Support for the Heath Ledger Scholarship

Friday, 24 June 2016
Heath Ledger Scholarship winner Ashleigh Cummings

We're delighted to sponsor the 2016 Australians in Film Heath Ledger Scholarship, awarded to Ashleigh Cummings for exhibiting distinctive and unique potential.

As the unofficial boot of filmmakers everywhere, Blundstone is proud to support those who are working to evolve their career in the industry.

“Blundstone has a natural affinity with the film industry and we are proud to be associated with a cause that provides a young filmmaker with the opportunity to further his/her career,” says Andrew Ross, Blundstone’s international sales executive. “We are honored to be part of AiF as a way to connect to our roots in an industry that has always been so supportive of the brand.”

In her acceptance speech, Ashleigh said, "Blundstone, I want to thank you for acknowledging the importance of art in our world, and for your contribution toward it. Thank you for having faith in the next generation, for giving us a fighting chance with your generosity of time, money and effort. With your support, we are educated by the scholarship in innumerable ways, and education is where a rich future-world grows."

The nominees for the scholarship included Christian Antidormi (Spartacus: War of the Damned, Home and Away), Mojean Aria (The Bronx Bull), Natasha Bassett (Hail, Caesar!), Chloe Bayliss (Backtrack), Shareena Clanton (Wentworth Prison, Last Cab to Darwin), Georgia Flood (Home and Away), Sean Keenan (Strangerland), Uli Latukefu (upcoming Alien: Covenant) and Meyne Wyatt (Neighbours, Strangerland, The Sapphires). 

Judges for the program included Oscar nominated Actress Toni Collette (United States of Tara, The Sixth Sense, Little Miss Sunshine, Muriel's Wedding), AACTA winning Actress Abbie Cornish (Limitless, Bright Star, Sucker Punch), Producer Basil Iwanyk (The Town, Gods of Egypt, Sicario), Head of Casting for Paramount Pictures, Joseph Middleton (Donnie Darko, The Bourne Identity, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, American Pie), AACTA winning Director Phillip Noyce (Salt, Rabbit-Proof Fence, The Bone Collector) and Emmy nominated Casting Director Sherry Thomas (The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul). 

Blundstone continues to nurture its relationship within the film industry through past and recent sponsorships of film festivals such as Sundance Film Festival, Hamptons International  Film Festival and Sonoma International Film Festival as well as support opportunities such as AiF that give young filmmakers the opportunity to grow.

Throughout the years, Blundstone has proven to be the go-to boot within the film industry both on and off screen.  Highlights of Blundstone’s presence on television and in feature films has included titles such as Transformers 4, Criminal Minds, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Californication, among many, many more.

Pic from Splash News & Pictures and Australians in Film.



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