Almost imperceptibly and without any instructions, students formed a line, pen and paper in hand, at the close of the most recent NFSA Connects event. The desire for autographs is testament to the impact made by our two industry guests.
Jill Bilcock, Australia’s foremost editor (Red Dog, 2011; Moulin Rouge!, 2001; Muriel’s Wedding, 1994) and Kriv Stenders, renowned director (Red Dog; Lucky Country, 2009; Boxing Day, 2007), flew to Brisbane for the day to participate in the Q & A, one of the sessions at the ATOM Queensland annual state conference.
Jill and Kriv (pronounced Kreev) shared their creative working lives with close to 300 Queensland high school students and teachers.
Questions came from Brisbane State High School students in attendance as well as from 12 schools who connected via web conference. Students on the web conference sent comments on what Jill and Kriv said and a screen was set up so their comments could be enjoyed by all, adding to the sense of community between the participants at all the different locations.