Why I studied… Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production

Emerging screen producer Faraz Anarwala talks about studying at AFTRS and specialising in Production Design, Sound and Cinematography.
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Not every student knows exactly where they’re headed when they enrol in a course, yet so often we underplay the role of serendipity and discovery in education – the way a degree works as a process of honing skills and interests until a focus emerges. This was the case for Sydney-based screen producer Faraz Anarwala. Initially studying communications and literary studies at another university, she applied to the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) almost on a whim.

After surviving study during COVID-19, Anarwala graduated from AFTRS in 2022 with a passion for authentic screen storytelling that ‘highlights social issues, and stories that bring awareness to topics that have been gate-kept through history’.

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Rochelle Siemienowicz is the ArtsHub Group's Education and Career Editor. She is a journalist for Screenhub and is a writer, film critic and cultural commentator with a PhD in Australian cinema. She was the co-host of Australia's longest-running film podcast 'Hell is for Hyphenates' and has written a memoir, Fallen, published by Affirm Press. Her second book, Double Happiness, a novel, will be published by Midnight Sun in 2024. Instagram: @Rochelle_Rochelle Twitter: @Milan2Pinsk