Writer, Director, Producer | Ian Darling
Ian Darling is an award winning documentary filmmaker with Shark Island Productions in Sydney, Australia. His director and producer credits include THE OASIS, IN THE COMPANY OF ACTORS, ALONE ACROSS AUSTRALIA and WOODSTOCK FOR CAPITALISTS. His films have all screened on ABC Television in Australia, a variety of television networks around the world, and at over 100 international film festivals.
In 2008 he won the AFI Award for Best Direction in a Documentary for THE OASIS. The film was also nominated for a Walkley, IF, ATOM, Australian Directors Guild and Logie Award.
Currently he is directing and producing two feature documentaries, both with extensive outreach and education programs: PAUL KELLY – STORIES OF ME and OUR LITTLE GARDEN, and a short documentary THE SOLDIER.
He recently produced two short fiction films, POLLY AND ME (writer and director) and WALL BOY. Both social policy short films will act as companion pieces to the homeless documentary THE OASIS, and its on-going outreach and education campaign. THE OASIS will formally go on the educational curriculum in every State and Territory in 2011.
He was the creator of the "Australia's Homeless Youth" project, which in addition to producing the documentary THE OASIS, established the independent National Youth Commission and report into youth homelessness. The project was launched in April 2008, in conjunction with a national screening and live panel discussion on ABC Television. In 2011 he launched the "Oasis Homeless Short Film Competition" for schools.
He is Chair of The Caledonia Foundation, a private foundation focusing on the education, training and welfare of disadvantaged young Australians. He is the founder and Chair of the Documentary Australia Foundation, a philanthropic initiative supporting the documentary film industry in Australia. He also manages the Shark Island Foundation and the Shark Island Documentary Fund, which supports Australian documentary filmmakers and the local film industry.
Ian Darling was Chair of the Sydney Theatre Company and the STC Foundation, from 2006-2010. He was the founder and Managing Director of the Caledonia Investments group from 1992 to 2003. He has been a Director of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), a member of the Advisory Board of The Salvation Army, and Chair of the Oasis Youth Support Network. He is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Social Impact.
He was the recipient of the AbaF Business Arts Leadership Award in 2008. His photographs have been finalists in the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize, the National Photographic Portrait Prize, the Sydney Life Photography Prize, and is represented in the permanent collection at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra.
Producer | Susan MacKinnon
Susan has worked as an independent producer for more than 20 years, winning multiple awards and international acclaim for her films. Her upcoming film Honeybee Blues is soon to be screened on SBS. Her successful films include A Camel Odyssey, Global Haywire by Academy Award winner Bruce Petty, '4' directed by Tim Slade, Over My Dead Body directed by Ian Walker, Men And Their Sheds by James Manche, Eternity about the enigmatic Arthur Stace directed by Lawrence Johnston, Somewhere Between Light And Reflection and You Must Remember This, an expose about Alzheimer's Disease. Her very popular short drama, Fetch, screened at over fifty world festivals, including Official Competition at the International Festival du Cannes.
Susan is a Producer with Shark Island Productions, and her credits include Polly and Me, Wall Boy, The Oasis and In The Company Of Actors.
She is an Executive Director of Shark Island's philanthropic initiative Documentary Australia Foundation, established to create a new funding model from private grants to the documentary industry. Susan is a board member for the South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC) and on the International Documentary Advisory Committee, Hot Docs, Toronto, Canada.
From 1998 to 2005, Susan was the Documentary Investment Manager at the Film Finance Corporation Australia (FFC), where she assisted filmmakers in negotiating finances for their documentaries. During this time, Susan financed over 400 productions and helped internationalise the Australian documentary industry.
Director of Photography | Peter A. Holland
Peter has been a leading practitioner in the digital film making world, having just completed his 4th digital feature film 'Cedar Boys' for director Serhat Caradee, which won the coveted Audience Award after it's premiere screening at The Sydney Film Festival 2009.
Peter won a Gold ACS Award for his first feature film as D.P. on 'Gabriel' for director Shane Abbess. This $200.000 film was picked up by Sony Pictures for world wide theatrical distribution. As well as awards, Peter has reaped much praise for his distinctive & original look on this film.
