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Directorial debut for Screen grad

North Metropolitan TAFE (NMTAFE) Screen and Media graduate Ain Khan has directed a seven minute film ‘Dusk’ which has been chosen for the Revelation Film Festival.

  • The film is set in a world devastated by famine and disease, where a mother must go to great lengths to protect her son from a fanatical preacher who claims the boy is an agent of the devil. 
  • With support from other students and lecturers, Ain directed the film over a six-month period. 
  • Revelation Film Festival was designed to showcase ideas "at point" in contemporary independent film and find a place for them in a conservative cinema and social environment. 
  • Over its 20 years it has developed a reputation as Australia's leading independent film event.

The making of Dusk formed part of Ain’s final year assessment of the Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (Digital Cinema), where students produce two short films using state-of-the-art camera, sound and editing equipment. 

Fellow Screen and Media student, Eric K. Chiavo, wrote the script for the film. 

Ain knew instantly that she wanted to work on Dusk, but wasn’t sure she was ready to be a Director.  

“Dusk is a beautiful yet complex story about a mother and a son surviving in a devastated world. From the first time I read the script I knew it was going to be a lot of work, but because of its complexity, it then became our personal challenge,” said Ain.

“I didn’t think I was ready to direct, but my lecturers convinced me that I should pitch myself for the position, and they were right. They saw something in me that I didn't see before. That's the beauty of learning from the lecturers.”

Being selected to be part of Revelation Film Festival was exciting for everyone involved in the project. 

“We are thrilled, excited and could not believe Dusk got chosen to be part of Revelation Film Festival. As a new filmmaker, this is a great platform for us to showcase our work,” said Ain. 

“It’s a great confidence boost for us to have our hard work shown to the public on the big screen.”

Ain has returned to her home country of Malaysia to take a well-deserved gap year from studying as she starts up her own business, with plans to study at university in 2020. She hopes to see Dusk turned into a feature-length film in the future too. 

Check out Dusk at its upcoming screening at Luna Leederville on Friday 12 July at 8.20pm. Dusk screens with fellow film, Tumbbad. Buy your tickets here. 

Congratulations to all who were involved in the Dusk project: Dusk_GroupPicture_By Finn Barrett .jpg

  • Eric K. Chiavo – writer and producer
  • James Murphy – leader of the camera department
  • Dash Merton – leader of the sound department
  • Maria Paula Mendieta Alfonso designing and creating the Mise-en-scène
  • Sam Adlide Smith – editor
  • Paula Roa-Ayala and Kaela Halatau – wonder women and schedulers
  • Harne Hennessey – set builder and lighting each scene
  • Crew – Raphael Gould, Rylee Bannan, Lorry Plummer, Alicia Fahnesa, Meghan Offe, Haresh Chandra, Timothy Hawcroft, Finn Barrett, David Ayala, Florencia Natalia, Liam Turner, Scott Matthew Thomas Bell, Vitor Hugo da Silva, Ollie James Burnett, Cameron Hill, Mattia Orso, Daniel Kearns, Sarunas Masalskis and Shane Mitchell
  • NMTAFE Lecturers – David Revill, Mathew Kelley, Kristy Brown, Wayne Nicholson, Charlie Collin, Brendon Humphries, Graeme Macleod, Gary Carr, Ian Turner, Trish Robinson, David Vincent Smith, Wayne Waples
  • Executive Producer and NMTAFE Director of Media and Education, Lawry Hill.  

Dusk_Poster_By Danial Kaye.jpgDusk_Ain Khan by Ollie James Burnett.jpgDusk_James Murphy by Ollie James Burnett..jpg

Photographs: Counter-clockwise from top - Rylee Bannan by Ollie James Burnett, Dusk crew by Finn Barrett, James Murphy by Ollie James Burnett, Ain Khan by Ollie James Burnett, and Dusk poster by Danial Kaye.

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