WORKSHOPS & PANELS 

BBFF has established itself as a forum for filmmakers to share their unique insights into familiar and unfamiliar worlds, tell local and global stories and expand and challenge our perceptions. BBFF2015 has brought together some notable and innovative figures in the film industry for a unique and affordable array of workshops, panels and networking events focusing on the art and business of film with thought-provoking candor.

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WEEKEND 1

7- 8th March

The Outsider on the Inside: Adventures in Cross-cultural Filmmaking

The Filmmakers Lounge, Saturday 7th March, 11am, Free

Filming foreign cultures and their stories is an incredibly rewarding experience for viewer and filmmaker alike. Join our panel as they guide us through their experiences of gaining access to subjects, overcoming language problems and circumnavigating unfamiliar moral codes.

Their experience ranges from shooting on locations in such far flung places as Afghanistan, India, Malawi, Samoa and Haiti as well as closer to home within indigenous communities.

Gaining the trust of participants and allowing them to feel comfortable enough to open up on camera is a key skill. How do filmmakers represent the people and subjects of their films with respect and sensitivity while avoiding the perception of profiting from cultural appropriation? Can one truly document everyday life as an Outsider or does this afford an advantageous viewpoint?

Amin Palangi: Director, Love & Marriage in Kabul

love-and-marriageAmin Palangi is an Iranian Australian filmmaker. He filmed his debut feature documentary Love Marriage in Kabul after initially travelling to Afghanistan to understand his background and represent different aspects of it to his home culture of Australia. He discovered that self-immolation as a form of suicide amongst women was a very real problem and so he embarked on his journey again, this time with a skeleton crew to shoot a documentary. Amin will discuss the challenges he faced when shooting there; he was arrested and put in prison, slapped at the border crossing by security guards and generally been under constant surveillance by the secret police. The film received the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Sydney Film Festival and Canberra Film Festival, the official selection of Melbourne film festival and a finalist for the Walkley Awards in 2014 for excellence in journalism

Ann McGrath: Director, Message from Mungo

annemcgrathAnn McGrath is a Professor of History at the Australian Centre for Indigenous History, Australian National University. She co-directed and produced Message from Mungo with Andrew Pike, as part of a wider research project into Australia’s ancient past. The documentary focuses on one particular archaeological find – the human remains known as “Mungo Lady” from a lake bed in south-western New South Wales. The film was made over an 8 year period and included extensive consultation with members of the Indigenous communities at Mungo.

She has written a range of books and articles about Australian and North American history, gender and colonialism.  She is committed to making history accessible to a wide audience through film and digital media.

Giacomo Martelli: Director, Coral

giacomoCoral, a dramatic short film, is Giacomo’s first experience directing a film bound to Samoan culture. It is not, however, his first attempt to try to walk in the shoes of cultures different from his own, mish-mashed European one. He has directed and shot films in Kabul, Haiti, Genoa and D.R. Congo. His own safety and that of his crew rested on the ability to connect to a different environment through film, across language barriers

An Italian graduate of the London Film, Martelli wrote and directed award-winning feature thriller The Listening . He has written and directed several award-winning shorts and has been a director, over the last five years, of 38 episodes on the hit Italian TV series Squadra Antimafia. He moved to Samoa in 2013 and is currently based in Auckland, New Zealand, where he is developing his second feature.

Andy Bambach: Director, A Surfers Legacy

andy-bambachA Surfers Legacy, is the true account of an Indian girl born into child slavery with one arm and one leg. Her life is changed when surfer Pete Farrand and a team of Australian Friends of India gift her with a life-changing limb.

Andy is a Byron Bay local who has over 2 decades of experience in the film industry. His overseas shooting experience is myriad and includes Africa, India and Europe. He has also taught filmmaking skills for many years in Australia, including within remote communities of the Northern Territory. Additionally, he has taken his video production and post production workshops to Tonga and Malawi. He has been running video production company ‘In Your Face Productions’ since 1994.

