Rift: WA Screen Academy graduate nominated for Australian Directors’ Guild Award

Perth filmmaker Quentin Curzon is nominated for an Australian Directors' Guild Award.
Perth filmmaker Quentin Curzon is nominated for an Australian Directors' Guild Award.

WA SCREEN Academy graduate Quentin Curzon is already making waves in the Australian film industry, scoring a nomination in this year’s Australian Directors’ Guild (ADG) Awards.

Curzon graduated with a Bachelor of Media and Communications (Screen Studies Major) last year from Edith Cowan University where he made his short film Rift in conjunction with the Aboriginal Performance program at WAAPA.

He is up against four others in the Best Direction of a Student Film category.

Rift tells the story of the friendship between two Indigenous teenage girls which is put to the test when external influences begin to pull them in different directions.

Curzon said the story was inspired by real events in the actors’ lives.

He said he wanted the actors to play versions of themselves as opposed to someone else.

“We asked them to tell us one or two stories that touched them in their lives and we mixed all those stories together to come up with a script, so the film was really theirs and ours,” he said.

Rift was also selected for the WA Unlocked Film Festival on April 19 at Johnny Ma Studios Maylands where it has been nominated for several awards including: Best Story, Best Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Editing and Best Actor – Female (Marlanie Haerawa).

Big names up for an ADG award this year include Greg McLean for Jungle and Simon Baker for Breath in the Best Director of a Feature Film category.

The awards will take place on Friday, May 4 in Melbourne.

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