A group of film college students from SAE Institute Melbourne have created an inspiring documentary that has been nominated for a prestigious Australian Teacher of Media (ATOM) Award. The film is a top four finalist in the Best Tertiary Documentary category of the annual awards.

The film entitled ‘Who is Matthew Simpson?’ – an inspirational documentary about a young man living with cerebral palsy – is a top four finalist in the Best Tertiary Documentary category of the prestigious awards.

The 7-minute documentary was originally created as part of a class assignment where SAE students Sean Dobra and Dan Abbot were inspired by Sean’s friend of six years, Matthew Simpson.

SAE Melbourne student Sean Dobra said he had always wanted to make a film about Matthew and felt the assignment was the perfect opportunity to do so.

“I know people who are depressed about such small things in their life and then there’s Matt who is never upset about anything. He is always happy and an inspiration,” he said.

After seeing the films potential, the students’ documentaries teacher at SAE Melbourne entered it into ATOM Awards.

SAE Melbourne General Manager Paul Ledingham said Sean and Dan have created a moving film that shows the high caliber of work that SAE students produce.

“We are very proud of the work the Sean, Dan and their classmates have put into this film. This award nomination shows that our staff and syllabus set high standards for our students,” Mr Ledingham said.


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