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Curtin student takes home WA screen award prize

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Curtin University Film and TV student, Emilia Jolakoska, has won the Best Tertiary Production for Still Take You Home at the recent WA Screen Awards.

This is the second year in a row that Curtin students have won this award.  

Emilia, the film’s producer, said Still Take You Home was a gritty and thrilling social realist-style film, exploring the relationship between two British immigrants growing up in Perth.

“The boys, who are at the intersection of their friendship, have their lives undone over the course of one evening at their local pub,” Emilia said.

Written and directed by Curtin student, Luke Kimble-Williams, the film was greatly inspired by British social realist cinema as well as his personal experiences of being an English immigrant in Australia.

“Although cross cultural cinema has been done before in Australia, the large British sub-culture that exists, in particular in places like Joondalup where the film is set, have gone disregarded,” she said.

“Luke had a clear vision on how he wanted the intensity of the sub-culture and friendship portrayed and with the successful execution of this vision, the audience has responded quite strongly.”

The Yokine resident said the prize money from the WA Screen Awards will go towards marketing Still Take You Home.

“We hope to enter the film into more festivals so the recognition from WASA is hopefully only the beginning,” Emilia said.

“I haven’t stopped working on other short films since the completion of Still Take You Home and I consider myself very lucky for that.

“I’m currently applying for funding to produce an animated short film inspired by Perth street art and hope to continue forging my way as a producer whilst nurturing other interests in production.”

Emilia and Luke will graduate from Curtin this year.