Kellyville High School catches judges eye in film festival

BEHIND THE SCENES: Year 9 students Khhushi Kundra and Avishma Lohith were part of the production team for their school's entry into the Focus on Ability Film Festival.
BEHIND THE SCENES: Year 9 students Khhushi Kundra and Avishma Lohith were part of the production team for their school's entry into the Focus on Ability Film Festival.

Kellyville High School caught the judges’ eyes with their entry to this year’s Focus on Ability Film Festival. 

The school won the Judge’s Choice for their short film King Jack, based on a true story of life with Alzheimer’s disease.

The short film centres around the daily life of a man suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, whose wife recently died.

Year 9 students Khhushi Kundra and Avishma Lohith were part of the production team for the short film.

Avishma said the experience challenged her to explore an issue impacting thousands of people people across Australia.

“We put in a lot of effort and took our time with ideas and putting it together,” Avishma said. 

“People with Alzheimer’s tend to forget everything, even the little things. I feel like I learned a lot about the disease and the hard times for people living with Alzheimer’s.”

Khhushi said it was a fantastic opportunity to learn about the technical side of film making. 

“We learned a lot about team work and production. It’s great to see our efforts pay off,” Khhushi said. 

“This film taught me that sometimes you have to live in the moment.  It can happen to anyone so it’s something that everyone can relate to.”

​The short film, which runs for just over five minutes, was announced as the judge’s choice at a gala night on September 6. 

Kellyville High School teacher Fabio Caparelli said he was thrilled to be part of such a progressive school community.

“Our planning meetings with the students are vibrant and creative and real about topics that matter,” Mr Caparelli said.

“It’s collaboration. We’re all on the same page.”

The film festival is hosted by NOVA Employment, a not-for-profit disability employment agency funded by the Australian Government.

Mr Caparelli dedicated the award to a woman he spoke with while watching the school soccer one day, who told him the story of King Jack.

“So, we had the story but wanted to make sure that the audience had to do some mental gymnastics to piece it together,” Mr Caparelli said.  

  • View: focusonability.com.au/FOA/films/King_Jack_1296.html.