Award-winning filmmaker, Ivan O’Mahoney, has been making documentaries since 1999. We found out how he started and what drives him.
Rio Chard has implemented many transitions during her 10-year career in the print industry. She was also awarded the Media Super Young Executive of the Year Award at the 2018 National Print Awards. We talked to her about the challenges, the changes and being asked to be a female chairperson in a predominantly male industry.
It could be said that Norman J Field was to the Australian print industry what The Beatles were to the world of music – always innovating, consistently leading the way, and delivering a quality product time and time again. To call Norman a legend is no exaggeration, and for this reason PIAA awarded him the title of 2018 Media Super Industry Legend. We asked him about some of the standout moments during his illustrious 62-year career.
From school plays to Play School via the world of journalism. We find out how Matthew Backer got to where he is and what it’s like to work with Australian icons.
Melissa Brattoni tells us how shyness at an early age indirectly led her to doing the UTI Dance with comedy trio and viral sensation, Skit Box, as well as writing her own thrillers.
‘I got involved in acting for personal reasons,’ she tells us frankly, ‘because when I was younger I was quite shy and I wanted to seek out ways of becoming more open with people.’
After 12 months of ‘sweat, blood and tears’, Taylor Dent has become a regular sports reporter on Channel Nine’s daytime bulletins. He tells us how he took his chances with both hands.
Taylor wasn’t planning on a career as a sports reporter. Far from it. In fact, he was studying law at university when a friend suggested he apply for a holiday job at Channel Nine. ‘They get people in for every Commonwealth and Olympic Games to log everything that happens,’ he explains. ‘Then when the reporters arrive in the morning they can use the clips in their show.’
After two years of working in reality TV post-production, Arnold Perez has landed the role of Associate Producer. He excitedly tells us how he reached his goal and about the realities of working in this world.
When Naomi Lisner’s marriage ended, she made the decision to never let anything hold her back again, especially age and gender. Now, after a lifetime of acting, she’s writing her own screenplays and has just made her directorial debut with Hannah Rosenthal, a short film she might also turn into a feature film or TV series.
From starting out acting in prep, to starring in Muriel’s Wedding The Musical, Michael Whalley tells us why he’s never rested on his laurels.
Michael’s first foray into acting came when he was just five years old, playing the part of Captain Bumble in a five minute presentation to his school. Since then, he’s completely immersed himself in his craft, playing a diverse variety of roles along the way.
Melbourne filmmaker Joy Hopwood has been advocating for diversity in film and TV for over 20 years. Now, not only is she noticing a positive change towards fair representation in the industry, she’s just made her first feature film that tackles the subject head on.
We asked Joy where her drive and passion began:
‘One day, whilst doing Drama and Television at university, I was with a group of enthused drama children – a lot of whom were multicultural – and I asked them, “What would you like to do in the future?”.