Writer/ Director – Louise Wadley
Louise Wadley is Writer/ Director. Louise attended the National Film and Television School in London. Her short films Knickers and Just a Little Crush have played at festivals around the world. Her 35mm short film Just a little Crush won the Best Short award at the Milan International Lesbian and Gay festival, and her award winning documentary To Russia with Love has screened in more than ten countries and received Highly Commended in the Radharc Irish Television documentary awards. She was 1st Assistant Director on the renowned Chinese director Xie Jin’s $15 million dollar The Opium War. Her screenplay She Sells Sea Shells was a semi-finalist in the prestigious 2010 Nicholl Fellowship, (The Academy Awards unpublished Screenwriting Competition). Louise teaches film at the Sydney Film School and the University of Technology, Sydney. Louise is a director of Girls’ Own Pictures.
Producer – Jay Rutovitz
Jay brings the experience of managing large budgets and attracting funding in the private and public sectors. Jay worked in film lighting as a gaffer in the UK from 1989 – 1997, and then pursued work in renewable energy consulting. She has run two successful businesses, Sustainable Energy Consultants (2002 – present) and Women’s Electrical Collective (1981 – 1986). She has managed large budgets (UK £1.3 million) as Energy Co-ordinator of Kirklees Metropolitan Council in the UK (1998 – 2001), and attracted more than £9 million in private and public funding to energy projects in the area. Jay is a director of Girls’ Own Pictures.
Director of Photography – Justine Kerrigan
Justine graduated from the Australian Film Television & Radio School in 1997. Since then she has worked on documentaries, TV commercials, music videos, and numerous award winning films including Flying Over Mother, Lovely, Inja and The Girl Who Swallowed Bees. Lost Things (director Martin Murphy) was her first feature length drama as DOP, and MonkeyPuzzle (director Mark Forstmann) her most recent. She produced and shot The Scree and The Girl Who Swallowed Bees with Paul McDermot, both premiering at the Berlin International Film Festival. Inja was nominated for Best Short at the 2003 Academy Awards, and The Girl Who Swallowed Bees received an Australian Film Industry award for Best Short Animation.
Editor – Rowena Crowe
Rowena Crowe is an empathetic filmmaker dedicated to making distinctive personal stories. Collaboration is key to her craft and so she finds herself drawn towards telling both big and small stories with heart, humour and cinematic flare. Rowena has worked in film and broadcast television for over 15 years and has a Master of Arts in Documentary Editing. She also tutors in specialised editing at leading Australian film schools such as Sydney Film School, AFTRS and NIDA.
Composer – Basil Hogios
Basil is an award-winning composer, musical director & sound designer, working in film, television, performing arts, and album production for over 15 years. Classically trained in piano and theory, he has scored over thirty films, including the critically acclaimed Romulus, My Father, for which he received an AFI nomination, Andy X – a musical film by Jim Sharman (Rocky Horror Picture Show), and recently, in collaboration with Caitlin Yeo – Channel 7’s TV film The Killing Field. For the stage, he has collaborated with some of Australia’s theatre greats on many mainstage shows. In Australia and the USA he worked on the Dreamworks arena show of How to Train Your Dragon as composer and arranger. Basil has released 2 albums, A Spark In The Ashes, and The Perfect Boy/Trapture.
Featuring music by – Joseph Tawadros
At only 26, Joseph has established himself as one the world’s leading oud performers and composers, winning ARIA awards in 2013 and 2014. A virtuoso of amazing diversity and sensitivity, Joseph continues to appear in concert halls worldwide. His efforts have led him to many unique collaborations, and he has recorded 8 albums to date: Storyteller, Rouhani, Visions, Epiphany, Angel, The Prophet: Music Inspired by the Poetry of Kahlil Gibran and The Hour of Separation. His most recent album , Permission to Evaporate, was nominated for the ‘Best World Music Album’ at the 2014 ARIA Awards.
1st Assistant Director – Rick Beecroft
Rick has been working as First AD in the Film/TV industry for almost 15 years. Originally from Canada, Rick trained as an Assistant Director at the Directors Guild of Canada. Since then he has worked in Canada, the UK, Australia, the Middle East and India. Rick has worked on a number of major projects, including Wolf Creek, Lucky Miles, December Boys and the US documentary Forbidden Lies. Rick integrates well with other cultures, and brings to each production a vibrant tapestry of experience and commitment.
Production manager – Caite Adamek
Caite Adamek burst into the Australian film industry 8 years ago when she completed her Diploma of Screen at the Sydney Film School. She became involved in a number of short films as a producer, production manager and editor. She co-produced a Turkish/Australian feature ‘Iki Kisilik Dunya’, allowing her to combine her love of filmmaking with her endless fascination with Turkey. In addition, Caite organised and took on board the role of Implementation Manager at the Sydney Film School.
Production Designer – Andrea Oliva
Andrea has worked in Production Design for film & television for the past 4 years. During this time, she worked on features, music videos, TVC’s and short films in LA and Sydney. She worked as assistant to Tony award-winning designer Richard Hoover (‘Dead Man Walking’, ‘Girl Interrupted’). Andrea was Production Designer for the feature film ‘Maria My Love’, which was an Official Selection at the New York Tribeca Film Festival in 2011.
Costume Designer – Lindsay Rose Wilkins
Lindsay graduated with a Diploma of Fashion in 2001, specialising in Costume Design. She has since worked on numerous stage productions, and recently – on film projects. Lindsay has also been working as an editorial and commercial fashion stylist for over ten years with many recent publications in BLACK Magazine. Lindsay specialises in designing costumes for Vaudeville, Burlesque dancers and Drag Queens. Her favourite part of working on All About E was the club scene where she was able to work with the Drag Queens in creating two very flamboyant flamenco costumes.
Sound Design – Tony Vaccher & John Dennison
John Dennison and Tony Vaccher have been providing innovative sound design and exceptional sound supervision services to the Australian Film and Television industry for thirty years. They worked with Oscar-winning director Jane Campion on ‘Bright Star’, for which they were nominated for Best Sound at the IF Awards; and most recently, a multiple award-winning TV mini-series ‘Top of The Lake’, for which they received AACTA award for Best Sound in Television. Their other notable Australian works include ‘Looking For Alibrandi’, ‘Romulus, My Father’ and the iconic Australian television series ‘Blue Murder’.
Warren Lynch’s artistry in post production and color grading is unsurpassed. He has worked on highly successful big budget productions such as Peter Jackson’s ‘Lord of the Rings’, through to lower budget masterpieces like the 2013 Berlin Film Festival winner ‘The Rocket’. Despite the varying size and scale of productions there is a real consistency to his work. It’s clear that mood reigns supreme and subtlety is key – so his work remains an invisible art to most observers.