Evie: Roleystone students’ film puts spotlight on all abilities


Writer and cinematographer Ben Clarke and crew record a scene for their movie, Evie.
Writer and cinematographer Ben Clarke and crew record a scene for their movie, Evie.

A MOVIE inspiring people to follow their dreams made by a group of Roleystone students has been listed as a finalist in the national Focus on Ability film festival.

The short film, Evie, was created by director Sienna Hardie, writer and cinematographer Ben Clarke, editor and gaffer Kayla Holroyd and teacher Daniel Holliday.

The students, from the Roleystone Community College’s Academy of Digital Media, wanted to tell a story to inspire people to never give up, no matter what your ability or disability is.

“We came up with the concept of Evie because we wanted to show that no matter what happens you can always follow your dreams,” Mr Clarke said.

“Evie looks up to her bigger sister, a coach of the local netball team.

“Her every thought tends to revolve around getting out on the court and being a part of the team.”

But Evie’s father has strong reservations about her involvement in the sport.

“He sees it as something that is not achievable, only having the possible outcome of hurting her in the long run, but Evie knows better,” he said.

The filmmakers are calling on people to check out the four-and-a-half minute movie online and vote for it before August 8.

The school with the most online votes wins a $10,000 Rebel sports equipment package and the runner-up wins a $5000 Rebel equipment package.

The overall winners will be flown to Sydney for the FOA awards night on September 7.

A record 76 schools from Australia and New Zealand took part in the competition.