Cast & Crew

Ian Darling is an award winning documentary filmmaker with Shark Island Productions in Sydney, Australia. His director and producer credits include THE OASIS, IN THE COMPANY OF ACTORS, ALONE ACROSS AUSTRALIA and WOODSTOCK FOR CAPITALISTS. His films have all screened on ABC Television in Australia, a variety of television networks around the world, and at over 100 international film festivals.

In 2008 he won the AFI Award for Best Direction in a Documentary for THE OASIS. The film was also nominated for a Walkley, IF, ATOM, Australian Directors Guild and Logie Award.

Currently he is directing and producing two feature documentaries, both with extensive outreach and education programs: PAUL KELLY – STORIES OF ME and OUR LITTLE GARDEN, and a short documentary THE SOLDIER.

He recently produced two short fiction films, POLLY AND ME (writer and director) and WALL BOY. Both social policy short films will act as companion pieces to the homeless documentary THE OASIS, and its on-going outreach and education campaign. THE OASIS will formally go on the educational curriculum in every State and Territory in 2011.

He was the creator of the “Australia’s Homeless Youth” project, which in addition to producing the documentary THE OASIS, established the independent National Youth Commission and report into youth homelessness. The project was launched in April 2008, in conjunction with a national screening and live panel discussion on ABC Television. In 2011 he launched the “Oasis Homeless Short Film Competition” for schools.

He is Chair of The Caledonia Foundation, a private foundation focusing on the education, training and welfare of disadvantaged young Australians. He is the founder and Chair of the Documentary Australia Foundation, a philanthropic initiative supporting the documentary film industry in Australia. He also manages the Shark Island Foundation and the Shark Island Documentary Fund, which supports Australian documentary filmmakers and the local film industry.

Ian Darling was Chair of the Sydney Theatre Company and the STC Foundation, from 2006-2010. He was the founder and Managing Director of the Caledonia Investments group from 1992 to 2003. He has been a Director of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), a member of the Advisory Board of The Salvation Army, and Chair of the Oasis Youth Support Network. He is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Social Impact.

He was the recipient of the AbaF Business Arts Leadership Award in 2008. His photographs have been finalists in the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize, the National Photographic Portrait Prize, the Sydney Life Photography Prize, and is represented in the permanent collection at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra.

Susan MacKinnon has worked as an independent producer for 27 years, winning awards and international acclaim and is a leading figure in the documentary industry. Susan’s credits include the recent Cast From The Storm (ABC), the cinema documentary Paul Kelly – Stories of Me, Life In Movement, the tragic Tanja Liedtke Story, winner of the Best Documentary at the Sydney Film Festival and Honeybee Blues, a look at what is killing the bees. Other films include the acclaimed The Oasis, In The Company Of Actors, Global Haywire (by Academy Award winner Bruce Petty), 4, Men And Their Sheds, and the film classic Eternity. Susan’s very popular short drama, Fetch, screened at over fifty festivals worldwide, including in Official Competition at the International Festival du Cannes.

Susan is a founder and for 8 years was Co Executive Director of the Documentary Australia Foundation, established in 2006 to bring filmmakers and philanthropists together. Susan worked to establish this organisation resulting in significant growth in philanthropic engagement in documentary.

Susan was formerly the Documentary Investment Manager at the Film Finance Corporation. She served 6 years as a Board Director for the South Australian Film Corporation, was a member of the Screen ACT Investment Fund and was a founding member and served 6 years on the Board of the Australian International Documentary Conference.

Peter has been a leading practitioner in the digital film making world, having just completed his 4th digital feature film ‘Cedar Boys’ for director Serhat Caradee, which won the coveted Audience Award after it’s premiere screening at The Sydney Film Festival 2009.

Peter won a Gold ACS Award for his first feature film as D.P. on ‘Gabriel’ for director Shane Abbess. This $200.000 film was picked up by Sony Pictures for world wide theatrical distribution. As well as awards, Peter has reaped much praise for his distinctive & original look on this film.

Peter started his film career working under some of the great names in modern film making history, in the camera & lighting departments, on films including The Matrix trilogy, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Babe, Babe Pig in the City, Moulin Rouge & Birthday Girl.