Fiona Williams, Managing Editor, SBS Movies

Fiona-WilliamsFiona Williams is managing editor of SBS Movies, Australia’s online destination for world cinema news, reviews and international film festivals coverage. Prior to launching SBS Movies (previously known as SBS Film) in 2009, Fiona was editor of Encore magazine, where she spent several years covering the Australian film and television production industry. Her film writing has appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald, Australian Women’s Forum, Metro magazine and Filmink; she has guest-hosted film review segments on ABC Radio National and served on such festival juries as Bondi Short Film Festival, Lebanese Film Festival and the MIFF sidebar, Telescope.

Chaired by Simon Foster, Film Reviewer, ABC-FM Statewide

simon-fosterA film industry journalist for over two decades, Simon Foster began his industry experience in the 80′s heyday of the home video sector in marketing and sales roles at Village Roadshow, 20th Century Fox and Columbia Tri-star. After a long stint as the Asia Pacific Sales Manager for ‘The Showbusiness Bible’, Variety, he turned his skills to full-time film review work in the 90′s; his work has been featured on the SBS Movies site and in Encore, Inside Film, Empire, and The Big Issue. In addition to long-standing DVD review segments on Sydney’s Radio 2UE, he hosts film review shows on ABC-FM Statewide and ABC-FM Central Coast and is the Managing Editor of his own film sector website, Screen-Space. A member of the Film Critics Circle of Australia (FCCA), Simon has served on the jury of such festivals as The Sydney Underground Film Festival, The Night of Horror Film Festival, the Melbourne Film Festival sidebar Telescope, The Byron Bay International Film Festival and the Dungog Film Festival.

 

Magic Happens in The Dark: A Filmmakers view of Festivals

The Filmmakers Lounge, Saturday 7th March, 2pm, Free

Under the evocative slogan of this year’s theme, we personalise the festival experience from the filmmakers perspective. Our seasoned panel will share their emotional and professional journey onto and around the International Film Festival circuit. Submission tactics and reactions to dismissals or acceptances will be discussed, as will the much coveted final screening.

How does it feel when the lights go down and they share their film with an audience? Not every filmmaker gets to experience this type of magic happening in the dark.

Matt Huffman: Producer, Hero. Traitor. Patriot and The Foot Job

matt-huffmanMatt is a seasoned film festival applicant and was the producer on BBFF’s best film award of 2014, When My Sorrow Died: The Legend Of Armen Ra & The Theremin. It was selected to 20 festivals and awarded Best Documentary 10 times.

Matt holds A BFA from The Conservatory for Theatre Arts at Webster University. A graduate of the New York Film Academy, Matt has completed several short films, directing original work and collaborating with filmmakers Holly Hunter, Tim Robbins, and The Actors’ Gang Theater.

He has worked with many award winning directors including John Erman, Clint Eastwood and Susan Smith.

Philip Buiser: Writer/Director, Four Brothers. Or Three. Wait…Three’

philip-busierPhilip Buiser hails from the US and his film is a touching farce about brotherly love. He has been writing, producing and directing independent films for more than a decade and is a writer on the hit American television show Bates Motel. His film Jacob was named “Best Short Film” at the Urban Mediamakers Film Festival in Atlanta and his film Folies D’Espagne premiered at the famed Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. He was named an “Up-and-Coming Film Director” in the January 2009 “New Stars to Watch” issue of BlackBook Magazine.

Ben Cookson: Director, Almost Married

ben-cooksonBen graduated with a First Class Honours degree from Bournemouth University winning the Alan Plater award for scriptwriting. Ben has experience with film festivals as both a director and employee. He has worked with the European Independent Film Festival where he set-up a scriptwriting competition to run conjunction with the main festival. At the Cannes Film Festival in 2010, Ben met with producer Lionel Hicks and then returned to London to write and direct Almost Married, his debut feature. A gritty British comedy, it tells the story of a husband to be who returns from his stag-do with an STD.

Almost Married enjoyed a theatrical release in the UK and has achieved distribution in North America, Latin America, Germany, Benelux, Turkey, Slovenia and Eastern Europe. It has also sold to ITV and won Best Feature Film at the Marbella International Film Festival. It is currently nominated for Best Comedy at the National Film Awards.

