DIFF Guests 2022

 

Loani Arman - NT Screen Summit

Loani Arman joined SBS in January 2022 as SBS Scripted Commissioning Editor, working across development and production of original scripted programming.

Prior to SBS, most recently Loani was a Content Director at Screen Queensland where she led their development programs and initiatives. Earlier in her career, she was the Drama Associate for Showtime Australia, working across original drama commissions including Cloudstreet and Tangle.  

As a screen creative, Loani has had an eight-part drama series developed through the Stan/Screen Queensland Premium Drama Fund, and in 2019, was selected for the Screen Queensland Australians in Film Charlie's Lab in LA to develop her comedy pilot, The Mother Load. Her digital documentary series, My Body Says, launched on ABC iView in 2020, winning the inaugural AIDC Best Short Form Award. In 2019, Loani was the winner of the AACTA Pitch Competition with her short, Our Greatest Escape

Loani celebrates her Indonesian-Australian heritage and champions representations of diversity.

Danielle MacLean - Barrumbi Kids & NT Screen Summit

Danielle MacLean is a Writer, Producer and Director who is passionate about sharing Indigenous stories across drama, documentary and animation. She has written on television series REDFERN NOW, comedy series 8MMM ABORIGINAL RADIO, GRACE BESIDE ME, LITTLE J AND BIG CUZ, MYSTERY ROAD and TRUE COLOURS.

Danielle’s directing credits include short films MY COLOUR YOUR KIND, QUEEN OF HEARTS and documentaries CARRY THE FLAG and BLOWN AWAY. She produced LOOKY LOOKY HERE COMES COOKY and new children’s television drama series BARRUMBI KIDS.

Justin Schneider - Barrumbi Kids & NT Screen Summit

Justin has been writing and directing for over 17 years, working across scripted TV series, factual, entertainment and unscripted.

 

A number of TV shows directed by Justin have been nominated for AACTA & ADG awards plus an International Emmy Award.

Monica O'Brien - Barrumbi Kids & NT Screen Summit

Monica is an experienced Executive Producer, Writer & Director across many genres including Factual Entertainment, Drama and Children’s Entertainment. Over the past 15 years Monica has worked with Ambience Entertainment in production and development across a broad slate of programming including the following TV series; MY HOME, LARRY THE LAWNMOWER, PYRAMID series 1-7 , MAGICAL TALES Series 1 - 7, WHAT DO YOU KNOW, KITCHEN WHIZ Series 1 – 7, SURPRISES Series 1 -3, MOVE IT Series 1 – 5, JAY’S JUNGLE Series 1-5, FLUSHED Series 1 - 4, CRUNCH TIME Series 1, DROP DEAD WEIRD Series 1 and 2, RANDOM & WHACKY Series 1 and 2, COMMANDO 4 x 60min doco series and FOR REAL series 1, I AM ME series 1 and 2, THE GAMERS 2037 Series 1, BARRUMBI KIDS Series 1 and MUSTER DOGS Series 1.

Julia Morris - Barrumbi Kids & NT Screen Summit

Julia Morris has lived and worked between Melbourne, Sydney, Beswick and Darwin over the past 20 years. Barrumbi Kids was a passion project that she worked to bring to life for her family in Beswick. She is passionate about telling authentic stories on screen.

Justine Clarke - Barrumbi Kids & NT Screen Summit

Justine Clarke is an acclaimed film, television and stage actress in some of our most iconic productions and is also a best selling children’s music artist and author. She is an ARIA Award winning artist with platinum and gold selling albums, her popular live action TV program, The Justine Clarke Show! is on high rotation on ABC Kids, she has released five successful children’s books, and produced sell out national tours - she continues to entertain young and old.

