Dev catapulted to success in 2009 when he starred in the Academy Award® winning film Slumdog Millionaire and received rave reviews for his performance and garnered a number of award wins including the National Board of Review Award for Best Breakthrough Performance, The British Independent Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer, The Broadcast Film Critics' Choice Award for Best Young Actor and The Chicago & Washington Film Critics' Awards for Most Promising Performer.
Dev voiced the male lead opposite Daisy Ridley in Studio Ghibli's North American re-release of Only Yesterday, directed by Isao Takahata. He also starred in The Man Who Knew Infinity and, with Hugh Jackman, Sharlto Copley and Sigourney Weaver, in Neill Blomkamp's Chappie. He starred opposite Dame Judi Dench, Dame Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and Richard Gere in The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel directed by John Madden and in the original The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel opposite the same cast including Tom Wilkinson. The film became a worldwide commercial success and was nominated for a Golden Globe and SAG Award for Best Picture. Dev was last seen on TV starring opposite Jeff Daniels and Emily Mortimer in the 3rd and final season of HBO'S Golden Globe nominated series The Newsroom, created by Aaron Sorkin, for which he was nominated for a 2013 NAACP award for Best Supporting actor.
Academy Award® winning actress Nicole Kidman first came to the attention of American audiences with her critically acclaimed performance in Phillip Noyce’s riveting 1989 Australian psychological thriller Dead Calm. Kidman has since become an internationally-recognized, award-winning actress known for her range and versatility.
In 2002, Kidman was honored with her first Oscar nomination for her performance in Baz Luhrmann’s innovative musical, Moulin Rouge! For that role, and her performance in writer/director Alejandro Amenabar’s psychological thriller, The Others, she received dual 2002 Golden Globe nominations, winning for Best Actress in a Musical. In 2003, Kidman won an Academy Award®, a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA and a Berlin Silver Bear for her portrayal of Virginia Woolf in Stephen Daldry’s The Hours.
In 2010, Kidman starred opposite Aaron Eckhart in Rabbit Hole, for which she received Academy Award, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Independent Spirit Award nominations for Best Actress. The film was developed by Kidman’s production company, Blossom Films. In October 2012, Kidman starred in Lee Daniel’s The Paperboy with Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron and John Cusack. Her performance earned her an AACTA, Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe nomination. In 2014, Kidman was seen in Grace of Monaco, which earned her a SAG nomination. She was most recently seen in The Secret in Their Eyes with Julia Roberts and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
Kidman’s recent films include The Family Fang with Jason Bateman, which she also produces, Genius alongside Colin Firth and How to Talk to Girls at Parties. She also features in the second season of Jane Campion’s acclaimed television series Top of The Lake, produced by See-Saw Films.
Also in television, Kidman was seen staring in HBO’s Hemingway and Gellhorn alongside Clive Owen in 2012. Her portrayal as Martha Gellhorn earned her Emmy, SAG and Golden Globe nominations. Kidman will return to the small screen in the limited series Big Little Lies alongside Reese Witherspoon for HBO. Kidman’s Blossom Films and Witherspoon’s Pacific Standard will produce the project.
In theater, Kidman made a highly-lauded London stage debut in the fall of 1998, starring with Iain Glenn in “The Blue Room,” David Hare’s modern adaptation of Schnitzler’s “La Ronde.” For her performance Kidman won London’s Evening Standard Award and was nominated in the Best Actress category for a Laurence Olivier Award. Kidman can currently be seen on the West End stage in Anna Ziegler’s “Photograph 51,” for which she received a London’s Evening Standard Award.
In January of 2006, Kidman was awarded Australia’s highest honor, the Companion in the Order of Australia. She was also named, and continues to serve, as Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations Development Fund for Women, UN Women, whose goals are to foster women’s empowerment and gender equality, to raise awareness of the infringement on women’s human rights around the world and to end violence against women. Along with her husband, Keith Urban, she has helped raise millions over the years for the Women’s Cancer Program which is a world-renowned center for research into the causes, treatment, prevention, and eventual cure of women’s cancer.