Oden Roberts: Director, A Fighting Season

OdenWriter and Director Oden Roberts’ films have screened at Sundance, SXSW, and Tribeca Film festival. His feature, A Fighting Season is a gripping study of the machismo and heroism that emerges through the pressures faced by a pair of US army recruiters whose careers are on the line. It was a recipient of a 2011-2012 San Francisco Film Society KRF production grant, past winners include Beasts Of The Southern Wild and Fruitvale Station.

Roberts earned a place on Moby’s 2012 “destroyed” DVD for his short film hand selected by Moby himself, which premiered at the Cannes 2012 New Directors Spotlight. He currently resides in Venice, California.

Evangelos Giovanis: Director, Bereave

EvangelosBereave is an intelligent romance-drama starring Malcolm McDowell and Jane Seymour. Garvey (McDowell) is dying and Evelyn (Seymour) has disappeared. Garvey sets out to rescue her, and the ensuing drama makes him realise just how much reason he has to put all he has into going on living.

The Giovanis brothers (Evangelos & George) proudly grew up in the family restaurant business but were never accepted to film schools. They decided to start shooting independent films and learn on the job anyway. Their films have enjoyed plenty of time on the international film festival ciruit. In 2006, their feature film Land of Nod was awarded the Digital Alexander Award for best feature at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival in 2006. In 2008, their film Run It won accolades

with an honorable mention at the Canada International Film Festival, a Gold Kahuna Award at the Honolulu International film Festival and a Bronze Palm Award at the Mexico International Film Festival.

The brothers also work in teaching boxers how to fight and in 2014 they produced an Adidas National Champion. They currently reside in Los Angeles.

Jackie Jean-Louis: Executive Producer, Tony Benn: Will & Testament

Jackie Jean-LouisJackie has been part of Praslin Pictures since their formation in July 2009 as their Executive Producer and their feature length documentary Tony Benn – Will & Testament is this year’s opening night film. Tony Benn, the longest serving Labour MP in history, is also, arguably, the most popular UK politician of all time. This is an exclusive and deeply personal look at the life of a national treasure, a frank, candid and sometimes painful exploration of the great themes of life that have affected him and affect us all, love, loss, hopes, dreams, fears and death. The project had its theatrical release in Autumn 2014 and was winner of (The Audience Award) Edinburgh Film Festival 2014 where it had its UK Premier.

Praslin Pictures has produced a number of short films, music videos and documentaries for the Bio Channel. Their first feature was ‘Peter’ Portrait of a Serial Killer, which was a drama that took you into the mind of one of the UK’s most notorious serial killers, while using archive news footage. It has won a number of awards around the world at Alaska International Film Festival 2012, Canada International Film Festival 2012, Mexico International Film Festival 2011 and Los Angeles Art House Festival 2011.

Chaired by Simon Foster, Film Reviewer, ABC-FM Statewide

simon-fosterA film industry journalist for over two decades, Simon Foster began his industry experience in the 80′s heyday of the home video sector in marketing and sales roles at Village Roadshow, 20th Century Fox and Columbia Tri-star. After a long stint as the Asia Pacific Sales Manager for ‘The Showbusiness Bible’, Variety, he turned his skills to full-time film review work in the 90′s; his work has been featured on the SBS Movies site and in Encore, Inside Film, Empire, and The Big Issue. In addition to long-standing DVD review segments on Sydney’s Radio 2UE, he hosts film review shows on ABC-FM Statewide and ABC-FM Central Coast and is the Managing Editor of his own film sector website, Screen-Space. A member of the Film Critics Circle of Australia (FCCA), Simon has served on the jury of such festivals as The Sydney Underground Film Festival, The Night of Horror Film Festival, the Melbourne Film Festival sidebar Telescope, The Byron Bay International Film Festival and the Dungog Film Festival.

 

 

At Your Own Risk: How Far Will A Director Go To Make A Film?

