Writer and Director | Sascha Ettinger Epstein
Sascha Ettinger Epstein is a documentary filmmaker and magazine feature writer with a taste for edgy stories. Her first documentary PAINTING WITH LIGHT IN A DARK WORLD, about visionary underbelly Kings Cross street photographer Peter Darren Moyle, won many awards including The Golden Gate Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival 2003, the Australian Film Institute Award for best Direction in a Documentary, an IF Award and an ATOM Award and was a finalist in the 2003 Dendy Awards.
Thereafter she completed a Masters in Documentary Direction at AFTRS where she made SENTENCES, a short documentary about an art program within maximum security at Long Bay Gaol which won an IF Award and played at Flickerfest and St Kilda Film Festival 2005, and CHANGE OF HEART, about the mystique of the human heart and heart transplantation which won an ATOM Award and was also a finalist in the Sydney Film Festival Dendy Awards 2005.
Having finished film school, she directed a film about the 'Croc Fest' for indigenous youth from remote communities in the Northern Territory and was then selected to represent Oceania in a documentary-making competition in Belgium.
She spent the next three years making THE OASIS, a feature-length longitudinal observational film about a youth refuge in innercity Sydney (AFI Best Direction in Documentary) and also shot and co-directed PLAYING IN THE SHADOWS, an hour length piece about an after-dark basketball competition for kids living in a notorious public housing estate in Sydney's Woolloomooloo. Swinging back onto the right side of the law, she followed this with a year long field directing role on an observational TV series about police recruits!
WALL BOY, based on a story she heard during the filming of THE OASIS, is her first drama film.
Producer | Ian Darling
Ian Darling is an award winning documentary filmmaker. His director and producer credits include THE OASIS, IN THE COMPANY OF ACTORS, ALONE ACROSS AUSTRALIA and WOODSTOCK FOR CAPITALISTS.
He has recently produced two short fiction films, POLLY AND ME (writer and director) and WALL BOY. Both social policy short films will act as companion pieces to the homeless documentary THE OASIS, and its on-going outreach and education campaign.
He is currently directing and producing two feature documentaries: PAUL KELLY - STORIES OF ME, and OUR LITTLE GARDEN - An Environmental Love Story.
He received the AFI Award for Best Direction in a Documentary for THE OASIS, a film about Australia's homeless youth. The film was also nominated for a Walkley, IF, ATOM, Australian Directors Guild and Logie Award. He is a recipient of the AbaF Business Arts Leadership Award, and his photo "Jon" was a finalist in the National Photographic Portrait Prize.
He manages the Shark Island Foundation and the Shark Island Documentary Fund, which supports Australian documentary filmmakers and the local film industry. In addition, he is Chair of Documentary Australia Foundation, a philanthropic initiative supporting the documentary film industry in Australia, and Chair of The Caledonia Foundation, a private foundation focusing on the education, training and welfare of disadvantaged young Australians.
Producer | Susan MacKinnon
Susan has worked as an independent producer for more than 20 years, winning multiple awards and international acclaim for her films. Her recent films include HONEYBEE BLUES, A CAMEL ODYSSEY, GLOBAL HAYWIRE by Academy Award winner Bruce Petty, '4' directed by Tim Slade, OVER MY DEAD BODY directed by Ian Walker, MEN AND THEIR SHEDS by James Manche, ETERNITY about the enigmatic Arthur Stace directed by Lawrence Johnston, SOMEWHERE BETWEEN LIGHT AND REFLECTION and YOU MUST REMEMBER THIS, an expose about Alzheimer's Disease. Her very popular short drama, FETCH, screened at over fifty world festivals, including Official Competition at the International Festival du Cannes.
Susan is a Producer with Shark Island Productions, and her credits include POLLY AND ME, WALL BOY, THE OASIS and IN THE COMPANY OF ACTORS.
She is an Executive Director of Shark Island's philanthropic initiative Documentary Australia Foundation, established to create a new funding model from private grants to the documentary industry.
Susan is a board member for the South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC) and on the International Documentary Advisory Committee, Hot Docs, Toronto, Canada.
From 1998 to 2005, Susan was the Documentary Investment Manager at the Film Finance Corporation Australia (FFC), where she assisted filmmakers in negotiating finances for their documentaries. During this time, Susan financed over 400 productions and helped internationalise the Australian documentary industry.
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY | Nicola Daley
Nicola Daley is an award-winning Cinematographer.
