The Australian Writers’ Guild honoured Karin with the Dorothy Crawford Award For Outstanding Contribution to the Profession, recognising her services as a writer, script editor, teacher and development executive. She is also the recipient of the Guild’s Richard Lane Award for Services to the Guild.
Karin is the writer/director of documentaries Raoul Wallenberg: Between the Lines (winner Best Documentary AFI ), and Holding On To What is Real (nominated for the highest honour in children’s television, the Prix Jeunesse).
Her drama writing credits include the Awgie-nominated War & Puss for ABC Childrens’ TV; long-running crime drama Blue Heelers; and One Way Ticket (a top-rating telemovie based on the Melbourne Remand Centre breakout) for Channel 9, which she co-wrote with Michael Brindley. War & Puss was also written and published as a children’s novel
As a development executive with the Australian Film Commission (now Screen Australia) for eleven years, she selected, funded and managed feature film, documentary and shorts projects for both development and production.
Over three stints working for the AFC, she designed and established a number of initiatives, including the AFC New Screenwriters Program; the Distinctly Australian Fellowship programs and, with ABC TV, the JTVdocs program.
She is a script editor on a number of recently funded projects, including Tango Underpants and How to Please a Woman (for development) and High Ground for production.
Karin is a frequent guest lecturer at the RMIT University and the Victorian College of the Arts Film School (University of Melbourne) and is a Visiting Professor of Screenwriting at EICAR – the International Film School – Paris.
She is a graduate of the National Film School of Great Britain.
Michael is the creator and co-writer of the award winning feature film, Shame, which was invited to many festivals, beginning with the New York Museum of Modern Art ‘New Directors, New Films’. It went on to worldwide theatrical distribution and was remade as a telemovie for US Lifetime cable. In 2017, the National Film and Sound Archive restoration of Shame screened in festivals across Australia as a “classic Australian Film”.
Michael was the series script and story editor (as well as a writer) on both series of Geoffrey Atherden’s AFI award-winning Grass Roots.
As an ABC network executive, he was responsible for supervising MDA-Medical Defence Australia Series I & II, which won three AFI awards, including Best Television Drama.
He was the script producer on the 12-part cable children’s series Conspiracy 365, released in 2012.
Michael’s other TV drama credits include writing for Prisoner, Punishment, Taurus Rising, Bellamy, Blue Heelers and Police Rescue. He was a staff script editor on the top-rating A Country Practice and went on to become Story Producer.
He wrote the ABC miniseries Half A World Away and, with Karin Altmann, the top-rating telemovie One Way Ticket.
Michael has worked extensively as a script consultant and reader for all Australian government film funding bodies and for the New Zealand Film Commission. When he ran the Australian Film Commission Script Office in 1987-8, he was responsible for the entire script development budget.
Michael has lectured at RMIT University (where he was a founding lecturer in the Advanced Diploma In Professional Screenwriting), La Trobe University, VCA Film School and AFTRS. He devised and taught courses in Adaptation, Script Analysis and Feature Film Writing. He has also lectured in New Zealand for the NZ Film Commission New Writers Scheme. He was a script advisor to the AFC SP*RK program in 2004 and 05. He is currently a Visiting Professor of Screenwriting at EICAR – the International Film School – Paris.
Michael is a recipient of the Australian Writers’ Guild Hector Crawford Award for Script Editing.
He is a graduate of the Australian Film Television and Radio School.
Writer, director and producer John Hughes is one of Australia’s most experienced and recognized documentary filmmakers. His landmark film The Archive Project won the 2007 NSW Premier’s History Prize, the 2006 Film Critics Circle of Australia Award (Best Feature Documentary), the 2006 Australian Teachers of Media Award (best tertiary resource) and the inaugural Joan Long Award for achievement in Australian film history. In 2006 John received the Stanley Hawes Award for his outstanding contribution to Australian documentary.
John’s critically acclaimed and commercially successful projects include After Mabo, Traps, Moving History, The Art Of War, One Way Street and the cinema feature What I Have Written.
His films have also won AWGIE Awards (Indonesia Calling: Joris Ivens In Australia, Best Documentary: Public Broadcast, 2010); the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards (Script Writing Award, The Art of War, Betty Churcher, 2005), the United Nations Award for Best Environmental Reporting (River Of Dreams, 1998) among many others.
He was Commissioning Editor for documentary with SBS Independent from 1998-2001.
His recent script development and project consultancy has included work for the Australian Film Commission, the Film Finance Corporation, the South Australian Film Corporation and the NSW Film and Television Office.
