Short film scoops national award

Award-winning documentary filmmaker Hannah Moran (22, Joondanna) [NAMES OK]
Award-winning documentary filmmaker Hannah Moran (22, Joondanna) [NAMES OK]

The film centres on Moran’s aunt Donna, who battled cancer for several years but went to extreme lengths to shelter younger members of her family from her poor health.

She told Moran, after losing her hair through cancer treatment, that she shaved her hair off after getting lice from playing with monkeys in the jungle.

Teaming up with fellow screenplay students Justine Smith and Arwen Gunter, Moran presented Donna’s plight from many perspec-tives.

Moran said the public nature of releasing the film would eventually provide different types of feedback.

‘You expose many things when releasing a film, but so far I’ve received good feedback from those who have watched it,’ she said.

Moran said family support was invaluable in creating the film.

‘There is a great deal of raw emotion in the film, so garnering support from my family was very important,’ she said. ‘It was a personal story and that alone provided several challenges.’

Research, editing and final production of the film took several months.

‘We had to stick to strict competition guidelines and filmed more material than we actually could show,’ Moran said.

With a passion for drama and communication studies, Moran said she was keen to further her production skills at media outlets.

Justin Fris