Talent

Victoria is home to internationally recognised key creatives and talent, whose skills both behind and in front of the camera bring incredible stories to life.

Below are just some of Victoria's award-winning producers, directors, creatives and acting talent.

Fred Schepisi, Director, Producer, Screenwriter

Fred Schepisi directed his first feature-length film, The Devil's Playground, in 1976, winning 6 AFI awards including Best Film.  Following the success of The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Fred directed Barbarosa, Iceman, Plenty and Roxanne in the US before returning to Australia to co-write and direct Evil Angels. Fred's other film credits include: Six Degrees of SeparationThe Russia House, Mr. Baseball, IQ, Fierce Creatures, Last Orders, It Runs in the Family, The Eye of the Storm and Words & Pictures. Fred gained an Emmy nomination for best director and won a Golden Globe for the mini-series Empire Falls.

Jill Bilcock, Editor

Jill Bilcock is one of the world's leading editors, working with directing heavyweights such as Sam Mendes, Baz Luhrmann and Fred Schepisi. Jill honed her skills in Australia before breaking through to the lucrative American market in the mid '90s. She is now one of the most sought after editors in the world. Credits include The Dressmaker, Red Dog, Japanese Story, Road to Perdition, Moulin Rouge!, Elizabeth, Romeo + Juliet, Strictly Ballroom and How To Make An American Quilt among many others. Jill has been nominated for multiple BAFTA Awards and is a four-time AACTA winner for Best Editing.

Robert Connolly, Producer, Writer, Director

Robert Connolly is the writer and director of the feature films The Bank, Three Dollars, Balibo and most recently Paper Planes. He is the co-producer of The Boys and Romulus, My FatherThe Boys premiered In Competition at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1998 and was nominated for 13 AFI Awards including Best Film. Robert has won two AFI awards for screenwriting for The Bank and Three Dollars and in 2007 Romulus, My Father won four AFI Awards including Best Film. As a director, he has screened his films in over 30 major international film festivals including Toronto and San Sebastian. 

Jan Sardi, Screenwriter

Jan Sardi is one of Australia’s eminent screenwriters. In 1997 he received an Academy Award Nomination for his screenplay for Shine, as well as nominations for a BAFTA, the Writers Guild of America, and the Golden Globes. In 2003 he wrote and directed the award-winning film Love's Brother, an Australian/UK production. He also adapted the hit films The Notebook and Mao's Last Dancer for the screen. Amongst Jan’s most recent projects is an adaptation of The Secret River by Kate Grenville as a mini-series for the ABC and Ruby Entertainment. Jan is President of the Australian Writers’ Guild.

Sue Maslin, Producer

Sue Maslin is an award winning producer of feature films and documentaries. Her credits include the films The Dressmaker, winner of the AACTA People’s Choice Award Australia’s Favourite Film, Road to Nhill and Japanese Story, winner of 26 international awards including Best Film at the AFI Awards, Best Film at IF Showtime Awards and Best Film at Film Critics Circle of Australia. Sue has also independently produced feature documentaries including Celebrity: Dominick Dunne and Hunt Angels, winner of 7 major awards. 

Greg McLean, Writer, Director, Producer

Greg McLean's first full-length feature was the 2005 cult horror film Wolf Creek. Rogue was released in 2007 and in 2013 he returned as writer, producer and director on Wolf Creek 2, in which John Jarrett reprised his role as serial killer Mick Taylor. In 2014 Greg directed The Darkness, starring Kevin Bacon and Radha Mitchell, which is due for release in 2016. He joined bushranger tale The Legend of Ben Hall as an executive producer in 2015 and also teamed up with Guardians of the Galaxy writer James Gunn on a new horror film, The Belko Experiment.

David Hirschfelder, Composer

David Hirschfelder  is recognised globally as one of Australia’s most distinguished screen composers. His credits include: Strictly Ballroom, Shine, The Truman Show, Sliding Doors, Australia, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole and many more. David's work has been recognised with Oscar nominations for Shine and Elizabeth, and BAFTA awards for Strictly Ballroom and Elizabeth. Recent film scores include the award-winning The Railway Man, Healing, The Water Diviner and The Dressmaker.

