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Heartbreak High Netflix Attachment

Heartbreak High Netflix Attachment

Our friends at Netflix and Fremantle are excited to announce TWO Post Production Attachment opportunities available on an upcoming Netflix production Heartbreak High Reboot with Fremantle Australia Productions.   They’re looking for someone who is dedicated and has a...

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Our excursion to the set of Total Control!

Our excursion to the set of Total Control!

Recently our Canberra Accessible Film Studies class went on an excursion to the set of Season 2 of the ABC TV series Total Control! Our amazing patron Rachel Griffiths welcomed the students in a break in shooting. We asked two of our students, Nikki and Max, about...

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Meet our tutors: Angela Blake!

Meet our tutors: Angela Blake!

Class Location: online What has surprised you so far about your classes? What are your favourite moments?  I have just loved my Saturdays, logging in to Zoom and seeing my class and starting off with a small chat is just one of the best parts of my week. I have been...

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Meet our tutors: Julian Neuhaus!

Meet our tutors: Julian Neuhaus!

Class Location: AFTRS/Sydney The classes are well into the year now - what have been your favourite moments?  I have been really enjoying getting to know my new class. We have been looking at more theoretical areas of filmmaking this term, starting off with...

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Michael and Shay on the set of Smashing

Michael and Shay on the set of Smashing

In Smashing, we are immersed into the headspace of what it takes for a person living with disability to walk down the street, let alone follow a career. Recently two of our students, Michael and Shay, were attachments on the set of artist, academic and psychologist...

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Ciaran’s experience at Actors Centre Australia!

Ciaran’s experience at Actors Centre Australia!

Recently some of our Bus Stop Films students took part in some inspiring masterclasses at Actors Centre Australia. Last month we announced our partnership with the iconic centre, which has provided world-class creative education and inspiration since 1987. One of...

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The Inclusive Filmmaking Toolkit

The Inclusive Filmmaking Toolkit

The Inclusive Filmmaking Toolkitlaunched byBus Stop Films and Taste Creative.SYDNEY, Australia, Friday, 17th July - Capturing more than 20 years combined inclusive filmmaking experience, Bus Stop Films and Taste Creative have pooled their knowledge to develop “The...

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Meet Rawley the Co-Director of Groundhog Night

Meet Rawley the Co-Director of Groundhog Night

With the exciting announcement of the world premiere of BSF produced short film, Groundhog Night at this year’s Sydney Film Festival, we took the opportunity to sit down with the film’s Co-Director, and BSF student, Rawley Reynolds to find out what he loved about his...

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Maddy’s experience on the Canberra excursion

Maddy’s experience on the Canberra excursion

At Bus Stop Films our programs are taught by passionate filmmakers and industry experts to give our students a holistic filmmaking learning experience. When our tutors are not working with our amazing students they are out changing the world as incredible creatives....

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Interview with BSF Tutor Elias!

Interview with BSF Tutor Elias!

At Bus Stop Films our programs are taught by passionate filmmakers and industry experts to give our students a holistic filmmaking learning experience. When our tutors are not working with our amazing students they are out changing the world as incredible creatives....

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Interview with BSF Tutor Genevieve K!

Interview with BSF Tutor Genevieve K!

At Bus Stop Films our programs are taught by passionate filmmakers and industry experts to give our students a holistic filmmaking learning experience. When our tutors are not working with our amazing students they are out changing the world as incredible creatives....

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Interview with BSF Tutor Nick!

Interview with BSF Tutor Nick!

At Bus Stop Films our programs are taught by passionate filmmakers and industry experts to give our students a holistic filmmaking learning experience. When our tutors are not working with our amazing students they are out changing the world as incredible creatives....

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Excursions to The Voice & Australian Cinematographers Society!

Excursions to The Voice & Australian Cinematographers Society!

At Bus Stop Films we pride ourselves on creating an enjoyable and educational film studies programs, which connects our students with industry mentors. To achieve this we’re lucky enough to partner with some incredible companies who facilitate educational excursions...

