UTS MAP Alumni takes Australian film globally
Stille Nacht, by emerging filmmaker Matthew R. Young, is one of the films to watch at the Down Under Berlin Film Festival this year. It will be the German and European premiere of the film, Young flying over in attendance.
The film scribed by fellow UTS Graduate Meg Ryan alongside 2018 Heath Ledger Scholarship Winner Charmaine Bingwa, features incredibly nuanced performances by local industry icons Belinda Giblin and Matilda Ridgway, also showcasing the artistry of UTS Alumni cinematographer Meg White and editor Julieta Locane.
Stille Nacht tells the story of a German mother living in diaspora who finds answers to generational secrets through her modern-day Australian daughter as she faces a mysterious pregnancy.
Young says: “Stille Nacht translates to ‘silent night’. The central idea is to unpack how so much rests in what goes unsaid in relationships”.
The concept for the film came to Young during his In-Country Study exchange program in Germany as part of International Studies at the University of Technology Sydney.
“The film was my capstone Media Arts Project guided by Media Arts & Production lecturers Alex Munt and Samantha Lang who wisely facilitated class feedback discussions that really fostered critical analysis throughout the project’s making!”
- Matthew R. Young
“Without a doubt, the encouragement of my German Major tutors Fredericka van der Lubbe and Andrew Hurley helped fuel my continual passion and interest for learning about German language and culture whilst developing my craft as a filmmaker in my parallel Communications degree”.
“Influential filmmakers for me and this film include Australian director Cate Shortland (Lore) and Austrian director Michael Haneke (Liebe), whose works have taught me much about the subjective lens and sensory storytelling. I really owe this grasp on cinematic language to those highly entertaining lectures and tutorials held by Sarah Attfield in Screen Studies that always resonated with me”.
Young aspires to stimulate a rise in joint Australian & German productions.
Earlier this year, Stille Nacht screened at Australia’s premiere short film festival, Flickerfest, later to rank as a Top Four Finalist alongside major Hollywood and UK feature film productions at the Music + Sound Awards 2019 for “Best Original Composition in a Film Trailer”.
Stille Nacht will soon be announcing further festival appearances!