Kate Dennis, Director

Kate Dennis is a director of network, cable and premium cable television drama and comedy with pilots and episodes to her credit. Kate’s directing work includes Party Tricks, Offspring, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Rake (series 2 & 3), Time of Our Lives, The Secret Life of Us, MDA and Rush, to name a few.

Roger Savage, Post-production Sound

Roger Savage's career spans more than 45 years, during which has engineered some of the most important Australian popular music recordings and some of the country’s most celebrated films. Roger has always been on the cutting edge of technology and has consistently driven innovation in the way film soundtracks have been created and delivered. With over 90 credits and multiple awards to his name, in 2013 Roger was recognised with the John Howie Award for Outstanding Leadership, Achievement and Service to the Victorian Screen Industry.

Geoffrey Rush, Actor

Geoffrey Rush is one of Australia's most renowned actors. He is best known for his breakthrough performance in Shine in 1996, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor, BAFTA Award, Critic's Choice Award, Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award. His films include: Elizabeth, Les Miserables, Shakespeare in Love, Quills, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, Pirates of the Carrribean 1-5, Finding Nemo, Munich and The King's Speech. Geoffrey's Australian film credits include The Eye Of The Storm, Bran Nue Dae, Candy, Lantana, Swimming Upstream, Harvie Krumpet, Ned Kelly, On Our Selection and Children Of The Revolution. In 2011, Geoffrey was appointed the foundation President of AACTA.

Rachel Griffiths, Actor

Rachel Griffiths' performance in the 1994 film Muriel's Wedding won her both the Australian Film Critics Award and the AFI Awards for Best Supporting Actress. In 1998 Rachel received an Academy Award nomination for her portrayal of Hilary du Pré in Hilary and Jackie. In the acclaimed HBO series Six Feet Under she played Brenda Chenowith, receiving Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards, and two Emmy nominations. From 2006 Rachel played Sarah Walker in the series Brothers & Sisters, a role which earned her Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. Rachel made her debut as a television director in 2015, when she directed three episodes of the drama series Nowhere Boys.

Eric Bana, Actor

Eric Bana began his career as a comedian in the sketch comedy series Full Frontal before receiving critical recognition in the biographical crime film Chopper. Eric gained Hollywood's attention for his performances in the war film Black Hawk Down and the Ang Lee-directed Marvel Comics film Hulk. He has since played Hector in the movie Troy, the lead in Steven Spielberg's historical drama and political thriller Munich and the villain Nero in the science-fiction film Star Trek. In 2013, he appeared in the war film Lone Survivor, followed by a role in the horror film Deliver Us from Evil. Eric received AFI Awards for his performances in Chopper and Romulus, My Father.

Shaun Tan, Director, Writer, Artist

Shaun has worked as a theatre designer, a concept artist for animated films including Pixar's WALL-E, and directed the Academy Award-winning short film The Lost Thing with Passion Pictures Australia. He is perhaps best known for illustrated books, which have been widely translated and enjoyed by readers of all ages. In 2011 he received the presitgious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, honouring his contribution to international children's literature.

Adam Elliot, Writer, Director, Producer

Adam Elliot, is an award winning and critically acclaimed independent filmmaker. His five animated films, or 'clayographies' have been shown in more than 500 film festivals and received over one hundred awards, including five AFI Awards. In 2004 Harvie Krumpet won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film and in 2009 Adam's full length film Mary and Max was invited to open the Sundance Film Festival - the first Australian and first animated film to ever do so.

Anthony Lucas, Producer, Director

Anthony is best known for the Oscar nominated animated short film The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello. His films have received multiple award nominations and festival screenings, with animated short Holding Your Breath and live action short My Rabit Hoppy both selected for competition at Cannes. Anthony has worked as a sequence director on the features Queen of the Damned and Where The Wild Things Are and directed a live action episode of the 'compendium' feature film The Turning.  

Liam Hemsworth, Actor

Liam Hemsworth started his career in Home and Away, McLeod's Daughters and Neighbours, before making his film debut in 2010 in The Last Song. His credits include a supporting part in The Expendables 2 and leading roles in the war drama Love and Honor, the crime drama Empire State, and the thriller Paranoia. He is best known for his portrayal of Gale Hawthorne in the big-screen adaptations of the best-selling novels The Hunger Games. Most recently Liam starred opposite Kate Winslet in The Dressmaker.

