Support Services Officer Dee Dee Shi won the Australian Screen Industry Network (ASIN) Award for Best Director for the film Driven by Love. The film was chosen to open the ASIN awards ceremony in December and will be shown at The Human Rights Arts & Film Festival (HRAFF) in Melbourne mid-2015.
Dee Dee, who came to Australia from China 26 years ago, has been involved in acting since a child in Beijing. She works in IT at the Banyo Campus and is studying a Bachelor of Arts at ACU when she’s not making award-winning films. In June 2014 she was welcomed by Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA).
Driven by Love is a story about a single mother struggling with the lack of child support from family or friends. It is not autobiographical but Dee Dee said it was a universal experience that many people from all backgrounds could relate to.
The film’s message is one of hope, which does reflect her own personal journey. “I came to Australia and had no English at all. I took on three years of IT study, then got this job. I love working here and also doing my film work, so I enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts at ACU and finished a Master's degree.”
Dee Dee is now making a feature film that tells the story of Australians and Chinese, and she has plans to develop a script she is working on featuring the story of an ACU student.