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Redfern resident Dan Abbot is just weeks from completing a six-month post-graduate certificate in cinematography with the Australian Film Television and Radio School at Moore Park. The course at AFTRS is the culmination of several years of study, filmmaking and travel. “In some ways I just wish I knew what I wanted to do when I was 19,” Dan says. “But traveling and working has given me life experience. I’ve loved it. It’s made me more confident and more certain about things.”
Redfern is home to many artists and creatives, which is reflected by local businesses like antique and vintage shops, art galleries, film and music production companies. The Sydney Film School was established in 2004 by a group of filmmakers and educators from the University of Sydney who wanted to take a step towards a more practical education, in industry-recognised facilities. Saturday April 13 saw the school’s Open Day, where potential students could discover the facilities, watch students’ works and talk with educators.
Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) is a great organisation where young people can get involved, at any time, as actors and playwrights. They have been around for 50 years now and are still inspiring, nurturing and promoting new talent on their stage at the Wharf in Walsh Bay – giving voice to a new generation of Australian writers, theatre makers, filmmakers and performers.