The Filmmakers Lounge, Sunday 8th March, 11am, Free

Film making is a delicate business and directors will always risk a great deal to stay true to their vision of getting their story to screen. Our eclectic panel of filmmakers will discuss the formidable hurdles they have faced in production. Shooting hazardous events, broaching sensitive content and finding themselves in illegal situations all require a fine balance of judgment and diplomacy. Filmmakers need to use and not abuse their power, so where do you draw the line? When should you turn the camera off? And how vital is ‘that shot’?

Panel Members:

Dayne Pratzky: The Frackman

dayneDayne Pratzky is a leading figure in the anti-Coal Seam Gas movement in Australia. He is an ‘accidental’ activist, having had no previous involvement with environmental campaigning. “I was a roo shooting, pig hunting kind of bloke,” he says. “I’m the most unlikely environmentalist in the world. But when they force their way onto your land and destroy your community, you have no choice but to fight back.” In the course of fighting for his community, Dayne sometimes skirts the law and his civil disobedience activities lead to charges of dangerous driving and public nuisance. Undeterred, Dayne will continue touring Australia throughout 2015, helping communities living with CSG to fight back.

Richard Todd: Director/Producer, Frackman

richardFrackman is a pioneering political film that documents one mans 5 year struggle (Pratzky) against the $70 billion Coal Seam Gas industry in Queensland. Richard Todd produces provocative films, specialising in character-driven, social issues and natural history documentaries that have a positive impact on people, society and the environment. He’s worked with international companies and distributors including ABC, Discovery Channel, BBC and National Geographic. Guerilla film tactics and the inevitable brushes with the law are part of what it took to get Frackman’s story told and to give its audiences the tools to get involved in what is becoming the largest social movement Australia has seen in decades.

Broderick Fox: Director, Zen and the Art of Dying

broderick-foxBroderick Fox’s documentary of self-described deathwalker Zenith Virago’s personal and professional experiences challenges our core assumptions about life and dissolves taboos around death. Zen and the Art of Dying permits audiences to deeply identify with challenging perspectives and subject matters traditionally excised from mainstream media.

Fox’s award-winning narrative, experimental, and documentary works present challenging, socially relevant issues through accessible, character-driven storytelling and have screened in over 50 international festivals. Fox’s last feature documentary The Skin I’m In (2012) had its world premiere at the Byron Bay International Film Festival in Australia. He is an Associate Professor of Media Arts & Culture at Occidental College in Los Angeles, where he teaches courses in both theory and production. His book, Documentary Media: History – Theory – Practice is out now through Pearson Press.

Steve Pratt: Writer/Director, Thunderlust and the Middle Beast

steve-pratt“Forged in Olympus. Filmed in Jordan. Thunderlust is coming to rock you soon” Thunderlust are a hip thrusting glam metal band with an image problem and they have come to a part of the world that suffers the same. The Middle East. Their mission: shoot three music videos, and get out alive.

Steve Pratt filmed his comedic music mockumenatry on location in Jordan and whilst it might appear brazen, he admits that he spent lot of time labouring over what he was trying to say, and the best way to say it, without marginalising the wrong people. Steve has over twenty years experience; writing, directing, shooting and editing. Credits include: Writer – Under the Radar  (Feature Film, Pictures in Paradise), Writer – Farm Kids (TV series), Director – Win or Lose (Feature Documentary), and numerous corporate documentaries including work for the United Nations in the Middle East, numerous TV commercials and music videos.  Awards range from ACS Gold award in cinematography, to being a quarter finalist and finalist in numerous script competitions in the USA including the Nichol Fellowship Awards and the Premier’s Literary Awards.

Chad DeRosa: Director, Out Of Nothing

Chad-DeRosaOut Of Nothing is a true story of four men who risk everything to conquer the records of motorcycle land speed racing. They battle mounting obstacles such as financial hardship, in-team conflict and severe weather whilst attempting to set records at breakneck speeds on homemade machines. And so, therein lie the obvious parallels with a film shoot. Chad DeRosa and his crew were there beside them, to record their extraordinary journey.

