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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.

Ceridwen McCooey, Top Acts 2018
Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School
VCE Music Style and Composition
Nothing to do with Calypso by Ceridwen McCooey

Duration: 8 minutes 59 seconds

Ceridwen McCooey, Top Acts 2018 transcript (docx - 26.9kb)

Louise Gaul, Top Acts 2018
Heathdale Christian College
VCE VET Music Industry
Still by Louise Gaul

Duration: 9 minutes 47 seconds

Louise Gaul, Top Acts 2018 transcript (docx - 27.88kb)

Rama Williams and Amy Wells, Top Acts 2018
Geelong High School
VCE Music Performance
Traffic by Rama Williams and Amy Wells

Duration: 10 minutes 16 seconds

Rama Williams and Amy Wells, Top Acts 2018 transcript (docx - 28.8kb)


Top Acts: Focus On… Theatre Studies (2017)

The 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
Horrocks from Children of the Black Skirt
By Angela Betzien

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Candice Farrugia-Roberts, Top Acts 2017
Mount Lilydale Mercy College
Sylvia from Sylvia
By A. R. Gurney

Duration: 10 minutes 27 seconds

Flynn Smeaton, Top Acts 2017
St Michael's Grammar School
Titania from A Midsummer Night's Dream
By William Shakespeare    
 

Duration: 10 minutes 28 seconds


Top Acts: Focus On… Drama (2016)

The 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
The Panto-Dame

 Duration: 14 minutes 40 seconds

Connor O'Neill, Top Acts 2016
Mazenod College
The Detective

 Duration: 13 minutes 12 seconds

Sunny Youngsmith, Top Acts 2016
Melbourne Girls’ College
Tally Youngblood 

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): seasonofexcellence@edumail.vic.gov.au

Louise Brooker, Top Acts 2015
VCE Dance – Technique
Distance Education Centre Victoria
Technique Solo

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
Beaconhills College
Composition Solo – Brothers in Arms