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Help get AC Arts graduates local film to world festivals

Mar 06, 2013

Greed, power and corruption in the corporate world are shown through the eyes of an up and coming business man in the short film Elegy, in which 10 TAFE SA Adelaide College of the Arts (AC Arts) graduates and students have landed roles.

The story of Elegy began with a unit in scriptwriting for Rhys Roscoe during his final year of the Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media at AC Arts. After graduating in 2011 Rhys further developed the idea and worked with local emerging screenwriter, Katherine McPhee, to hone the script.

The film, shot in Adelaide on a tight budget, takes viewers into the fast-paced world of business and how choices made by the protagonist impact not only his life but those of his employer and family.

Producer Christian Upphill, who also graduated from AC Arts with an Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media in 2011, said cast and crew volunteered their skills and time to create the short drama, but still require vital funding to enter it into competitions and festivals.

 “Entering Elegy into festivals is a fantastic and strong medium to get recognition for all involved for their creativity and hard work. We want to reward everyone with getting their work seen by as many people as possible,” he said.

With over half the crew for Elergy from AC Arts, Christian believes his time in the Film and TV department prepared him with a solid base for his career.

“I loved the course and I still reference it now. I also made new friends, work colleagues and even keep in contact with my lecturers,” Christian said.

The screenplay has already won the Media Resource Centre’s First Shot production initiative.

To support Elegy and help the team reach their target of $1800 by Friday, 22 March, head to and pledge some money.

Find out more about Film & TV at the Adelaide College of the Arts.