is by no means an exhaustive or complete list. How could it possibly
be, when filmmakers spring up constantly? Also, I have undoubtedly
simply forgotten about some people, their names not in my mind
or in any reference book (that I have looked at recently - this
list demands more research, and will indeed grow with time).
try to list here those filmmakers (note: directors only) who have
shown some commitment to making films, films as creative entities
that is. The list is clearly biased towards older filmmakers,
but there is still some representation of people who have started
in the '90s or '00s. The list is also biased towards non-narrative
and/or underground filmmakers, rather than directors in the (mainstream)
And so I've left out those directors who are absolutely commercial/mainstream
(such as Nadia Tass or John Tatoulis, for example). But I've included
those that began in an indie fashion before then going mainstream
(such as Antony I. Ginnane and John Ruane).
If I'm unsure whether the director is from Melbourne or some other
Australian city, I've left them out (for the moment).
the text provided with each name, please excuse the shorthand
descriptions - "experimental filmmaker", "active
in the '80s", etc. These type of designations are general
and don't do full justice to the people, but they give some idea
of the person and their work. Also, there may be some inaccuracies
here, as some of the information is from memory only.
the person's name appears as a link, that means they have already
been profiled on this site - and the link, naturally, goes to
their profile. A number of the other people will be profiled in
the next instalment of this site, in 2013, or in the
If there is a "NEW" designation next to the person's name, this means their name has been added into this list in the year 2013.
If you'd like someone listed here, please email
Acquisto - VCA graduate, acclaimed short Spaventapasseri
followed by feature Hungry Heart in late '80s. Active
with both drama and documentary projects.
Allen - Artist and filmmaker keen on social issues,
has made docos in the '00s on The Cat Empire and Fair Trade coffee.
- Writer and
director since the '80s, has made both dramas and docos, including
the feature Raoul Wallenberg: Between the Lines (1986).
Amis - VCA grad from late '80s who has made several privately-financed
features, including The Alive Tribe (1997).
VCA graduate from late '90s, has made several shorts, including
Mouth (1998), Nameday (2000) and Wild Thing
Argall - Noted cinematographer who shifted to directing in
late '80s. Features Return Home and Eight Ball in
late '80s / early '90s.
Ayres - Started with Super 8 in late '80s, before progressing
towards his debut feature Walking on Water in 2002.
Bailey - The maker of several docos and doco-flavoured
fictions on DV since the late '90s.
Bakaitis - Clip
and doco maker since '90s, has made the cyberpunk guerilla feature
Narcosys in 2000.
English video artist who came to Australia 1988 and made many
Super 8s and ran the Melbourne Super 8 Film Group for awhile.
Went back to UK in late '90s.
Barison and Daniel Ross -
Makers of the acclaimed 3-hour video essay The Ister (2003).
Debut work from filmmaker/academic team.
Bergner - Experimental filmmaker, mainly on 16mm, since late
'70s. Also member of sound performance group Arf Arf.
Cinephile and truly indie filmmaker who started making narratives
in late '70s, culminating in Cannes-selected feature Holidays
on the River Yarra in 1991.
Film editor who became a director in the '90s, with short Drive
(1992) and several other projects.
Boeck - Came from Perth in late '80s to be a distinctive
modernist experimental figure on Super 8 scene of '90s. Still
Bonner - Young
filmmaker since mid '00s, has made a number of short films, including
Swinburne graduate, director of cult film Smoke 'Em If You've
Got 'Em (1987). Has directed film and TV shows since then.
Bourke - Film enthusiast/collector, member of Australian Widescreen
Association, and filmmaker mainly on Super 8 since early '90s.
Now in Albury.
Bowen - Actor and artist, has been making experimental
films (on video recently) for a number of years. Now based in
Brain - Originally
from Super 8 scene in mid '90s, has now made several short films
in recent times.
Brealey - Director and producer from the '60s, directed the
feature Annie's Coming Out (1984). Now inactive.
Bridges - Cinephile and Super 8 enthusiast from early '70s
whose film-making was given a lease of life at Melbourne Super
8 Film Group in early '90s.
Douglas Brook -
VCA graduate in early '90s, with the award-winning film Seething Night. Has directed several films since.
Brooks - Essay / doco maker from early '80s, and now feature
filmmaker - Road to Nhill (1997) and Cannes 2003 selection
Brophy - Multifaceted talent, both intellectual and practical.
Part of early Super 8 scene late '70s, before moving to 16mm in
'80s. One feature, Body Melt, early '90s.
Brotchie - VCA graduate from mid-'90s, has made a number of
short films, including Break and Enter (1999).
Barry Brown -
Part of Melbourne Super 8 Film Group in '90s, making distinctive
experimental shorts, sometimes in collaboration with Irene Proebsting.
Brown - Maker (with wife Ruth) of several low-budget
features in the '00s, including the drama Let Me Not in
- Interesting filmmaker of docos and dramas exploring sexual themes,
including the porn comedy feature The Money Shot (2002).
- Experimental filmmaker from the late '70s who has branched
out into docos, animation and multimedia in recent times. Also
a member of sound group Arf Arf.
