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. Her 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).
Have you ever dreamed of taking a year or two and driving around Australia You’re not alone!
From backpackers to couples, families to grey nomads, more and more people are turning their back on the rat race and heading off in search of adventure on a ‘Big Lap’ of this incredible continent . . . Australia. But is it just really one bug holiday…..
For the Baile family, Steve, Jen and their daughters Savanna and Sara, finally hitting the road was the realisation of over seven years of dreaming and planning and at times it seemed their ‘big trip’ would never get off the ground.
From the time they decided to go to the day they drove out of the driveway there were many factors that could have easily derailed their plans – they had two babies, they had to sell their printing business and their house, and they spent two years saving just to be able to afford to go at all.
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An old working class man named Cec stumbles upon his favourite footy star come gambling addict, Ben “BK” Kelly, at the end of his shift as a train station guard.
Taking pity on the one-time local legend, who he admired for his on field fortitude, Cec offers to take the now homeless Ben home for the night where he resides with his single mother daughter and fellow footy tragic, Terri.
Unable to resist his urge, Ben’s addiction gets the better of him when in the middle of the night he robs the low income family of their modest possessions (even taking Cec’s dead wife’s urn) and hocks them to the local pawnbroker/local crime lord, Neck.
BK is found by police, and Cec, spending the stolen goods money on the pokies at a local dive bar, where he is known to frequent at all hours of the day.
Just one more misdemeanour away from being sent to lock up, BK is thrown a life line when Cec decides not to press charges but actually take him in permanently and help the former Daly M Medallist turn his life around much to the detest of local cop and BK’s former team-mate, Sherro.
Through Cec’s guidance and Terri’s love, Ben sets about winning back the respect of his family, friends, community and himself.
However, his journey back to the winner’s circle is thwarted when he’s confronted by closed door after closed door. Thus Ben is forced to dig deep and apply the courage and spirit he once displayed on the field to his personal life.
Showing resolute determination and proving his good intentions are exactly that, BK slowly wins back their trust and gets the townsfolk back onside when he’s invited to coach a junior footy team, gets a job from an old nemesis, and seeks treatment for his gambling habit.
However, just when it seems BK’s life is about to get back on track his resolve is put to the biggest test yet when Neck blackmails him into committing a crime as payback on a favour.
BK initially declines. But when Neck threatens to hurt Cec and Terri, BK is forced against his will to carry out the job, which ends in tragedy – BK is incarcerated for involuntary manslaughter where he uses his footy and life knowledge to assist young inmates in their rehabilitation.
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Christopher “Buzz” Burroughs will take any job that pays, leading him and his small band of Rovers into wild off-road adventures in the Australian outback.
Off the highways and beyond the furthest posts is a lawless land where outcasts go to escape their pasts and start anew. “Buzz” Burroughs, living on the fringes of society, will take any job that pays, leading him and his small band of Rovers into wild off-road adventures in the Australian outback.
In serious need of some cash, the Rovers team up with an activist documentary crew in a journey through the impenetrable Mamuya Valley in search of the legendary Stray’s Gold.
However, the activists’ fanatical leader, Eric, has other ideas, betraying the Rovers to achieve his explosive goal. Left for dead, the Rovers’ skills and friendship are put to the test as Buzz’s past catches up with him – the Ranger, an infamous and cunning bounty hunter, has come to collect on old debts.
His options running out, Buzz has to decide – does he claim the gold he’s been searching for his entire life, or does he risk his own skin to stop Eric’s life-threatening plan?
Rough Stuff is a comedy-adventure full of mud, friendship, mud, love, sex, mud and good old fashioned ‘get your hands dirty’ adventure. It’s the “Mudsploitation” event the world has been waiting for!
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Where legends are born Dougie Waters loves nothing more than a weekend barbie and cricket match with his mates. But his paradise on earth is destroyed when his best mate and neighbour Norm is forced to leave town and their new boss, a pompous English administrator named Edward Lords, moves in.
The animosity between the two peaks during one fateful backyard cricket match when Dougie hits a ball that accidentally stuns Edward’s prize winning cat, Dexter. The cat falls into the roaring BBQ and is instantly incinerated, leaving only ashes.
Dougie’s son captures footage of the unfortunate event on camera and it is uploaded onto the internet where the video instantly goes viral! The idea of a backyard cricketing challenge is hatched, with the winner keeping the ashes of Edward’s deceased cat, Dexter. The two teams battle it out in the greatest game of backyard cricket ever for the Backyard Ashes.
Audiences who loved Australian comedies like THE CASTLE, BODYLINE, THE NUGGET and CRACKERJACK are the same audiences will get up and scream “HOWZAT!!” when they watch BACKYARD ASHES.
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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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Kingston Anderson is responsible for the management of one of the main organisations that represents over 650 Australian directors. His responsibilities include policy development, event management and overseeing the different state committees of the Guild. He comes from a theatre and film background working as a theatre director, film and television producer, as well as a consultant for screen organisations across Australia. He was the manager of the Production Liaison Unit of the NSW Film and Television Office for three years and has served on a number of boards, including the Association of Film Commissions International. He produced Aftershocks (SBS), Taxi School (SBS), A Frontier Conversation (NITV) and Kulka (NITV).