Chad DeRosa first set foot into the world of filmmaking in 2000.  For 4 years Chad developed a sense of creativity behind the camera as well as in the edit studio.  But it wasn’t until 2008 that he truly learned what passion was and it was then that he picked up a Canon DLSR photography camera and began learning the art of creating a still photograph.  In 2011, DeRosa had the opportunity to dive back into filmmaking when the idea of Out of Nothing came about. For the next 3 years he has worked on building and perfecting his cinematography work through many different motor sports.

Chaired by Simon Foster, Film Reviewer, ABC-FM Statewide

simon-fosterA film industry journalist for over two decades, Simon Foster began his industry experience in the 80′s heyday of the home video sector in marketing and sales roles at Village Roadshow, 20th Century Fox and Columbia Tri-star. After a long stint as the Asia Pacific Sales Manager for ‘The Showbusiness Bible’, Variety, he turned his skills to full-time film review work in the 90′s; his work has been featured on the SBS Movies site and in Encore, Inside Film, Empire, and The Big Issue. In addition to long-standing DVD review segments on Sydney’s Radio 2UE, he hosts film review shows on ABC-FM Statewide and ABC-FM Central Coast and is the Managing Editor of his own film sector website, Screen-Space. A member of the Film Critics Circle of Australia (FCCA), Simon has served on the jury of such festivals as The Sydney Underground Film Festival, The Night of Horror Film Festival, the Melbourne Film Festival sidebar Telescope, The Byron Bay International Film Festival and the Dungog Film Festival.

 

 

The Best Of Both Worlds? Developing A Creative Relationship With Your Partner

The Filmmakers Lounge, Sunday 8th March, 2pm, Free

To the external eye, creative couples appear to have it all, an understanding partner AND an admiring coworker… but keeping those creative juices flowing may take a lot more effort than it seems. Do the everyday stresses of the working day bleed into family time? What is working with your life partner really like? What are the most significant positives and challenges for the couple that choose to live and to create together?

Panel Members:

Dustin Clare & Camille Keenan, Actors/Writers, Sunday

Sunday is a relationship drama, a tale of two people whose lives intertwine with the city they inhabit. Real-life partners Dustin Clare and Camille Keenan act together on screen as Charlie and Eve. Eve is pregnant but they are no longer a couple. After years of history and months of separation, they have 24 hours to find out whether they have a future together. Clare’s and Keenan’s chemistry is clearly obvious on screen.

Dustin Clare

dustin-clareDustin graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and became a series regular in the popular television drama McLeod’s Daughters. He went on to star in the Showtime series Satisfaction and also appeared in the critically acclaimed second series of Underbelly.

His screen credits include featuring opposite Geoffrey Rush The Eye of the Storm. Mark Lamprell’s musical feature, Goddess and playing Lt. Harry Moffitt on the ABC’s mini-series ANZAC Girls. More recently Dustin played ‘Gannicus’ alongside John Hannah and Lucy Lawless in the hit US action-adventure series Spartacus: War of the Damned and has also starred in Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, and in Spartacus: Vengeance. Dustin is also a Producer and writer for Fighting Chance Films, Sunday marks his debut feature as a writer and producer.

Camille Keenan

camille-keenanCamille was born in Wellington, New Zealand and moved to Australia when she landed a leading role in the award winning drama Satisfaction. Roles in critically acclaimed police drama Rush, City Homicide, Underbelly: Squizzy quickly followed.

More recently she starred as series regular Bree Jennning in Packed to the Rafters.

Recent short film successes include Snake, selected to screen at Palm Springs ShortFest & St Kilda Film Festival, and the comedy Everything Is Super, selected for screenings at Flickerfest, Dungog and St Kilda film festivals. Sunday marks Camille’s debut as a writer and producer.

Georgina Jenkins & Robb Shaw-Velzen: Past Imperfect

Past Imperfect is a story of love, forgiveness and hope, one of family dynamics and sibling rivalry. It takes place over one morning when a brother and sister’s worlds collide at their ill mother’s bedside.

