John Curtin College students get taste of on-screen life from TV star Myles Pollard


The Creative Arts Initiative film set.
The Creative Arts Initiative film set.

A BIG name in Australian television gave local high school students a taste of on-screen life last week.

Myles Pollard, of Home and Away, Underbelly and McLeod’s Daughters fame, was part of an international team of filmmakers to visit John Curtin College of the Arts students as part of the Murdoch University Creative Arts Initiative.

The initiative links the University’s postgraduate screen arts students will high school creative arts students to create a short horror film.

John Curtin student Jacob Brown, an assistant director to Pollard on the project, said his role involved helping the director to make sure things ran smoothly.

“It’s fascinating to see how different roles in this process affect the film making,” he said.

“Every single role is important for it to run smoothly.”

Media arts teacher Holly Malpas said the project was a fantastic opportunity for students to network with industry professionals.

“The project helps prepare them for university and gives them an idea of what areas they may want to pursue in the arts when they graduate,” she said.

“The cross arts collaboration between the Gifted and Talented media arts and drama programs, as well as incorporating students completing the nationally accredited Certificate II in Creative Arts: Media, has seen students work together to combine their collective talents.”

The final film will be screened at the Curtin Theatre in October.