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Sangeetha’s trip to NZ for Doc Edge Film Festival

Sangeetha’s trip to NZ for Doc Edge Film Festival

Sangeetha Punnia is a long term Bus Stop Films student and is one of the stars of the documentary “Lives in Action”.This film was inclusively made both in front of and behind the camera and is the eye opening and heartwarming documentary showcasing different stories...

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Experimenting with dance.

Experimenting with dance.

Experimental Dance- film shootOur brilliant tutors Stef Smith and Lianne Mackessy recently directed their students on an Experimental Dance film shoot. The students worked with choreographer Virginia Ferris to develop their amazing routines. On the shoot they were...

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TCM’s Bus Stop-Versary!

TCM’s Bus Stop-Versary!

My first year at Bus Stop Films by Tracey Corbin-Matchett (TCM)It’s my first Bus Stop-Versary!!! It’s been an amazing year and I truly feel honoured to be part of the team. In thinking about my first year, I reflected on how many times I have cried, not sad tears but...

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Sangeetha’s work experience in QLD!

Sangeetha’s work experience in QLD!

We love being able to create pathways for our students to gain real life experience in the screen industry, so it was an exciting day when the opportunity came up for one of our students to undertake a week long work experience stint in QLD on the set of “The...

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The Angus Project – on set for a cracker comedy.

The Angus Project – on set for a cracker comedy.

Recently our awesome students were invited to the set of The Angus Project. The Angus Project is a comedy web series created by Angus Thompson and Nina Oyama, funded by the ABC Comedy – FreshBlood initiative & Screen Australia.The show stars Nina Oyama and Angus...

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Our trip to The Voice

Our trip to The Voice

Recently Bus Stop Films visited The Voice at Fox Studios!Our students excited to head into The Voice!Everyone was buzzing with excitement as we waited to go in!I asked a few of our class members what they were most excited about:Charlotte and Joni were hoping to meet...

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Shire Shorts! A student’s eye view.

Shire Shorts! A student’s eye view.

Hi my name is Aimee Rigg. When I heard about Shire Shorts I immediately applied. It sounded fun and I hoped it would help me in my Directing career. After the first session I had already learnt so much about film, Sarah-Jane boosted my understanding on camera angles,...

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Our Visit to the ABC Studios!!

Our Visit to the ABC Studios!!

The ABC News Desk. One of our awesome film studies students Charlotte Ryan, recounts the fabulous time we all had at our recent trip to the ABC’s studios in Sydney! Charlotte’s Blog! Last week on Wednesday Bus Stop Films went to visit the ABC’s Ultimo Studios and we...

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All aboard the bus to TIFF!

All aboard the bus to TIFF!

Bus Stop Films Ambassador Joni Campbell shares her experience attending Toronto International Film Festival for Kids (TIFF Kids) I was invited to attend Toronto International Film Festival for Kids (TIFF Kids) for 5 days from Tuesday 6th March until Sunday 11th to...

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Slap Stick Master Class with Craig Anderson

Slap Stick Master Class with Craig Anderson

This Post Has Been Personally Written By The Students Of Program 1 At Bus Stop Films.​Program 1 students with Craig Anderson. Such a fun class!He is a lovely man. And a very funny man too. He is a legend.Thank you Craig, we enjoyed your company, thank you so much. We...

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Bus Stop Films in Japan!

Bus Stop Films in Japan!

It has been my dream to bring our film studies curriculum to the global disability community and I was beside myself to see that dream come true in Japan so early on in the year! We have been fortunate enough in the past to be able to bring inclusion to the global...

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Catherine represents BSF at Adelaide Film Festival!

Catherine represents BSF at Adelaide Film Festival!

On the 10th of October 2017 I attended the Adelaide Film Festival for the screening of ‘Kill Off’ on behalf of Bus Stop Films and also to represent the wonderful class I was a part of when Kill Off was filmed.Catherine enjoys Adelaide!My parents came along with me and...