Jennie Hughes - NT Screen Summit

Jennie Hughes joined Screen Territory in August 2018 and has guided the agency through a period of significant growth and change. Since joining Jennie has lead the roll-out of a range of stimulus programs including the $1.480 mill Enterprise Program, secured additional funding for the agency and overseen record levels of production including in 2021 three high end scripted series spanning Maverix for the ABC and Netflix, True Colours for SBS and Barrumbi Kids for NITV and ACTF along with observational documentaries Outback Ringer Series 2 for the ABC and Matt Wrights Wild Territory for Nine Network and Netflix. Prior to joining Screen Territory Jennie held senior positions at SBS; CEO New York Film Academy;   COO Screen Queensland; Festival Director, Brisbane International Film Festival; Executive Director Open Channel; Head of Programming Ovation Channel and Executive VP Macquarie Filmed Investments where she managed three funds totalling $65.2 million. Jennie is an experienced financier and her company International Film Group held financing partnerships with the UK’s Ingenious and Royal Bank of Scotland. Jennie has participated in screen industry reviews and was appointed by the Australian Government as Chair of the Investment Committee for the Strategic Industry Leaders Group review of Digital Content. She was Chair of the SBS Gender Equality Group and was a Board member of the Australian Film Institute/AACTA and the Central Coast Arts Centre.  She is currently a member of Ausfilm’s Workforce Capacity Working Group.

Marisa McDowell - NT Screen Summit

Marissa McDowell is a Wiradjuri woman, born in Cowra, NSW. She joined NITV in March, 2021 as Commissioning Editor.

Throughout her career, she has worked with First Nations communities telling their stories through documentary film making, photography and writing. Her documentaries have been screened on SBS/NITV, poetry published through USMOB Writing and photographs displayed at PhotoAcces and the Sydney Living Museum.

She has recently received her Master of Arts Screen Business and Leadership at the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) and is currently undertaking her Graduate Certificate in Wiradjuri Language, Culture and Heritage at Charles Sturt University

Penelope McDonald - Audrey Napanaka & NT Screen Summit

 

A directing and producing graduate of the Australian Film Television and Radio School, Penelope has directed documentaries including Too Many Captain Cooks, Travelling Warlpiris and Kamira: Pina Yanirlipa Ngurrarkurra, and the short dramas Life on Earth as I Know It and for television Safe Home.

As a creative producer, she has been closely involved with the story of each production she has been involved with. In 2019 she produced First Nations Bedtime Stories, which aired on NITV. She produced Dylan River’s first documentary, Buckskin, which won the Sydney Film Festival Foxtel Award. She produced Safina Uberoi’s My Mother India, which also won the equivalent award, as well as numerous others nationally and internationally.

Other documentary producing credit’s include Mike Rubbo’s Much Ado About Something and Warwick Thornton’s Photographic Memory. Drama credits include many Indigenous short films, including Warwick Thornton’s first dramatic short Payback, Erica Glynn’s My Bed Your Bed and My Mother My Son, and Tracey Moffatt’s Night Cries: A Rural Tragedy

She stepped out of direct filmmaking from 2004 to 2016, to be the inaugural director of the Northern Territory Government’s agency Screen Territory.

She has a diverse slate of feature films, documentaries and web series in development.

Audrey Napanangka - Audrey Napanaka

 

Audrey Napanangka Martin is a well-respected senior First Nations Warlpiri woman, an artist, and actor from Yuendumu Community, Central Australia.

She met Director Penelope McDonald in 1983 in the community of Lajamanu, Northern Territory. Audrey was working with the Council and operating the remote telephone services and fostering a small girl. Penelope McDonald was a teacher and aspiring filmmaker. They struck up a friendship based on mutual respect, sharing and love of drama.

Audrey and Penelope worked together on a few short local productions. Audrey then acted in one of the early short dramas Penelope produced My Bed Your Bed (1997). This led to numerous small roles in acclaimed productions such as in Kings in Grass Castles (1998), Rabbit Proof Fence (2002), Monsters We Met (2003), Green Bush (2004), Sampson & Delilah (2009), Doors (2010), Nulla Nulla (2016), and Robbie Hood (2019).

