The Jinja Assassin a finalist at Tropfest

Ellenbrook Secondary School teacher Alex Roberts as ‘The Jinja Assassin’.
Ellenbrook Secondary School teacher Alex Roberts as ‘The Jinja Assassin’.

AN Ellenbrook teacher moonlights as an air guitar champion and two Perth directors were able to catch his performances for their Tropfest-nominated short film.

Victoria Park resident Will Faulkner, Rivervale resident Nathan Keene and Queenslander Matt Henry met on an online filmmaking platform last year.

The trio’s short film on the air guitar industry ‘The Jinja Assassin’ was named a finalist for the Tropfest film festival.

The film follows Ellenbrook Secondary School teacher Alex Roberts as he placed second at the Air Guitar World Championships in Finland in August.

Mr Faulkner said co-director Mr Henry engaged them from Queensland after he stumbled on the Air Guitar Australia page.

“We had no idea what air guitar was but to see Alex perform, you really understand that there’s a lot of skills that go into it,” he said.

“We just work online these days but we did meet up for the Melbourne finals.”

Drama teacher Alex Roberts said he found more passion, connection and success playing air-guitar.

“I wasted 13 years of my life playing actual guitar,” he said.

“I teach by day and become an air-guitar shredder by night.”Mr Keene said although the film was about The Jinja Assassin, it was more than just about air guitar.

“We used air guitar as a device that shows the silliness and performance, and how it can help you overcome trauma and meet new people,” he said.

‘The Jinja Assassin’ and 15 other film finalists will be screened at Tropfest in Parramatta, Sydney on February 9.