After graduating from the highly acclaimed AFTRS in 2003, with a Masters degree in Cinematography, Peter began a prolific path shooting commercial, music video, short film, documentary & feature film productions.

He is currently working in both Sydney and L.A (pub 2009).

Sally Fryer (ASE) is Senior Editor at Shark Island Productions and a Director of Shark Island Institute. She was a founding Director of the Documentary Australia Foundation, and is Co-Producer of Good Pitch² Australia.

She has 19 years experience as a freelance documentary film editor both in London and Sydney, and has cut over 100 documentaries during her career. She worked principally for the BBC and Channel 4 in the UK and for the ABC and SBS since arriving in Australia in 1998.

In 2011 she gained accreditation from the Australian Screen Editor’s Guild, and in 2012 was awarded an ‘Ellie’ by the Guild for Best Editing in a Documentary Feature for the film Paul Kelly – Stories of Me which charts the remarkable life of one of Australia’s most gifted and beloved singer-songwriters. Paul Kelly – Stories of Me also won the Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Documentary in 2012. In 2008 she won the AFI Award for Best Editing in a Documentary for The Oasis – an observational feature documentary shot over two years about a group of severely disadvantaged kids who live on the streets of inner Sydney.

Working with Shark Island Productions since 2005 she was consulting editor on Stories from the Inside, editor of two short dramas, Polly and Me (a harrowing tale of child abuse and neglect, seen through the eyes of an 8 year old girl)and Wall Boy, In the Company of Actors – a feature documentary starring Cate Blanchett and Hugo Weaving, in which a company of actors reveals the magic and struggle of creating world class theatre, Alone Across Australia which was voted ‘one of the top 20 adventure films of all time’ and has now won over 25 international awards, and Woodstock for Capitalists which won several awards including a Cine Golden Eagle Award.

Sally was a finalist for the Dendy Awards Best Documentary Category 2005 with Political Football and winner of the Australian Film Critics Award for Best Documentary in 2003 with The Original Mermaid. Her work has twice been nominated for an Emmy award and many many years ago Watergate – a compelling 5 part series – won an International Emmy for Best Documentary series.

Mary Macrae is Producer and Production Manager at Shark Island Productions, a Director of the Shark Island Institute and Producer of Good Pitch² Australia.

For Shark Island Mary has co-produced PAUL KELLY – STORIES OF ME about singer/ songwriter Paul Kelly and his peers, THE SOLDIER a personal story of a volunteer, and most recently STORIES FROM THE INSIDE, made by the inmates in the maximum security prison youth unit at Port Phillip Prison, Victoria. Mary production managed the short dramas POLLY AND ME and WALL BOY made as part of the ongoing outreach and education campaign around youth homelessness, she was also a line producer and production assistant for THE OASIS, (the feature length documentary about the youth refuge of the same name in Surry Hills, Sydney) and IN THE COMPANY OF ACTORS.

She also enjoys working at developing the online components of Shark Island Productions and assisting in implementing the education and outreach strategies around documentaries.

Prior to working at Shark Island Productions Mary had a career as a Stage Manager in the theatre, working mainly in Sydney for Sydney Theatre Company, Belvoir Street Theatre, Force Majeure, Griffin and independent productions including CLOUDSTREETHEDDA GABLER, MY ZINC BED, WAITING FOR GODOT and A CHEERY SOUL.

Felicity Fox is a Sydney-based composer working in film, television and theatre. She has contributed to many award winning films throughout her career such as The OasisThe President vs. David Hicks, Jabe Babe and The Choir. In addition to a broad culture of global, popular and experimental music, she brings to her work her Conservatorium training as a composer, music director and orchestrator.

Film and televisions projects for which Felicity has received individual recognition include: The Oasis (AFI nomination, Best Soundtrack), Redheads(AFI nomination, Best Feature Score), Fistful of Flies (winner AGSC award for Best Original Song Composed for a Feature Film), Afrika, Capetown to Cairo(ARIA nomination and AGSC/APRA Award nomination for Best Soundtrack Album) A Cave in the Snow (AGSC/APRA Award nomination for Best Soundtrack Album) and Loyal to My Image (winner Best Original Music for Film, FIFREC Film Festival France). TV series Felicity has scored include;About Women, Baby Boom to Bust, Dust to Dust and Journeys to the Ends of the Earth.