Audrey has a strong visual arts career in painting since the mid 1980s having mentored by Netta Williams Napanangka (a well-known Warlpiri artist). For Audrey arts is a cultural practise, and she has been surrounded by painters since she was a small child. Both her parents were artists. Audrey often paints bush tucker (food) dreaming, water dreaming and ceremonial body painting images. Some of Audrey’s artworks and designs have been transferred onto fabrics.

Audrey uses her skill and the deep spiritual meanings behind Aboriginal art as well as understanding of the modern art world to nurture the next generation of Aboriginal artists including Miriam and Leanorah Williams.

Audrey’s mentoring and fostering of children while having an amazing professional artistic career inspired Penelope McDonald to want to document Audrey’s unique life. After 10 years of filming Audrey Napanangka is premiering at Sydney Film Festival 2022.

Molly Haddon - The Longest Weekend & NT Screen Summit

Molly Haddon is a film and theatre director based in Sydney, Australia. In her teens, she worked as a professional actor in various Sydney theatre productions and then went on to study film at Macquarie University. There she fell into cinematography and later completed the Graduate Certificate: Cinematography at AFTRS Molly then decided to combine her cinematography and acting backgrounds and move into directing and recently completed the Directors Studio program at NIDA. Over the past few years, Molly has completed multiple award-winning short films such as A CONVERSATION (2019), and also began collaborating with Sydney's indie musicians, to create high end music videos.

Jorrden Daley - The Longest Weekend & NT Screen Summit

Jorrden Daley is a writer and producer based in Sydney, Australia. Jorrdens debut feature film, an independent family drama titled THE LONGEST WEEKEND, premiered at Sydney Film Festival in June 2022 and is currently touring the festival circuit. Jorrden first studied at the Australian Film Television and Radio School, completing the Foundation Diploma in 2014 and returning in 2017 to complete her Post Graduate Certificate in Screenwriting. Since then, Jorrden has been employed as a notetaker in regular story rooms as well as providing research, book coverage reports, pitch documents, and administrative assistance for production companies such as Dollhouse Pictures, Roadshow Rough Diamond, Easy Tiger, Aquarius Films, Warner Bros, Matchbox Pictures and others. Jorrden has acted as script coordinator on Stan series BUMP seasons 2 and 3 as well as upcoming Binge series COLIN FROM ACCOUNTS written by Patrick Brammall and Harriet Dyer. Jorrden has written feature length and television pilot screenplays in every genre with a particular love of period drama. Her romantic comedy feature script, SICK FOR CHRISTMAS, was a finalist for the Cold Smoke Production Development Fund in 2020 and her satirical thriller, PSYCHO BITCH, was Coverfly Red Listed as well as being a finalist in the Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition. Jorrden also created feminist sci-fi series CUT CITY alongside BUMP’s Jessica Tuckwell, which has been optioned by Roadshow Rough Diamond. Jorrden is currently developing her sophomore feature film, a religious horror titled HEL.

Natalie Apostolou - NT Screen Summit

 

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David Brill - NT Screen Summit

 

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Erika Addis - NT Screen Summit

 

Cinematographer Erika Addis is, in 2022, the first woman to be President of the Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS). She previously served as National Vice-President and Queensland State President. In 2012 she was the founding Chair of the ACS Women’s Advisory Panel, which evolved in 2021 to become the Diversity, Inclusion and Reconciliation working group.

Most recently she was the inaugural Head of Cinematography at Griffith Film School and in this time, she was a founding member of the Standing Committee on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion of CILECT (the international Film School Association). She has served as President of Women in Film and Television (WIFT) both nationally and in NSW, and mentored numerous emerging cinematographers and filmmakers.

Erika is widely recognised for her work behind the camera and also in the classroom, and, in an area still heavily dominated by men, she has been a trailblazer and mentor for women in camera for some 40 plus years.

Erika started her career in cinematography as a clapper loader working with Geoff Burton ACS on Stormboy, and went on to study cinematography at the Australian Film and Television School (AFTRS) in the late 70s.

