The Dee Why Film and TV Academy began its journey in the year 1988. Since then, the academy has been able to help 5000 aspiring actors and students wanting to hone their skills.
Alan Nurthen, an actor, director and producer has decided to end the 10 year run of the academy.
“I always said I’d retire from teaching for a while around 10 years in and go into production,” the founder said. He was then able to build his very own film production company, Aeon Independent Film and Television Productions.
While working as an actor Alan became fascinated with the camera and he was able to acquire experience behind the scenes when he joined the Australian Film Television and Radio School to complete the Advanced Screen Directors Certificate course under the Industry Program. He also crewed on Lady Stay Dead before attending film school, a 1982 film by Terry Burke.
He started the Film and Television Acting Academy in Dee Why in 1988 after a two year teaching stint as an on-camera tutor at the Mona Vale Film and TV school.
At his academy, he was able to produce, write, direct, shoot, and edit numerous short films. Some of those short films were screened at film festivals internationally. Six months into operation, his classes were filled to capacity.
A broad demographic of people of all ages and backgrounds enrolled in his classes. Men and women, young and old, children and teens joined the academy. Experienced and inexperienced, many found the school to be helpful in developing their skills and confidence in acting, and for many of the adult students, as a means to improve their everyday career prospects by learning how to act.
Nurthen was very proud to mention, “We had a young boy who was so painfully shy he’d lock himself in the closet when people came over. He had to be dragged into a room of people. After three months, he started winning public speaking competitions. We’ve had adults and kids who start to come out of themselves, doctors and lawyers who pick up important people skills.”
The founder of the academy is truly excited about this new venture and what the future holds for him as an independent film maker.
According to Alan, Aeon Production’s ultimate aim is to start production of a feature film within five year’s with a plot about the adventure and love story of a man which is based on his own travel adventures and his “love affair” with South Africa.
Nurthen also announced plans about a series of documentaries he hopes to produce. “The documentaries we’re interested in making are natural history, social tales. With Funnel-Webs, it’s a social tale, what it’s like to live in the deadliest country in the world and how we adapt to this with our laconic sense of humor.”