- Great advocate of independent film-making through the years,
and director of St.Kilda Film Festival for 5 years. Has been active
as a director for the last 40 years.
All-round administrator, critic, and producer, she has also directed
her own work over the years, eg. The Needy and the Greedy
Lived in NY for many years, associated with the underground film
scene there. Made feature Against the Grain (1981) in Melbourne.
Burstall - Made independent 16mm films in the '60s before
being at the forefront of the resurgence of the feature industry
in the late '60s / early '70s.
VCA graduate who made several memorable dramas in the early '90s,
including For a Better Life (1990) and Bread (1991).
- Filmmaker since early '90s, with broad talents: animation, FX,
documentary, music clips, digital art.
Politicised documentary filmmaker, co-director of features Exile
in Sarajevo (1997, with Alma Sahbaz) and Anthem (2004,
with Helen Newman).
Candiloro - Young filmmaker making interesting horror
and animation short films in the '00s, now studying at VCA.
and Corinne Cantrill
- Prolific experimental filmmakers since the early '60s, and editors
of the extraordinary magazine Cantrills Filmnotes, devoted
to independent cinema.
Caputo - One of the early wave of Super 8 filmmakers in the
late '70s, is now primarily a La Trobe Uni academic.
Carmody - As seen in Nigel Buesst's Carlton
+ Godard = Cinema, the director of Nothing Like Experience
in the '60s.
Young filmmaker of horror genre short films on DV, including The
Tub and Blackout. Also an actor.
Noted musician / composer, made numerous experimental Super 8
and video and 16mm shorts from late '70s to late '80s.
Clayden - Since early '70s, an eclectic, individualistic
filmmaker working in a variety of genres and gauges. Has made
features along with shorts.
- Film student
who is already forging a tandem career as critic and filmmaker,
with a number of published articles and finished films.
Cochrane - Active on the indie scene as both producer
and director since the mid '80s. Has directed a number of short
films and documentaries.
- Perth filmmaker
now based in Melbourne, has directed several shorts and has features
in the works.
Courtin-Wilson - Interesting
experimental/narrative/documentary filmmaker, since mid '90s.
First feature on the way.
- Cinematographer (Pure Shit to IMAX) and '70s renaissance
director of several features. Orange Love Story DV feature
Cox - Super 8 filmmaker from the '80s who branched out into
16 and 35mm and multimedia and games in the '90s. Now based in
Cox - Photographer cum experimental narrative filmmaker
from late '60s who developed into Australia's one bona-fide arthouse
director of the past 20 years.
- Super 8 filmmaker from the '80s into diary/experimental cinema
who branched out into narrative and 16 and 35mm in the '90s. Now
VCA graduate, IF Magazine associate editor, and director
of SBS doco Man Made: The Story of Two Men and a Baby (2003).
Croghan - Director of commercial breakthrough self-funded
comedy feature Love and other Catastrophes in late '90s.
Cumming - Major figure of Melbourne indie film-making
since late '70s. Advocate of no-budget cinema, and maker of essay
/ narrative films.
- Poet who turned to film-making in early '90s as part of Melbourne
Super 8 Film Group. Currently lives in USA and is still active
as a film experimentalist.
Davies - Key member of MUFS (Melbourne Uni Film Society) in
the '60s, he
made Pudding Thieves and Brake Fluid in late '60s
before sadly abandoning cinema.
Davies - Made a string of Super 8 films in the late '80s,
and the occasional piece since then, on DV.
Davies - Short filmmaker
since early '00s, including the experimental narrative The
Documentary filmmaker since '80s (Whitlam, 1987), went
to Sydney to become SBS-TV Dateline presenter in recent
- Consistent experimental filmmaker since the early '70s, and
has branched out into multimedia recently. Great record as curator
and promoter of indie cinema.
Deling - Active member of MUFS in '60s, and director of the
mid-'70s classic Pure Shit and a couple of other features.
Inactive since around the early '80s.
- Committed political filmmaker since the early '80s, specialising
in docos with dramatic elements incorporated. One feature in Against
the Innocent (1988).
Darius Devas -
Filmmaker since mid '00s, specialising in street-level and travel docos, currently completing first feature Further We Search.
Ian Dixon - VCA graduate 1998, TV director for SBS and
Grundys. Shorts made, and first feature Crushed, completed
Well-known animator who started making Super 8 films in the mid
'80s, before moving to Sydney to attend AFTRS. Now back in Melbourne.
Dounoukos - Has made shorts in New York, Paris, and Sydney
since mid-'90s, and is now based in Melbourne, a VCA graduate
Duigan - Striking actor in '60s films before becoming a director
in the early '70s feature renaissance. Has also worked in Hollywood.
Andrew Dunstan -
Maker of several eclectic shorts on DV since the mid '00s, including satire Dallas: Urban Poet (2008).
- Made the
low-budget DV feature Sex and Sensitivity, screened at
Melbourne Underground Film Festival in 2005.
