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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 03 Hansard (Tuesday, 16 March 2010) . . Page.. 929 ..

Lights! Canberra! Action!

MS PORTER (Ginninderra) (5.47): I rise this afternoon to speak about the recent event held in the city on Friday evening last. This was the screening of several films, all finalists in Lights! Canberra! Action! for 2010. I have attended and officiated at this event over a number of years and I was pleased to attend once again to help hand out the awards. I would like to commend all those who were in any way associated with these excellent short films, held this time in Garema Place and in conjunction with Flipart, which certainly added to the enjoyment of the evening.

I will go through the various awards and winners. I would like to particularly commend Benjamin Murphy, the student who was awarded for his film That Flipping Assignment for best student film. This young man is a student who took various themes and sites that have been included to give us an amusing and clever interpretation using the techniques of flipping adult roles with student roles, himself acting as a class teacher. I think that this young man has a huge future in front of him. He has demonstrated his talent through that short film. If he chooses to direct or be involved in making films in any way or acting, I am sure he has a tremendous future in that regard.

The winners are: best sound design, Andrew Mooney for Broken; best acting performance, Nikki Randall for I Wish I Was a Lion; best cinematography, Scott Wombey for Broken; best art direction, Kate Warnock and Sally Lowes for Within a Dream; best editing, Nicholas E Vevers for Reverse Graffiti; best screenplay, Christian Doran for Broken; best original music, Mitchell Berk for Reverse Graffiti; best director, Christian Doran for Broken; best use of an item—you would have to show several items; each of the films had to show each of these items in the production of their short film—was Chester—flipside killer, flipped out faces—and James Hunter, the producer. Best student film, as I said before, went to Benjamin Jack Murphy, the producer; best use of theme, That Flipping Assignment, again went to Benjamin Jack Murphy, and best film went to Christian Doran, producer, for Broken. That was a very chilling interpretation of the themes indeed.

The overall quality of this year’s finalists was very clear. I believe each year the quality improves and the films are more polished. I congratulate everyone that was involved in those productions.

I would also join with those opposite to congratulate the Rotary clubs of the ACT on winning the Canberra Citizen of the Year and also to all the recipients of the gold awards—those many people who have lived in Canberra for 50 years or more, including your dear wife, Mr Assistant Speaker, who was awarded a gold award on that occasion. I congratulate each one of those people and thank them for the contribution that they have made to this place that we all now call home. I encourage people to go across the road to the Canberra Museum and Gallery and have a look at the gold exhibition over there, which, I believe, will be added to up until our centenary.

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