Peter started his film career working under some of the great names in modern film making history, in the camera & lighting departments, on films including The Matrix trilogy, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Babe, Babe Pig in the City, Moulin Rouge & Birthday Girl.
After graduating from the highly acclaimed AFTRS in 2003, with a Masters degree in Cinematography, Peter began a prolific path shooting commercial, music video, short film, documentary & feature film productions.
He is currently working in both Sydney and L.A.
Editor | Sally Fryer
Sally Fryer is Senior Editor at Shark Island Productions. She has cut over 100 documentaries during her career and in 2008 won the AFI Award for Best Editing in a Documentary for The Oasis.
The Oasis received 4 nominations at the AFI Awards 2008 - Best Documentary, Best Direction, Best Editing and Best Sound. It won Best Direction and Best Editing. It was also nominated for ADG, IF, ATOM and Walkley Awards.
She recently edited the short drama Polly & Me and is currently working on it's companion piece Wall Boy, as well as a feature length documentary love story about living sustainably in Western Victoria.
Sally has 23 years experience as a freelance documentary film editor both in London and Sydney. She worked principally for the BBC and Channel 4 in the UK and for the ABC and SBS in Australia.
She was a finalist for the Dendy Awards Best Documentary Category 2005 with Political Football, and was nominated for an AFI Award for Editing of The Original Mermaid in 2003. Alone Across Australia, completed in 2003, won over 25 international awards and was voted "One of the 20 best adventure films of all time".
Other Australian credits include In the Company of Actors, Dust to Dust, Dope - A Battle for the Soul of Sport, Drama School, Woodstock for Capitalists and The Track.
She was Senior Editor on Watergate for Brook Lapping in London, which won the International Emmy for Best Documentary Series in 1995.
Line Producer | Mary Macrae
Mary Macrae is both Production Manager and Office Manager for Shark Island. She is currently in post-production for the short film Wall Boy and was Line Producer for the short Polly & Me as well as the feature documentary The Oasis and Production Assistant for In The Company of Actors. Mary is also the Administrative Officer for Documentary Australia Foundation and the Shark Island Documentary Fund. She was a recipient of the Shark Island Productions Documentary Scholarship in 2006.
Prior to joining Shark Island Mary freelanced as a Stage and Production Manager. She worked regularly with Sydney Theatre Company, Company B Belvoir, Griffin Theatre Company, Performing Lines, Force Majeure and was a Production Co-ordinator for the Olympic and Paralympic Arts Festivals. Mary has lectured in Stage Management for the NIDA Open Program, the University of Western Sydney and the Wesley Institute.
Music | Felicity Fox
Felicity Fox is a Sydney-based composer working in film, television and theatre. She has contributed to many award winning films throughout her career such as The Oasis, The President vs. David Hicks, Jabe Babe and The Choir. In addition to a broad culture of global, popular and experimental music, she brings to her work her Conservatorium training as a composer, music director and orchestrator.
Film and televisions projects for which Felicity has received individual recognition include: The Oasis (AFI nomination, Best Soundtrack), Redheads (AFI nomination, Best Feature Score), Fistful of Flies (winner AGSC award for Best Original Song Composed for a Feature Film), Afrika, Capetown to Cairo (ARIA nomination and AGSC/APRA Award nomination for Best Soundtrack Album) A Cave in the Snow (AGSC/APRA Award nomination for Best Soundtrack Album) and Loyal to My Image (winner Best Original Music for Film, FIFREC Film Festival France). TV series Felicity has scored include; About Women, Baby Boom to Bust, Dust to Dust and Journeys to the Ends of the Earth.
Major theatre projects include: the Paralympics Opening Ceremony in Sydney, 2000 (Assistant Music Director/Composer), Frozen Girl, created in South Korea with REM and Sadari Theatre and toured to Seoul, Pusan, Sydney and Melbourne in 1999-2000, Baby X, a play by Campion Decent, for the Mardi Gras Festival and Belvoir St Theatre, 2000 and Senesino, an original dance-theatre work for the Mardi Gras festival, 1998.
Felicity is currently completing her Masters degree in Composition at the Sydney Conservatorium, composing a large multi-media work for string orchestra, voices, percussion and electronic surround sound.
Sound Designer | Annie Breslin
Annie Breslin has 25 years experience working as a sound designer and editor.