Soon after completing her studies, she was busy filming on 16mm long form documentaries including For Love or Money, experimental films such as This Woman Is Not A Car and With Inertia and dramas including My Life Without Steve made on a tiny budget with Australian Film Commission funding and shot almost entirely on 35mm short ends. Her early documentary projects included Tokyo Rose North, Something Creative, The Tightrope Dancer and Kylie Tennant. She combined producing with cinematography on the widely acclaimed Serious Undertakings before returning to focus solely on cinematography.

After assisting on drama features, she chose to specialise in documentaries, and has shot all over the world from Antarctica to Eritrea to Mongolia. She has filmed state and national leaders, internationally acclaimed artists and ordinary people with extraordinary tales to share. These works include Emily’s Eyes, For All the World to See, My Own Flesh and Blood, Father’s Footsteps, Mama Tina, Hatred, Mao’s New Suit, Speak Quiet Speak Strong, Brazen Hussies, The Children in the Pictures and many more.

Sebastian Angborn - NT Screen Summit

 

Sebastian Angborn started his career as a screenwriter and actor, having appeared in titles such as The Elephant Princess, Sea Patrol, and 500 Miles. A film graduate of Bond University specialising in cinematography and screenwriting, Sebastian also studied at the Atlantic Theatre Company in New York City as well as having undertaken an intensive screenwriting mentorship with the Associate Chair of Film at Savanah College of Art and Design, Mr Shawn Kasinger. Alongside freelance content work, he has previously employed as the Senior Academic Manager at the New York Film Academy Australia overseeing their intensive hands-on film and acting programs, and has taught screen writing and acting at the National Theatre Academy of Romania, at the Television Workshop in Nottingham and at the Sydney Theatre School.

Naina Sen - NT Screen Summit

Born and brought up in New Delhi, India, Naina Sen is a Walkley and AACTA nominated filmmaker and video artist. Based on the lands of the Larrakia People in Darwin, Naina has worked extensively with remote Aboriginal communities in North-East Arnhem Land and the Central Desert in the Northern Territory for the last 12 years. Working across documentary, installation and projection, Naina explores gender and cultural identity and equity, privileging First Nations and South East Asian narratives.

Early in her career, From 2008-2011 , whilst working for record label Skinnyfish Music, Naina created and operated the visual projections that accompanied award winning Indigenous musician Dr. G Yunupingu’s live show, touring with him nationally and internationally (Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, National Gallery of Australia, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Union Chapel (UK), National Centre for the performing Arts, Beijing, WOMADelaide), whilst directing and filming an ongoing documentary on his life.

In 2010 Naina directed Stories Through Song a half hour documentary for PBS combining rare concert footage of Dr. G with behind the scenes footage and interviews with his family.  She was also the Associate Producer and cinematographer for ABC’s Australian Story profile on Gurrumul, You’re the voice.

In 2012 Naina embarked on a full time independent arts practice, creating her own production company and has worked as an independent filmmaker and video artist ever since.

In 2012/ 2013 Naina produced a multi screen video installation ‘Wanarn is our home’ as part of the acclaimed'Land and Body' Indigenous art exhibition curated by Warburton Arts Project that toured across 14 museums in China in 2013. The exhibition won the prestigious Arts in Asia Award, Indigenous category in 2013.

In 2013 Naina also produced 8 installation films for the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Melbourne Museum’s internationally award winning First Peoples permanent exhibition, including ‘The story of Louisa Briggs’ on Boon Wurrung elder and custodian Arweet Carolyn Briggs’s great grandmother.

In 2014-2015 Naina co-wrote and edited Bulunu Milkarri, part of the Songlines To Screen initiative, directed by Sylvia Nulpinditj and produced by ARDS. The film premiered at the Sydney International Film Festival 2015 and won Best Language production at the ImagiNative Film festival, Toronto 2015.

In 2014 Naina began a significant collaboration with Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir across 6 remote communities in Central Australia on two of her most substantial works.

