2019 Guests & SPEAKERS
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LUCY COLEMAN (AUS) - Dir, Hot MESS
Lucy Coleman is an Australian screenwriter and director, producing original work under her label Loose As Hell Productions.
Her projects include the shoestring budget feature Hot Mess, which debuted at For Film’s Sake Sydney in 2018 and made its international debut at Seattle International Film Festival – where it was selected as one of the festival’s must see films alongside Bo Burnham’s Eight Grade.
IAN DARLING (AUS) - Dir, The final quarter
Ian Darling is the Director and Producer of ADAM GOODES THE FINAL QUARTER. He is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and Executive Chair of Shark Island Institute in Sydney.
MONICA DAVIDSON(AUS) - SPEAKER, FREELANCE SURVIVAL
Monica Davidson is an award-winning expert on the creative industries. She was a freelancejournalist and filmmaker before starting the social enterprise Creative Plus Business Group in 2015, an organisation dedicated to educating creative practitioners about business skills.
Monica is a regular guest lecturer at AFTRS and NIDA, the Australian author of Freelancing for Dummies, and a renowned speaker.
HEATH DAVIS (AUS) - DIR, LOCUSTS
Davis wrote, directed and produced the Australian feature films Book Week and Broke. The critically acclaimed Broke, which was named in The Guardian’s Top 10 films of 2016, was released by Bonsai Films in conjunction with the NRL and played in over 100 cinemas across Australia and New Zealand before being released on DVD and all VOD platforms by Umbrella Entertainment as well as airlines QANTAS and Air New Zealand. It had its free to air TV premiere on the Ten Network on Christmas Eve 2016.
SARAH GAUL (AUS) - STAR, HOT MESS
Sarah Gaul is an Australian musical comedian, actor, award-winning improviser and published writer who has toured her critically acclaimed one-woman comedy show internationally.
Sarah stars as the lead in Hot Mess, a film by Lucy Coleman that was selected for the 2018 Seattle International Film Festival, and worked with Coleman again with On The Fringe, a comedy web series that was selected for screening at multiple festivals around the globe.
MICHAEL MCCALL (AUS) - head of film, Notre Dame
Michael has worked in a professional capacity as a director, actor, producer, playwright, dramaturg, script editor, arts advocate and educator in stage, screen and arts education in Australia. He is a graduate of Curtin University, with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in English, with Honours in Performance Studies, as well as being a graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) Acting Course.
DONNA MCRAE (AUS) - DIR, COBBY: THE OTHER SIDE OF CUTE
Donna lectures at Deakin University and her particular interrogations of ghosts, 19th century gender roles and post-punk rock‘n’roll offer a surprising and powerful potential. Her feature documentary Cobby: The Other Side of Cute premiered in San Francisco and her next project, a ‘ghost western’ about Ned Kelly’s sister, is currently in development along with a Female Horror Anthology with Unicorn Films.
EMILY MILEDGE (AUS) - STAR, I GO FURTHER UNDER
Emily has a lead role in this year’s Australian Premiere of David Bowie and Enda Walsh’s groundbreaking musical Lazarus, for The Production Company.
Her stage credits have been many and varied. She recently played Adele in The House of Bernarda Alba, for the Melbourne Theatre Company, and Suzanne in the Critical Stages production of Therese Raquin.
ENDA MURRAY (IRELAND) - DIR, IRISH FILM FESTIVAL AUSTRALIA
Enda Murray is an award winning filmmaker and educator. His creative and academic work spans his interest in culture, education and social change.
Enda has written, produced and directed TV and radio content for RTE, BBC, ABC, SBS, NITV and Maori TV.
His work has been screened at international film festivals including Mumbai, Dublin, Rotterdam, Galway, Cork and Berlin Ethnofest.
ANNIE MURTAGH-MONKS (AUS) - Casting DIRECTOR
Annie Murtagh-Monks is a casting director and acting coach and has worked on 38 film & television projects shot in WA, including Rabbit Proof Fence, Japanese Story, Last Train to Freo and Drift. She helped cast several internationally successful WA actors in their first screen roles including Heath Ledger, Melissa George, Ewen Leslie, Emma Booth and Jai Courtney. Currently she is casting director and acting coach on Matchbox Pictures 30 episode TV drama series for the ABC “The Heights”.
ADAM PEARSON (UK) - STAR, CHAINED FOR LIFE
Adam Pearson was born in 1985, along with his identical twin brother named Neil. After Adam hit his head at the age of five, the bump raised persisted instead of healing. He was diagnosed with the incurable genetic disorder neurofibromatosis (NF1), which causes non-cancerous tumours to grow on nerve tissue.
He has become a leading advocate for equality for opportunity – opening up the discussion of the employment of disabled actors for disabled roles.
LUCAS TAVERNIER (NETHERLANDS) - STAR, WHERE THE BIRDS GO
Lucas Tavernier (Ghent, December 27, 1971) is a Flemish actor. He is best known as Youri Lavrov in Home and Frank Verdonck in Family. He also played many guest roles in, among others, Witse, Galaxy Park, Hotel 13 and Zone Stad.
After studying Romance Philology at the KU Leuven, he followed a professional actor training at the ERAC in France.
MICHAEL VALE (AUS) - DIR, COBBY: THE OTHER SIDE OF CUTE
Michael Vale is a visual artist and filmmaker. He is currently employed as a senior lecturer in the Department of Fine Art at Monash University in Melbourne. Primarily trained as a painter, he has also worked extensively in film and TV as a script writer and support crew and, more recently as a director and production designer. He has also worked as a scenery painter, interior designer, and art administrator.
ANGUS WATTS (AUS) - PROD, LOCUSTS
Angus is a screenwriter and producer with a lifetime passion for genre film, visual storytelling and landscape cinematography. He is also a practicing radiologist.
Angus spent 5 years developing Locusts, writing and producing the film through his Gold Coast based production company Closereef Productions.