Feature film credits include Mad Max 2, Evil Angels, High Tide, Young Einstein, The Well, Soft Fruit, Passion, The Monkeys Mask, Unfolding Florence, Unfinished Sky, Australia, Contact (winner Best Documentary at the 2009 Sydney Film Festival).
Short film sound design credits include the documentary - Girl in a Mirror, the dance film -The Shape of Water, and the photo essay -Siberia.
She has also enjoyed the challenges of theatre sound design. She has contributed to two plays for The Sydney Theatre Company -Influence and Democracy and was Sound Designer on an independent production for the Stables Theatre - 4.48 Psychosis.
Annie was Head of Sound at the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) from 1995 to 2001. She co-wrote and introduced the first AFTRS Graduate Certificate in Screen Composition.
In 2002 Annie was the recipient of a Centenary Medal for services to the Australian Community and the Australian Film Industry. She has 6 AFI nominations and received the 2008 AFI award and the 2008 ASSG award for best sound for Unfinished Sky.
Production Designer | Nick McCallum
Nick McCallum has extensive experience designing Feature Films, Television Drama Series and Theatre Productions across Australia and throughout the world; working in countries as diverse as China, Poland, France, Tahiti, Papua New Guinea, Spain, Switzerland and Germany.
Nick is currently designing Sanctum, Australia's first 3D Feature Film.
Produced by James Cameron and directed by Alister Grierson, Sanctum is set entirely in a flooding cave environment built at the Warner Roadshow studios on the Gold Coast, Queensland.
Nick's designs have replicated war torn East Timor, Borneo, W.W.2 PNG, 1860's London, Santa Barbara California, Mexico, contemporary and period Australia and futuristic visions of the years 2500 and 3000.
His Feature Film Production Design credits include The Black Balloon starring Toni Collette, Kokoda, Gettin' Square starring Sam Worthington and David Wenham, The Clinic, Subdivision with Gary Sweet, Steve Bisley and Bruce Spence, The Nugget starring Eric Bana, The Goddess of 1967 with Rose Byrne and In a Savage Land starring Rufus Sewell and Martin Donovan.
Nick's Television Production Designs include Answered By Fire with David Wenham, The Potato Factory, starring Ben Cross and Lisa McCune and the internationally successful Spellbinder series, shot throughout Poland and China.
Theatre design credits include Australia's Entertainment Centre tour of Grease, The Arena Spectacular with John Farnham, Craig McLachlan, Natalie Bassingthwaighte & Magda Szubanski
Nick has twice been nominated for Australia's prodigious AFI AWARD for Best Production Design for a Feature Film and twice nominated for Inside Film IF Award for Best Production Design for a Feature Film.
Costume Designer | Jo Briscoe
Jo Briscoe is a production and costume designer working in film, theatre, opera and television. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Costume Design from Penn State University.
She has worked as Production Designer on the short Hush for SBS' Bit of Black Business series as well as numerous music videos, series pilots and commercials.
She has also designed extensively for live performance companies, including Sydney Theatre Company, Company B Belvoir, Griffin, Oz Opera, Darlinghurst, Old Fitzroy, Jigsaw, Riverside, Legs on the Wall, Sydney Conservatorium and ATYP, with shows that have toured both nationally and internationally.
Madison de Sousa | Girl
Madi has had a variety of work over the last 3 years in stills and commercials. At the age of 6 she started hosting her own gardening show Gardening for kids with Madi (Nickelodeon Jnr). The show is now produced by Gravity Media, and airs on Channel 7 as Gardening for kids with Madi - a segment for a new show All For Kids.
She has also attended a few awards nights like, "Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards" and the "Astra Awards". Madi was nominated in three categories and the show won "Best Children's Programme 2007".
Madi has also appeared on ABC TV presenting Bono/U2's song "The Joshua Tree" and has been the subject of various newspaper and magazine interviews.
Madi has just completed shooting the short drama Polly and Me for Shark Island Productions alongside Emma Palmer and Terry Serio, This has been a great experience for Madi and she has thoroughly enjoyed her journey so far.
Emma Palmer | Mum
Emma graduated from NIDA in 2007. Her theatre credits include The Kid (Griffin Theatre Co), Risky Lunar Love (504 Productions) and The Jungle (Darlinghurst Theatre Co). She is currently working with the Sydney Theatre Company on Tot Mom directed by Steven Soderbergh.