This short drama was two years in the making, a labour of love between husband and wife filmmaking couple, Robb Shaw-Velzen (Director) and Georgina Jenkins (Writer/Producer) and was inspired by real experiences within their own families. This is Robb’s directorial debut.

Georgina Jenkins: Writer/Producer ‘Past Imperfect’

georginaCo-founder of Canberra production house By George Studios, Georgina Jenkins is an award-winning writer and producer whose work has been screened on television and at film festivals. She has been an advocate of the ACT screen industry since 2000 when she established the ACT Film and Television Council and, as its Chair, lobbied for the establishment of an ACT Film and Television Office.   She has been a member of the ScreenACT Taskforce since its establishment in 2005 and has been the Screen Producers Australia ACT Chapter Head since 2010.

Robb Shaw-Velzen: Director ‘Past Imperfect’

rob-past-impWith an international career as a Director/Cinematographer spanning 27 years, Robb Shaw-Velzen has worked on shows including Survivor, The Pacific and Good Morning Britain.   He has 13 Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) Awards, including four Gold Awards.  In 2009 he was awarded a prestigious Golden Tripod at the National Awards for Cinematography and in 2013 he became the youngest person to ever be honoured with ACS Lifetime Membership.

Chaired by Simon Foster & Fiona Williams, Husband & Wife

 

Fiona Williams, Managing Editor, SBS Movies

Fiona-WilliamsFiona Williams is managing editor of SBS Movies, Australia’s online destination for world cinema news, reviews and international film festivals coverage. Prior to launching SBS Movies (previously known as SBS Film) in 2009, Fiona was editor of Encore magazine, where she spent several years covering the Australian film and television production industry. Her film writing has appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald, Australian Women’s Forum, Metro magazine and Filmink; she has guest-hosted film review segments on ABC Radio National and served on such festival juries as Bondi Short Film Festival, Lebanese Film Festival and the MIFF sidebar, Telescope.

Chaired by Simon Foster, Film Reviewer, ABC-FM Statewide

simon-fosterA film industry journalist for over two decades, Simon Foster began his industry experience in the 80′s heyday of the home video sector in marketing and sales roles at Village Roadshow, 20th Century Fox and Columbia Tri-star. After a long stint as the Asia Pacific Sales Manager for ‘The Showbusiness Bible’, Variety, he turned his skills to full-time film review work in the 90′s; his work has been featured on the SBS Movies site and in Encore, Inside Film, Empire, and The Big Issue. In addition to long-standing DVD review segments on Sydney’s Radio 2UE, he hosts film review shows on ABC-FM Statewide and ABC-FM Central Coast and is the Managing Editor of his own film sector website, Screen-Space. A member of the Film Critics Circle of Australia (FCCA), Simon has served on the jury of such festivals as The Sydney Underground Film Festival, The Night of Horror Film Festival, the Melbourne Film Festival sidebar Telescope, The Byron Bay International Film Festival and the Dungog Film Festival.

 

 

The Meeting Place: An Hour Of Pure Potential

The Filmmakers Lounge, Sunday 8th March, 5.30pm, $15

Byron Bay’s original name is Cavvanbah meaning ‘Meeting Place’.

Be sure to put this one in your diary if you’re a creative type looking to connect with others. In this speed-dating format we give you the opportunity to meet with others in the film industry and you do the rest. In just one hour, your destiny may change! Spaces are limited!

Moderated by Amy Gray: Feminist Commentator

Amy-GreyAmy Gray is an Australian writer. She writes about politics, culture and feminism for the Guardian and the Vine. Amy also occasionally appears on ABC radio and The Project. She firmly believes all films could be improved by the addition of Godzilla, with the exception of 1998 film, Godzilla.

 

 

WEEKEND 2

14th – 15th March

Australian Directors’ Guild Masterclass: Tony Ayres Cut Snake

The Filmmakers Lounge, Saturday 14th March, 11am, $15

A real coup for us in our 9th Year, we’re proud to be playing host to an ADG Masterclass with Tony Ayres as he discusses his third feature film Cut Snake (screening at BBFF on Friday 13th March).

