Category Archives: Interviewee

Paul Willey

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Paul Willey trained as a lawyer initially, before joining one of the UK’s largest Broadcast Post Production Groups, VTR Plc in 2000 (now Prime Focus World).

As Soundfirm’s General Manager, Paul is responsible for the smooth running and commercial development of their studios in Sydney, Australia: a 16,000 sq ft sound and picture post production facility on the Fox Studios lot. He works closely with Soundfirm’s teams in Melbourne and Beijing to deliver creative and technical solutions to the Feature Film and Broadcast Media markets.

Paul also advises clients on post production offsets, deficit funding in post, and International co-productions; and is able to draw together resources and partnerships in London, Mumbai, Beijing, and New York to serve the creative and commercial aspirations of Film-makers and Producers.

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John Eales

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John Eales is one of Australia’s all-time rugby greats. He took part in two successful World Cup campaigns; captained the Wallabies in memorable victories including the 1999 World Cup; led Australia through four successive Bledisloe Cup wins and two successful seasons of Tri-Nations fixtures. He also led the Wallabies to the first-ever defeat of the British and Irish Lions.
But John Eales is a man whose outstanding qualities extend much further than his exceptional skill on the football field. He is an inspirational leader and business man through both his actions and his relentless determination. John’s sense of fair play and genial nature made him one of the most respected figures in the game, and an extraordinary ambassador for sport and Australia.


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Deb Verhoeven


Deb Verhoeven is Professor and Chair of Media and Communication at Deakin University and Deputy Director of the Centre for Memory, Imagination and Invention. Until 2011 she held the role of Director of the AFI Research Collection at RMIT University. A writer, broadcaster, film critic and commentator, Verhoeven is the author of more than 50 journal articles and book chapters. Her most recent book is Jane Campion published in 2009 by Routledge, a detailed case study of the commercial and cultural role of the auteur in the contemporary film industry.

In 2008 Verhoeven was appointed inaugural Deputy Chair, National Film and Sound Archive (Aust.). In 2011 she was elected to the inaugural committee of the Australasian Association for Digital Humanities (aaDH). She serves on the Digital Futures Advisory Council for the government of Tasmania and is an Advisory Group member for the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs Find and Connect Web Resource.


Verhoeven’s principal research interest lies in extending the limits of conventional film studies; exploring the intersection between cinema studies and other disciplines such as history, information management, geo-spatial science, statistics, urban studies and economics. This work has evolved through a wide range of scholarly and community collaborations.

She is the Director of the Humanities Networked Infrastructure (HuNI) project, a national linked data initiative that will unite and unlock Australia’s cultural datasets. The project is funded by NeCTAR (National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources) unil mid 2014. She is also the Project Lead for Research My World a aprtnership with to crowdfund Australian research.

A former CEO of the Australian Film Institute, Professor Verhoeven is a member of the Australian Film Critics Association, the Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique (FIPRESCI), an Honorary Life Member of Women in Film and Television (WIFT), an executive member of the International Cinema Audiences Research Group (ICARG), and a founding member of the Screen Economics Research Group (SERG). As a film critic Verhoeven is a regular critical contributor to various programs on ABC Radio National and appeared fortnightly on the high rating Jon Faine program on ABC Local Radio for 7 years. She was film critic for The Melbourne Times for 6 years and ran film programs on various public radio stations around Melbourne for many years prior to this.

Deb Verhoeven has an active role in film publishing. Until 2012 was Chair of the widely read film journal Senses of Cinema and was Editor for the journal Studies in Australasian Cinema (Intellect) in 2009/10.

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Tim Lea

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My background is that of Corporate Finance …. but with a creative twist. Every morning come rain, shine (or hangovers) over the past 12 years, I have been writing – usually in cafes close to my previous places of employment – usually from 6.45am – 8.30am every morning. This discipline means I have now now written 7 full feature screenplays, have written and produced 3 shorts, NURSERY CRY’MES, EASY MONEY, and 54 DAYS and written 10 short 10 minute plays, most of which have been performed to audiences.

