SAE student wins $10K grant to produce film about forced child marriage


12 Nov 2015




SAE student wins $10K grant to produce film about forced child marriage

12 Nov 2015

SAE Brisbane student Mirene Igwabi has been awarded a $10,000 grant to produce a short fiction film about a young African-Australian girl forced into child marriage.

As one of two recipients of a Canon Film Grant for Students, the final-year film student will also be mentored by Gracie Otto; famed Australian director, writer, editor and actress.

Inspired by her experiences in the Congo, Mirene’s film, Adele, is the story of a 14-year-old secretly pregnant African child bride living in Brisbane.

She hopes the film will raise awareness of the incidence and impacts of forced child marriages on women around the world.

“I remember being in year nine at school and one of my friends just disappeared,” Mirene said. “We didn’t hear from her for a long time and then one day I found out that she had been married and couldn’t tell us. “This isn’t an isolated issue. Child marriages happen in Australia – they happen everywhere.”

Mirene migrated with her family from Africa in 2007 and began writing the film script as part of her studies at SAE earlier this year. She will produce the film as her final degree project, with SAE providing access to film equipment, resources and expertise.

As the recipient’s institution, SAE Institute will also receive an EOS C100 Mark II video camera kit.

The Canon Film Grant for Students was open to all Australian tertiary students enrolled in a videography-related course at a recognised education provider.

View Mirene's portfolio here

To get behind the production of Adele, check out her kickstarter page and pledge your support before 22 November.