In 2015 Rooney Mara won the Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Award for her role as Therese in Carol, a performance that would also receive a nomination for an Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actress. Rooney Mara mesmerized audiences and critics alike in the David Fincher directed U.S. adaptation of the popular Stieg Larsson book The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. In a three- picture deal, to include The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, Mara portrays the female lead Lisbeth Salander opposite Daniel Craig and Robin Wright. For this role, Rooney was recognized by the National Board of Review for Breakthrough Performance as well as earned a Golden Globe® and Academy Award® nomination for Best Actress, Drama.
In 2013, Rooney starred in the 2013 Sundance Film Festival Competitive entry Ain’t Them Bodies Saints for writer/ director David Lowery with Casey Affleck and Ben Foster. Also in 2013, Mara starred in Side Effects directed by Steven Soderbergh and opposite Channing Tatum and Jude Law. Rooney appeared in the Academy® & Golden Globe® Best Picture nominated film Her, directed by Spike Jonze and also starring Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams, and will next be seen starring alongside Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender and Natalie Portman in the Untitled Terrence Malick film. She will work again with director Garth Davis in See-Saw Film’s Mary Magdalene, currently in production.
In addition, Rooney will star in Stephen Daldry’s film Trash, set in the slums of Brazil with a script written by Richard Curtis, in Pan, directed by Joe Wright (with Hugh Jackman and Amanda Seyfried) and also in Jim Sheridan’s The Secret Scripture along with Vanessa Redgrave and Jeremy Irons.
Additional film credits include Tanner Hall, directed by Francesca Gregorini and Tatiana von Furstenberg; David Fincher’s The Social Network; The Weinstein Company’s Youth in Revolt and The Winning Season opposite Sam Rockwell.
On the small screen, Rooney’s credits include memorable guest starring roles on ER, The Cleaner, Women’s Murder Club, and Law & Order: SVU.
Mara is the Founder of the non-profit organization Uweze, which provides critical care and assistance to poverty-stricken orphans in Africa’s largest slum in Kibera, Kenya.
David Wenham has received critical acclaim for his diverse performances in film, theatre and television. He is one of Australia’s most respected actors. Best known internationally as Faramir in Peter Jackson’s critically acclaimed second and third Lord Of The Rings installments The Two Towers and Return of The King in which he shared in the Screen Actors Guild Award®, Broadcast Film Critics Award and National Board of Review Award in the category of Best Ensemble. He appeared in
Oranges And Sunshine alongside Emily Watson and Hugo Weaving; Pope Joan; Baz Luhrmann’s Australia with Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman and Public Enemies starring alongside Johnny Depp.
David’s accolades include Best Actor Awards at the 2003 Australian Film Institute (AFI) Awards, IF Awards, and The Film Critics Circle of Australia (FCCA) for Gettin’ Square, Best Actor nominations at the AFI Awards for Paul Cox’s Molokai: The Story Of Father Damien, The Bank and Better Than Sex; and a Best Actor nomination at the 1999 FCCA Awards and AFI Awards for his haunting portrayal a psychopath named Brett Sprague in The Boys alongside Toni Collette.
David’s other feature film credits include 300, in which he worked with director Zack Synder, Moulin Rouge!, Cosi, Married Life, Van Helsing, The Children Of Huang Shi and The Proposition.
David is well known to Australian television audiences as the lovable Diver Dan in the award winning ABC TV series Seachange, a role which earned him an AFI Award nomination in 1998. He won the same award the previous year for the critically acclaimed ABC TV miniseries Simone De Beauvoir’s Babies.
LION is Sunny Pawar’s first acting role. He was discovered at a school for disadvantaged children in Mumbai after an exhaustive search to find the boy to play the leading role of young Saroo. Sunny continues to live with his family and go to school in Mumbai. Since filming of LION, Sunny has been cast in the film Love Sonia, starring Demi Moore.
LION is Abhishek Bharate’s first acting role. His talent was discovered through casting at his school and he continues to live with his family and study in Mumbai. Abhishek will be working alongside Sunny Pawar again in Love Sonia, starring Demi Moore.