The first was ‘Arrkanala Lyilhitjika’ A multi-media choral work in Western Arrarnta and Pitjantjatjara that was created to take on a historic 3 week tour of Germany in 2015. Naina collaborated on the show as the video projection artist and created 75 minutes of large format visual and narrative projections for the show. The show has since toured across Australia (Sydney Opera House, Hamer Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre, Womadelaide, Darwin Festival) as well as performances at the Kennedy Performing Centre in Washington DC and the Gruin Gallery in New York in 2018.

The 2nd project, The Song Keepers was Naina’s debut feature documentary. Premiering at the Melbourne International Film Festival in 2017 to critical acclaim, the film had a 12 week theatrical released across Australia in 2018 , making it one of the most successful Australian documentaries in recent years. The Song Keepers was nominated for numerous awards including best feature documentary by Screen Producers Australia (SPA) Awards 2017, Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards 2018, the audience award for best documentary at MIFF 2017 and for the prestigious Walkley Documentary award for excellence in journalism. It has since been released in over 10 countries.

In 2018  Naina collaborated with senior textile artists Bernadette Watt and Annabell Amagula from Anindilyakwa Arts, Groote Eylandt on a single channel mixed media installation Stories of Our Silk : Colours of Our Land , which was nominated for the NATSIAA (National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award) New Media Award in 2018.Naina also created Face To Face, a large scale site specific portraiture projection work that played every night at Festival Park for the duration of Darwin Festival. The same year Naina also received an Asialink Fellowship and spent 3 months in Delhi,India at the Sanskriti foundation.

In 2020, Naina directed and produced the 8 part series Jimmy Shu’s Taste Of The Territory for SBS, exploring the multicultural tapestry and culinary landscape of the Top End of Australia, focussing especially on the personal stories and cuisines of South East Asian migration to the Northern Territory. Hosted by Sri Lankan Chinese chef and Northern Territory icon, Jimmy Shu, Nominated for an AACTA award in 2020, the series has had over 3 million views on SBS and is currently being broadcast across Asia, Europe, and America.

Naina’s latest experimental dance film Poleng  (MIFF 2021, ABC ARTS, IVIEW) melds contemporary movement, balinese dance and archival memory to explore the complexities of biracial identity.

In 2021  Naina created 2 site specific public projection works- MABBÚLARR and VORTEX, projected onto Darwin’s water towers for the Water Tower Series; part of the NT Travelling Film Festival and the Darwin Street Art Festival.

She was also chosen for Australia Council’s Transmitter: Darwin x Delhi online lab that has eventuated in her currently collaborating with 3 other multidisciplinary artists of Indian heritage from India and Australia on an interactive video mapping, dance and sound art Installation work, Transmutation.

Naina is currently on the National Artistic Directorate of Next Wave and is also developing large scale, multi-screen immersive video installation Sundari between Australia and India, that deconstructs the Indian Feminine, exploring the intersections of ritual, mythology, sexuality and gender.

Rachel Clements - Audrey Napanaka & NT Screen Summit

Rachel Clements is co-founder of Brindle Films, a prominent screen production company in the Northern Territory and the recipient of the 2015 Screen Producers of Australia (SPA) Breakthrough Business Award.

Recent productions include MaveriX (children’s television drama series for ABC and Netflix, created by Rachel), and feature documentaries Finke: There and Back (Madman, Stan) and The Song Keepers (MIFF Premiere Fund). Rachel has produced drama projects including 8MMM Aboriginal Radio, the first Aboriginal comedy narrative series (ABC, co-created by Rachel), and Double Trouble, the first Indigenous children’s drama series for network television (Channel 9, Disney Australasia).

Award winning documentaries include Occupation: Native, Big Name No Blanket, Blown Away and Ochre and Ink. Rachel’s productions have won AACTA and AWGIE awards and have been screened at festivals including Sundance and Berlin.

