TAFE Queensland screen and media graduates Rita Monteith and Aaron Keeley had their short films premiered at the recent Gold Coast Film Festival

Their films titled ‘Mick and Perl’ and ‘Dying with Dignity’ were aired at the EMERGE! event which was held at the Home of the Arts (HOTA).

EMERGE! is a platform for Queensland’s next generation of filmmakers with 10 of the best and brightest recent graduates from film schools, universities and TAFE’s selected to showcase their work.

Rita, who completed the Diploma of Screen and Media (CUA51015) through TAFE Queensland in 2018, said she wrote and directed her short film last year as an assessment piece at the Coomera campus.

“Mick and Pearl is a black comedy about an older couple who have lost the spark in their relationship and the fires of passion are reignited in an unusual way when a zealous Jehovah’s Witness comes calling,” said Rita.

The cast includes well known Gold Cost community theatre identities Barry Gibson, Del Halpin, and Nathan Schulz and was produced with the help of her TAFE Queensland screen and media peers.

Rita was over the moon to have her film selected as part of the EMERGE! event among other budding film makers.

“On the night the cinema was absolutely full of people and it was very gratifying to hear the audience laughing out loud at the film I created,” said Rita.

“Without TAFE Queensland I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to bring my idea to the big screen.”

“I can’t speak highly enough of my experience at TAFE Queensland, it was very hands on and we had the opportunity to produce a lot of content.”

“TAFE was exactly what I was looking for and the teachers were very supportive and extremely knowledgeable about the film industry.”


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