Dulce et decorum est, pro patia mori: Guildford Grammar student’s film wins major prize at Bond University Film and Television Awards


Harry Weston directing his film Dulce er decorum est, pro patia mori.
Harry Weston directing his film Dulce er decorum est, pro patia mori.

STORIES told by his grandmother of the atrocities of World War I provided the inspiration behind young filmmaker Harry Weston’s movie Dulce et decorum est, pro patia mori, which took out the major prize at the renowned Bond University Film and Television Awards (BUFTAs) on Saturday night .

The Guildford Grammar student dedicated the movie to his grandmother Mary Weston who died earlier this month.

“She had played a significant role in my life, acting as a second mother and sadly passed away from cancer on November 8,” he said.

“She was always telling me stories she had experienced living as a young girl during World War II in England as well as her uncles during the wars.

“One story of her uncle being gassed in the trenches stuck with me. He suffered serious mental and physical wounds from being gassed, which really acted as a catalyst for me understanding the utter horror of WWI.

“In my film I wanted to do my best to realistically, without glorifying war, portray the hideous nature of WWI.”

Harry said his grandmother would provide constructive criticism of his film.

“She’s actually in the film, a photo of a three-year-old Mary Weston is featured in the trenches, and she is also the grandmother to three of the actors in the film too,” he said.

“It felt imperative to dedicate the film to her.”

Harry’s dreams of a career as a director came at an early age.

“Ever since I was two years old and first watched Peter Jackson’s The Lord Of The Rings I was obsessed with becoming a filmmaker,” he said.

The BUFTAs is the largest competition of its kind for high school students in Australia and received more than 230 entries this year.

Harry received a full $90,000 scholarship to study a Bachelor of Film and Television at Bond University.

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