OUR STAFF

TIMOTHY SPANOS – HEAD OF FILM & TELEVISION – TRAINER / ASSESSOR

Timothy Spanos is an acclaimed independent filmmaker. Timothy’s unique style and incomparable screenwriting skills have earned him numerous awards, both locally and internationally. His most recent feature Sizzler ‘77, a homage to 1970s Melbourne, won best screenplay and best actor at The Melbourne Underground Film Festival in 2015.

Timothy’s hands-on knowledge of Australian independent film is an invaluable resource to any film student. He has written, directed and produced eight feature films including Boronia Boys, Prisoner Queen and Nancy Nancy. He is currently in production with his 8th feature, Throbbin ‘84, due for release late 2017. He worked as the head of video at Photographic Imaging College before coming to Footscray City Films.

SALLY CHRISTIE – TRAINER / ASSESSOR

Sally Christie is a film writer and critic. She completed her Masters in Media: Screen + Sound at La Trobe University, with her research focusing on 1970s underground cinema. Sally’s other research interests include censorship in film, gender representation in cinema, controversial cinema and pop culture in education.

Sally frequently collaborates with Australian film distribution company, Umbrella Entertainment, providing panel discussion on Australian releases such as Long Weekend, Razorback and Dark Age. She has worked on film festivals such as; Stranger with my Face International Film Festival, Melbourne Queer Film Festival and Monster Fest. Sally is the co-director of Melbourne based film collective, Cinemaniacs, focusing on retrospective screenings.

KEIRAN WATSON-BONNICE – TRAINER

Keiran Watson-Bonnice began making films in New York during the late 90’s. His work is visually mysterious, creating a surreal sense of time and location. Working with non-actors and improvisation, Keiran’s films often blur the lines between documentary and fiction. His short film, CARAVAN (premiered at the prestigious Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival 2015) is a return to narrative filmmaking after many years directing and editing commercials and feature documentary. The film was also selected for screening at this year’s Flickerfest where it went on to win the “Miller Australia Award for Best Cinematography in an Australian Short Film”.

OUR GUEST LECTURES INCLUDE

Ros GentleDirecting Actors Ros trained at the National Institute for Dramatic Art. She is probably best remembered as one of the most outrageous characters ever to appear in the cult TV drama “Prisoner”. Ros in now LA based and has lectured at the New York Film Academy for the last seven years. Her most recent acting credits include “The People VS O.J. Simpson” and Foxtel’s upcoming series “Picnic At Hanging Rock”.

Matt Thomas – Score & Soundtrack Production Matt is an Australian musician, singer-songwriter and producer. He was the lead vocalist and song writer of the Australian band The Mavis’s, who achieved gold album and singles with the Top 10 hit “Cry” and album “Pink Pills”, for which he was nominated for several Aria awards.  He has also fronted several other bands, including The B-Dolls and the disco-rock band The Blow Waves and synth-pop trio Video Video.

Richard Wolstencroft – Films for Festivals Richard is an Australian Filmmaker film festival director and screenwriter. He is the founder and director of the Melbourne Underground Film Festival (MUFF).

Leslie Morris – Film Marketing & Distribution Leslie from Bounty Films is a digital marketer and social media expert. Leslie has years of experience in distribution, marketing and publicity for Indie Films.

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