Real Film Festival features shorts by Newcastle’s budding filmmakers

WILLIAMTOWN: A still from Beyond the Red Zone, a short film by University of Newcastle students Ben Fearnley, Kristen Wunderlich, Eli Sharp and Paris Wright. The Hunter’s annual Real Film Festival will screen true storiesfrom and around the world this weekend, including documentaries by young filmmakers from Newcastle.

Ben Fearnley, 20, and Rebekah Jenkins, 23, students at the University of Newcastle, both directed short films that will premiere at the festival onSaturday.

The budding filmmakers said they were inspired to tellstories from their homeregion.

PURPOSE: Cabbage Tree Road resident Jenny Robinson interviewed in Beyond the Red Zone, which will be screening at the Real Film Festival this Saturday.

Mr Fearnley’s Beyond the Red Zonereturns to Williamtown two years after residents were notified aboutPFAS contamination.

“I live on campus,half-an-hour away. I know a lot of people who just don’t know what’s going on,” he said.

“We really wanted to do something that would be of interest and have purpose.”

Ms Jenkins’ Hey Honeyfollows the creation of a successful honey farm from a backyard beehive in the Hunter Valley.

SWEET SUCCESS: Alicia Cooke of the Hunter Valley Honey Farm. She is the subject of Hey Honey, a short film by Rebekah Jenkins, James Diep, Clarissa Skelding and Anneli Wingertz. Pictures: Supplied

“It’s really exciting. We put a lotof work into it,” she said.

The Real Film Festival opens on Friday night,andis hosting screeningsand workshops in Newcastle, Port Stephens and Lake Macquarie.

The full program is available on the Real Film Festival website.

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