Sascha Ettinger Epstein

Sascha Ettinger Epstein is a documentary filmmaker with a taste for edgy Australian stories.

Her first documentary Painting with Light in a Dark World about visionary underbelly street photographer Peter Darren Moyle, which collected various accolades, was the beginning of an exploration of beauty in darkness which has preoccupied Sascha throughout her artistic career.

Further films she has worked on including The Oasis, a longitudinal observational study of an inner city Salvation Army youth refuge, and Playing in the Shadows, about an after dark basketball tournament for kids from a notorious housing estate in Woolloomooloo, have continued the same theme.

Sascha also made Wall Boy, a short drama based on a true story of a young male prostitute forced to work at The Wall. Sascha’s lighter moments include commercial TV series such as Recruits, Kings Cross ER and Kalgoorlie Cops, and advertising work such as 2020Vision, a global webisode series about the future of television.

She studied Communications (Hons 1st Class) at UTS and also completed an MA in Documentary Directing at AFTRS. She has also written magazine feature stories for various publications including Blue and Black and White, and shot probono for NGOs such as Bush Heritage Fund and SurfAid. She is currently in post production on two further documentaries to be released in 2016.

Ian Darling

Ian Darling is Executive Director of Shark Island Productions and Shark Island Institute, and Chair of Good Pitch² Australia.

He is an AFI award winning documentary filmmaker. His director and producer credits include Stories From the Inside, Paul Kelly – Stories of Me, The Oasis, Polly & Me, Wall Boy, The Soldier, In The Company of Actors, Alone Across Australia and Woodstock for Capitalists. 

Ian Darling is Chair of The Caledonia Foundation, a Member of the Advisory Board of Impact Partners in New York, a Patron of the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival, Ambassador of the Antenna Documentary Film Festival, and the founder and Patron of the Documentary Australia Foundation (recipient of the Stanley Hawes Award in 2013). He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Social Impact, and Patron of ArtsLab at the Upper River Hall, Kangaroo Valley.

He 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), and Chair of The Oasis Youth Support Network.

Ian received the AFI Award for Best Direction in a Documentary, and is a recipient of the Creative Partnerships Australia ‘Business Arts Leadership Award’.  His homeless film project The Oasis was named one of  ‘Australia’s Top 50 Philanthropic Gifts of All Time.’ He is a Walkley Awards Finalist, and has been nominated for numerous Australian Directors Guild, AFI, Film Critics and IF awards. His photographs have been finalists in the National Photographic Portrait Prize, the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize, the Sydney Life Photography Prize, and the Head On Portrait Prize.

He has a MBA from IMD Switzerland, and a BA from the Australian National University.

Susan MacKinnon

Susan has worked as an independent producer for 27 years, winning awards and international acclaim and is a leading figure in the documentary industry.  Susan’s credits include the recent Cast From The Storm (ABC), the cinema documentary Paul Kelly – Stories of Me, Life In Movement, the tragic Tanja Liedtke Story, winner of the Best Documentary at the Sydney Film Festival and Honeybee Blues, a look at what is killing the bees.  Other films include the acclaimed The Oasis, In The Company Of Actors, Global Haywire (by Academy Award winner Bruce Petty),  4Men And Their Sheds, and the film classic Eternity.  Susan’s very popular short drama, Fetch, screened at over fifty festivals worldwide, including in Official Competition at the International Festival du Cannes.

Susan is a founder and for 8 years was Co Executive Director of the Documentary Australia Foundation, established in 2006 to bring filmmakers and philanthropists together.  Susan worked to establish this organisation resulting in significant growth in philanthropic engagement in documentary.

Susan was formerly the Documentary Investment Manager at the Film Finance Corporation. She served 6 years as a Board Director for the South Australian Film Corporation, was a member of the Screen ACT Investment Fund and was a founding member and served 6 years on the Board of the Australian International Documentary Conference.

Nicola Daley

Nicola Daley is an award-winning Cinematographer.

In 2009 Nicola won the award for outstanding cinematography at the World of Women Film Festival. In 2008 Nicola won the Fuji Film Flickerfest Award for Best Cinematography for the AFC short film PLAY. In 2006 Nicola was awarded the Best Student Cinematography Award at the National Australian Cinematographers Society Awards for the short film DEBUT.

She worked on the 2007 Oscar nominated film THE SAVIOUR. In 2005 she was awarded the AFTRS High Achievement Award in Cinematography and she shot the 2005 Tropfest winning film AUSTRALIAN SUMMER. Nicola has won a Gold NSW ACS Award for the short films LATE SHIFT, CROOKED MICK and DEBUT. DEBUT was also invited to be screened at the prestigious 2005 Camerimage Film festival in Poland.

Nicola moved from England to Sydney in 1999. Since then she has worked at rental house ‘Lemac Film and Video’ for three years, where she was involved with the technical side of cameras. She was accepted into the prestigious Australian Film, TV and Radio School to study Cinematography in 2003.

Nicola has experience with film, video, and HD and in all areas, from music videos to drama to documentary. Most recently she has shot her first feature film, GIRL CLOCK, on HD and is working with some of Australia’s most renowned documentary makers including Tom Zubrycki and Curtis Levy. (pub. 2010).

