Five students from John Curtin College of the Arts’ drama program were selected to create a 2-3 minute documentary for the Perth International Arts Festival’s (PIAF) Museum of Water project.

Students worked with a producer to create and film the documentary Small Flowers are better for this occasion, which is being aired this week as part of the PIAF film festival program at UWA Somerville.

Drama teacher Zoe Parker said the film was a moving tribute to a friend and the students’ dedication to the project was admirable.

“It was fantastic to see the students bond over this project as well as learn film techniques and gain real life experience of what it means to work on a film set,” she said.

Charlie Morgan, who acted in the film, acknowledged how lucky the students were to have been given the opportunity to work on an internationally renowned festival project.

“It was an incredible experience for us to to work with professional film makers and for the PIAF organisers to incorporate student films in this year’s festival,” he said.

“The support and respect given to us as student filmmakers by the producers and crew was amazing.”

“We want viewers to come away from our film with that message of cherishing every day you have as it comes,” he said.

The Museum of Water is at the Fremantle Arts Centre until 23 March and showcases stories about Western Australia’s connection to the world’s most essential life source.

“Being part of the Museum of Water Project also enabled our students to give social commentary and cohesion about what water really means to us and our planet,” she said.

The documentary is being aired as a short film at the UWA Somerville from 19-25 February and Joondalup Pines from 27-1 March and 3-4th March for the film Lean on Pete.

PHOTO CREDIT: Rebecca Mansell and Perth Festival

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