In 2009 Nicola won the award for outstanding cinematography at the World of Women Film Festival. In 2008 Nicola won the Fuji Film Flickerfest Award for Best Cinematography for the AFC short film PLAY. In 2006 Nicola was awarded the Best Student Cinematography Award at the National Australian Cinematographers Society Awards for the short film DEBUT. She worked on the 2007 Oscar nominated film THE SAVIOUR. In 2005 she was awarded the AFTRS High Achievement Award in Cinematography and she shot the 2005 Tropfest winning film AUSTRALIAN SUMMER. Nicola has won a Gold NSW ACS Award for the short films LATE SHIFT, CROOKED MICK and DEBUT. DEBUT was also invited to be screened at the prestigious 2005 Camerimage Film festival in Poland.
Nicola moved from England to Sydney in 1999. Since then she has worked at rental house 'Lemac Film and Video' for three years, where she was involved with the technical side of cameras. She was accepted into the prestigious Australian Film, TV and Radio School to study Cinematography in 2003. Nicola has experience with film, video, and HD and in all areas, from music videos to drama to documentary. Most recently she has shot her first feature film, GIRL CLOCK, on HD and is working with some of Australia's most renowned documentary makers including Tom Zubrycki and Curtis Levy.
Editor | Sally Fryer
Sally Fryer is Senior Editor at Shark Island Productions. She has cut over 100 documentaries during her career and in 2008 won the AFI Award for Best Editing in a Documentary for THE OASIS.
THE OASIS received 4 nominations at the AFI Awards 2008 - Best Documentary, Best Direction, Best Editing and Best Sound. It won Best Direction and Best Editing. It was also nominated for ADG, IF, ATOM and Walkley Awards.
She recently edited two short dramas POLLY AND ME and WALL BOY, both of which were inspired by stories heard during the filming of THE OASIS and is currently working on a feature length documentary love story about living sustainably in Western Victoria.
Sally has 23 years experience as a freelance documentary film editor both in London and Sydney. She worked principally for the BBC and Channel 4 in the UK and for the ABC and SBS in Australia.
She was a finalist for the Dendy Awards Best Documentary Category 2005 with POLITICAL FOOTBALL, and was nominated for an AFI Award for Editing of THE ORIGINAL MERMAID in 2003. ALONE ACROSS AUSTRALIA, completed in 2003, won over 25 international awards and was voted "One of the 20 best adventure films of all time".
Other Australian credits include IN THE COMPANY OF ACTORS, DUST TO DUST, DOPE - A BATTLE FOR THE SOUL OF SPORT, DRAMA SCHOOL, WOODSTOCK FOR CAPITALISTS and THE TRACK.
She was Senior Editor on WATERGATE for Brook Lapping in London, which won the International Emmy for Best Documentary Series in 1995.
LINE PRODUCER | Mary Macrae
Mary Macrae is both Production Manager and Office Manager for Shark Island. She was Line Producer for the short POLLY AND ME as well as the feature documentary THE OASIS, and Production Assistant for IN THE COMPANY OF ACTORS. Mary is also the Administrative Officer for Documentary Australia Foundation and the Shark Island Documentary Fund.
Prior to joining Shark Island Mary freelanced as a Stage and Production Manager. She worked regularly with Sydney Theatre Company, Company B Belvoir, Griffin Theatre Company, Performing Lines, Force Majeure and was a Production Co-ordinator for the Olympic and Paralympic Arts Festivals. Mary has lectured in Stage Management for the NIDA Open Program, the University of Western Sydney and the Wesley Institute.
Composer | Felicity Fox
Felicity Fox is a Sydney-based composer working in film, television and theatre. She has contributed to many award winning films throughout her career such as THE OASIS, THE PRESIDENT VS. DAVID HICKS, JABE BABE and THE CHOIR. In addition to a broad culture of global, popular and experimental music, she brings to her work her Conservatorium training as a composer, music director and orchestrator.
Film and televisions projects for which Felicity has received individual recognition include: THE OASIS (AFI nomination, Best Soundtrack), REDHEADS (AFI nomination, Best Feature Score), FISTFUL OF FLIES (winner AGSC award for Best Original Song Composed for a Feature Film), AFRIKA, CAPETOWN TO CAIRO (ARIA nomination and AGSC/APRA Award nomination for Best Soundtrack Album) A CAVE IN THE SNOW (AGSC/APRA Award nomination for Best Soundtrack Album) and LOYAL TO MY IMAGE (winner Best Original Music for Film, FIFREC Film Festival France). TV series Felicity has scored include; ABOUT WOMEN, BABY BOOM TO BUST, DUST TO DUST and JOURNEYS TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH. Felicity composed the music for Shark Island short films POLLY AND ME and WALL BOY.
