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Realise Your Dream Finals

Wednesday 20th September

Sydney Opera House

Jasper Cook was one of only two Western Australians to be shortlisted for the British Council Australia's "Realise Your Dream" Award in 2006.

Over 800 people applied, and Jasper was one of the dozen finalists. Six got chosen to 'Realise Their Dream' and work with a leader in their field in the UK.

The standard was amazing. We had an informal show n'tell in our hotel room so that all the participants could show each other their work and we were just blown away by the standard of the talent.

The winners, an All-Girl lineup!

  • Genevieve Bailey (Melbourne) has already directed about 25 award-winning short films, documentaries and music videos. She's currently working on a project with 11yo's around the world inspired by the 7 Up series. She doesn't wait around for the AFC to fund one precious script, she just gets out there and does it. Destined to be one of Australia's great writer-directors. See also genandjarrah.com
  • Emma Scott-Child, Art Director at the very funky Summerwinter Magazine (Sydney)
  • Clare Atkins, Script writer (Sydney) - Australia's youngest TV scriptwriter, has written for Home and Away, now working on her own project with multicultural youth. She'll be working with the legendary UK writer-producer Jimmy McGovern.
  • Sarah Perry, Textile Designer (Sydney) - designs and runs Perry & Fowles. Truly gorgeous fabrics and homewares.
  • Anna Mceachran, Fashion Designer (Perth), label Moocha Bella
  • Karen Thomas, Visual artist (rural Victoria?). Currently completing her PhD on the theme of "Memory, Loss and the Memorial Books of the First World War."

The runners-up

  • Jasper Cook, VJ (Perth)
  • Lucy Dyson, Animation / visual artist (Melbourne). Does awesome cut-out style animation including some of the cutest music videos
  • Jess Scully - Fashion Writer (Sydney), Summerwinter Magazine
  • Eva Podsiadlowski, Fashion Stylist (Melbourne)
  • Zoe Finch, Production designer (Sydney)
  • David Capra, Visual Artist (Sydney)

All of the Finalists are worth keeping your eye out for. They'll all be leaders in their fields, if they're not already. We're so happy to have had the chance to meet them all.

Of course, I reckon Jas should have won, but then perhaps I'm biased ;) Ah well, he's still eligible next year (under 26 as at June 2007) so will apply again.

The ad campaign for the competition by Saatchi called "Whinging Poms" was hilarious. You can watch the videos online.

Thanks to the wonderful sponsors of RYD, especially the Sir Stamford Hotel. We were very happy with the Hotel in every way, and look forward to staying there again.

British Council Australia RealiseYour Dream

British Council's Realise Your Dream Award 2006 Finalists L>R Back: Zoe Finch, Clare Atkins, Gen Bailey, Eva Podsiadlowski, Emma Scott-Child, Anna Mceachran, Karen Thomas, Jess Scully, Lucy Dyson; L>R Front: Sarah Perry, David Capra, Jasper Cook

See Flickr for more photos.

copyright all material 2005 kat black & jasper cook