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Writer/Director, Tony McNamara

Originally from Melbourne, Tony McNamara has had an incredibly diverse and interesting career before moving into the field of directing theatre and film. His first play “The Café Latte Kid” was produced by Sydney Theatre Company’s New Stages and nominated for the New Stages as well as the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards in 1995. He was the winner of the Phillips Parsons Award for Young Playwrights in 1995 and graduated from the Australian Film Television and Radio School, earning a BA in Film and TV in 1996.

“The John Wayne Principle” was first produced by STC’s New Stages in 1996, then included in the Sydney Theatre Company 1997 subscription season where it concluded a critically acclaimed, sold out season before transferring to Playbox Theatre, Melbourne. Tony has written and directed the short films Kick to Kick and Seduction 101 and won an Australian Film Institute award for Best Screenplay for the short film ”The Beat Manifesto”. His new play, “The Recruit”, opened in Sydney Theatre Company 2000 subscription season. Tony is currently working on two screenplays.

Producer, Marian Macgowan

Born in Sydney, Australia, Marian moved to Cambridge, UK to study Law and History. Whilst at university she wrote, produced and directed a number of short films. Following graduation she entered the British film industry, working as a producer for television and cinema commercials.

Upon returning to Australia in 1984, Macgowan established CML Films Pty Ltd (renamed Macgowan Films in 2000), a facility for the local production of international commercials and documentaries from the USA, UK and Europe.

Macgowan Films was also set up for the development of projects for film and television, including Lillian’s Story. The film received two nominations at the 1996 AFI awards and a Best Adapted Screenplay nomination for the AWGIES.

In 1998, Macgowan produced Two Hands, starring Heath Ledger, Bryan Brown and Rose Byrne, written and directed by Gregor Jordan. The film achieved the number one position at the Australian box office in it’s first week of release and went on to win AFI awards in 1999 for Best Film, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor (Bryan Brown) and Best Editor.

Macgowan also produced Risk, 2000.

Director of Photography, Ellery Ryan

Previously worked as Director of Photography on In Too Deep, Wishful Thinking and Matchmaker among others. Winner of Best Cinematography AFI Award 1991 for Spotswood and nominated for Best Cinematography AFI Award on Angel Baby, 1995 and Grievous Bodily Harm, 1988.

Editor, Lee Smith

With 25 years of editorial experience, Smith has worked on such high profile projects as Buffalo Soldiers, Risk, The Truman Show, Fearless and Two Hands, for which he won an AFI Award for Best Editing. Smith also worked as Film Editor/Sound Designer on The Piano, Lorenzo’s Oil, Green Card, Dead Poet’s Society and Dead Calm.

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