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Student wins award in honour of favourite teacher

By Patrick Nelson

Movie-maker Tom Sullivan … winner of the Ronny Reinhard Memorial Prize Movie-maker Tom Sullivan … winner of the Ronny Reinhard Memorial Prize

A talented Alice Springs movie-maker says he is humbled to win an excellence award named in memory of former Charles Darwin University lecturer, the late Ronny Reinhard.

Media graduate Tom Sullivan said he was proud and humbled to receive a letter saying he had won the Ronny Reinhard Memorial Prize for Creative Arts, a prize given annually to the highest scoring VET media student.

“Ronny Reinhard was my multi-media teacher when I was in Year 12 and one of my favourite teachers,” Mr Sullivan said.

“He taught me multi-media before he tragically passed away.”

Now an accomplished short-film maker, Mr Sullivan wrote, directed and helped shoot the confronting video “Choices”, which has been nominated for an Australian Teachers of Media Award.

“It tells the story of a teenage boy who randomly throws rocks from the top of Anzac Hill at passing cars, causing a fatal accident,” Mr Sullivan said.

“The boy soon learns that his action had caused the death of his grandfather, who had been driving the car.

“The movie contrasts a divide between peer pressure and about making the right choices.”

Mr Sullivan said the movie had been commissioned by Relationships Australia NT and was being shown in schools to illustrate the danger of throwing rocks, an anti-social behaviour that is periodically reported in Alice Springs.

He completed a Certificate III in Media at Alice Springs campus, and is about to complete a Certificate IV.