The loneliness of the long-distance viewer


Finnian Williamson is one of six people in PIAF’s Young Creatives mentoring program.
Picture: Marie Nirme         www.communitypix.com.au   d449231
Finnian Williamson is one of six people in PIAF’s Young Creatives mentoring program. Picture: Marie Nirme        www.communitypix.com.au d449231

WATCHING every movie showing at Lotterywest Festival Films might seem like the greatest job in the world, but it is not all popcorn and Maltesers for Finnian Williamson.

“You definitely get lonely when you’re watching and reviewing by yourself,” the 19-year-old Mt Lawley resident said.

“Just the other day I ate a whole Nando’s chicken by myself at this theatre in Joondalup.”

The ECU film student is one of six people chosen for the Perth International Arts Festival (PIAF) Young Creatives mentorship program this year.

“It is fun because I’ve always been a fan of PIAF when it came down to Albany where I grew up, and I am keen to check out some films,” he said.

“When I was 11 years old I started making videos with my dog that went on YouTube, and I am almost 20 and now make videos with friends that go on to YouTube.

“I think I always put comedy into my work, because I’m so self aware that if I take it too seriously then it comes off as a terrible student film. It would be great to one day direct and make movies that I’m passionate about in my own measure and pace.”

Mr Williamson said he was especially looking forward to meeting Triple J’s film critic Mark ‘That Movie Guy’ Fennell when he visited UWA’s Dolphin Theatre on February 21.

“I have been a big fan of him for ages and there’s a few directors coming, which is great,” he said.

“It’s been really interesting to see how the program comes together.”

Follow the 2016 PIAF Young Creatives via their dedicated blog on the PIAF website.