Priyanka started her career with small roles in Love Sex aur Dhoka, Sorry Bhai!, Johnny Gaddar and Guzaarish before landing the lead role in Italian director Italo Spinelli’s 2010 film Gangor. For this performance she won the best actress award at the New Jersey Independent South Asian Film Festival.
Multi award-winning actress Tannishtha Chatterjee gained international attention for her performance in Sarah Gavron’s celebrated feature Brick Lane, which saw her nominated as Best Actress at the British Independent Film Awards alongside Judi Dench and Anne Hathaway.
Tannishtha had two films selected for the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, Pan Nalin’s Angry Indian Goddesses and Parched, and also in 2015 Island City was selected for the Venice Film Festival. She has also appeared in Academy Award®- winning German director Florian Gallenberger’s Shadows of Time, Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina and Bombay Summer for which she received the Best Actress award at the New York Indian Film Festival.
Tannishtha’s critically acclaimed performance in Dekh Indian Circus saw her receive Best Actress awards in a number of film festivals including India's National Film Award. She also appeared in Monsoon Shootout, which premiered at a midnight screening in Official Selection at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. Tannishtha also starred in the recently released Siddharth, which was in Official Selection at both the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals, amongst others.
She also appeared in the film Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain with Martin Sheen, Mischa Barton, Kal Penn and Rapjal Yadav, and in Unindian alongside Brett Lee.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui gained international recognition in 2012 when his film Patang premiered at Berlin Film Festival. He is a prominent figure in Hindi cinema with over 40 feature film credits, including Black Friday (2004), New York (2009), Peepli Live (2010), Kahani (2012) and Gangs of Wasseypur (2012).
Born in northern India, Deepti Naval is an acclaimed actor, director and poet. After her schooling she migrated to the United States, where she was educated at the City University of New York and received her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts at Hunter College in Manhattan. She made her debut with the movie Ek Baar Phir in 1979 and has acted in more than 60 films since then. Among these are Chashmebaddoor, Kamla, Mirch Masala, Ankahi, Main Zinda Hoon, Panchvati, and more recently, Leela and Freaky Chakra. She also wrote and directed Thodasa Aasmaan, a TV serial about women, and produced a travel show called The Path Less Traveled. A selection of poems in Hindi, Lamha-Lamha was published in 1983 and more recently, MapinLit brought out a new collection called Black Wind and Other Poems. She also runs the Vinod Pandit Charitable Trust, set up in memory of her late companion, for the education of girls.
Divian is known for playing Hugh in the BBC TV Series Decectorist and for his roles in feature films Saxon and 8 Minutes Idle. He has appeared in numerous short films and voiced the sole role in the BAFTA nominated animated short My Dad.
Sachin, a graduate from The National Theatre Drama School in Melbourne, is probably best known for his role in the Australian series, Neighbours. Other Australian TV credits include Fat Tony & Co, the fast paced cable television mini series Conspiracy 365 and SBS drama Better Man. His US TV credits include guest roles on TNT series Perception and SyFy’s mini series Childhood’s End. Sachin’s film highlights include Sarah Watts' My Year Without Sex and comedy Big Mamma’s Boy.
Australia’s Bollywood star, Pallavi Sharda, is a classical Indian (Bharatha Natyam) dancer and film actress. An honors graduate from the University of Melbourne, Pallavi completed her LLB/BA (Media & Communications) and Diploma in Modern Languages (French) before moving to Mumbai to fulfill her childhood dream of working in Hindi Cinema.
With a diverse repertoire of films and theatre performances behind her, including the female lead role
in Australian cricketing comedy Save Your Legs, Pallavi became a household name in India with her starring role in Besharam. Her next Bollywood venture was Hawaaizaada, in which she starred with Ayushmann Khurrana.
