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Q&A screenings of Is This the Real World across Sydney this week

Is This The Real World, the feature debut of writer-director Martin McKenna, will be screened across Sydney this week, followed by Q&A sessions. The film follows the story of Mark Blazey, a high school kid growing up in a coastal town and trapped in a relentless battle of wills with a controlling teacher, while his family is breaking apart and first love beating at his door.

It stars up-and-comer Sean Keenan (Puberty Blues, Glitch, Strangerland) alongside Matt Colwell (hip hop artist 360) in his feature film debut. Melbourne-based McKenna helmed the project after working TV drama for nearly two decades on series such Packed to the Rafters, Neighbours, Stingers, All Saints and Corelli.

The film was produced by Point of View Films. Screenings:

Thursday 23 June Event Cinemas Parramatta 6.30pm screening followed by Q&A with Sean Keenan, Matt Colwell & Martin McKenna . Friday 24 June Event Cinemas Miranda 9pm screening followed by
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Finalists for Heath Ledger scholarship announced

James Mackay with Kim Ledger


The pool of talented young Australian actors is so vast the judges of the Heath Ledger Scholarship presented by Australians in Film have named 20 finalists this year, up from the usual 15.

That.s a real stamp of approval considering the calibre of the judges: Collin Farrell, Miranda Otto, directors Gregor Jordan and Robert Luketic, casting director Ann Fay (Anzac Girls, Packed to the Rafters) and Randi Hiller, VP of feature casting at Walt Disney Studios.

The winner of the sixth annual scholarship, which fosters the education and career development of young Australian actors in the Us, will be announced in Los Angeles on June 12.

The prizes include $10,000 cash, a two year scholarship at Stella Adler Academy of Acting and Theatre in Los Angeles, two return flights to La. including attendance at the announcement ceremony and a second flight when he or she is ready to break into the market,
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