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Winners, winners, chicken dinners!

Thanks again to all of the students, teachers and staff of Sydney’s Macleay College who got behind this community project to achieve such amazing results!

61 entries, 39 participants, 8 gorgeous winners!

The artworks have now been installed in our Sydney campus and I encourage you to walk around and take in their beauty.

Here are the eight winners in no particular order. Congratulations to  Adriana Kind, Amy Miller, Gemma Cunliffe, Julieann Brooker, Katie Gow, Manny Aston, Mohammad Rassa and Rebecca Hopper…

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Head of Advertising Wins International Film Award

We are thrilled to announce that our own Head of Advertising, Ian Thomson, added another trophy to his mantelpiece overnight by picking up the Best Documentary award at the London Surf Film Festival.

“So stoked that ‘OUT in the Line-Up’ received the Best Documentary award at the London Surf Film Festival last night! Thanks so much to Demi and Chris for organising a great festival. Highlight was meeting surf author Tim Baker and fellow film-maker Ava Warbrick.”



This is Ian’s ninth international award this year for his breakthrough documentary ‘OUT in the Line-Up’ which he wrote and directed. He’s also won awards in San Diego, Newport Beach, Honolulu and locally for Best Surf Film at the Byron Bay International Film Festival and the Best Documentary award at the Sydney Mardi Gras Festival.

Ian has worked for many years as a writer and director for advertising and is now extending his know-how into long format film-making. The advertising students at Macleay College get the chance to learn from Ian’s hands-on experience as a director for film and advertising.

Congratulations on behalf of everyone at Macleay College, this is a tremendous acheivement.

To see more of Ian’s work drop by and for more information on the film visit

Macleay Student Wins (Lucky Door Prize) at Cannes Lions (Breakfast)


OK, we’re being a little cheeky with this post.

This week we attended the mX re-brand launch breakfast which also took a fascinating look at new trends in advertising from this year’s Cannes Lions.

Our advertising students Jessica and Patricia had a great time with Jess winning a lucky door prize worth $9,000!

If you want to have a laugh or cry or get some inspiration, watch the Cannes Lions 2014 Winners on YouTube.