A Fine Body of Gentlemen

A Fine Body of Gentlemen, a documentary by filmmaker Geoff Burton, is the story of the first Aboriginal touring cricket team. Filmed around the Wollongong area, and featuring a number of local actors, the documentary also provided Film Illawarra a chance to offer direct industry work experience in post-production.


The documentary was cut on Film Illawarra's AVID editing suite and editor Frans Vandenburg was able to take on an local filmmaker as an editing trainee. The successful applicant was Ben Draisma, and through the duration of the editing process was able to gain hands-on experience in post production techniques.


Of the opportunity, Ben (who has since found work in the industry) said: "The traineeship was extremely worthwhile, and I feel that the opportunities it has opened up for me are very great indeed. It has effectively leap-frogged me past several of the stages of work experience, whilst being paid, credited and networked with experienced and well-credited industry professionals (which is basically the only way to ‘get in’ to the industry). I couldn’t have gained the experience and opportunities that I have without the traineeship."


Film Illawarra hosted the premiere screening of the documentary at the University of Wollongong's Faculty of Creative Arts in October 2002.




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