Emma has also worked as a voice artist on the children's cartoon Gasp (SLR Productions). Her short film credits include Polly and Me (Shark Island Productions), Thanks for Coming (Pearly Productions) and Dinner with Diamonds (UTS). Her television credits include All Saints, Underbelly II: A Tale of Two Cities, and AFTRS television series Offside.
Terry Serio | Boyfriend
Terry Serio is one of Australia's most accomplished and versatile performers. His film roles include the break-out lead in 1982's Running on Empty, He Died With a Felafel in his Hand, and Dirty Deeds. Terry has appeared in over 50 of Australia's most well known television productions which include Shout! The Story of Johnny O'Keefe (playing Johnny - received AFI nomination for best actor), Police Rescue, Blue Heelers, Water Rats, Wildside, Stingers, Blackjack and Stupid Stupid Man.
Terry's theatre accomplishments cross comedy, drama and musical genres in independent theatre, large scale productions and national and international touring productions. Credits include Rasputin, Hair, The Threepenny Opera, Blasted, 4.48 Psychosis, Summer Rain, Concussion and Under Ice. Terry played the roles of Bob Hawke and John Howard in the runaway success of 2006-08, Keating! (Company B - Belvoir Street Theatre), which earned him the 2007 Helpmann Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical.
Terry is also an accomplished musician singer/songwriter and can be seen frequently playing in his band Terry Serio Media Frenzy. His radio show STAGEFRIGHT on the cult radio station Fbi 94.5fm has become a mainstay of the Sydney theatre scene.
John Benjamin | Client
John Benjamin is an experienced performer across theatre, film and television. Feature films include Warming Up, Bitter and Twisted and Burke and Wills. He has appeared in many popular television productions including Sons and Daughters, Cyclone Tracy, Rafferty's Rules, Home and Away, Heartbreak High, All Saints and Love My Way.
John's theatre work includes the Sydney season of The Phantom of the Opera, performing in 33 operas with Opera Australia, and the Titanic Experience at Fox Studios Backlot. He performs in musicals around the club circuit.
|WRITER AND DIRECTOR||Ian Darling|
|DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY||Peter A. Holland|
|LINE PRODUCER||Mary Macrae|
|SOUND DESIGNER||Annie Breslin|
|PRODUCTION DESIGNER||Nicholas McCallum|
|COSTUME DESIGNER||Jo Briscoe|
|1ST ASSISTANT DIRECTOR||John Titley|
|SCRIPT CONSULTANT||Joan Sauers|
|FOCUS PULLER||Rupert Ananda Brown|
|CLAPPER LOADER||Hugh Rutherford|
|DATA WRANGLER||Nir Shelter|
|STEADICAM OPERATOR||Robert Agganis|
|SOUND RECORDIST||Robert Mackay|
|BOOM OPERATOR||Richard Teague|
|BEST BOY||Graeme Cook|
|LIGHTING ASSISTANT||Gillian Huxley|
|KEY GRIP||Greg Tidman|
|ASSISTANT GRIP||John Gibson|
|ART DIRECTOR||John-Paul (Lon) Lucini|
|PROPS BUYER||Sam Lukins|
|STANDBY PROPS||Dillon Yeats|
|MAKE UP DESIGNER||Peggy Carter|
|HAIR AND ASSISTANT MAKE UP||Jodi Locke|
|MAKE UP SECONDMENT||Claudine Terides|
|STANDBY WARDROBE||Terri Kibbler|
|PRODUCTION ASSISTANT||Tina Nielsen|
|ASSISTANT EDITOR||Hilary Balmond|
|FIGHT CHOREOGRAPHER||Michael Pentecost|
|SAFETY SUPERVISOR||Greg Blandy|
|TRAFFIC CONTROL||Who Dares|
|VIDEO POST PRODUCTION||The Lab|
|SOUND POST PRODUCTION||Soundfirm|
|MUSIC RECORDED AND MIXED AT||Trackdown|
|PUBLICITY AND WEB DESIGN||Rachel Dight, Swivel Creative|
|STILLS PHOTOGRAPHER||Wendy McDougall|