He was a consultant and advisor to the first Headlands documentary development laboratory (2005), and was the director of Headlands residential program in 2007.
John was an international Jury member on the International Silver Wolf jury at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) in 2002, and on the International Jury for Pacific Meridian, 2nd Vladivostok International Film Festival, Russia, in September 2004.
Deborah has worked in the film and television industry for over 30 years. One of Australia’s top television drama writers, she has written for A Place to Call Home, Phoenix, Janus, GP, Police Rescue, Good Guys Bad Guys, Blue Heelers, Water Rats, Young Lions, Marshall Law, MDA and others.
She has written one teli-movie, The Fish are Safe, and two feature films, Zone 39 and In Too Deep which she also associate produced. She has also written extensively for children. Most recently she wrote her first libretto for the opera Women In War.
Deborah is also a highly sought after feature film script editor and assessor and has worked as a consultant for most of the major state and federal film funding and financing agencies (FFC, AFC, Film Victoria, NSWFTO).
She has lectured in Screenwriting at RMIT, mentored film and TV students, been a member of various screen writing conference panels and industry organisations, worked in art departments, produced props, worked on location in various menial capacities and played in some pretty cheesy Greek bands. In her spare time she edits the Kythera Summer Edition, a Greek tourist newspaper.
Jonathan Powell is an award-winning producer who spent six years as Controller of BBC 1, responsible for commissioning the entire output of the BBC’s main channel. Jonathan has received a number of BAFTA awards for Drama, two International Emmy Awards, as well as the Royal Television Society Silver Medal for Creative Achievement and a Peabody Award.
He started his career at Granada Television (ITV group) where he cut his teeth on the 52 part serial, Family at War and produced the long running serial Crown Court.
When Jonathan joined the BBC he produced a number of BBC Classic Serials. Among them were: The Mayor of Casterbridge, starring Alan Bates; Fay Weldon’s adaptation of Pride and Prejudice; Crime and Punishment, starring John Hurt; The Barchester Chronicles, which introduced Alan Rickman as Mr Slope and Testament of Youth from the biography of Vera Brittain.
He produced Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Smiley’s People, which starred Sir Alec Guinness and which have since become cult series, recognized as classic examples of genre.
Jonathan Powell went on to become the BBC’s Head of Series and Serials and then Head of Drama. During this period, he oversaw the introduction of both the long running series Casualty and East Enders. Edge of Darkness and The Singing Detective and Life and Loves of a She-Devil were also broadcast under his supervision.
After leaving the BBC, he joined commercial television, Carlton TV. He inherited programs such as Peak Practice, Soldier Soldier and Inspector Morse. Jonathan oversaw a number of successful one-offs including Goodnight Mr Tom, The Railway Children, Pollyanna and an adaptation of the Michael Dibdin novel Dirty Tricks, which received an International Emmy Award.
Marcus Cole is a multi-award winning director who has worked in Australia, the United States and Europe, and has experience as a film and television director, writer, script editor, actor and educator.
In the US he directed 12 movies for television, including From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, Guilty Hearts, Narrow Escape, The Jimmy V Story, Three Secrets, Timepiece and Yesterday’s Children, and won the Christopher Award for The Christmas Box.
Marcus returned to Australia in 2002 to direct a number of award-winning children’s television series including series 1,2 & 3 of Bluewater High (AFI nominee, 2006; AFI Best Children’s series winner, 2008); Holly’s Heroes (AFI Best Children’s series winner, 2006); Snobs (winner Best Director in the Live Action Television category at the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, 2004) and Don’t Blame the Koalas (series nominated for a BAFTA Award).
His episode of Ship To Shore 2, “Marty Flies Solo”, won a Silver Plaque at the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, 1996). Mission Top Secret (an international co-production shot in England, Germany and Poland) was nominated for an AFI award and his episode, “The Polish Pony Puzzle”, was nominated for the most prestigious award in children’s television, the Prix Jeunesse.
In adult drama, Marcus has directed episodes of All Saints, All The Way, GP, Kings, Packed To The Rafters, Punishment, Rafferty’s Rules, Richmond Hill, Taurus Rising, The Flying Doctors and The Sullivans. He has directed six internationally screened Australian mini-series and was also story and script editor on two of them – the AWGIE-winning mini-series Spit MacPhee and the acclaimed television mini-series A Fortunate Life.
Marcus has twice been Acting Head of the Directing Workshop at the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS).
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