson and Isack Hoppitt’s beautiful cinematography for their respective films, Brothers In Alms and Gold Filling, and the emotional roller coaster that was The Righteous.
However, the true highlight of the night was when Sebastian Chan won the prize for best film, and he hopped on stage and completely overjoyed, gave a complete rendition of ‘Teach Me How to Dougie’ but every time the song said Dougie, Seb leaned over and said ‘Sebby’ into the microphone. It was a deeply spiritual moment that everyone there, and not there, will remember forever.
The big winners on the night, William ($900!) and Sebastian ($900!), both reassured me that they would be using their prize monies on useful things that will further their careers, like rent, and ridiculous amounts of Coles’ mud cake.
Lights!Canberra!Action! was a great reminder that we all love Canberra. Most of us anyway.