Invercargill teens win top award

HANNAH MCLEOD
Last updated 14:15 06/12/2013

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Two Invercargill teenagers have received a top award the Aotea Centre in Auckland for their documentary film about endangered New Zealand sea lions.

Verdon College students Liam Van Eede and Jean Martin Fabre, both 15, won the Tearaway Secondary School Performance Award at the national sustainability film competition, Outlook for Someday, for their film titled Nearly Lost.

Outlook for Someday spokeswoman Yamin Tun said the film wowed the judges with its excellent photography, good acting, and fun documentary style.

A spokesman for Tearaway said they appreciated the amount of research the pair put in to their project.

''We loved Nearly Lost for the research the creators put into their subject, and the clarity and passion with which they delivered the facts. It was great to see the film-makers using humour as well - the film was wonderfully entertaining, thought-provoking and beautifully made.''

The award is for a film made by secondary-school-aged people with a strong on-screen performance. 

The pair missed out on the overall Standout Winner and Audience Favourite awards, but beat 152 other entries to the Tearaway award.

To view the film click here

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- The Southland Times

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