Even though the focus of this website is the independent filmmakers that exist in Melbourne, I think it is only fair to try and at least acknowledge some of the indie filmmakers in other Australian cities.
This page here is a listing of Adelaide filmmakers.
As with the Melbourne page, this is a list of indie / experimental / avantgarde filmmakers, not mainstream ones.
A special Thank You to Mike Retter for compiling the info on this page.
See also the Sydney Master List page.
If you'd like someone listed here, please email
Kay Azadegan - One of the most generous figures in the South Australian film landscape, Kay has worked in every facet of production and mentored many of the up-and-coming filmmakers for several generations. A veteran of community TV production with thousands of completed programs under his belt. Kay has starred in Academy-Award nominated short Azadi and the most recent 16mm work by Jeremy Nicholas. But most of all, he has a motivating spirit and has been an important mentor for many young filmmakers.
Stephen Banham - Banham's film Adelaide (2009) is the cockiest and most youthful of debut features. It captures youthfulness as well as such energy being inherent to the production. Written and starring the director, Adelaide is a un-selfconscious middle-class meditation and a rare digital feature from its generation. Stephen has since made short films and a web series for SBS.
Allison Chhorn - Filmmaker with a visual arts and musical background. She has premiered short experimental work such as Close-ups in Adelaide Film Festival (AFF) 9:16 (2015) and the feature film Youth On The March in AFF (2017). Feature films Stanley's Mouth and Youth On The March were shot vertically and made in collaboration with Mike Retter. Allison's work usually has strong emphasis on sound, either through pure silence in Close-ups, or dense sound-design in Youth On the March.
Dick Dale - Dick has been making short trashy horrors and black comedies since 1993. Dick created Trasharama-agogo in 1997 and showcases a lot of underground splatter-films. It's an event with a cult following that crosses over into the punk scene.
Paul Dangerfield - Originally from Brisbane, where he made his first feature film Performance Anxiety (2008), Paul and long-time producer Colin Pierce, have set up production in Adelaide where they produced and premiered Hand Grenade at the Feast Festival 2016. Their films mostly concern human relationships and sexuality.
Rolf de Heer - Rolf is now based in Tasmania but his continued involvement and legacy in Adelaide is still felt every day. The artistic break-out feature Bad Boy Bubby (1993) was a ten year writing process that became one of Australia's most classic and distinctive films. Both a mainstream classic with sincere heart and a highly experimental film in terms of sound and picture. Highly controversial for its content but greatly loved for its humour and redemption, a classic of world cinema with European cult following. Rolf is also notable for a long and successful career as an auteur with prizes in Venice, Cannes and the silver medallion at Teluride Film Festival. The Tracker (2002) and Ten Canoes (2006) have quickly become classic films. But he's still sought out by micro-budget filmmakers as a mentor because of his experience, pragmatic methodologies and honest approach to filmmaking.
Nicholas Godfrey - Director of Adelaide no-budget feature film World Of Things (2013, unfinished). Though incredibly raw and rough, World Of Things is one of the most distinctive and minimalist debut features from Adelaide. Godfrey has also made the punk-rock short documentary Hooray For Anything (2008). He is a Lecturer at Flinders University.
Shane McNeil - Shane has directed several features including the low-budget sci-fi thriller The 13th House (2003) and the TAFE acting school project Meanwhile akin to the work of Mike Leigh. As a former Media Resource Centre head of production and Flinders lecturer, Shane has been a large figure in Adelaide screen education and mentoring. But to this point, he has had his greatest artistic success as a co-producer of one of the best Australian films of its its decade - Boxing Day (2007) . A career breakthrough for director Kriv Stenders, Boxing Day is a touchstone for Australian digital cinema. Shane is working on a new ambitious project based on a critically acclaimed novel.
Jeremy Nicholas - Graduate of Flinders University, Jeremy Nicholas works predominately with 16mm film and non-traditional narratives. His work is strikingly European and echoes the alienation of Antonioni and early Haneke.
Emma Northey - Known as part of the collaboration Northey-Roedel with her partner Stephen Roedel, Emma is an experimental filmmaker with festival credits such as best work at AFF 9:16 (2015) with Code-breaker. Emma uses lo-fi in-camera techniques to achieve certain visual effects, used in conjunction with her partner Stephen's glitchy sound-design.
The Philippou Brothers - Hailing from Salisbury in the Adelaide Northern suburbs and Graduates from MAPS film school, Michael and Danny are perhaps the most successful Adelaide independent filmmakers of their generation. They have incorporated impressive CGI into hand-held home-movie style footage to bring super heroes and their super-powers into the real world. An international You Tube phenomenon with their Versus series and barely out of their teens.
Mike Retter - Creator of Adelaide's 9:16 Film Festival (vertical cinema), Mike is a passionate advocate of indie cinema, encouraging filmmakers to make films with their spirit, rather than worry about funding bodies. He himself has has made 2 striking features (in the 9:16 format, in collaboration with Allison Chorn) with minimal funds: Stanley's Mouth (2015) and Youth on the March (2017). (Note written by Bill Mousoulis.)
Murali K. Thalluri - Adelaide's most controversial filmmaker. His debut feature 2:37 (2006) was made entirely independently and made him one of the youngest directors to be selected for Cannes Film Festival. But controversy quickly arose regarding the authenticity of the alleged true events that inspired the film and its similarity to Gus Van Sandt's Elephant. So in the small town of Adelaide, he has become a divisive figure. But whatever the separation of fact from fiction, Murali proved himself to be a force of nature to achieve what he did with his first film 2:37. A big budget sci-fi called ONE has been in the works for almost ten years but is yet to materialise.
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