VCA graduate takes out Cinerail Grand Prize

Press release from God's Fools film

An Australian short film shot at Flinders St station has taken out the top prize at the world’s biggest train buff film festival in Paris. God’s Fools written and directed by VCA Masters graduate Anton Blajer and produced by Shaun McAlpine won the Cinerail Grand Prize competing against 52 other short and feature length films from all around the world.

Anna Harriet O'Malley, the Cultural Attache at the Australian Embassy in Paris accepted the award on the team's behalf.

Shot over 5 days at Flinders St and other locations around Melbourne including Strathmore Train Station, God’s Fools tells the story of an avid trainspotter named Jim, played by theatre and TV veteran Shane Luther whose life is turned upside down when he receives a flyer which he believes can make all the trains run on time down to the last second.

Co-starring Australian TV stalwart Jeremy Kewely and with Brian Breheny as cinematographer (of Priscilla Queen of the Desert and The Man from Snowy River fame), God’s Fools also received several nominations and won the Best Director gong for Blajer at the annual Victorian College of the Arts Premiere Night last December.

God’s Fools is yet to officially screen in Australia.