Sally Fryer

Sally Fryer (ASE) is Senior Editor at Shark Island Productions and a Director of Shark Island Institute. She was a founding Director of the Documentary Australia Foundation, and is Co-Producer of Good Pitch² Australia.

She has 19 years experience as a freelance documentary film editor both in London and Sydney, and has cut over 100 documentaries during her career. She worked principally for the BBC and Channel 4 in the UK and for the ABC and SBS since arriving in Australia in 1998.

In 2011 she gained accreditation from the Australian Screen Editor’s Guild, and in 2012 was awarded an ‘Ellie’ by the Guild for Best Editing in a Documentary Feature for the film Paul Kelly – Stories of Me which charts the remarkable life of one of Australia’s most gifted and beloved singer-songwriters. Paul Kelly – Stories of Me also won the Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Documentary in 2012. In 2008 she won the AFI Award for Best Editing in a Documentary for The Oasis – an observational feature documentary shot over two years about a group of severely disadvantaged kids who live on the streets of inner Sydney.

Working with Shark Island Productions since 2005 she was consulting editor on Stories from the Inside, editor of two short dramas, Polly and Me (a harrowing tale of child abuse and neglect, seen through the eyes of an 8 year old girl)and Wall Boy, In the Company of Actors – a feature documentary starring Cate Blanchett and Hugo Weaving, in which a company of actors reveals the magic and struggle of creating world class theatre, Alone Across Australia which was voted ‘one of the top 20 adventure films of all time’ and has now won over 25 international awards, and Woodstock for Capitalists which won several awards including a Cine Golden Eagle Award.

Sally was a finalist for the Dendy Awards Best Documentary Category 2005 with Political Football and winner of the Australian Film Critics Award for Best Documentary in 2003 with The Original Mermaid. Her work has twice been nominated for an Emmy award and many many years ago Watergate – a compelling 5 part series – won an International Emmy for Best Documentary series.

Mary Macrae

Mary Macrae is Producer and Production Manager at Shark Island Productions, a Director of the Shark Island Institute and Producer of Good Pitch² Australia.

For Shark Island Mary has co-produced PAUL KELLY – STORIES OF ME about singer/songwriter Paul Kelly and his peers, THE SOLDIER a personal story of a volunteer, and most recently STORIES FROM THE INSIDE, made by the inmates in the maximum security prison youth unit at Port Phillip Prison, Victoria. Mary production managed the short dramas POLLY AND ME and WALL BOY made as part of the ongoing outreach and education campaign around youth homelessness, she was also a line producer and production assistant for THE OASIS, (the feature length documentary about the youth refuge of the same name in Surry Hills, Sydney) and IN THE COMPANY OF ACTORS.

She also enjoys working at developing the online components of Shark Island Productions and assisting in implementing the education and outreach strategies around documentaries.

Prior to working at Shark Island Productions Mary had a career as a Stage Manager in the theatre, working mainly in Sydney for Sydney Theatre Company, Belvoir Street Theatre, Force Majeure, Griffin and independent productions including CLOUDSTREETHEDDA GABLER, MY ZINC BED, WAITING FOR GODOT and A CHEERY SOUL.

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 OasisThe 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.

Brooke Trezise

Brooke Trezise graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in 2007 — having gained an Advanced Diploma in Sound for Performance — where she gained experience recording and designing sound for Dance, Theatre, Radio and Film.

While studying, she earned money mixing bands and doing live sound around Perth. Brooke worked recording sound on location as well as in post-production on a number of local films and documentaries in Perth, including designing A TOUCH OF MAGIC (winner best short film at Mandurah film festival).

Brooke moved to Sydney in 2008 to work as assistant sound editor and FX editor on MAO’S LAST DANCER. She has subsequently assisted and edited atmospheres on ANIMAL KINGDOM, worked as sound-designer on WALL BOY, and worked as Head Of Sound on TV Show EVA MAI in Samoa. She is currently editing dialogues on the feature GRIFF THE INVISIBLE. (pub. 2010).

Sam Petty

Sam Petty dropped out of university in 1986, after handing in only one essay. The essay was quite good. After a decade of mucking around in bands, and scoping things out as an assistant picture editor, he went to aftrs in the early ’90’s to study editing and sound. His first film as sound designer was THE BOYS in 1996, working with fellow AFTRS graduates Rowan Woods, Tristan Milani, Nick Meyers and Robert Connolly.

He has now worked as sound designer and mixer on about 25 features, the same number of documentaries, and over 50 short films. His work is always influenced by ideas of psychoacoustics, and is characterised by use of abstracted, tonal sound effects that tend to blur the line between sound design and musical score. (pub. 2010).