Major theatre projects include: the Paralympics Opening Ceremony in Sydney, 2000 (Assistant Music Director/Composer), FROZEN GIRL, created in South Korea with REM and Sadari Theatre and toured to Seoul, Pusan, Sydney and Melbourne in 1999-2000, BABY X, a play by Campion Decent, for the Mardi Gras Festival and Belvoir St Theatre, 2000 and SENESINO, an original dance-theatre work for the Mardi Gras festival, 1998.
Felicity is currently completing her Masters degree in Composition at the Sydney Conservatorium, composing a large multi-media work for string orchestra, voices, percussion and electronic surround sound.
Sound Design | Brooke Trezise
Brooke Trezise graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in 2007 - having gained an Advanced Diploma in Sound for Performance - where she gained experience recording and designing sound for Dance, Theater, Radio and Film.
While studying, she earned money mixing bands and doing live sound around Perth. Brooke worked recording sound on location as well as in post-production on a number of local films and documentaries in Perth, including designing A TOUCH OF MAGIC (winner best short film at Mandurah film festival). Brooke moved to Sydney in 2008 to work as assistant sound editor and FX editor on MAO'S LAST DANCER. She has subsequently assisted and edited atmospheres on ANIMAL KINGDOM, worked as sound-designer on WALL BOY, and worked as Head Of Sound on TV Show EVA MAI in Samoa. She is currently editing dialogues on the feature GRIFF THE INVISIBLE.
Sound Design | Sam Petty
Sam Petty dropped out of university in 1986, after handing in only one essay. The essay was quite good. After a decade of mucking around in bands, and scoping things out as an assistant picture editor, he went to aftrs in the early '90's to study editing and sound. His first film as sound designer was THE BOYS in 1996, working with fellow AFTRS graduates Rowan Woods, Tristan Milani, Nick Meyers and Robert Connolly. He has now worked as sound designer and mixer on about 25 features, the same number of documentaries, and over 50 short films. His work is always influenced by ideas of psychoacoustics, and is characterised by use of abstracted, tonal sound effects that tend to blur the line between sound design and musical score.
Wall Boy | Keegan Joyce
As a young performer, Keegan has been lucky enough to work with many theatre and television veterans. His professional debut as the title role in the Australasian production of OLIVER (Cameron MackIntosh Production) saw him perform the role for over a year, becoming the longest serving Oliver in the history of the show. Touring in Sydney, Melbourne and Singapore his performance was received so well it earned him Variety's Young Entertainer of the Year award in 2003.
In 2004, he played the lead character in Tropfest Film FOR EV'RY YEAR which won Best Cinematography. In 2005, he made his big screen debut with a small role in Bryan Singer's blockbuster film SUPERMAN RETURNS. Returning to the stage in 2006, Keegan was the youngest member of the ensemble in the Sydney production of TITANIC THE MUSICAL directed by John Diedrich.
As a solo performer Keegan features at many of Sydney's famous venues. Singing as a guest performer at the Sydney Opera House, the City Recital Hall and in a world premier Opera at the Sydney Town Hall. Most recently Keegan completed 8 months of filming of kid's show K9; a spin-off of Dr. Who which will be his television debut.
Youth Worker One | Ben Wood
Ben Wood was a student of the Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) and as a young actor performed in many of their productions including WHAT THE UMBRELLA DID NEXT (Wharf), 17 (Wharf), 3 LITTLE FEARS (Old Fitzroy) and toured internationally to the Belfast Arts Festival with their production of Debra Oswald's SKATE. His numerous other stage credits span across all forms of theatre and include, HAMLET, MACBETH, A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM, THE CRUCIBLE, THE EUROPEANS, HER HOLINESS, SOLIDER/THIEF, 7 PIRATES, KID STAKES, HOLY DAY, 12 ANGRY MEN, LEND ME A TENOR, CABARET and many more.