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Gympie “Heart of Gold” Film Festival with Jahmia

Gympie “Heart of Gold” Film Festival with Jahmia

In 2015 Bus Stop Films set out to produce it’s largest project to date… Kill Off! The film gave 12 students living with an intellectual disability the opportunity to learn about filmmaking through weekly workshops and mentorships with professional crew from the film...

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Mel Visits Melbourne Documentary Film Festival!

Mel Visits Melbourne Documentary Film Festival!

What Was The Whole Experience Like?It was very exciting and I felt very proud too. When I first started doing the course, I was like, ‘I hope this isn’t a waste of time!’ I wasn’t full of optimism. I thought it would be at the very least, something to talk about with...

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Inclusive Filmmaking with comedy group Number One Friembs!

Inclusive Filmmaking with comedy group Number One Friembs!

From Rawley, Hi, my name is Rawley Reynolds and I am a student at Bus Stop Films. In May I had the opportunity to work  and be involved on a film set for an ABC/Screen Australia funded Fresh Blood comedy called ‘The Lost Tapes’. Rawley slating up a storm on the set of...

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Kill Off at St Kilda!

Kill Off at St Kilda!

Hi, my name is Christine Blanch and I am a student at Bus Stop Films.In May I had the opportunity to attend the St Kilda Film Festival as a representative of Bus Stop Films. Out of thousands of entries, our film Kill Off was chosen by the Festival as one of the Top...

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Not Far-To-Go

Not Far-To-Go

REFLECTIONS ON THE FARGO FILM FESTIVAL AND MY MENTAL HEALTH EVENT.Little did I realise that the words from my poem in our short film “Gratus”- “step-by-step, moment by moment” would become a reality on film.When I embarked on the inclusive filmmaking course developed...

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Gratus to Fargo!

Gratus to Fargo!

Where to begin? The last 12 months have been an extraordinary journey starting with the Bus Stop Films’ inclusive documentary studies program which was delivered at 3 Bridges Community. The program was aimed at helping people in recovery from mental health issues and...

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A selection of magical moments from 2016!

A selection of magical moments from 2016!

We can’t believe that 2016 is drawing to a close, it has been our biggest year EVER and there are so many highlights! To celebrate, we thought we would reflect on and share with you some of our proudest moments from the last 12 months.We Brought Jamie Brewer To Town...

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Yesterday, today, Temora

Yesterday, today, Temora

On Friday the 28th October 2016, the 6th Golden Plains Dramatic Minds Festival was held in the form of a film festival and art exhibition, with films made by local high school students from across regional NSW on the topic mental health and illness.It was an honour...

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The anniversary of my amputation :-)

The anniversary of my amputation 🙂

This year, the 12th of October marked the six year anniversary of having my leg amputated. Thinking back now, it’s kind of weird that I never used to be able to detach a body part, but after 18 operations over the course of 14 years, a few million hospital...

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How To Write A Script Scene: A Five Point Checklist

How To Write A Script Scene: A Five Point Checklist

A common fault of screenplays written by aspiring screenwriters is that the scenes appear to occur randomly. However, each scene should lead naturally on to the next — falling like a domino from the first to the last as the protagonist traverses the story.This...

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Nathan Basha at Byron Bay International Film Festival!

Nathan Basha at Byron Bay International Film Festival!

Starting in 2006, the Byron Bay International Film Festival has become the largest regional festival in the country, supporting emerging and independent talent within Australia and around the world. Celebrating its tenth year in October 2016, BBFF delivered their most...

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Rawley at Panavision!

Rawley at Panavision!

Hi my name is Rawley and I did some work experience at Panavision for four weeks in August. While I was there, I had the opportunity to work with Panavision’s Technical Marketing Executive,  Andrew Collier. I travelled to a film location with Andrew to deliver a...

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Sarah: Program Manager and Bus Stop Films Advocate

Sarah: Program Manager and Bus Stop Films Advocate

Sarah’s been with Bus Stop Film’s since the early days – first as a classroom support worker, now as our program manager and tutor of the AFTRS supported Film Club! She’s an irreplaceable member of the Bus Stop’s small team; without her talents, knowledge and...

