AWI Short Film Competition


‘Core.’ is an empathetic exploration of the internal experience and external display of Anxiety and Panic. The film is a piece of dance film, it utilises the bodies of three Contemporary/Ballet trained dancers to show and recreate the physical experience of Anxiety. The narrative is written by Fox Fromholtz, who lives with Panic Disorder and Anxiety. The sound score was composed by Juice Webster, a regular collaborator on dance performance and dance film.

Writer: Fox Fromholtz
Cast: Arabella Frahn-Starkie, Isabelle Beauverd, Oonagh Slater, Nisha Joseph
Lighting: Katia Mancuso
Sound Design/Composition: Juice Webster
Film Maker/Editor: Ashlen Harkness


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Director: Ashlen Harkness

Ashlen hails from Canberra and studied at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) in Melbourne. Across 2012 and 2013, Ashlen completed two years of photography classes as part of her year twelve diploma, during which she specialized in dance photography, and studio portraits. This stemmed into an exploration of film, where she taught herself how to use simple editing programs and began making short films in her spare time to share with her friends and family via her YouTube channel. It was at VCA that she took a class entitled "Choreographic Process: Dance on Screen," during which she was tasked with creating a piece of dance film. It was by this that Core was born -- an exploration of the internal struggle and external manifestation of panic and anxiety.

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