April 28, 2012
The sellout premiere of Restare Uniti (We Stick Together) earned accolades for one student and one graduate of Curtin University.
Producer and writer of the short film Daniel Tenni is in his final year at Curtin majoring in film and TV.
“I always knew my film was special, but I never would have guessed it would be taken this far,” Tenni said.
“It’s been really surreal.”
What began as Tenni’s second-year university project in 2010 has seen both national and international success, with the film winning ‘best short film’ at the Ridgewood film festival in New Jersey, USA in 2011.
The film is based on true events and tells the story of thousands of Italians who came to Australia in search of a better life, but were placed in internment camps during World War II.
Tenni says his film spotlights a significant piece of history that he feels has not been properly shared within the Australian community.
Lead actor Frank Fazio graduated from Curtin in 2011 and was nominated for ‘best actor’ at the 2011 WA screen awards for his role in the film.
“From a uni project with no funding, to be nominated for the best actor award at the 2011 WA screen awards and have this short film travel all around the world is such an achievement for me,” he said.
“I hope this is a stepping stone to bigger and better things for me and my future in the performance industry.”
The film (shorts pictured above) will screen at Federation Square in Melbourne on May 12 where it is up for an award at the Campfire Film Festival.