Top Acts: Focus On... documentaries
Top Acts: Focus On… documentaries explore the artistic development and processes of former VCE performing arts students selected for Top Acts. The short films are produced by a Top Screen filmmaker and include footage of student performances, as well as interviews with the performers, their teachers, VCAA staff and the Top Acts artistic director.
Each year, Top Screen filmmakers are invited to apply to for this valuable paid professional development opportunity, where they are required to respond to a professional brief. The results are always impressive and provide incredible insight into the drive, talent and hard work of VCE performing arts students.
Top Acts: Focus On… Music (2018)
TheTop Acts: Focus On... Music series below was directed and produced by Top Screen 2018 filmmaker Jenna Tang. The series explores music composition in VCE, following the journey and performances of three former VCE music students.
Top Acts: Focus On… Theatre Studies (2017)
Top Acts: Focus On… Theatre Studies series was produced by Top Screen 2017 filmmakers Tom Hughes, Neha Shenvi and Shanon McKenzie as part of the VCE Season of Excellence 2017.
Broderick McDonald, Top Acts 2017
Swinburne Senior Secondary College
Children of the Black Skirt
By Angela Betzien
Duration: 10 minutes 40 seconds
Candice Farrugia-Roberts, Top Acts 2017
Mount Lilydale Mercy College
By A. R. Gurney
Duration: 10 minutes 27 seconds
Flynn Smeaton, Top Acts 2017
St Michael's Grammar School
A Midsummer Night's Dream
By William Shakespeare
Duration: 10 minutes 28 seconds
Top Acts: Focus On… Drama (2016)
Top Acts: Focus on … Drama series was produced by Top Screen 2016 filmmaker Bridget Webster as part of the VCE Season of Excellence 2016.
James Crozier, Top Acts 2016
St Michael’s Grammar School
Duration: 14 minutes 40 seconds
Connor O'Neill, Top Acts 2016
Duration: 13 minutes 12 seconds
Sunny Youngsmith, Top Acts 2016
Melbourne Girls’ College
Duration: 13 minutes 8 seconds
Top Acts: Focus On… Music (2014)
Top Acts: Focus On… Music looks at James Beagley’s original composition that was selected for Top Acts 2014 after his performance in Top Class Sound. The film includes tips and insights for VCE Music Style and Composition teachers and students from the VCAA Performing Arts Curriculum Manager and was made by Top Screen 2014 filmmaker Riley Muscat.
James Beagley, Top Acts 2014
VCE Music Style and Composition
Bendigo Senior Secondary College
Song for a Cat
Duration: 9 minutes 17 seconds
Top Acts: Focus On… Dance (2015)
Top Acts: Focus On… Dance is a series of three films that follow the dancers selected for Top Acts 2015. The films include tips and ideas for VCE Dance and VCE VET Dance teachers and students, interviews with the VCAA Performing Arts Curriculum Manager, and Dance and VCE VET Dance Chief Assessors.
This wonderful resource made by Top Screen 2015 filmmaker Anna Diacos is available as a free DVD for Victorian schools that offer these subjects. Email Student Events to request your copy (one per school):
Louise Brooker, Top Acts 2015
VCE Dance – Technique
Distance Education Centre Victoria
Sarah Kassing, Top Acts 2015
VCE VET Dance
Eltham High School/ Bev Palmer Performing Arts
Jazz – Le Jazz Hot
Ryland Lack-Powell, Top Acts 2015
VCE Dance - Composition
Composition Solo – Brothers in Arms