World acclaim for short film

A PERTH-made short film has been selected for the Hawaii International Film Festival in November.

Parlami D’amore (Speak to Me of Love), is considered the ‘largest scale’ short film ever undertaken in WA, and was created by local producer Elena Pasquini and Curtin researcher and director Glen Eaves.

The romantic comedy set in contemporary Perth and 1940’s Italy was recently premiered to Perth audiences and won the SPAA Award for Producing and the ECU Award for Writing at the 2000 WA Screen Awards.

It utilised a crew of 50, including Curtin film students, and a cast of 200 predominantly drawn from the local Italian community.

The distributors, the Australian Film Institute, plan to release the film Australia-wide in cinemas later this year to screen prior to a feature film.

The film was premiered in Melbourne last week.

Mr Eaves said when he hooked up with Ms Pasquini to raise finance and support for the film, many thought it couldn’t be pulled off.

“But it was a great collaboration,” he said.

“Parlami D’amore is a perfect example of how integration and investment between industry, universities and government can boost the scale and quality of WA production and raise our international profile.”

Mr Eaves will complete his Doctor of Creative Arts degree at Curtin early next year. With Parlami D’amore as part of his research, he hopes to become the first writer/director in Australia to graduate with a doctorate in film.

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