Spotlights are a series of interviews that we were commissioned to produce as part of the recent Australian Centre for the Moving Image renewal project. The series features Australia’s most revered film and television practitioners discussing their craft, inspirations and the power of telling stories through the moving image.
Jill Bilcock is an Australian film editor, a member of the Australian Screen Editors guild, as well as the American Cinema Editors society, who has edited films such as Romeo + Juliet (1996), Moulin Rouge! (2001) and Road to Perdition (2002). Jill discusses the editing process and the physicality of rushes, now lost in the digital age.
An Australian feature film and documentary director who specialises in period drama, Gillian Armstrong’s work often features female perspectives and protagonists. Gillian discusses female directors as well as her groundbreaking debut My Brilliant Career (1979), which features in Moving Australia.
Rachel Perkins is an Australian film and TV director, producer and screenwriter. She’s known for her films Radiance (1998), One Night the Moon (2001), Bran Nue Dae (2009) and Jasper Jones (2017), and is co-director of landmark TV series First Australians. Rachel discusses the merits of film and TV from an Indigenous perspective, particularly in relation to the audience.
Fred Schepisi is an Australian director, producer and screenwriter. His credits include The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978), Plenty (1985), Roxanne (1987), Six Degrees of Separation (1993), Mr. Baseball (1992) and Last Orders (2001). Fred talks about his love for the craft and offers a perspective on violence.
Warwick Thornton is Kaytetye man born and raised in Alice Springs. A film director, screenwriter and cinematographer, his debut feature film Samson and Delilah won the Caméra d’Or at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. He also won the Asia Pacific Screen Award for Best Film in 2017 for Sweet Country.
Ana Kokkinos is an Australian film and television director and screenwriter of Greek descent born in Melbourne. Prior to her career in film, she worked as an industrial lawyer. Kokkinos has since directed three feature-length films and two short films including Head On (1998), The Book of Revelation (2006) and Blessed (2009). Here she discusses diversity, particularly in relation to class and queerness.
Bob Connolly is an Australian director, cinematographer and author. He’s best known for his documentaries, produced over the past 30 years, including The Highlands Trilogy (1983) and Rats in the Ranks (1996). More recent films include Facing the Music (2001) and Mrs Carey’s Concert (2011). Bob discusses the art of documentary making and acknowledging unconscious bias.
Eric Bana is an Australian actor who began his career in the sketch comedy series Full Frontal (1993–97) before gaining notice in the comedy/drama The Castle (1997). Soon after he gained critical recognition in the biographical crime film Chopper (2000). Eric discusses the influence of the car on the Australian psyche.
A Portuguese Macau-born Australian showrunner, screenwriter, film and TV director, Tony Ayres is most notable for his films Walking on Water (2002) and The Home Song Stories (2007), as well his work in TV, including working as the showrunner on The Slap (2011) and teen adventure series Nowhere Boys (2013–18). Tony discusses the influence of pop culture, particularly comics.
Bruna Papandrea is an Australian film and television producer and the founder of production company Made Up Stories, which is set to release the upcoming adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s Nine Perfect Strangers. Prior to Made Up Stories, Papandrea co-founded the production company, Pacific Standard, with Reese Witherspoon, which produced Gone Girl and Big Little Lies.
Jan Chapman is an Australian film producer, who has produced some of our most beloved and critically acclaimed films, including The Last Days of Chez Nous (1992), The Piano (1993), Love Serenade (1996), Holy Smoke! (1999) and Lantana (2001).
An Australian filmmaker and former physician, George Miller is best known for his Mad Max franchise, whose second instalment, Mad Max 2 (1981), and fourth, Fury Road (2015), have been hailed as among the greatest action films of all time. George discusses storytelling and how it helps us make our way through the world.