Pressure: John Septimus Roe students have filmmaking career in sight


Jake Stillman and Lachlan Thiele.
Jake Stillman and Lachlan Thiele.

TWO friends from a Mirrabooka school have set their sights on becoming international filmmakers after winning a statewide competition.

John Septimus Roe Anglican Community School Year 11 students Jake Stillman and Lachlan Thiele (16) were crowned winners of the Constable Care Child Safety Foundation (CCCSF) Your Call interactive film competition on Monday.

The film students’ videogame-inspired entry, Pressure, was based on the aftermath of issues including alcohol and drugs.

They were awarded cheques for their studies and the opportunity to work with Edith Cowan University’s WA Screen Academy.

Jake said winning their first competition felt “crazy” and “surreal”.

“It was an inspiration from basically what we experienced at school or me in particular…a lot of people are on the same boat,” he said.

Lachlan said it was their first step into a career in film and he took two days to finish the script.

“It was actually the day of our last exam, we stayed back after school and we worked on an entire idea and I went home and wrote up a long script,” he said.

Jake said he had a lifelong passion for watching and making films.

“From the age of four, I was into crazy Danny Boyle films while other kids were watching the Wizard of Oz…my friends still do not understand what I watch,” he said.

Lachlan said he and Jake shared similar interests so they made the decision to form a team this year.

“Jake did a lot of watching independent, weird films while I watched a lot of mainstream sort of films so we got a taste of both genre of films,” he said.

“We want to win other competitions but we just want to keep working on our style and make our own thing as well.”

Jake said he and Lachlan felt “invisible” and wanted to take every opportunity.

“We are looking at other short films, festivals, horror is what I love…it is very weird but I like making people feel emotions instead of just usual type film,” he said.

Both students said they hoped to study media and film at interstate or overseas universities.

Pressure would be the fourth in the Your Call series that focused on youth social issues.