Pallavi is a cultural ambassador for India-Australia relations and features prominently on panels focused on intercultural relations. She has been a panelist on ABC’s Q & A program and an ambassador for ‘Oz Fest’ in India. During her current visit to Australia, Pallavi will deliver an address on ‘traversing barriers and fulfilling dreams’ at the inaugural BOLDTalks Woman Forum in Melbourne. Most recently, she appeared in the Australian- Indian cross-cultural rom-com UnIndian and this year will appear in the female lead in the screen adaptation of Helen Garner’s bestseller – Joe Cinque’s Consolation, directed by Sotiris Dounoukos.
Arka started acting professionally in 2003 when he entered the regional Youth Shakespeare Festival and in the following year, in 2004, won first place in the duologue category.
Whilst at university he appeared in various plays, culminating in References to Salvador Dali, Make Me Hot! for Griffin Independent at the SBW Stables Theatre in Sydney.
He made his debut with the Ensemble Theatre in 2010 in Animals Out of Paper, for which he was nominated for Best Newcomer at the 2010 Sydney Theatre Awards. He also returned to the Ensemble a year later for Casanova, then appeared in Beached at the Griffin Theatre in 2013 alongside a star- studded cast.
Arka recently starred as Farid in the critically acclaimed ABC mini series The Code and as Nathan in the independent feature film Good Morning.
As well as acting, Arka has also started writing and directing content. Most notably, he co-created, directed and starred in comedy web series The Casuals, which has already been acquired for online distribution in the USA.
Garth Davis was the co-director of the first series of the acclaimed Top Of The Lake with Jane Campion (The Piano) for See-Saw Films and starring Elisabeth Moss, Peter Mullan, David Wenham and Holly Hunter, for which he received Emmy and BAFTA nominations.
Garth is internationally renowned for some of the most memorable and awarded commercials. His recent work has won gold at the London International Award show, the prized Gold Lion at Cannes, and in 2010 he received a finalist nomination from the DGA (Directors Guild of America) for best commercials director. Originally a fine artist and designer, Garth has explored all forms of filmmaking. His dramatic work has included the festival hit documentary Pins, the Dendy Award winning short film Alice, and the highly acclaimed TV series Love My Way.
Angie Fielder is a producer and co-founder of production company Aquarius Films. She exec- produced Berlin Syndrome directed by Cate Shortland, written by Shaun Grant and starring Teresa Palmer and Max Riemelt. She is also the executive producer of Roller Dreams – a feature doc about the iconic roller dancing scene in LA’s Venice Beach, directed by Kate Hickey.
Her animated short Oscar Wilde’s The Nightingale and the Rose, adapted from the paintings of twice Archibald Prize-winner Del Kathryn Barton and co-directed by Barton and Brendan Fletcher (Mad Bastards), premiered at the Berlinale in 2015 and won Best Australian Short at Melbourne International Film Festival. The film features the voices of Mia Wasikowska, Geoffrey Rush and David Wenham.
Angie’s feature film Wish You Were Here, starring Joel Edgerton, Felicity Price and Teresa Palmer and directed by Kieran Darcy-Smith of Blue-Tongue Films opened the Sundance Film Festival in 2012 in the prestigious World Cinema Dramatic competition, and won numerous awards including the AACTA Award for Best Screenplay and the Film Critic’s Circle Award for Best Film. Her short films Crossbow, Netherland Dwarf (written and directed by David Michod) and I Love Sarah Jane (written by Michod and directed by Spencer Susser) have screened at high profile international film festivals including Venice, Sundance, Berlin and Telluride and have won numerous awards including the AACTA for Best Short Screenplay and the Prix Canal at Clermont Ferrand.
Luke Davies is the author of three novels (most recently God of Speed), four volumes of poetry (the latest, Interferon Psalms, won the inaugural Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Poetry, Australia’s largest and most prestigious literary prize) and a co-writer, with Neil Armfield, of the feature film Candy, an adaptation of his own novel.
Davies’ poetry collection Totem won the South Australian Premier's Literary Award for Poetry, the Grace Leven Poetry Prize, the Age’s Poetry Book of the Year Award and the overall Age Book of the Year Award, an unusual feat for a book of poetry. In 2004 Davies was also awarded the Philip Hodgins Memorial Medal for Poetry.
