Award-winning SAE graduate debuts film at the Palace


23 Jun 2016




Award-winning SAE graduate debuts film at the Palace

23 Jun 2016

The Palace Barracks Cinema hosted the debut cast and crew screening of Adele; a short film written and directed by SAE Brisbane film graduate Mirene Igwabi as part of her studies at SAE.

Adele tells the story of a young African-Australian girl forced into child marriage - and the conflict associated with honouring her family traditions while embracing the opportunities presented to her as a young woman in Australia.

Mirene says when she first pitched the story in class, her peers found it hard to believe that forced marriages were happening in Australia.

 "By making this film, I am reaching out beyond my classroom to shed light on this important and unseen issue in Australian/African society, and giving a voice to the silenced little girls that are slaves to child marriage in Australia."

Mirene completed her studies at SAE Brisbane in 2015. In her final year, she was awarded the Canon Film Grant for Students and was mentored by Gracie Otto; famed Australian director, writer, editor and actress.

Following the screening, Adele is now ready for the festival circuit and will be entered into a number of A-list festivals for consideration.

For more information about Adele, please visit

Image: (L to R) Princess Marriama Andrews (Leading Actress), Mirene Igwabi (Director) and Grace Julia (Producer)
Photographed by Sam Nichols.