The competition – the largest of its kind for high school students in Australia – received over 230 entries this year, and judges had a difficult time selecting the top 19 nominees across six categories: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Documentary, Experimental, and Music Video.
Harry, from Guildford Grammar School in Western Australia, has received a full scholarship to study a Bachelor of Film and Television at Bond University for his war drama, Dulce et decorum est, pro patia mori.
He also took out the Best Achievement in Directing, and Best Achievement in Sound Design Awards on the night, and said he was humbled by the accolade.
“It’s a phenomenal feeling to receive this prestigious award, and I’m honoured to be named best filmmaker among such an impressive standard of nominations, and for a film that is very special to me,” he said.
“I dedicated my film to my grandma, partially as a tribute, because she played such a significant role in my life; but also because she was the muse behind my film.”
The title of Harry’s short film is taken from the Roman poet Horace, meaning, ‘it is sweet and honourable, to die for one’s country’.
“Stories of her uncles being gassed, fighting, and living in the trenches, in the First and Second World Wars served as the main inspiration for my film, and were the reason I had always wanted to create a war film,” he said.
“She never glorified war, so I wanted to do the same in my film, and really adhere to the stories I was told.
Television presenter, producer, radio host, and media personality, James Mathison returned to the stage to host the 22nd annual Gala Awards Ceremony.
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