Protective, creative aunt honoured

Film-maker Hannah Moran, whose film about her late aunt has won the national Women Film Something Short competition. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d416619
Film-maker Hannah Moran, whose film about her late aunt has won the national Women Film Something Short competition. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d416619

The film is about Ms Moran’s aunt Donna, who battled cancer for several years and went to extreme lengths to shelter younger members of her family from the news.

For instance, when the cancer treatment caused Donna to lose her hair, she fabricated a story to Ms Moran about having to shave it all off because she’d been infected with lice while playing with monkeys in the jungle.

Teaming up with fellow screenplay students Justine Smith and Arwen Gunter, Ms Moran presents Donna’s plight from multiple perspectives.

Respected for her community work in Asia, Donna adopted two Vietnamese infants two years before her dying.

Ms Moran said 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.

Ms 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.’

With a passion for drama and communication studies, Ms Moran said she is keen to further her production skills within various media outlets.