A 24-year-old Werribee South man has taken out top honours in the first ever Werribee Vic Short Film Competition.
Giles Campbell-Wright spent two weeks shooting and editing his short film, which featured stunning scenes of some of his favourite places in Wyndham, including the Werribee Mansion and the Cheetham Wetlands in Point Cook.
Mr Campbell-Wright, an aspiring film director, received an $1,800 JB Hi-Fi voucher winning the competition. “I didn’t know what to say when I found out I’d won. I was speechless really,” Mr Campbell-Wright said.
“I wanted the film to show what I was proud of about Wyndham as someone who lives here. I wanted to portray the real sense of history that we have here and the judges must have seen what I wanted to get across, so I’m somewhat proud that I achieved my goal as a filmmaker,” he added.
Mr Campbell-Wright, who now lives in Werribee South grew up living at the Point Cook RAAF base, with his father working as the musical director for the Royal Australian Air Force.
“I’ve lived in Wyndham my whole life, so I know the area really well and I was really keen to share it with other people. It’s good for people who aren’t from here to see how unique this area is,” he said.
“I’d like to move to America or Canada one day to work as a film director, but I have an almost spiritual connection to Wyndham, so I never want to leave it forever,” he added.
Mr Campbell-Wright said he would spend his winnings on camera gear to help him move towards his ultimate career goal.
Wyndham City’s Tourism and Major Events portfolio holder, Cr John Gibbons, congratulated Mr Campbell-Wright on his win.
“This is the first time we’ve held this competition and Giles is a very deserving winner. As a long-time Wyndham resident, he portrayed our great City in a way that captures its beauty and history,” Cr Gibbons said, adding that Giles’ film will now be on display at the Werribee Visitor Information Centre at the Werribee Open Range Zoo.
The Werribee Visitor Information Centre is located at the Werribee Open Range Zoo, K Road, Werribee South.