GAFFER Steve Schofield
BEST BOY Andrew Ward
GRIP Michael Thompson
UNIT MANAGER Kieran Shevlin
HAIR AND MAKE UP Belinda Balding
PRODUCTION GRAPHICS & WEB DESIGN Rachel Dight | Swivel Creative
COLOURIST Trish Cahill
PRODUCTION LIAISONS Katherine Heads & Jan Thornton
ONLINE EDITOR Kristian Whitlock
CAMERA EQUIPMENT Panavision – Ann Lyons
FILM STOCK Fuji Film – Ali Peck


Keegan Joyce

As a young performer, Keegan has been lucky enough to work with many theatre and television veterans. His professional debut as the title role in the Australasian production of OLIVER (Cameron MackIntosh Production) saw him perform the role for over a year, becoming the longest serving Oliver in the history of the show. Touring in Sydney, Melbourne and Singapore his performance was received so well it earned him Variety’s Young Entertainer of the Year award in 2003.

In 2004, he played the lead character in Tropfest Film FOR EV’RY YEAR which won Best Cinematography. In 2005, he made his big screen debut with a small role in Bryan Singer’s blockbuster film SUPERMAN RETURNS. Returning to the stage in 2006, Keegan was the youngest member of the ensemble in the Sydney production of TITANIC THE MUSICAL directed by John Diedrich.

As a solo performer Keegan features at many of Sydney’s famous venues. Singing as a guest performer at the Sydney Opera House, the City Recital Hall and in a world premier Opera at the Sydney Town Hall. Keegan completed 8 months of filming of kid’s show K9; a spin-off of Dr. Who which was his television debut. (pub. 2010).

Ben Wood

Ben Wood was a student of the Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) and as a young actor performed in many of their productions including  WHAT THE UMBRELLA DID NEXT (Wharf), 17 (Wharf), 3 LITTLE FEARS (Old Fitzroy) and toured internationally to the Belfast Arts Festival with their production of Debra Oswald’s SKATE. His numerous other stage credits span across all forms of theatre and include, HAMLET, MACBETH, A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM, THE CRUCIBLE, THE EUROPEANS, HER HOLINESS, SOLIDER/THIEF, 7 PIRATES, KID STAKES, HOLY DAY, 12 ANGRY MEN, LEND ME A TENOR, CABARET and many more.

Ben is no stranger to the screen either having appeared in the final season of ALL SAINTS playing the rescue paramedic Troy Sanders. He is soon to be seen in upcoming UNDERBELLY III: THE GOLDEN MILE, and in series 2 of RESCUE: SPECIAL OPS. He has also appeared in the telemovies A MODEL DAUGHTER and SCORCHED, various other TV series’ including, LOVE MY WAY and SEA PATROL and the feature film FOOTY LEGENDS. Ben, however, is probably most recognised from his long running and popular series of Telstra ads where he plays the lovable character of “Ern”.

Ben is a proud member of Equity. (pub. 2010).

Danny Adcock

During Danny’s distinguished career he has starred in a host of major theatre, film and television productions. His most recent stage performances have been in Sydney Theatre Company’s THE REMOVALISTS and THE PIG IRON PEOPLE. Prior to this he played the pivotal role of Malcolm Boyce in Griffin Theatre Co.’s acclaimed BOYCE TRILOGY.

He has appeared in landmark Australian films including THE CARS THAT ATE PARIS, WE OF THE NEVER NEVER, KITTY AND THE BAGMAN and DEATH IN THE AFTERNOON. His television appearances cover the history of Australian TV Drama from HOMICIDE, DIVISION 4, COP SHOP and MATLOCK to SKYWAYS, COUNTRY PRACTICE, PRISONER, RAFFERTY’S RULES, BLUE HEELERS and HOME AND AWAY. (pub. 2010).

Terry Serio

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, STUPID STUPID MAN, UNDERBELLY: BADNESS and JANET KING.

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, UNDER ICE and OF MICE AND MEN (Sport For Jove Company). 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. In 2015 he played Keith Richards ina show called A RIFF ON KEEF – THE HUMAN MYTH at the Griffin Theatre.

Terry is also an accomplished musician singer/songwriter and can be seen frequently playing in his band Terry Serio’s Ministry of Truth. His cd OBLIVION is available online and he has a new cd WHO’S TO CRY also on cd baby/iTunes.

His radio show STAGEFRIGHT on the cult radio station FBi 94.5FM has become a mainstay of the Sydney theatre scene.

WALL BOYS Justin Malinowski
Matthew Wells
Jarrod Ferguson
Neven Connolly
THE TWINS Alan Jones
John Jones
AIDAN Aidan Owens
PAUL Paul Reihana
STREET PEOPLE Katie Yealland
Tara Marynowsky
Deborah Doctor
Victoria Houston
Daniel Doctor
Gaylene Harkin
Tina Kellet
Gavin Reeding
Robert Harkin
Talitha Connors
Genah Barnes
Josh Peachy
Shawn Love
Steve Hayes
Carol Hayes
Wesley Houston
Ben Meisner
Claude Baskind
Malinda Wink
Michael Shelly
Jaymie Knight
MOTHER Kathryn Deroo
BABY Gemma Walsh Wood
YOUNG WALL BOY Gemma Walsh Wood
Robbin Moulds
Rosemary Richardson
Reg Hierzer
Shane Mount
BOYS AT REFUGE Ashley ‘The Main Man’ Main
Owen Davis
Nathan Martin
RESCUE DRIVER Matthew Minnett