Sarak Snook, Actor

Sarah Snook graduated from NIDA in 2008, going on to perform award-winning roles in Not Suitable for ChildrenSisters of War and Predestination, in which she starred alongside Ethan Hawke. Sarah's other credits include the TV mini-series The Beautiful Lie and The Secret River, and films These Final Hours, Oddball, Holding the Man, Steve Jobs and The Dressmaker, which has gone on to become one of the highest grossing films of all time at the Australian box office.

Angus Sampson, Actor

Angus Sampson's work spans film, theatre and television. His film credits include: Insidious and Insidious: Chapter Two, Where the Wild Things Are, Legend of The Guardians: The Owls Of Ga'Hoole, Kokoda and 100 Bloody Acres, in which Angus was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the AACTAs.  Angus produced, co-wrote and directed the feature film The Mule, co-starring alongside Hugo Weaving. His television credits include Fargo, Spirited, Party Tricks, Paper Giants: Magazine Wars and Thank God You’re Here

Andrew Knight, Writer, Producer

Andrew Knight is a widely admired and respected TV writer and producer. Winner of over forty industry awards for his work, his credits include: Fast Forward, Full Frontal, The D-Generation, SeaChange, After The Deluge, Tripping Over, Kangaroo Palace, My Brother Jack and Crash Burn. Writer on the award-winning series Rake, Andrew has also adapted Peter Temple novels Jack Irish: Bad Debts and The Broken Shore. His feature film credits include Siam Sunset, Spotswood, The Water Diviner, King of Thieves and Ali's Wedding. In 2015 Andrew received the AACTA Longford Lyell Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement.

Daina Reid, Actor, Director

One of the country's most sought-after directors, Daina got her start in front of the camera, most notably in comedy series Full Frontal alongside Eric Bana and Shaun Micallef. Her numerous directing credits include many popular TV series and mini-series, including Blue Heelers, The Secret Life of Us, City Homicide, Paper Giants, Rush, Nowhere Boys, Offspring, The Secret River and Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries. Daina has recently completed filming the children’s drama series Ready for This for the ABC.

Tony Briggs, Actor, Writer

Tony Briggs is an accomplished actor with television credits including Neighbours, Blue Heelers, Stingers, The Man From Snowy River, Ocean Girl, The Circuit, The Slap, Redfern Now, Wentworth, The Broken Shore and Ready for This. His film roles include Australian Rules, Bran Nue Dae and Healing. Tony wrote the Helpmann Award winning play The Sapphires which was inspired by the true story of his mother and aunt who toured Vietnam as singers in 1968. Tony adapted the play for a film version in 2012, winning AFI and Australian Writer's Guild Awards for his work.

Patrick Hughes, Director

After writing and directing short films including the popular paper-based office romance Signs, Patrick moved into the feature world with the 2010 western thriller Red Hill. From there he went on to direct the likes of Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Mel Gibson and Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 2014 action feature The Expendables 3. Patrick divides his time between Melbourne and Los Angeles. 

Imogen Banks, Producer

A highly respected drama producer, Imogen co-created and produced the critically acclaimed series Tangle and the award winning series Offspring. In 2012, she produced the AACTA and Logie Award-winning Puberty Blues for Network Ten and Southern Star John Edwards, with a second series produced the following year. Imogen and John Edwards together developed the mini-series Paper Giants and recently produced Party Tricks, as well as the eight-hour mini-series Gallipoli with Robert Connolly and the six part mini-series The Beautiful Lie.

Ana Kokkinos

Acclaimed writer/director Ana Kokkinos’ career spans film and TV.

Her films, which include Blessed, The Book of Revelation and Head On, have won over 30 international and national awards and premiered at numerous festivals including Director’s Fortnight in Cannes, Toronto, Melbourne, Venice and San Sebastian.

In 2010, Ana was honoured at the Seattle International Film Festival as an Emerging Master filmmaker and honoured with a retrospective of her work. She has directed numerous episodes of TV including The Secret Life of Us, Massacre at Myall Creek and Seven Types of Ambiguity for Matchbox Pictures.

Ana served on the Board of Film Victoria for nine years.

Kokkinos has also taught extensively at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School and RMIT. She conducts ongoing masterclasses for professional actors and Lectures in the School of Culture and Communication at Melbourne University.