Davies’ novels are the cult best-seller Candy, Isabelle the Navigator and God of Speed. Candy was shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Awards and has been published in France, Spain, Germany, Israel, Greece, the UK and USA. God of Speed was published in the US by Rare Bird Books in 2014.
Candy starred Heath Ledger, Abbie Cornish and Geoffrey Rush and premiered in competition at the Berlin Film Festival. In addition to writing the adaptation, Davies had a one-line role in the film, as a milkman.
Davies won both an AWGIE Award and an AFI Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for Candy.
His volume Absolute Event Horizon was shortlisted for the National Book Council Poetry Prize. Running With Light won the Judith Wright Poetry Prize at the Queensland Premier's Literary Awards. His play Stag was produced for the Sydney Theatre Company’s Wharf 2 Loud Program in 2006.
Davies is the film critic for The Monthly, and occasional book reviewer and essayist for other magazines and newspapers. His children’s book, Magpie, was published by ABC Books in 2010.
In 2010 Davies also won Australia’s top essay prize, the John Curtin Prize for Best Essay, at the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, for his Monthly essay “The Penalty Is Death”, about two drug runners on Bali’s death row.
Davies’ short film Air, his first as writer/director, starring BAFTA-winning actor Andrew Garfield, premiered at the Marfa Film Festival in Texas in 2010, and also screened at the Venice International Short Film Festival, the Festival des Antipodes in St Tropez, the Bigpond Adelaide Film Festival, the Big Sur Shorts Festival and the Melbourne International Film Festival.
Davies’ screenplay Life, about the friendship between James Dean and Life magazine photographer Dennis Stock, produced by Oscar-winning The King’s Speech producers See-Saw Films, was directed by Anton Corbijn and stars Robert Pattinson, Dane DeHaan, Sir Ben Kingsley and Joel Edgerton. It premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in 2015.
Davies is currently writing the screenplay adaptation of the memoirs Beautiful Boy: My Journey Through My Son’s Addiction by David Sheff and Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines by Nic Sheff (two books adapted as one film) for Brad Pitt’s company Plan B. The film is to be directed by Oscar-nominated director Felix von Groeningen (Broken Circle Breakdown) and produced by Oscar- winner Jeremy Kleiner (12 Years a Slave, Selma).
Davies is currently writing a TV adaptation of the Joseph Heller novel Catch-22, for True Detective producers Anonymous Content and Paramount TV.
Davies’ memoir/essay The Cisco Kid was nominated for a Southern California Journalism Award with the Los Angeles Press Club. He has featured, as a storyteller, on the award-winning NPR programs This American Life and Unfictional.
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Director of Photography
Chris Kennedy is an internationally renowned, award winning Production Designer with extensive experience across film, television and commercial campaigns.
His feature credits include the John Hillcoat directed features Lawless, The Road and The Proposition for which he won his fourth AFI Award for Best Production Design. Chris was nominated for a Satellite Award for Best Art Direction and Production Design for The Road and enjoyed critical acclaim worldwide for his outstanding work. In 2014 he completed Russell Crowe’s directional debut feature film, The Water Diviner for which he received another AFI/AACTA nomination for Best Production Design.
Television credits include the Jack Irish and Curtin telemovies for the ABC, the latter winning the 2006 Silver Logie for Most Outstanding Drama, Miniseries.
Chris has won four AFI Best Production Design Awards and in 2005 his great commitment to cinematic vision was recognized when he received the AFI/AACTA Byron Kennedy Award for Outstanding Creative Enterprise.
Alexandre de Franceschi
Alexandre de Franceschi has 30 years of experience, having edited over 2000 commercials and music videos, and 15 films. He is a frequent collbarator with Jane Campion, having edited In the Cut (2004), Bright Star (2009) and Top of the Lake (2013- present). In 2006 he cut John Curran’s The Painted Veil, starring Edward Norton and Naomi Watts. Also with Curran he has worked on We Don’t Live Here Anymore, Stone and Tracks. Other film credits include Little Fish, Disgrace and Dead Europe. He has one numerous awards, including an AFI and an ASE and has been nominated for many more, including a Primetime Emmy and a BAFTA.
