This is Randwick film by UNSW students takes out top spot in Randwick short film competition

6 Jun 2018

A team of UNSW final-year film students has won the inaugural 30 Seconds to Randwick short film competition announced on Monday night.

Bianca Wei, Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in Film, Eleisha Seroukas, Bachelor of Music/Media (Screen & Sound Production), and Riccardo Ciccone, Bachelor of Media (Screen and Sound Production) took out first place in the Randwick City Council and UNSW initiative with their first-time production, This is Randwick.

The film explores the light-hearted journey of a skateboarder through the best locations of Randwick . It will be screened before all Sydney Film Festival films at the Randwick Ritz.

30 Seconds to Randwick students

Left to right: Callum Lawrence featured actor and UNSW film students, Riccardo Ciccone, Eleisha Seroukas, and Bianca Wei.

The film’s inspiration came from a scene in the Cannes Film Festival award-winning film Mommy by Xavier Dolan where the main character rides a skateboard with his movements rapidly changing.

“We were inspired by this scene and made our film into a fun storyline of a skater being lost and trying to find Randwick,” says Eleisha Seroukas.

“The repetitiveness of our main character asking different people where he is was a great driver to point the viewer to various locations around Randwick. This was kind of cheesy but conveyed how ads back in the 80s and 90s used repeated scenarios,” says Riccardo Ciccone.

The key challenges the team overcame were time and location.

“We shot over two days and moved from location to location while chasing daylight – this was one of the biggest obstacles to overcome,” says Bianca Wee.

“We had so many great locations in Randwick to choose from and a limited option of footage to fit in a 30-second timeframe.”

Mayor Lindsay Shurey, Antoinette Katehos, GM of the Ritz Cinema, and UNSW film lecturer Dr Greg Dolgopolov judged this year’s competition.

“There is nothing quite like seeing your work on the big screen with a large audience debuting at the Sydney Film Festival,” says UNSW Senior Film Lecturer Dr Greg Dolgopolov.

“The winning group worked long and hard on their film project and it's remarkable how much they actually filmed. For a 30-second ad they must have had something like three hours of footage to start with before editing even began.”

This is Randwick will be used to promote living in Randwick more broadly following its debut at the Sydney Film Festival films at the Randwick Ritz.

UNSW Arts & Social Sciences is a proud supporting partner of the Sydney Film Festival, screening from 6-17 June.