We’ve got some incredible news for our talented songwriter and performer Stacee. Her fantastic short film got her invited to perform at the Focus on Ability Festival Gala Awards, and opened up more opportunities for collaboration and performance.
After a fantastic 2017, she’s looking to make 2018 her year to shine.
A red carpet moment
The short film, Little Sparrow, was written and performed by Stacee and produced by creative writer Sally Newman in July 2017. It received such positive reviews that it was shortlisted for the Open Film Entrance Category in the 2017 Focus on Ability Festival! Shortly afterwards, Stacee got a call from Nova Employment, the presenters of FoA.
Sally and Stacee travelled to Sydney and stayed in the beautiful Surry Hills, at the courtesy of FoA. She had the honour of walking the red carpet, dressing up, and performing on stage in front of 600 guests.
Stacee mentioned her immense joy as being able to perform on the night. She got to meet so many other inspiring, creative individuals who never let their disabilities stop them in any way.
During the awards night, Stacee and Sally’s film was in the Top 4 in the Open Film Category – what an incredible achievement!
2018 here we come
The great news doesn’t stop there. Stacee has channeled the inspiration from her awards night performance into another short film:
Her hard work is starting to pay off, as she’s now recognised in the community. She’s been nominated for the Rotary District Shine On Recognition award in May, which recognises outstanding commitment to community service for people managing a disability.
Other exciting events for 2018 include:
- Performing in Fringe Festival event Woven on the 18th February
- Being in the choir for the Australia Day Citizenship ceremony in Victoria Park
- State drilldance championships in April
- Working on her third short film!
John and the rest of the team are so proud of the determination and courage she displayed whilst seeking employment, studying, and spreading awareness of disability through performance.
Best of luck Stacee!