It’s all a matter of Perception

Aspiring filmmaker Jade Chamberlain. Picture: Marcelo Palacios d417073
Aspiring filmmaker Jade Chamberlain. Picture: Marcelo Palacios d417073

Jade, who is studying screen production at Murdoch University, has entered her movie Perception into the Armadale Film Festival’s short film contest.

The film documents a young girl, who has some bizarre and horrific experiences in her nightmares, and leaves audiences questioning if she really is asleep.

‘I attempted to make an art film that explored the ideology of nightmares and more specifically the nightmares of children,’ she said.

‘Throughout the film, I chose to explore the possibility that some of the nightmares of our children in society could potentially be true. Stories have been told throughout our history of children having greater senses to spiritual dimen- sions and planes.

‘My film also subtly explores this.’

An important underlying message in the film is how each individual perceives and interprets things differently.

‘My aim was to widen parents’ imaginations to the point where, for only a second, they could imagine what it would feel like for a child to experience a real nightmare ” only to be told it is not true,’ she said.

‘I hope this film can open parents’ minds to the fact it is impossible to tell whether a nightmare is true or false by looking at only one perception.’

It took Jade five days to film Perceptions, which included shoots in the Roleystone Hills area, as well as write the script and cast the characters.

If the film is announced as a finalist, it will be screened at Minnawarra Park during the Armadale Film Festival on Saturday, April 5, from 4pm onwards.

Contest winners will receive prizes of up to $2000.

The Armadale Film Festival will run throughout the first week of April. For further details, visit www.arma dalefilmfest.org.au