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Introducing our Ambassadors, Abby Earl and Nathan Basha!

Introducing our Ambassadors, Abby Earl and Nathan Basha!

Bus Stop Films (BSF) is excited to welcome Abby Earl, star of Channel 7’s ‘A Place to Call Home’, and Nathan Basha, international speaker and award winning disability employment advocate, into the roles of ambassadors for Bus Stop Films. Together they bring with them...

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‘Gratus’ for the Memories

‘Gratus’ for the Memories

Excitingly in April, Bus Stop Films rolled out a 10 week documentary studies program involving 9 individuals who are on a path to recovery following a diagnosis of mental illness. Funded by 3 Bridges Community through their Partners in Recovery (PIR) program, students...

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Character Design, Costume Design – the Two Go Hand in Hand

Character Design, Costume Design – the Two Go Hand in Hand

Costume design goes hand in hand with character creation. What is one of the first things we notice about a character on film? How they look – and costume design plays an integral role in this. Our students were able to meet Bek Gould, costume designer for their film...

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Being a director: An Interview with Robin Bryan

Being a director: An Interview with Robin Bryan

Robin has been participating in film studies at Bus Stop Films since 2011 and over the last four years she has taken a keen interest in directing. She received first-hand experience of the directing process on The Interviewer, and was mentored by Genevieve throughout...

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Bus Stop moves to AFTRS!

Bus Stop moves to AFTRS!

A new chapter opens for Bus Stop Films, as AFTRS (the Australian Film, Television and Radio School) are set to officially host the first BSF Film Club tomorrow. Partnering with us, the prestigious filmmaking school is opening their doors to diversity and inclusion –...

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READY. SET. MIRO! The journey begins…

READY. SET. MIRO! The journey begins…

On Tuesday 22nd March 2016, a group of Bus Stop Films students set out to undertake what would become a challenging yet vastly exciting opportunity for them all. They were tasked with the prospect of joining the set of “Miro” – a heartbreaking story of an Indigenous...

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Johanna Garvin: Why can’t it be different?

Johanna Garvin: Why can’t it be different?

Johanna Garvin is determined to forge a career for herself in the film industry. As a woman living with Cerebral Palsy (CP), Johanna brings a unique perspective to just how exclusive our film industry can be.  In this blog, Johanna reflects on the challenges she has...

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Are you the One? — Choosing the Right Actor for your Film

Are you the One? — Choosing the Right Actor for your Film

It goes without saying that actors are a core piece of any film so it’s imperative we choose the right ones. In the past weeks, our students have been learning about the auditioning process and the four key points needed when picking the best actors: emotional range,...

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Meet the Team: Hello from Bus Stop Films

Meet the Team: Hello from Bus Stop Films

The film industry is notorious for exclusivity and how difficult it is to get into. It’s because of these barriers that we exist. Since our origins, we’ve been dedicated to building pathways for people who might usually be excluded in society, become included in an...

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Scriptwriting- Breaking through Writers Block

Scriptwriting- Breaking through Writers Block

Writing an engaging script isn’t easy – like many creative tasks out there, we tend to wait for the inspiration bug to bite us before letting our fingers tap away at the keyboard, furiously trying to keep pace with our racing minds. But that inspiration bug just isn’t...

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The Grateful Journey

The Grateful Journey

Writing this has been one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. I am not one for sharing my emotions publicly or dwelling on the hard moments in my life. I would much rather find the lighter side, joke around and put on a positive face. So where to...

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It’s not just plot – characters matter too!

It’s not just plot – characters matter too!

In a previous entry, we mentioned the importance of unforgettable characters – characters which leap out of the screen and scream (or whisper), “Remember me! I am relatable, admirable, or just simply, very lovable.”These memorable characters add flavour to your films!...

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A day in the life of the teacher!

A day in the life of the teacher!

It goes without saying that there are many people who make up the incredible team at Bus Stop Films; however it is Genevieve Clay-Smith who is teaching, mentoring and delivering the Bus Stop Films, film studies program. 12 students each year are involved in producing...