Cappi Ireland has worked with many of the best film and television directors in Australia, on production including the new mini-series Barracuda, directed by Robert Connolly. Other recent credits include the new television adaptation of Tomorrow When the War Began, based on the era- defining novels by John Marsden, and the mini-series Glitch, The Slap and Gallipoli. Her film credits include Cut Snake, The Mule, The Rover, Animal Kingdom, Oranges and Sunshine and Balibo. Cappi has received six AFI/AACTA nominations, winning two, and received a Best Costume Design for a TV series APDG award in 2015.
Hair and Makeup
Zeljka Stanin is a world-renowned hair and makeup artist with over 25 years of experience across film, TV, commercials, fashion and photography. She began her career in the late 80s, working on iconic Australian TV series such as Neighbours. After doing hair and makeup for numerous local productions throughout the nineties, Stanin gained international recognition in 2000 for her work on Mission Impossible 2 starring Tom Cruise. Stanin’s impressive feature film resume includes Moulin Rouge!, Where the Wild Things Are, Animal Kingdom, Tomorrow When the War Began, The Railway Man, Tracks and The Rover. She has also worked on a multitude of prominent Australian telemovies and mini- series, including the critically acclaimed Never Tear Us Apart INXS and Magazine Wars. She most recently worked on the TV drama Banished – also for See-Saw – and the Australian/Indian cross- cultural rom-com, Unindian.
Hauschka is a composer, songwriter and experimental musician who uses prepared piano as his primary instrument. The prepared piano refers to the technique of resting pieces of paper, marbles, drumsticks and other objects on the strings to produce odd, sometimes randomly generated sounds that move the instrument in unexpected directions.
Substantial, Hauschka’s first solo album, blended classical, avant-garde and pop impulses, with an aura of measured melancholy. Then he discovered prepared piano. His experiments with this new instrument changed his approach to music and composing, setting him on a journey of exploration that continues to this day. His albums of prepared piano music include The Prepared Piano, Ferndorf, Salon des Amateurs, the collaboration with Grammy-Awarding winning violinist Hilary Hahn Silfra and Abandoned City. His latest album, 2.11.2014, includes two 20-minute improvisations for prepared piano, based on the music from Abandoned City.
Hauschka was Composer in Residence for the 2014/15 season of the Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk orchestra in Leipzig.
In 2015, Temporary Residence, Hauschka’s American label released A NDO CY. It includes five solo improvisations from the Abandoned City sessions and two extended remixes from the Abandoned City album - “Agdam” by Devandra Banhart and “Stromness” by Eluvium.
The composer also has a prolific sideline writing scores for films such as The Boy, Praia du Futuro and Farewell, Herr Schwarz.
Most recently, Hauschka has been collaborating with Samuli Kosminen, from the Finnish band Edea and cellist Jeffery Zeigler, formerly of the Kronos Quartet, on compositions to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Jean Sibelius’s birth.
Dustin O’Halloran began to teach himself piano at age 7 and soon after began to perform his own work, having been inspired by the sounds coming from the ballet lessons that his mother gave. Soon, the influence of the likes of Chopin, Arvo Pärt and Debussy was supplanted by a fondness for more esoteric acts – Cocteau Twins (whose Simon Raymonde would later sign him to his label, Bella Union), Gavin Bryars, Morton Feldman and Joy Division – and, by the time he was 19 or so, he was writing songs with Sara Lov, whom he met at Santa Monica College, where he was studying art. Together, the two formed the band Devics, whose hazy dream pop won them considerable plaudits. They went on to record five albums.
By the time their last release, Push The Heart, came out in 2006, O’Halloran already had two albums of solo piano pieces under his belt. The first of these attracted the attention of Sofia Coppola, who invited O’Halloran to contribute music to her award-winning film Marie Antoinette, bringing O’Halloran widespread recognition.