Major theatre projects include: the Paralympics Opening Ceremony in Sydney, 2000 (Assistant Music Director/Composer), Frozen Girl, created in South Korea with REM and Sadari Theatre and toured to Seoul, Pusan, Sydney and Melbourne in 1999-2000, Baby X, a play by Campion Decent, for the Mardi Gras Festival and Belvoir St Theatre, 2000 and Senesino, an original dance-theatre work for the Mardi Gras festival, 1998.

Felicity is currently completing her Masters degree in Composition at the Sydney Conservatorium, composing a large multi-media work for string orchestra, voices, percussion and electronic surround sound.

Annie Breslin has 25 years experience working as a sound designer and editor.
Feature film credits include Mad Max 2, Evil Angels, High Tide, Young Einstein, The Well, Soft Fruit, Passion, The Monkeys Mask, Unfolding Florence, Unfinished Sky, Australia, Contact (winner Best Documentary at the 2009 Sydney Film Festival).

Short film sound design credits include the documentary – Girl in a Mirror, the dance film –The Shape of Water, and the photo essay -Siberia.

She has also enjoyed the challenges of theatre sound design. She has contributed to two plays for The Sydney Theatre Company -Influence andDemocracy and was Sound Designer on an independent production for the Stables Theatre – 4.48 Psychosis.

Annie was Head of Sound at the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) from 1995 to 2001. She co-wrote and introduced the first AFTRS Graduate Certificate in Screen Composition.

In 2002 Annie was the recipient of a Centenary Medal for services to the Australian Community and the Australian Film Industry. She has 6 AFI nominations and received the 2008 AFI award and the 2008 ASSG award for best sound for Unfinished Sky.

Nick McCallum has extensive experience designing Feature Films, Television Drama Series and Theatre Productions across Australia and throughout the world; working in countries as diverse as China, Poland, France, Tahiti, Papua New Guinea, Spain, Switzerland and Germany.

Nick is currently designing Sanctum, Australia’s first 3D Feature Film.

Produced by James Cameron and directed by Alister Grierson, Sanctum is set entirely in a flooding cave environment built at the Warner Roadshow studios on the Gold Coast, Queensland.

Nick’s designs have replicated war torn East Timor, Borneo, W.W.2 PNG, 1860’s London, Santa Barbara California, Mexico, contemporary and period Australia and futuristic visions of the years 2500 and 3000.

His Feature Film Production Design credits include The Black Balloon starring Toni Collette, Kokoda, Gettin’ Square starring Sam Worthington and David Wenham, The Clinic, Subdivision with Gary Sweet, Steve Bisley and Bruce Spence, The Nugget starring Eric Bana, The Goddess of 1967 with Rose Byrne and In a Savage Land starring Rufus Sewell and Martin Donovan.

Nick’s Television Production Designs include Answered By Fire with David Wenham, The Potato Factory, starring Ben Cross and Lisa McCune and the internationally successful Spellbinder series, shot throughout Poland and China.

Theatre design credits include Australia’s Entertainment Centre tour ofGrease, The Arena Spectacular with John Farnham, Craig McLachlan, Natalie Bassingthwaighte & Magda Szubanski

Nick has twice been nominated for Australia’s prodigious AFI AWARD for Best Production Design for a Feature Film and twice nominated for Inside Film IF Award for Best Production Design for a Feature Film (pub 2009).

Jo Briscoe is a production and costume designer working in film, theatre, opera and television. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Costume Design from Penn State University.

She has worked as Production Designer on the short Hush for SBS’ Bit of Black Business series as well as numerous music videos, series pilots and commercials.

She has also designed extensively for live performance companies, including Sydney Theatre Company, Company B Belvoir, Griffin, Oz Opera, Darlinghurst, Old Fitzroy, Jigsaw, Riverside, Legs on the Wall, Sydney Conservatorium and ATYP, with shows that have toured both nationally and internationally (pub 2009).