Rarriwuy Hick- True Colours & NT Screen Summit

 

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Genise Williams- True Colours 

 

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Warren H Williams- True Colours & NT Screen Summit

 

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John Seale AM ACS ASC - Three Thousand Years Of Longing

 

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Chris Kamen - Franklin

With over 17 years in the film industry, Chris has a broad business, legal and creative skillset spanning film and TV production, distribution and marketing.

Franklin represents the pinnacle of Chris' filmmaking career to date. Whilst he has produced a lot of short form content and low budget documentaries, Franklin is the most ambitious project he has attempted. It has been a labour of love for seven years and Chris is now eager to share it - and the environmental messages it contains - with the world.

Previously Chris has pioneered digital-first distribution methods on a number of niche- oriented feature-length documentaries including refugee impact film Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (2011), tiny house documentary Small is Beautiful (2015) and science film Vitamania (2018). Chris works part time in business affairs at leading Australian production company CJZ. He also works as an IP and entertainment lawyer at Hyper Legal.

Oliver Cassidy - Franklin

Oliver has had a wide ranging career in the arts, beginning in Australia’a longest running play The Ship That Never Was, before moving to Queensland to study film. His short film Lola The Magnificent won several awards including Best Film at the QNFA in 2010. Oliver also won Best music Video at the inaugural Online Video Awards for Phantom Hitmen’s Beautiful Mind - a first of its kind made using the principles of Lean Filmmaking. Oliver freelanced in film and TV production in Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Melbourne before Franklin drew him back to Tasmania, where he took up a thematically related job at the Tasmanian Conservation Trust.

Oliver rediscovered a love of music, primarily playing piano, with a bit of piano accordion, flute and melodica in Philomath - a “band with the philosophy of music risk- taking and working in concert to discover a path to transportative harmony”. Philomath have had performances at festivals such as MONA FOMA and are regulars on stages around Hobart.

Music brought Oliver back full circle to the theatre as a regular performer at Hobart’s QT Cabaret. This led him into music directorship in Hobart Comedy Tours’ Sailor And The Bawd at the 2019 Festival of Voices, and Tasmanian Theatre Company’s production of Leo J Skilbeck’s Joan. Oliver has just finished a two year stint as the executive producer of the Tasmanian Theatre Company and is looking forward to where the wind will take him next.

 

Emma Macey-Storch - Geeta

Emma Macey-Storch is an award-winning Director/Producer of community led documentary and fiction projects in the UK and Australia . To date she holds 23 International awards and her work has been featured on BBC Wales, S4C and ITV to name a few.  Emma is also the founder of social justice fillmmaking initiative Some Kind of Squirrel Productions.

Dipanjali Rao - Geeta

Dipanjali Rao is an Our Watch award nominated writer on family violence with experience in multiple roles on short and feature films (Little Black Dress (2009), Nayana Bhandari, founder of one of Australia's leading Indian cultural organisations - Oorja Foundation and writer/associate producer on multiple short film projects within the Indian community in Australia (Brides of Broken Dreams 2015, ).

Huna Amweero - Blaze & NT Screen Summit

Huna Amweero is a screenwriter and graduate of AFTRS, where she completed the Graduate Certificate (2012) and Diploma (2013) in Screenwriting.

Huna has written two short film scripts, Embrace (dir. George Nagle) and Bo Mi (dir. Andrew Lee), and served as a script editor on the short film Like Breathing (dir. Liz Cooper, 2013). Huna was a recipient of the Emerging Filmmakers Fund from Screen NSW for her short script Alone (dir. Erin Good, 2014). That same year, she ranked 8th in the world for the NYC Short Screenplay Challenge. Huna’s short films have screened at film festivals including Sydney Film Festival, St Kilda Film Festival and Cleveland International Film Festival.

Huna served as co-writer on the Screen Australia funded web series Jade of Death (dir. Erin Good, 2018), for Last Frame Productions; the story follows a small-town girl who can hear how and when people will die.Huna was recently selected to attend the Bunya Productions Engendered Masterclass for Female Genre Writers and Directors which was hosted by Jeremy Podeswa (Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, Six Feet Under, The Handmaid’s Tale), and writer and showrunner Raelle Tucker (Supernatural, True Blood, Jessica Jones).

