Since beginning her career in public television broadcasting and the Visual Arts, Julie Byrne has been a maker of short film and documentary (her award-winning drama The Sweeper screened in 2000 at Berlinale, Palm Springs Shorts Intl, New Zealand Intl, Brisbane and Canberra Intl festivals, with AFI distribution). She has also worked extensively across a variety of roles in the film and television industry; as a Production Manager she worked on films such as Paul Cox’s Innocence and Human Touch as well as on the long running television drama series McLeod’s Daughters for several years.
Her work as a Line Producer includes the period thriller Lucky Country (2009, Dir Kriv Stenders), the recently acclaimed The Babadook (Dir Jennifer Kent, World Premiere Sundance 2014) and Rolf de Heer’s latest film with David Gulpilil, Charlie’s Country.
Julie has been involved as a producer on a number of FilmLab feature films (The South Australian Film Corporation’s initiative 2009-10) co-producing, with Closer Productions, Matt Bate’s feature documentary Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure (launched Sundance 2011, US release) and Ursula Dabrowsky’s horror Inner Demon (release due 2014). She produced the micro budget surrealist mystery The Dead Speak Back (screened AFF 2013), written and directed by the interdisciplinary artist Jason Sweeney, and is about to complete Touch, a mystery drama starring celebrated Australian actors Leeanna Walsmann and Matt Day, written & directed by Christopher Houghton.
She is currently developing another film with Sweeney, Corporeal, a cross platform project 700,000 Hours and the comedy drama feature Lost Cat with Kristian Moliere, based on the best selling San Fransiscan novel of the same name.