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'Passion, talent is there'

Tevita Vuibau
Monday, July 14, 2014

AWARD-WINNING Indigenous Australian film-maker Richard Jameson ranks local film-makers at levels similar to indigenous Australians.

During his stay Jameson, an award-winning Indigenous Australian film-maker and photographer, met University of the South Pacific and Fiji National University students, as well as film-makers through Film Fiji.

"I'm amazed by the incredible stories that these highly skilled people have and I see Fiji film-makers being at a similar stage as indigenous film-makers in my community," Jameson said.

"The passion and talent is there, it's just about taking it to that next level in exposure and professionalism, something we all strive for."

During his meetings with the students Jameson discussed funding sources, low-cost ideas and finding broader audiences through film festivals and distributors.

FNU music student Pita Ravai said he found Jameson's soundtracks particularly interesting.

"I really enjoyed it because of the soundtrack of his films," Mr Ravai said.

"The music in films is so important, as he said, it really attracts people's attention, so for me it shows the importance of what I'm studying."

FNU head of film and television studies, Professor Subhankar Ghosh said Jameson had helped students realise funding was not the only thing that helped make good movies.

"It's inspirational, especially for my students, because he has made a lot of films with different levels of funding," Prof Ghosh said.

"So whether you are given $300 or $3000, all that is needed for films is passion for good ideas and stories."

USP Pacific Studies lecturer Jackie Leota-Ete shared similar sentiments.

"Richard's presentation has underlined many similarities between our indigenous cultures," Ms Leota-Ete said.

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