‘Cut Snake is a crime thriller about a young couple, Sparra and Paula, who are visited by someone from Sparra’s dark past.

This is a story about passion and fire. It explores secrets, desire and the consequences of truth. In many ways, Cut Snake starts as a conventional thriller, but as it progresses, the usual black and whites of this genre become more complicated and messy. By the third act, all bets are off, and anything can happen.

Cut Snake is my third feature and a great direction for me as a director. It is a kinetic crime thriller, yet still explores the moral ambiguities and complexities of the human heart which have always fascinated me thematically’.

Tony Ayres, 2014

tony-ayersTony Ayres is an award winning writer and director in both drama and documentary. His second feature film, The Home Song Stories, premiered at the Berlinale. It won 24 international and Australian awards including 8 AFI Awards, 5 IF

Awards, and 2 Golden Horse Awards (the Asian “Oscars”).

His first feature film, Walking on Water had its world premiere in Berlinale where it won the “Teddy Award” and the Reader’s Prize of Siegessäule Magazine. It also screened at numerous festivals and won 5 AFI Awards, 2 AFCC Awards and an IF Award.

More recently, Tony has become a prolific producer of television, making the series Bogan Pride and Anatomy (the latter now going into series 4). He has also directed his first television movie, Saved, starring Claudia Karvan, which screened on SBS in 2009. Tony was the showrunner and one of the directors of The Slap, the TV adaption of Christos Tsoilkas’ bestselling novel. The highly acclaimed 8-part drama series has won three AACTA Awards including Best Mini-Series, the Silver Logie for most outstanding drama and was also nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best International Series. Tony currently has a number of projects in development and is one of the founders of Matchbox pictures.

Chaired by Amy Gray: Feminist Commentator

Amy-GreyAmy Gray is an Australian writer. She writes about politics, culture and feminism for the Guardian and the Vine. Amy also occasionally appears on ABC radio and The Project. She firmly believes all films could be improved by the addition of Godzilla, with the exception of 1998 film, Godzilla.

 

 

 

Screenworks Presents: Adaptations

The Filmmakers Lounge, Saturday 14th March, 2pm, Free

Some of this region’s most prominent story tellers will talk about the process of screen adaptation. Join screenwriters Deb Cox (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, The Gods of Wheat St) and Belinda Chayko (Lou, Old School) with Script Development Consultant and Script Editor Charlie de Salis (Deception, Cliffy) and author Marele Day (Lambs of God, The Sea Bed) as they share valuable advice, talking about the challenges and successes they have experienced in creating adaptations for the screen.

marele dayMarele Day is the award-winning author of several novels, including internationally acclaimed Lambs of God, which was optioned by Twentieth Century Fox.

 

 

 

Belinda chayko Belinda Chayko is an award-winning writer and director. Her feature film Lou screened in competition at a number of international film festivals,  Belinda has written on various television projects including Old School and The Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries (ABC), and The Marmalade Files for Matchbox Pictures (Foxtel).

 

 

Deb CoxDeb Cox is a creator, writer and creative producer and is responsible for some of Australia’s most iconic screen content including Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, The Gods of Wheat St, and Sea Change.

 

 

 

 Charlie De Salis Charlie de Salis is a director, writer, script consultant and script editor. His short films have screened at a wide selection of international festivals, including Venice and Cannes.   He has written three television plays for New Zealand television, and his recent projects include script consulting on the Australia/US co pro feature films Bad Karma, Deception and Undertow, and script editing the ABC Cliff Young biopic Cliffy.

 

ABC Open: Makers & Creators Project

The Filmmakers Lounge, Sunday 15th March, 11am, Free

jeff-licenseLearn how to storyboard, shoot and edit a short video then publish it on the ABC with the new ABC Open Makers and Creators project. Join ABC Open Producer Jeff Licence to learn how you can develop your storytelling skills and get involved in making videos. The theme for the video is Makers and Creators. Profile an artist or craftsperson in your community and showcase their talents, inspiration and methods. You can choose anyone from a painter or jeweller, to a ukulele maker or tea-towel designer. Once you’ve made your video publish it on the ABC at  abc.net.au/openprojects

 

 

Getting It On (Screen): Sexuality In Cinema.

