Tropfest Roughcut

Tropfest Roughcut returns for December 2013 with an exciting line up of film industry insiders.

Hosted by Rob Carlton, the curated program will explore different areas in film and production.

Kriv Stenders (Director, Red Dog, Kill Me Three Times)
Robert Luketic (Director, 21, The Ugly Truth)
Wayne Blair (Director, The Sapphires)
Margaret Pomeranz (Film Critic, At the Movies)
Adam Elliot (Animator, Harvie Krumpet)
Behren Schulz (Producer, in-production Love is Now)
Jim Lounsbury (Director, in-production Love is Now)
Imogen Banks (Co-creator, TangleOffspring, Puberty Blues)
John Edwards (Producer, TangleOffspring, Puberty Blues)
John Polson (Tropfest Founder & Director, Co-Exec Producer Elementary)

Devil’s Playground Panel:
Simon Burke (Actor & Executive Producer)
Matt Levett (Actor)
Helen Bowden (Producer)
Blake Ayshford (Producer)


Where: Lend Lease Theatre, Darling Quarter, Sydney
When:  10:00am – 3:00pm, Saturday 7 December, 2013
Ticket Price: $25.00



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Kriv Stenders
Kriv has been shooting and directing films ever since he was a young teenager, working consistently as a cinematographer and director on various short films, documentaries, music videos and television commercials. Kriv’s fifth feature film, Red Dog, was a huge success at the Australian box office, winning Best Film at the IF and ACCTA Awards in 2011. Kriv has just directed the feature film Kill Me Three Times starring Simon Pegg, Sullivan Stapleton, Alice Braga, Teresa Palmer, Callan Mulvey, Luke Hemsworth and Bryan Brown.

Imogen Banks
Imogen has worked on countless successful Australian television shows, each of which have earned an array of nominations for Logie, AFI and ASTRA awards. Her credits include co-creator of Showtime showcase series Tangle and Network Ten’s Offspring. Imogen also produced Network Ten’s Puberty Blues, co-developed the ABC mini-series Paper Giants with long-time colleague John Edwards, and is now in development for the eight-hour mini-series Gallipoli.

John Edwards
John Edwards has produced almost 600 hours of television drama. His productions have won 25 Logie Awards, 30 AFI Awards, four AACTA Awards, four People’s Choice Awards and eight ASTRA Awards. His television credits include Puberty Blues, Offspring, Tangle, Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo, Dangerous, Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War, Rush, Spirited, Beaconsfield, Love My Way, Police Rescue and The Secret Life of Us. 

Adam Elliot
Animator Adam Elliot’s ’clayographies’ have participated in over 700 film festivals and won over 100 awards including an Academy Award (™) for Harvie Krumpet. He has also won 5 AACTA awards and is a voting member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Art and Sciences.

Robert Luketic
Robert Luketic has directed well-known films such as Titsiana Booberini, Legally Blonde, Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!, Monster-in-Law, 21, Ugly Truth, and Killers

Jim Lounsbury
Jim is an award winning filmmaker who enjoys pushing creative boundaries across cinema, television, and digital content. Notable work includes the short film Early Checkout, starring Academy Award Nominee Jackie Weaver, which has played at over 20 festivals including Sundance, Palm Springs and Rochester, and the feature documentary The Aussie Who Baffled the World, which screened on National Geographic last year.

Behren Schulz
Behren launched Eponine Films with Jim Lounsbury to meet the need for quality entertainment across digital, television and cinema. Behren is committed to creating distinctive screen stories, and is always embracing new ways to bring those stories to the screen, and forging pathways for filmmakers to work in new ways… one of the reasons Behren was recently announced as one of Screen Producers Association of Australia’s inaugural ‘Ones to Watch’.

Devil’s Playground Panel

Devil’s Playground is a psychological thriller set in the churches, schools and upper echelons of power in the Australian Catholic Church during the 1980s. Thirty-five years after the original Fred Schepisi film The Devil’s Playground, Tom Allen (played by Simon Burke in both the movie and the new series) is now a respected psychiatrist and secular confessor to the Catholic clergy, who becomes entangled in political and theological intrigue.  The series has attracted a stellar ensemble cast including Simon Burke, Don Hany, John Noble, Toni Collette, John Noble, Andrew McFarlane, Anna Lise Phillips, Leon Ford, Matt Levett, along with Max Cullen and Jack Thompson.

The following cast and crew from the series will make up at Q&A Panel at Roughcut:

Simon Burke - as Tom Allen (& Executive Producer)
At age 13, Simon Burke made his acting debut in the original The Devil’s Playground, winning the AFI Best Actor award. He remains the youngest-ever recipient of this honour. He will reprise the same role in the miniseries. Simon has had an extensive career on screen and on the Australian and UK stage. His many TV credits include Hustle, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, The Alice, Brides of Christ and for the past 25 years, Simon has enjoyed great success as one of Play School‘s best-loved presenters.

Matt Levett - as Brendan Mahony
Matt Levett graduated from the Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts in 2009. While at WAAPA he was awarded both the Sally Burton prize for Most Outstanding Performance in a Classical Text, and the Lesley Anderson award. He recently finished filming the lead role of Len in the feature Drown by Dean Francis.  Matt’s other screen credits include the TV series Winners & Losers, Dance Academy, Rescue Special Ops, Bed of Roses, Home & Away, Two Twisted and All Saints. He will also reprise the role of Andrew Swanson in the 2nd season of A Place to Call Home.

Helen Bowden - Series Producer
Helen Bowden has established her credentials as one of the most successful TV producers in Australia. She is one of the five founding partners of Matchbox Pictures. In 2012, she completed Underground, a telemovie about Julian Assange, which was written and directed by Robert Connolly. The film screened at the Toronto International Film Festival and was nominated for three Logie Awards. Helen was also the lead producer on The Slap, a drama based on the best-selling novel by Christos Tsiolkas. The Slap won five AACTA awards, two Logies, an AWGIE and was nominated for a BAFTA.

Blake Ayshford – Producer/Head Writer/Showrunner
Blake Ayshford is an award winning writer for TV and film. Recent credits include the forthcoming crime thriller Cut Snake, directed by Tony Ayres for Matchbox Pictures; the ABC1 telemovie, An Accidental Soldier, directed by Rachel Ward for Goalpost Pictures; drama series Time of Our Lives (ABC 1) and The Code (Playmaker Media, ABC 1), as well as The Straits and Love My Way.

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