Inspired SAE students' documentary nominated for notable ATOM award
18th October 2012
A group of film college students from Melbourne have created an inspiring documentary that has been nominated for a prestigious Australian Teacher of Media (ATOM) Award. The film is a top four finalist in the Best Tertiary Documentary category of the annual awards.
The film entitled Who is Matthew Simpson? – an inspirational documentary about a young man living with cerebral palsy – is a top four finalist in the Best Tertiary Documentary category of the prestigious awards.
The 7-minute documentary was originally created as part of a class assignment where SAE students Sean Dobra and Dan Abbot were inspired by Sean's friend of six years, Matthew Simpson.
SAE Melbourne student Sean Dobra said he had always wanted to make a film about Matthew and felt the assignment was the perfect opportunity to do so.
"I know people who are depressed about such small things in their life and then there's Matt who is never upset about anything. He is always happy and an inspiration," he said.
After seeing the film's potential, the students' documentaries teacher at SAE Melbourne entered it into ATOM Awards.
SAE Melbourne General Manager Paul Ledingham said Sean and Dan have created a moving film that shows the high caliber of work that SAE students produce.
"We are very proud of the work the Sean, Dan and their classmates have put into this film. This award nomination shows that our staff and syllabus set high standards for our students," Mr Ledingham said.
The ATOM Awards support and recognise the most outstanding examples of media content from industry professionals and the education sector. This year there have been entries in more than 30 categories, ranging from iBooks and mobile apps to feature length documentaries, factual television programs, multi-media games and animation, as well as the productions from Australia's new producers in primary and secondary schools.
The ATOM awards have been celebrating the best of Australian and New Zealand screen content from the education sector and screen industry professionals since 1982.
The winners of the awards will be announced on Wednesday 21 November 2012 at the 2012 ATOM Awards Tertiary and Industry Night. SAE is a sponsor of the 2012 ATOM awards, and will be presenting an award on the night.
SAE Australia and New Zealand Colleges are located in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Byron Bay, Perth and Auckland. There are also SAE campuses located worldwide in Europe, North America, Asia, Middle East and Africa. SAE is part of the Navitas Group, an Australian global education leader.