Category Archives: Interviewee

Julie Byrne

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.

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John L. Simpson

John L. Simpson is an award winning creative producer with over twenty years experience working in the performing arts arena.
Following The Jammed, John L. produced and co-wrote “men’s group”, which went onto win Inside Film Awards for Best Film, Best Script and Best Actor. In 2008, John L. was awarded the AFI Fellowship, to tour men’s group around Australia. In 2010 Screen Australia announced John L. Simpson and Titan View as the recipient of their Innovative Distribution Funding for 2010–2012.


I believe people need stories. Stories have the power to change the world, one person at a time.

The projects I’m drawn to often address some level of inequality. They don’t always present solutions, but they usually provoke thought and passionate discussion.

My work in children’s entertainment focuses on fun, friendship, and the peaceful resolution of conflict. There are no evil characters, just misguided ones, who eventually realise the harm they have caused.

As a producer I keep one eye on the story and the other on the team.

I believe in creating an atmosphere which promotes trust and harmony. More than ten years experience as an actor has taught me the value of a positive work environment. It is only when you feel safe that you can truly release your creative spirit. Loyalty, faith and encouragement will inspire each member of the team to do their best work.

People are the greatest resource a project has. With guidance, encouragement and the freedom to contribute, they may have a sense of ownership of the project. When that happens, magic occurs.

– John L. Simpson


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John Maynard


John is well known as a producer with an eye for talent, producing the debut feature films from a number of directors – Jane Campion, Vincent Ward, Rowan Woods, Robert Connolly and Richard Roxburgh.
Maynard has produced many films, including Jane Campion’s AN ANGEL AT MY TABLE, and THE BOYS, John’s first collaboration with producer Robert Connolly.
He has been an active independent distributor in Australia and New Zealand for more than 30 years with his company Footprint Films having a reputation for creating innovative and cost effective marketing campaigns.
In 2003 John was awarded an Honorary Masters Degree at the Australian Film Television and Radio School. In 2005 the Australian Directors Guild awarded their highest honour to John, The Cecil Holmes Memorial Award for his support of directors and the ADG. In 2007, John received the AFI Award for Best Film for ROMULUS, MY FATHER and in 1989 for THE NAVIGATOR.

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Steve Jaggi


Originally from Calgary, Canada, Steve Jaggi trained at the Griffith Film School in Brisbane. He has produced a number of feature films including the internationally released Circle of Lies (Matt Cerwen, 2012), which dealt with teen bullying. He recently produced Stephen Sewell’s Embedded.
Other recent producing credits include the theatrically released Aussie teen film Circle of Lies, Skin Deep starring Zara Zoe, Monica Zanetti and Elizabeth Blackmore (The Evil Dead) and Rhiannon Bannenberg’s stunning directorial debut Ambrosia. Both are scheduled for 2014 release.
Legacy titles include the charming London Tango, a dance documentary directed by best-selling novelist Imogen Robertson and the Gorezone magazine award winning Best British Horror Film of 2010 Temptation.

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Simon Britton


Simon Britton is screen industry consultant and publisher of Australia’s leading online screen content ebulletin ScreenPro ( Before launching MediaWave in 2008, he worked for the Australian Film, TV and Radio School’s Centre for Screen Business, focusing on emerging business models for online screen content.

He has consulted to, or written research papers for, the South Australian Film Corporation, Screen Australia, Film Victoria and The Australian Film TV and Radio School. He’s delivered workshops for SPAA, The Media Resource Centre, Open Channel, RMIT, Monash University, UCLA Film School and AFTRS. He is currently running national workshops on new models of finance and online distribution for screen content.

He recently concluded a three-year term on the Board of the Australian Screen Institute (AFI). He is on the Board of Open Channel. Simon consults on film projects and is currently working with a range of content creators to develop strategies for online delivery of their work.Simon Britton

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Rebecca Barry


Rebecca Barry’s driving passion is to facilitate stories, share these with an audience in a creative way, and get people thinking. She is an award winning director, writer and producer of documentary and drama films and a graduate from the Australian Film Television and Radio School. Her films have screened at Melbourne International Film Festival, Sydney International Film Festival, St Kilda Short Film Festival, Flickerfest, ATOM, WOW and Columbia University USA. She has been the recipient of many awards including winning the Best Student Documentary at AIDC 2003, AFTRS Film Australia Award 2003 and was the recipient of the AFTRS Screen Critics Circle award for Best Director and Best Film. She was also a nominee for the Emerging Talent Award by the Screen Critics Circle 2003 and recently Highly Commended at the 2009 Australian Directors Guild Awards. Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 4.22.45 pmHer work as director or producer include: I Am A Girl, Footy Chicks (SBS), Inspiring Teachers (SBS), Home and Away (Channel 7), The Surgeon (Channel 10), You Am I – The Cream and The Crock (DVD release), Beats Across Borders (ABC), The Space In Between, The McDonagh Sisters (SBS), A Modern Marriage (SBS), Overture (ABC).

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Ian Gardiner

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Ian Gardiner was recently appointed the head of the Start Up community for Amazon Web Services but is best known as the co-founder and CEO of Viocorp. Operating since 2002, Viocorp provides corporate clients and brands with an easy to use online video publishing platform.
Ian has been running technology start-ups since 1997 and, is passionate about helping to create a better climate for technology start ups in Australia, hence founding Innovation bay to link ideas with investors.
In November 2009 Ian won the NSW Pearcey award for ICT Entrepreneur of the Year.

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