Huna has co-written two feature scripts with visual artist Del Kathryn Barton; Blaze for Causeway Films and Flower for Aquarius Films. Blaze (2022) follows a young girl who, after witnessing a violent sexual assault, retreats into her imagination where a shimmering magic dragon who has been her childhood companion, allows her to express her rage and ultimately find renewal. The film had its World Premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, and its Australian Premiere at the Sydney Film Festival.

Huna is also developing a drama TV series.

Stuart Page - NT Screen Summit

 

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Mary Ellen Mullane - NT Screen Summit

 

Mary-Ellen has more than 25 years’ experience in the Australian film and television industry, producing a wide range of content for children and families. Mary-Ellen Mullane facilitates and oversees the delivery of a broad slate of award-winning content including animation, factual entertainment, documentary, online and live action in collaboration with a wide range of independent film and television content makers. Mary-Ellen’s executive producing credits include 13 part Grace Beside Me (Prix Jeunesse 2018 finalist, Logie nominee 2018, 2019) live action television series, Thalu 10 part live action series, Little J and Big Cuz animation series 1 & 2 (Logie Winner 2018 Best Children’s Series) as well as Future Dreaming VR and documentary series (Tribeca 2019). She is a past International Emmy Juror (documentary) and 2018 International Emmy Juror (children’s series). As senior commissioning editor at NITV, she oversaw the delivery of award-winning content, including animation, documentary, factual, entertainment, virtual reality (VR) projects and live-action drama. She has also worked as an investment development manager at Screen Australia and as a producer at Film Australia.

Jackie Keast - NT Screen Summit

 

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Sam Miekle - MaveriX & NT Screen Summit

 

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Bernadette O'Mahony - NT Screen Summit

 

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Isaac Elliot - MaveriX & NT Screen Summit

Isaac Elliott an Australian Directors Guild (ADG) nominated director based in Melbourne Australia.

Isaac draws from his experience growing up in Alice Springs along with his living with a disability to explore unique and interesting characters, through a compassionate and thoughtful lens.

He started making films in 2007 after a motorcycle accident left him confined to a wheelchair. He filmed the National Championship in 2009 then moved to Melbourne to study film in 2011.  His graduating film, A Static Wind was awarded Best Tertiary Short Fiction at the 2016 ATOM awards, and earned him a finalist position in the 2017 Lexus Australia Short film fellowship.

Isaac produced and starred in the feature documentary Finke:There and Back with Brindle films. It was distributed by Madman Entertainment. The following year he directed Burlesque Blokes, a 22 minute documentary exploring the life of an Australian male stripper which has gained more than 2 million views online. He also directed a television special, The Legend of Burnout Barry for ABC and ACTF which garnered him a nomination for Best Direction in a Children’s program at the 2020 Australian Directors Guild awards.

So far in 2021 Isaac made his series direction debut, helming 2 episodes of ABC Kids/Netflix TV series MaveriX. He also served as a creator along with Rachel Clements and Sam Meikle. The show is currently in Post Production with a release date at Easter 2022. He also directed a short film Don’t Come In… Yet! starring Oli Pizzey-Stratford (The legend of Burnout Barry), Ella Newton (Harrow), Toby Truslove and Warwick Capper. It is currently making the festival rounds.

He was listed on the Inside Films RISING STARS director for 2022. And is in Pre Production a short documentary We Are Sexual Beings for SBS and Film Victoria. This film will explore what it’s like to be young, disabled and sexual in modern Australia in fun doc/reality hybrid.