Madi has had a variety of work over the last 3 years in stills and commercials. At the age of 6 she started hosting her own gardening show Gardening for kids with Madi (Nickelodeon Jnr). The show is now produced by Gravity Media, and airs on Channel 7 as Gardening for kids with Madi – a segment for a new showAll For Kids.

She has also attended a few awards nights like, “Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards” and the “Astra Awards”. Madi was nominated in three categories and the show won “Best Children’s Programme 2007”.

Madi has also appeared on ABC TV presenting Bono/U2’s song “The Joshua Tree” and has been the subject of various newspaper and magazine interviews.

Madi has just completed shooting the short drama Polly and Me for Shark Island Productions alongside Emma Palmer and Terry Serio, This has been a great experience for Madi and she has thoroughly enjoyed her journey so far (pub 2009).

Emma graduated from NIDA in 2007. Her theatre credits include The Kid (Griffin Theatre Co), Risky Lunar Love (504 Productions) and The Jungle (Darlinghurst Theatre Co). She is currently working with the Sydney Theatre Company on Tot Mom directed by Steven Soderbergh.

Emma has also worked as a voice artist on the children’s cartoon Gasp (SLR Productions). Her short film credits include Polly and Me (Shark Island Productions), Thanks for Coming (Pearly Productions) and Dinner with Diamonds (UTS). Her television credits include All SaintsUnderbelly II: A Tale of Two Cities, and AFTRS television series Offside (pub 2009).

Terry Serio is one of Australia’s most accomplished and versatile performers. His film roles include the break-out lead in 1982’s RUNNING ON EMPTY, HE DIED WITH A FELAFEL IN HIS HAND, and DIRTY DEEDS. Terry has appeared in over 50 of Australia’s most well known television productions which include SHOUT! THE STORY OF JOHNNY O’KEEFE (playing Johnny – received AFI nomination for best actor), POLICE RESCUE, BLUE HEELERS, WATER RATS, WILDSIDE, STINGERS, BLACKJACK, STUPID STUPID MAN, UNDERBELLY: BADNESS and JANET KING.

Terry’s theatre accomplishments cross comedy, drama and musical genres in independent theatre, large scale productions and national and international touring productions. Credits include RASPUTIN, HAIR, THE THREEPENNY OPERA, BLASTED, 4.48 PSYCHOSIS, SUMMER RAIN, CONCUSSION, UNDER ICE and OF MICE AND MEN (Sport For Jove Company). Terry played the roles of Bob Hawke and John Howard in the runaway success of 2006-08, KEATING! (Company B – Belvoir Street Theatre), which earned him the 2007 Helpmann Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical. In 2015 he played Keith Richards ina show called A RIFF ON KEEF – THE HUMAN MYTH at the Griffin Theatre.

Terry is also an accomplished musician singer/songwriter and can be seen frequently playing in his band Terry Serio’s Ministry of Truth. His cd OBLIVION is available online and he has a new cd WHO’S TO CRY also on cd baby/iTunes.

His radio show STAGEFRIGHT on the cult radio station FBi 94.5FM has become a mainstay of the Sydney theatre scene.

John Benjamin is an experienced performer across theatre, film and television. Feature films include Warming UpBitter and Twisted and Burke and Wills. He has appeared in many popular television productions including Sons and DaughtersCyclone TracyRafferty’s RulesHome and AwayHeartbreak High,All Saints and Love My Way.

John’s theatre work includes the Sydney season of The Phantom of the Opera, performing in 33 operas with Opera Australia, and the Titanic Experience at Fox Studios Backlot. He performs in musicals around the club circuit (pub 2009).

Film Crew

Susan MacKinnon
EDITOR Sally Fryer
COMPOSER Felicity Fox
CASTING Marc Psaila
CONTINUITY Kristin Voumard
FOCUS PULLER Rupert Ananda Brown
CLAPPER LOADER Hugh Rutherford
BOOM OPERATOR Richard Teague
GAFFER Paul Johnstone
BEST BOY Graeme Cook
KEY GRIP Greg Tidman
ART DIRECTOR John-Paul (Lon) Lucini
PUBLICITY AND WEB DESIGN Rachel Dight, Swivel Creative