The Filmmakers Lounge, Sunday 15th March, 2pm, $15

With the male gaze well documented in cinema, what of women? From bimbos to sluts to manic pixie dream girls, blank slates for vampires and BDSMers – where is women’s sexuality on screen? What do we want to see and what are the best examples? Join feminist commentator Amy Gray, television personality and author Jan Murray, comedian Mandy Nolan and femme-fatale cabaret artist Ilona Harker for a riotous conversation that promises to go where no other panel has gone before.

Panel Members:

Jan Murray: Television Personality and Author

jan-murrayJan, as well as having run one of the nation’s most high-profile PR consultancies during the Eighties and Nineties, is a veteran TV personality. She first appeared on the long-ago Mike Walsh Midday Shows as a regular guest with opinions on topical subjects. Her appearances continued all through the Ray Martin era of the Midday Show.

As the then, wife of a Cabinet Minister, Jan is on public record as confronting Prime Minister Bob Hawke about what she considered his anti-feminist attitude to some of his intended legislation. Their argument made it into Hansard as the Murray Amendment. The Canberra Press Gallery tagged her “The Spouse That Roared”, a moniker she wore, proudly.

Then came a decade of going head-to-head with Stan Zemanek on the popular Foxtel/Ch10 Beauty & the Beast. Sacked twice by Stan and management for her outrageous lefty outbursts but twice brought back by popular demand. Given her close association with the burgeoning tourism industry in the early Nineties, Jan developed a holiday project which she took to Channel Nine and which ultimately aired as the highly successful Getaway. There’s a bitter story there, one she outlines in her memoir, Sheer Madness; sex, lies and politics.

Mandy Nolan: Comedian

mandy-nolanMulti-talented Mandy Nolan is an accomplished comedian, artist, journalist, social commentator, humour coach and memoirist. She is also an expert on all matters feminine, from the contrasting vulnerability and callousness of a woman’s heart to a mother’s worries about daughters replicating their own disastrous early forays in love.

Her humour is sharp, honest, sometimes self-depreciating, somewhat outrageous, but never cruel or pretentious. She is a columnist for the Byron Shire Echo, and writes regularly for The Hoopla.  She has appeared on ABC’s Q&A, SBS’s Mums The Word & About Women. Her first memoir, What I Would Do If I Were You, was published in 2011. 2014 saw ‘the femoir no man wants you to write!’ : Boyfriends We’ve All Had (and Shouldn’t Have). And this year Nolan launches Home Truths, a memoir about place.

With her keen eye for detail and dark wit, Mandy dissects the underbelly of intimate relationships to dish up a plateful of saucy belly laughs.

Ilona Harker: Singer/Writer

Illona-HarkerIlona Harker is a musician and self proclaimed “Doer of Stuff”.

She writes songs, sings, performs solo and with Mae Wilde (her alter ego, the lovechild of Mae West and Oscar Wilde).  In the last 15 years, Ilona has shared the stage with Butterfingers, Mama Kin, John Butler, Jordie Lane, The Black Birds, Lucie Thorne, Sara Tindley and played at the Big Day Out, The East Coast Blues and Roots Festival, Mullum Music Festival and Tamworth Country Music festival.
She’s a mother, a poet, a dreamer, a screamer, dress up artist, cabaret chanteuse and a soap box charlatan. She isn’t very good at vacuuming or doing her tax.

Chaired by Amy Gray: Feminist Commentator

Amy-GrayAmy Gray is an Australian writer. She writes about politics, culture and feminism for the Guardian and the Vine. Amy also occasionally appears on ABC radio and The Project. She firmly believes all films could be improved by the addition of Godzilla, with the exception of 1998 film, Godzilla.

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