Stephen Wallace is a filmmaker who has directed five feature films; Stir (1980), The Boy Who Had Everything (1984), For Love Alone (1865), Blood Oath (1990) and Turtle Beach (1992). After making several short films (including Break Up and Brittle Weather Journey) he began his professional career with the low budget 50 min drama The Love Letter From Teralba Road in 1977 and followed another hour-long low budget drama Captives of Care. He has directed a number of features (one off dramas) for television including Gordon Bennett (Ch 9), Quest Beyond Time (Ch10) Women of the Sun (SBS) and Mail Order Bride, Hunger, Olive and Envy for the ABC. During the last ten years he has also directed for series television (Water Rats, Flying Doctors, Pig’s Breakfast and Twisted Tales), was the president of the Australian Screen Director’s Association (ASDA now ADG) between 1992-2000. He has always had an interest in theatre and acting and has his own small theatre company with Michael Gillett, Impulse Theatre. They have produced several versions of Oedipus plus Lysistrata, Cosi and Away and have completed four productions for the Short and Sweet series at the Seymour Centre as well as short film with the company Disconnected. He continues workshopping with actors to prepare for new productions.
With over 46 years experience in the Australian film industry, more than thirty of those years spent as a freelancer, Donald Crombie is regarded as one of the country’s leading filmmakers. As a director his range of productions has involved feature films, telemovies, mini-series, drama series, documentaries and commercials. He has also written numerous screenplays, assessed other people’s scripts and occasionally mentored and taught. Among Donald Crombie’s best-known feature films (as a director) are: Caddie, The Irishman, (which he also wrote), The Killing of Angel Street, Kitty and the Bagman, and Robbery Under Arms. His television credits as director include Cyclone Tracy (mini-series), The Heroes, The River Kings, Heroes II: The Return, Time Trax and McLeod’s Daughters. In addition to his career as a filmmaker, Crombie has been a Board member of the Australian Writers’ Guild (AWG) and the Australian Directors Guild (ADG). He was also President of the latter organisation for five years.
Grant Campbell has free-lanced in the NZ film and television industry for thirty years. Firstly as a crew member in the art department and special effects, he worked his way up to producing, writing and directing. His credits span feature films, documentaries, drama series, music videos, commercials and reality shows. One of the producers of CINEMA OF UNEASE, directed by Sam Neill and Judy Rymer which gained Official Selection at Cannes in 1996. TARGET, a consumer affairs show that he developed and was originating director, became the longest-running and highest-rating show on the TV3 network for ten years. Grant was a foundation board member of the Screen Directors Guild (SDGNZ), which later became the Directors and Editors Guild (DEGNZ), a board he currently serves on.
Pat Fiske is an experienced director and producer. She is recognised as a prominent member of Australia's independent filmmaking community. In 2001 she was awarded the prestigious Stanley Hawes Award for her outstanding contribution to the documentary industry in Australia at AIDC. Pat was Co-Head of the Documentary Department at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School from 2002-2008 and worked as the Documentary Consultant at SBS Independent for eighteen months in 2000-2001. Some of the films she has directed and/or produced are the award-winning documentaries: Rocking the Foundations, a history of the NSW Builders Laborers Federation and the Green Bans; Woolloomooloo; For All the World to See, a portrait of Professor Fred Hollows; 'Doc', a portrait of Herbert Vere Evatt; Australia Daze; Following the Fenceline; Leaping off the Edge; An Artist in Eden and Night Patrol. She has produced Business Behind Bars, Selling Sickness, River of No Return, Scarlet Road, Love Marriage in Kabul and has recently completed Oyster. She was Supervising Producer for the National Indigenous Documentary Fund 5-part series, Call to Country. At present she is in producing When the Camera Stopped Rolling and in development on other projects.
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Scott Hartford Davis is an ADG award winning director, writer and producer working in Film and Television in Australia. He began his career in 1980 at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, where he directed four seasons of the multi-award winning drama series G.P. and produced high-rating programs such as Quantum, State of the Arts and Billboard. While with the ABC he directed the Mini Series Heartland with Cate Blanchett and three series of Police Rescue for which he won a Silver Medal for Best Episode of Television, World at the New York Festival. He has directed four Tele-Features and numerous episodes of iconic, award winning Australian and American series including Water Rats, Flipper, Always Greener and All Saints. Since 2000 he has worked almost exclusively for the 7 Network, the last decade guiding Home and Away to its present high production values. He has been nominated four times for the ADG Best Direction in a TV Drama Serial Award between 2012 and 2015, winning in 2015.
Kevin Lucas is an innovative award-winning filmmaker whose genre-bending films have been selected into festivals around the globe, winning critical acclaim & distinction awards (including Grand Prix) in Montreal, Paris, Cannes, Berlin, Rotterdam, Moscow, London, Rome, Montreal, Toronto, New York, Sundance. He has been nominated and awarded a number of Australian filmmaking distinctions including Australian Film Institute TV Drama, Feature & Documentary awards. As a practicing independent filmmaker for 30 years working in documentary, TV drama, music and feature, his credited roles include director, writer, editor, script-editor, producer and executive producer. He is also a music producer, composer and performer in theatre and film and was founding and creative director of Lucas Produkzions and MusicArtsDance films authoring numerous documentary and drama projects, many of which are seen as contemporary artistic film classics in Australia including as Director/Writer – Beyond El Rocco (1989); Black River (1992), Three Knocks on the (1996); The Widower (2004) and as Producer/Script Editor, Fish (1999); Urban Clan (1998); One Night The Moon (2001); The Diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky (2002). Kevin currently works as a script advisor on TV series and Feature film projects and as a writer/director in documentary, TV series and Feature. He also mentors younger filmmakers and is involved in remote indigenous training in NE Arnhem Land. During his professional life Kevin has served on a number of industry boards, juries and panels. He was founding board member of the Australian Screen Directors Authorship Collecting Society (ASDACS) and a board member of ASDA – now Australian Directors Guild. He represented Australia on the Vienna-based IMZ board, an international alliance of Public broadcasters, Independent filmmakers, Music Publishers, Distributors and Performing Arts Companies specializing in global rights management. He currently holds board positions with Gong Wanhurr Aboriginal Corporation (GWAC) based in NE Arnhem Land.
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Lauren Hillier is a chartered accountant, who serves on the ASDACAS Board to advise the organisation on accounting matters. Unable to choose between studying arts or business at university, Lauren chose a BA Creative Arts (International Studies) at Macquarie University, an arts management degree with a major in theatre. After working in the arts, she realised that what all those creatives out there really needed was help with financial matters. Further study in chartered accounting followed and she is now Director and partner at Generate (Business and Taxation), working with creative individuals and their businesses, with a particular specialisation in the film and television industries. She holds a Masters of Taxation from UNSW, and is a Justice of the Peace in NSW.