Ben is no stranger to the screen either having appeared in the final season of ALL SAINTS playing the rescue paramedic Troy Sanders. He is soon to be seen in upcoming UNDERBELLY III: THE GOLDEN MILE, and in series 2 of RESCUE: SPECIAL OPS. He has also appeared in the telemovies A MODEL DAUGHTER and SCORCHED, various other TV series' including, LOVE MY WAY and SEA PATROL and the feature film FOOTY LEGENDS. Ben, however, is probably most recognised from his long running and popular series of Telstra ads where he plays the lovable character of "Ern".
Ben is a proud member of Equity.
Youth Worker Two | Danny Adcock
During Danny's distinguished career he has starred in a host of major theatre, film and television productions. His most recent stage performances have been in Sydney Theatre Company's THE REMOVALISTS and THE PIG IRON PEOPLE. Prior to this he played the pivotal role of Malcolm Boyce in Griffin Theatre Co.'s acclaimed BOYCE TRILOGY. He has appeared in landmark Australian films including THE CARS THAT ATE PARIS, WE OF THE NEVER NEVER, KITTY AND THE BAGMAN and DEATH IN THE AFTERNOON. His television appearances cover the history of Australian TV Drama from HOMICIDE, DIVISION 4, COP SHOP and MATLOCK to SKYWAYS, COUNTRY PRACTICE, PRISONER, RAFFERTY'S RULES, BLUE HEELERS and HOME AND AWAY.
Pimp | Terry Serio
Terry Serio is one of Australia's most accomplished and versatile performers. His film roles include the break-out lead in 1982's RUNNING ON EMPTY, HE DIED WITH A FELAFEL IN HIS HAND, and DIRTY DEEDS. Terry has appeared in over 50 of Australia's most well known television productions which include SHOUT! THE STORY OF JOHNNY O'KEEFE (playing Johnny - received AFI nomination for best actor), POLICE RESCUE, BLUE HEELERS, WATER RATS, WILDSIDE, STINGERS, BLACKJACK and STUPID STUPID MAN.
Terry's theatre accomplishments cross comedy, drama and musical genres in independent theatre, large scale productions and national and international touring productions. Credits include RASPUTIN, HAIR, THE THREEPENNY OPERA, BLASTED, 4.48 PSYCHOSIS, SUMMER RAIN, CONCUSSION and UNDER ICE. Terry played the roles of Bob Hawke and John Howard in the runaway success of 2006-08, KEATING! (Company B - Belvoir Street Theatre), which earned him the 2007 Helpmann Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical.
Terry is also an accomplished musician singer/songwriter and can be seen frequently playing in his band Terry Serio Media Frenzy. His recently released cd OBLIVION is available for online download from: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/TerrySerio
His radio show STAGEFRIGHT on the cult radio station Fbi 94.5fm has become a mainstay of the Sydney theatre scene.
|1ST ASSISTANT DIRECTOR||John Titley|
|SOUND RECORDIST||Richard Boxhall|
|ART DEPARTMENT||Greg Refeld|
|FOCUS PULLER||Stacy Cross|
|CLAPPER LOADER||Rebecca Crowe|
|BEST BOY||Andrew Ward|
|GRIP TRACKING VEHICLE||Jason Weekes|
|UNIT TRUCK||Eire Films|
|UNIT MANAGER||Kieran Shevlin|
|PRODUCTION ASSISTANT||Sarah Moulds|
|PRODUCTION INTERN||John Tsioulos|
|HAIR AND MAKE UP||Belinda Balding|
|PRODUCTION GRAPHICS & WEB DESIGN||Rachel Dight | Swivel Creative|
|SAFETY SUPERVISOR||Kerry Blakeman|
|DIGITAL INTERMEDIATE BY||Efilm Australia|
|PRODUCTION LIAISONS||Katherine Heads & Jan Thornton|
|ONLINE EDITOR||Kristian Whitlock|
|LABORATORY SERVICES||Deluxe Australia|
|SOUND POST PRODUCTION||BigEars|
|SOUND MIXER||Sam Petty|
|SOUND MIXING STAGE||StageOne Sound|
|CAMERA EQUIPMENT||Panavision - Ann Lyons|
|FILM STOCK||Fuji Film - Ali Peck|
|MUSIC MIXED AT||Trackdown|
|MIXING ENGINEER||Simon Leadley|
|CLIENT ON STREET||John MacFarlane|
|BABY||Gemma Walsh Wood|
|YOUNG WALL BOY||Gemma Walsh Wood|
|BOYS AT REFUGE||
Ashley 'The Main Man' Main
|RESCUE DRIVER||Matthew Minnett|