From this date till now, the school has provided no communication to its students;
- Advising what action the school is or is not taking to appeal the council’s decision
- The school has not conducted a real investigation into why this event occurred; who was responsible and what measures could have averted it
- The school has not made any arrangements for students who are stranded because they are unable to continue their studies beyond 5pm
Student Filmmaking requires long hours of late night editing and use of expensive facilities and software. It is typical to find students working throughout the night with 16-hour days normal for some. Following the restrictions placed on the school, students have conducted rehearsals and actor auditions outside in the school’s smoking area or in their own homes. As the school and film industry is Apple dominated, students who do not have their own Apple computers are up Shit Creek. As least one foreign student who was planning to leave the country at the end of June is now forced to delay their departure till August because of this restriction.
IFSS’s students have been poorly served by their school and by the ‘film-friendly’ City of Sydney council. Many students are discussing continuing their studies at other institutions next semester due to the impossibility of completing essential homework at IFSS. The restriction of operating hours together with the school’s notoriously slow (or non-functioning) internet lead many students to question the viability of the school as a going concern.
The lack of communication and action by the school is unacceptable. The City of Sydney has a democratically elected council so the school ought to have contacted the local councillors interested in Rosebery as well as making procedural appeals against the council’s heavy handedness. Student’s have not been informed of any action the school has made or not made. This matters, as after hours access is a major selling point for the school’s marketing. Student fees begin at $44,000 for a two year degree so after hours access helps justify the cost.
Without a functioning internet and access to equipment after hours IFSS is only a half a film school. Prospective students ought to research other institutions before deciding to enrole.