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.

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.

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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).

Film Crew

WRITER AND DIRECTOR Ian Darling
PRODUCERS Ian Darling
Susan MacKinnon
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY Peter A. Holland
EDITOR Sally Fryer
LINE PRODUCER Mary Macrae
COMPOSER Felicity Fox
SOUND DESIGNER Annie Breslin
PRODUCTION DESIGNER Nicholas McCallum
COSTUME DESIGNER Jo Briscoe
1ST ASSISTANT DIRECTOR John Titley
SCRIPT CONSULTANT Joan Sauers
CASTING Marc Psaila
CONTINUITY Kristin Voumard
FOCUS PULLER Rupert Ananda Brown
CLAPPER LOADER Hugh Rutherford
DATA WRANGLER Nir Shelter
STEADICAM OPERATOR Robert Agganis
SOUND RECORDIST Robert Mackay
BOOM OPERATOR Richard Teague
GAFFER Paul Johnstone
BEST BOY Graeme Cook
LIGHTING ASSISTANT Gillian Huxley
KEY GRIP Greg Tidman
ASSISTANT GRIP John Gibson
ART DIRECTOR John-Paul (Lon) Lucini
PROPS BUYER Sam Lukins
STANDBY PROPS Dillon Yeats
MAKE UP DESIGNER Peggy Carter
HAIR AND ASSISTANT MAKE UP Jodi Locke
MAKE UP SECONDMENT Claudine Terides
STANDBY WARDROBE Terri Kibbler
PRODUCTION ASSISTANT Tina Nielsen
ASSISTANT EDITOR Hilary Balmond
FIGHT CHOREOGRAPHER Michael Pentecost
SAFETY SUPERVISOR Greg Blandy
TRAFFIC CONTROL Who Dares
VIDEO POST PRODUCTION The Lab
SOUND POST PRODUCTION Soundfirm
MUSIC RECORDED AND MIXED AT Trackdown
CAMERA EQUIPMENT Lemac
PUBLICITY AND WEB DESIGN Rachel Dight, Swivel Creative
WEB BUILDER WebStuff.biz
STILLS PHOTOGRAPHER Wendy McDougall