SPAM Winners 2015
November 17, 2015
The College’s best young film makers were honoured with a gala dinner at the 2015 Annual SPAM (St Patrick’s Awards for Media) Event in the OCA Pavilion on Tuesday, November 18.
Year 11 student Liam McAdie won the major award on the night for his confronting and challenging short film which the judging panel (comprised entirely of SPC Old Collegians) hailed as a brilliant example of compelling cinematography.
Liam’s film employed stark and confronting imagery and sound to provide a mockery of the greed of modern “sitcom” culture while also exploring the inner angst of many conflicted teenagers.
Liam’s film starred fellow Year 11 student Lawrence McCrabb who finished in second place for his film which coincidentally featured Liam in the main acting role.
Lawrence’s comedic film focussed on a character with an insatiable tea addiction, and provided a compelling allegory for many addictions of a much more serious nature in society today.
Lawrence was also honoured with the Powell Family Young Film Maker of the Year Award for the second year in a row.
The judging panel suggested that wherever possible both Liam and Lawrence should continue making films together for as long as possible, because “whatever they are doing is clearly working and producing amazing films”.
Finishing in third place was Year 12 student Phil Koenders who produced a brilliantly filmed documentary on the love affair some motoring enthusiasts have for lowered cars in Melbourne. Judges commented that Phil should send his video to major car manufacturers and he’d likely end up with a job!
For the first time the Annual SPAM Event was generously sponsored by the Regent Cinemas who provided $1000 in cash and vouchers for the winners to share.
Headmaster John Crowley, attending his first SPAM Event, said he was incredibly impressed by the quality of work on display and thanked the College’s teaching staff, especially Mr Peter Hutchins and Ms Belinda Lees, for clearly developing a strong culture of film making excellence at the College.
He also thanked Old Collegian Adam Spencer for doing a terrific job as MC at the function.