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Emma’s top 7 Rom Coms!

Emma’s top 7 Rom Coms!

I love romantic comedy genre films for their romance, the intimate relationships often with a bit of passion thrown in, the humour that makes you laugh and most of all they usually end with a ‘happy ever after’ ending!One convention of romantic comedy is ‘the love...

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Victory at South Dakota Film Festival!

Victory at South Dakota Film Festival!

This year at South Daktoa film festival, Bus Stop Films was lucky enough to have two of it’s films screening s as part of the program. Both Heartbreak and Beauty and The Interviewer were screened on Sunday, with Heartbreak taking out the Jury Prize for most...

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Student’s visit the set of feature film, Sci-Fi Version 1!!

Student’s visit the set of feature film, Sci-Fi Version 1!!

On September 18th, two of our students, Alessio and Jordon from Bus Stop Films, were invited to explore the set of Sci-Fi Version 1, a new science fiction thriller starring Twilight’s Kellan Lutz and Daniel McPherson. Find out what they learned and saw!Jordon, you...

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What’s it like to be a cinematographer?

What’s it like to be a cinematographer?

There are so many roles in the filmmaking process, and our students at Bus Stop Films have had the opportunity learn about them all! In our blog post on what’s it like to be a cinematographer also known as a DOP (director of photography), we chat to Bus Stop Alumni,...

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5 Lessons from Hitchcock

5 Lessons from Hitchcock

“What is drama but life, with the dull bits cut out”- Alfred Hitchcock Alfred Hitchcock is often ranked as one the greatest director’s and filmmakers of all time. Hitchcock was a pioneer of the psychological thriller genre and was especially skilful in creating tense,...

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Story structure, can the rules be broken?

Story structure, can the rules be broken?

Interview with Genevieve Clay-SmithWe all watch movies and most of us have a sense for how they flow. So why is it so hard to sit down and write one! What exactly is screen writing structure and what are the rules? Can the rules be broken? With these questions in my...

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10 Tips for Newbie Filmmakers!

10 Tips for Newbie Filmmakers!

When you first embark on a career in filmmaking it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the industry and feel daunted by all of the things you need to learn. This week we are sharing some tips for filmmakers that are just starting out. We hope you feel encouraged to simply get...

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Visiting the set of Mary: The Making of a Princess!

Visiting the set of Mary: The Making of a Princess!

On Wednesday afternoon the 12th of August Genevieve, Rawley, Chloe and I from Bus Stop Films were lucky enough to spend a few hours at Swifts Mansion a gorgeous castle where the mini series Mary-The Making Of A Princess was being filmed and it’s hard to believe that a...

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Inside Out review by student, Nathan Basha!

Inside Out review by student, Nathan Basha!

Inside out follows the story of 11-year-old Riley. Riley lives in Minnesota where she is very happy until her parents decide to move to San Francisco where she struggles to settle-in. The title refers to how the Inside and the Outside of each person influence each...

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Libby in the Spotlight!

Libby in the Spotlight!

We were delighted to see one of our students Libby Banks, feature in the Inner West Courier to promote Heartbreak and Beauty and it’s inclusion in this year’s Palm Springs Shortfest film festival. Libby has been a film making student at Bus Stop Films since 2012, and...

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Palm Springs International ShortFest Film Festival 2015

Palm Springs International ShortFest Film Festival 2015

Genevieve Clay-Smith is currently in LA, with Bus Stop Film’s latest short, Heart Break & Beauty which screened today, to a packed audience! So we thought it was a great time to ask her a few questions.HOW DOES PALM SPRINGS SHORTFEST DIFFER FROM OTHER SHORT FILM...

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Film Review: Gladiator

Film Review: Gladiator

By Nathan BashaRidley Scott’s action genre adventure revenge film, Gladiator is a physical and emotional journey following character Maximus Decimus Meridius’s struggle to overcome the loss of his loved ones, at the hand of a corrupt Roman Government.The film is about...

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