Communication student finds ghost in music box

15 August 2018
Rose Goldthorp leans against a handrail in the Kate Edger Information Commons

Imagine a drag queen ghost in corsets who lives inside a music box.

That's just one of the characters in Rose Goldthorp's 90-minute feature film, A Ghost in Corsets, which premieres at the Vic in Devonport on Sunday 2 September 2018.

Rose is in her second year of a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Communication. She has been making plays and films since she watched the original 1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs film and knew then what she wanted to do with her life.

She began with a hand-held cassette camera her father gave her eight years ago when her family was living in France. Hours spent alone reading through a library of 2,500 books with no TV fuelled her imagination and screen ideas.

"I love storytelling and have a major obsession with the creative side of filmmaking," says Rose. "I keep a book by my bed and write ideas as they come. The latest is a surreal comedy: a group of people fight their way through an insane government."

From the hand-held camera, Rose progressed to her own HD camera (and a variety of DSL cameras belonging to her various directors of photography). With help from family and anyone she can muster, Rose has made over 15 short films, and two featurettes of 45 minutes each: a sci-fi called Watcher and an Edwardian rom-com called Silverville — both set in New Zealand. She also has numerous feature scripts, finished, and in draft.

"I enjoy organising and scriptwriting and I am a bit high-energy," Rose says of her raison d'etre. "And I love the community part of filmmaking." 

She says she would like to make a living as a writer and director, "and continue to make my own films, but I'm realistic and I wanted to have a back-up plan and that's why I am doing a degree in Communication — and I’m learning a lot". The courses she is taking include social media, politics, journalism and television journalism, which have all given her a good view of the media and how it interacts with the outside world and vice versa.

"It's also fascinating looking at all the different media there are today and how they mix together. That's something that's very relevant to filmmaking."

And she won’t be giving up filmmaking anytime soon. "I’m a bit stubborn, the more people say no, the more I want to keep going."

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