Since the release of Piano Solos Volumes 1 and 2 in 2004 and 2006, O’Halloran has gone on to score a number of films and TV shows. These include Drake Doremus’ Breathe In (starring Guy Pearce and Felicity Jones) and Like Crazy, which won Sundance’s Grand Jury Prize, as well as the new sci-fi drama, Equals (starring Kristen Stewart, Nicholas Hoult and Guy Pearce), which he scored in collaboration with Sascha Ring of Apparat. In 2015, O’Halloran scored the Indian drama Umrika – which won the Audience Award at Sundance, and gave him his first opportunity to compose for a full string orchestra – as well as the new comedy drama, Transparent, for which O’Halloran won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music.
O’Halloran also released two further solo collections, including the live recording, Vorleben (2011), as well as winning further fans – and selling out prestigious seated theatres – with A Winged Victory For The Sullen, whose two albums (released by Erased Tapes in Europe and Kranky in the USA) showcase O’Halloran’s trademark, delicate melodies awash in his colleague Adam Wiltzie’s ambient atmospherics. Their most recent release – ATOMOS (2014) – emerged from an irresistible invitation to work with Wayne McGregor, the Resident Choreographer of The Royal Ballet in London, and further emphasizes O’Halloran’s eagerness to explore new musical realms
Miranda has spent the last 10 years developing fast effective rehearsal and on-set tools to help actors and directors create connected relationships and achieve great outcomes. She has worked with directors including Peter Jackson, Jane Campion, Gabor Csupo, Morten Tyldum, Woo Ping Wuen, Gaylene Preston, Stuart McKenzie and Garth Davis, and actors including Nicole Kidman, with whom she worked on the award-wining play Photograph 51.
Miranda’s training was initially as an actor at Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School. She then studied drama-therapy in London at the Central School of Speech and Drama and is acknowledged as being amongst the pioneers of verbatim theatre internationally.
Miranda is also a writer and director of film and theatre and was awarded the ONZM for services to theatre and the community.
Jenny is renowned as one of Australia’s leading Voice and Dialect coaches, who has worked with many actors, directors and production companies in film, television and theatre in Australia and abroad. She trained initially as a Speech Pathologist and actor, and then went on to study at NIDA and in London to specialize in Voice and Dialects. Since then, she has taught at various drama schools including NIDA, Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) and the National Theatre.
Television coaching credits include The Secret River, Never Tear Us Apart: The Untold Story of INXS, The Slap, Dead Gorgeous, Wentworth and Molly.
Film credits include Partisan, Paper Planes, Balibo and Holding The Man.
Theatre coaching credits include, War Horse (National Theatre and Global Creatures), Mary Poppins (Cameron Mackintosh), The Vertical Hour (STC), The Speechmaker (MTC), The Graduate (Michael Coppel), Les Miserables (Cameron Mackintosh) and Billy Elliott - The Musical (Louise Withers and Associates).
Most recently she coached the actors on NBC’s sci fi series Hunters and Barracuda for the ABC.
In LION, five-year-old Saroo (Sunny Pawar) gets lost on a train traveling
away from his home and family. Frightened and bewildered, he ends up
thousands of miles away, in chaotic Kolkata. Somehow he survives living
on the streets, escaping all sorts of terrors and close calls in the process,
before ending up in an orphanage that is itself not exactly a safe haven.
Eventually Saroo is adopted by an Australian couple (Nicole Kidman and
David Wenham), and finds love and security as he grows up in Hobart.
As an adult, not wanting to hurt his adoptive parents’ feelings, Saroo
(Dev Patel) suppresses his past, his emotional need for reunification and
his hope of ever finding his lost mother and brother. But a chance
meeting with some fellow Indians reawakens his buried yearning. Armed
with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a
revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, Saroo sets out to find
his lost family and finally return to his first home. Based on the true
story, A Long Way Home, LION is directed by Garth Davis and written by
Luke Davies with performances from Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney
Mara, David Wenham, and Sunny Pawar.