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.
Greig Fraser, A.S.C, A.C.S.
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.