In general term, my creative writing voice is that of healthily controversial thrillers – thrillers that seek to challenge the status quo, to make an audience think – and that is what I have sought to do with 54 Days- make you think about the very primal issue that affect us all – survival and what we will actually do to survive – just ask the gunman who held me up with a gun on my first visit Sydney to Sydney in 1991….

This passion for healthily controversial thrillers has resulted in one of my earlier thrillers, Murder By Proxy being granted development funding by the South Australia Film Commission. This is the next movie on the slate to be produced. In terms of film school study – I have undertaken two production courses both at MetroScreen in Sydney, and have also undertaken the year long Story Series twice with Karel Segers at the Story Department – to develop, deepen and fine tune the writing craft.

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In order to expand my directorial skills I have spent the last two years working closely with theatre actors within the Sydney theatre scene and have written and directed 10 short plays that have been performed, and received well – ranging from a 5 year old girls monologue about Nursery Rhymes (with a very dark twist) through to a comedy about a transvestite door bitch that takes over the gates of heaven from St Peter – oh those Kings Cross clubs have a lot of inspiration to offer!!

This amalgam of writing and directorial experience has given me the confidence to take on my first feature film; to share the passion for film making with the whole cast and crew alike involved with 54 Days – they are a class act and deserved and earned the creative freedom to express their creative visions. Each and every one of them has been instrumental in suggesting and working with ideas that enhanced the overall quality of the movie. At the end of the day the responsibility of the movie is mine and I will do everything with the resources we have to make it the best we can make it.

– Tim Lea

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Sue Maslin

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Sue Maslin is an award winning screen producer with credits including the feature films Road to Nhill and Japanese Story, winner of 26 international awards including Best Film at the Australian Film Institute Awards, IF Showtime Awards and Film Critics Circle of Australia. She is currently in production of the adaptation of The Dressmaker with Jocelyn Moorhouse, based on the best-selling novel written by Rosalie Ham.

Sue has served on the Board of the Adelaide Film Festival, and appointed as Adjunct Professor of the Media Program, School of Media & Communication, RMIT University. She designed the Producing for Film and Television course as part of the Masters in Media and Communications at RMIT. Sue was Artistic Director of the Australian Film Festival (2004-08) in Israel, a participant at the Prime Minister’s 2020 Summit in 2008 and became a Member of the Australia International Cultural Council in December 2008.

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Randall Wood

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Randall Wood has 25 years experience in the film and television industry. Randall’s projects are consistent award winners with more than 30 filmmaking awards including: the Grand Jury Award at Slamdance International Film Festival, the Grand Prix at World of Knowledge, Russia, a Dendy Award at Sydney Film Festival, awards at the International Wildlife Film Festival, Scinema, AFI, China Dragon Awards, Australian Film Critics Circle, Jackson Hole Science Media Award and ACS Gold and Judges Awards and an AWGIE Award for writing.
He is committed to film education and has taught documentary at AFTRS, Griffith Film School and guest lectures at universities in Russia, USA and UK.


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Kasimir Burgess

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Kasimir’s interest in other cultures has lead him to PNG to direct a documentary on children affected by AIDS, to remote indigenous communities to teach filmmaking and to the Torres Straight Islands to record important cultural songs that might otherwise be forgotten. These films, along with his collaborative work with artists have been screened and collected by The National Gallery of Victoria, Heidi Centre for Contemporary Art, The Melbourne Arts Centre and The Australian Centre for The Moving Image.



Kasimir’s films explore universal themes that seem to resonate with people from many cultures and walks of life and have screened in over thirty countries at festivals including Locarno, Stockholm and Hamburg. His films have won twenty-five awards – including the Crystal Bear for best short film at the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival for Lily. In 2005 a jury made up of Lou Reed, Dame Judy Dench and Anton Corbijn awarded Booth Story the Film of The Festival at Raindance Film Festival (UK). In 2008 George Lucas awarded Directions Best Short at the Tiburon Int’l Film Festival (US). In 2009 the Sapporo Film Festival, (Japan’s leading short film festival), held a retrospective of Kasimirs’ films, an indicator as to his reach and dedication to the form. His latest film, featuring Geoffrey Rush, premiered at the 2012 Melbourne Int’l Film Festival.

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