Elf Tranzporter - #Ghostmodern

 

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Kuya James - #Ghostmodern

 

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 Mista Monk - #Ghostmodern

 

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Tom Thum - Mad Max Fury Road, Black & Chrome

 

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Ben Walsh - Mad Max Fury Road, Black & Chrome

 

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Shenzo Gregorio - Mad Max Fury Road, Black & Chrome

 

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Ray Martin - Three Thousand Years Of Longing

 

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Emma Masters -NT Screen Summit

 

Emma Madison is Screenrights' Head of Commercial & Industry Services.

She has over 20 years’ industry experience across royalty management and exhibition, and works at the intersection between screen business and technology.

Andrew Hyde - NT Screen Summit & ACS Awards

I am a producer/director, cinematographer and broadcast television camera operator and have worked in this field for the past 30 years. I commenced my career in television as a news cameraman at Network Ten (1991-1994) and have worked in staff positions at the Nine Network and the ABC as a camera operator, editor, producer and Chief of Staff. I established Exposure Productions Pty Ltd in 1999, working in factual, current affairs and documentary and have a portfolio of corporate clients.

I was the 2018 recipient of the Bob Plasto Screen Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Northern Territory Screen industry and I recently completed a stint as the ABC’s acting Chief of Staff in Darwin. I am a current member of the Northern Territory Government Screen Industry Advisory Panel (which is a ministerial appointment) and I’m a member of Screen Territory’s grant assessment panel.

I have owned and operated the Darwin based production company Exposure Productions Pty Ltd since 1999. Exposure produces on average 5 hours of content a year in corporate films, television commercials, corporate communications campaigns and digital media products. I am highly experienced in all facets of camera, sound and lighting design and have shot and directed numerous corporate communications products for clients as wide ranging as the Office of Prime Minister & Cabinet, through to Northern Territory Government departments, corporate retail clients and NGO’s.

In 2018/19 I directed and produced the documentary The Sweet Little Note of the Engine for Channel Nine, which broadcast nationally and streamed successfully on Nine Now. I co-produced & directed the independent on-line documentary series Cattle Scars (2014), directed and produced the 6-part reality series The Love Shack (Channel Seven/Southern Cross, 2007) and directed the Channel Nine documentary Bright Horizons (2013). In 2020 I am working as a producer on two factual series with Sydney based Escapade Media entitled The Good Book (8x60) and Trauma Care (10x30), which we anticipate will be have worldwide distribution in 2021.

As a cinematographer I have numerous national & international broadcast credits including the documentaries In the Lair of the Mega Croc (Discovery/Animal Planet US), The Borella Ride (Nine Netowrk), Shooting Timor (Showtime), Dahkiya Vs the King (ABC TV) and In a League of Their Own (ABC TV). I work extensively in broadcast television and my credits include 60 Minutes, Foreign Correspondent and Grand Designs Australia. My work as a cinematographer has taken me on assignment to England, Scotland, France, Belgium, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, East Timor and Fiji.

I have worked as an advocate for industry development in the Northern Territory. I am the current chair of the Northern Territory Government’s Screen Industry Reference Group. I’ve been the president of the NT Branch of the Australian Cinematographers Society since 2012 and currently sit on the National Board of the ACS and I was a founding member of the Film & Television Association of the NT (serving 3 terms as president). In 2015/16 I was appointed by the NT Minister of the Arts to sit on the Ministerial Advisory Council for screen and I was a member of the steering committee for the NT government’s Visioning Project into the NT screen industries in 2009/2010. I was a member of Screen Australia’s Asian Engagement delegations to Malaysia in 2013 and China in 2014 and in November 2014 I represented the Australian Cinematographers Society and the Australian Film Television & Radio School at the Progress in Cinematography conference in Brussels, Belgium; a conference which brought together professors and lecturers from the leading film schools across Europe and beyond to discuss the trends in the teaching of cinematography.

In 2014 I guest lectured at Charles Darwin University in Digital Media and I’ve conducted production workshops through the Darwin International Film Festival and the Fist Full of Films program, delivered training in video production for indigenous media trainees at Aboriginal Broadcasting Australia and delivering and facilitated professional development through the Australian Cinematographers Society and FATANT workshop series.