Vic Park teen’s accordion find for film festival

Connor Fantasia-Serve with the record that started it all, 'Accordion After Dark' by Nick Pepe. Picture: David Baylis
Connor Fantasia-Serve with the record that started it all, 'Accordion After Dark' by Nick Pepe. Picture: David Baylis

A MYSTERIOUS addition to his family’s record collection led a Victoria Park teen to put his detective hat on and get the camera rolling.

Peeping for Pepe follows Connor Fantasia-Serve (17) as he tracked down accordion player Nick Pepe after finding the vinyl record ‘Accordion After Dark’ at his house.

The film is the first solo project by the Victoria Park film student to be screened at the Revelation Perth International Film Festival.

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“In 2017, a film I directed and co-wrote with Katrina Tap called ‘SOLD’ was accepted into the festival,” Connor said.

“Last year, a film I shot called ‘The Sound Silence Makes’ was also screened, both of which I made with my amazing class at Filmbites Screen Academy.

“I had been jokingly thinking of making a documentary about trying to track down an obscure accordion player from the 70s for quite some time but I never had a good excuse to do it until then.”

For Connor, the film was about tapping into the memories of those who have encountered music from the collection and having their own giggle.

“My goal is less for them to be having in-depth discussions about the hidden meanings behind what I’ve made,” he said.

Connor said he was setting his eye to find work in Canada as he figured out his own path in the filmmaking industry.

“I’ve always wanted to live over there and the film industry in places like Vancouver is always booming and full of cool and interesting projects,” he said.

Peeping for Pepe will be screened at Luna Leederville on July 17.

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