The Jury

Gemma Blackwood

Gemma moved to Darwin from Melbourne in 2013. In the areas of Film Studies and Cultural Studies, she completed a PhD on the subject of film tourism in 2012 at The University of Melbourne. Her thesis examined the ideals of film-inspired travel, and she examined specific case studies on the contemporary phenomenon: including an examination of the Universal Studios film tour in Los Angeles; the Thailand locations of The Beach; the San Francisco locations as featured in Hitchcock’s Vertigo; and a study of the tourism-promoting government initiatives that connected with Baz Luhrmann’s epic film Australia.

In Darwin, she was one of the founders of a popular live storytelling event called SPUN: True Stories Told in the Territory.

Rob Collins

Born and raised in Darwin, Rob Collins graduated from the National Institute for Dramatic Arts in 2013 where he was awarded the prestigious Roger Allen & Maggie Gray Scholarship for the title role in OTHELLO. Rob’s theatre credits include a national tour of THE LION KING in the role of ‘Mufasa’ and as ‘Lysander’ in Sydney Theatre Company’s A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM. Rob’s Television credits include ‘Jack’ in the hit Network Ten drama-series THE WRONG GIRL, ‘Phil’ in the second series of GLITCH, the co-lead of the ABC/Sundance Channel television series CLEVERMAN and ‘Joe Sullivan’ in Foxtel’s upcoming SECRET CITY: UNDER THE EAGLE. Most recently, Rob has finished filming alongside Noomi Rapace and Yvonne Strahovski in Kim Farrant’s new Australian Thriller ANGEL OF MINE.

Sally Ingleton

Sally has been producing and directing award-winning documentaries for 30 years for domestic broadcasters ABC and SBS and international broadcasters such as WGBH NOVA, WNET Nature, BBC, Arte France, France TV and National Geographic TV. At present the company is busy developing up the feature documentary WILD THINGS with support from Screen Australia and Film Victoria.

Other recent credits include INDIAN WEDDING RACE (SBS), FRANTIC FAMILY RESCUE (ABC), THE GREAT AUSTRALIAN FLY (ABC) which was nominated for BEST SCIENCE JOURNALISM at the Australian Museum Eureka Awards in 2015.

Sally moved to Darwin in the Northern Territory in May 2017 to be the Director at Screen Territory. She recently left this position to return to creative independent production.

Jeremy Sims

Jeremy is a director, producer and writer of film, television and theatre.

Jeremy is currently directing a feature film documentary on motorcycle champion Wayne Gardner, produced by Matthew Metcalf and is due for completion in 2018.

Jeremy produced, directed and co-wrote the film adaptation LAST CAB TO DARWIN which had its world premiere at Sydney Film Festival in June 2015 and also screened at Toronto International Film Festival 2015. It opened nationally in August 2015 with Icon Films distributing, to a box office of $7.5m. The film was nominated for eight AACTA awards including Best Director and won the award for Best Adapted Screenplay. The film stars Michael Caton and Jackie Weaver.

Jeremy directed feature film BENEATH HILL 60 in 2010, starring Brendan Cowell and Bella Heathcote. It was nominated for 11 AFI awards and won one for the Best Young Actor Harrison Gilbertson. Jeremy was nominated for Best Director at the AFI awards, the ADG Awards, the IF Awards and the Film Critics Circle of Australia awards for this film.

Penny Smallacombe

Penny Smallacombe is a Member of the Maramanindji people, from the Northern Territory. She has completed a cadetship with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and has a Masters of Arts (Documentary Producing) from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) in Sydney. At AFTRS, Penny produced two documentaries - Roger and A Change of Heart. A Change of Heart was nominated for a Dendy Award and played at several International film festivals including IDFA. Between 2004 and 2005 Penny worked in the Indigenous Programs Unit at the ABC, where she produced and directed for series 6 and 7 of Message Sticks. Penny’s ABC stories Leila Murray and the Long Grassers were nominated for Human Rights awards. Penny also produced the ABC’s highly successful Yarning Up series 1 and 2 and was a part of the Screen Australia Indigenous Department’s Producers Initiative in 2011. She produced a series of shorts called The Forgotten Ones in 2010, directed by prisoners from the NT, and before beginning her role at Screen Australia, Penny was working as a Senior Programmer for NITV, National Indigenous Television, a division of SBS.

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