Gold Coast teen’s queer love video takes out top BUFTA award


BUFTA Queer Love video

Gold Coast teenager Emily Ross has taken out the award for Best Music Video at the BUFTA awards on the weekend. 

The video for her beautiful, original song, Contracts in Candlelight featured a touching queer love story. 

Contracts in Candlelight wins best music video

At 18 years old Emily Ross has just graduated high school.

As part of her year 12 studies Emily and her fellow students were tasked with creating a music video.

After writing and recording her own original song Contracts in Candelight Emily decided to use this song to create a music video.

Opting for something different she decided to take a unique approach to her peers.

Using her friends as actors she created a queer love story with two young women as the focus for the video.

The end result was a beautiful queer love story that obviously captured the hearts of the judges.

Emily and two of her classmates were all listed as finalists for the Bond University Film and TV Awards for best music video.

On Saturday it was announced that Emily had received the top honour for her category taking out first place.

Her school also took out the award for Best School.

“Growing up I never saw this sort of representation”

For Emily, the video was about representation, not for herself, but about creating something she just hadn’t seen enough of.

“Growing up I never saw this sort of representation in music videos,” she said.

“I can’t think of any time I saw anything like this.”

As a director and storyteller, it was important for her to create a different narrative from what is commonly seen in mainstream music.

“So instead, I wanted to make something different and have a chance to tell a different story through my music.”

The final product is a beautiful and poetic queer love video featuring two young women as they reminisce their romance.

You can watch Contracts in Candelight below. The song is also available on Itunes and Spotify.

Contracts in Candlelight by Emily Ross (QLD) | Music Video from Bond University – FSD on Vimeo.
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