Economopoulos - VCA graduate from early '90s, the director
of 1001 Suburban Nights (1992) and co-director of Thug
Elliot - VCA graduate mid '90s, specialising in claymation,
with a series of films, culminating in '04 Oscar-winner Harvie
Elliot - As seen in Nigel Buesst's Carlton
+ Godard = Cinema, the director of The Girlfriends
in the '60s.
- Independent filmmaker since about late '80s, has directed productions
for TV also.
Fisher - Don't know anything about this woman, but deserves
to be listed, having made a self-financed feature The Beggars'
Opera Cafe in late '90s.
Fletcher - Major figure of initial Super 8 wave of late
'70s / early '80s, specialising in animated doll films. Has continued
to work since then.
Daniell and Nickolas Flood - Makers of
anarchic Super 8 and video shorts in '80s, with Claire Paradine. Nickolas deceased 1987.
and doco maker since late '70s, her 1987 animation Pleasure
Domes was selected for Cannes.
- Young, energetic filmmaker who started making films in the late
'90s. Interested in vivid narratives and has also produced an
independent 1-hour TV sitcom.
Frankland - Multi-talented (musician, playwright) Aboriginal
filmmaker who has made a number of shorts since early '90s, including
half-hour drama Harry's War (1999).
Franklin - Cinephile who became a director in the '70s feature
renaissance. Has also worked in America. Now deceased.
Freeman - Active practitioner in the Super 8 scene in the
late '80s, he made a number of colourful, inventive shorts. Seemingly
inactive in recent years.
(Peter) Friedrich -
Experienced editor and cinematographer for film and TV, he directed
the low-budget feature Apostasy in 1978.
Winston Furlong- Has made several shorts in mid-'00s, followed by the low-budget feature Taj (currently in post).
Ivan Gaal - Independent filmmaker since early '70s, has specialised in thought-provoking docos and educational films. Still active.
- A latecomer
to film, has made a number of short dramas on 16mm in the '00s,
culminating in his debut feature Puppy in 2005.
indie filmmaker from '80s and '90s, has now made several DV shorts
in the '00s.
I. Ginane - Cinephile turned Hollywood producer, who directed
the Nouvelle Vague influenced Sympathy in Summer in 1970.
Swinburne graduate of 1980, a film teacher at Victoria College
and Deakin since mid '80s, and creator of his own essay style
films and videos.
A newpaper publisher (Neos Kosmos), he has made some short
films, and is co-director of Alien Big Cats with Alkinos
- Experimentalist who began making Super 8 films in late '80s.
In recent times has branched out into 16mm and video, and narrative
Grant - Active in the Melbourne Super 8 Film Group in the
late '80s / early '90s, with a number of lively shorts.
Green / Ewan Cameron - Creators of wild comic narrative romps,
mainly on Super 8, since the early '80s.
Gurrie - The maker of several docos and doco-flavoured
fictions on DV since the late '90s. Now in New York.
Hackworth - VCA graduate,
maker of short films since early '00s, and low-budget feature
Corroborre in 2007.
Haig - Super 8 experimentalist from early '80s who quickly
developed into a video and multimedia artist, still very much
Super 8 filmmaker and performance artist (combining the two) in
mid '80s, seemingly inactive since early '90s.
- Film student
who made a splash with his short A Girl and a Gun in 2005,
currently working on more projects.
Hazard - Lively English figure on the Super 8 scene in early-to-mid
'90s, making inventive docos. Now back in England.
The maker of several highly imaginative DV shorts in the '00s,
including Scene Six (2003) and Mango Juice (2005).
of Amanda Brotchie's Break and Enter, Trudy has directed
one short film herself - Trapped (2000), screened at St.Kilda
Heristanidis - Has directed a number of shorts and docos,
including half-hour Dear Bert (2000) for SBS' "Hybrid
Hewitt - Advocate of no-budget cinema, shot the
commercially-released feature Redball in the late '90s
with a cheap mini-DV camera.
Brodie Higgs -
VCA graduate in 2003, maker of several shorts, and one controversial feature doco High or Dry (MIFF, 2005).
Nathan Hill - Horror-genre filmmaker since the early '90s, a
dozen films made, including the feature Tomboys (2009).
Hillcoat - Music clip director, and director of the features
Ghosts of the Civil Dead (1988) and To Have and to Hold
- filmmaker since late '70s, at first of experimental films,
and docos, several Japan- or later Korea-related docos, and one
feature film Aya (1990).
Holt - Writer and director of a number of short docos since
late '90s, including the hour-long The PhanDom Menace,
on Star Wars fans.
Deaf filmmaker who has been making 16mm and 35mm shorts since
early '80s. Has lived mainly in Japan since late '80s.
- Noted thespian,
has delved into the world of filmmaking in the '00s with several
Zev Howley - Has made several documentaries on DV since early 2000s, and one short drama Sarah's Jihad.
- Multi-talented figure, director, writer, producer, of features
in the '90s. Spent time in the US in recent years, now back in
Muso, actor, and experimental film director of a number of works
in the '80s. Associated with Marcus Bergner and Michael Buckley.
Hughes - Maker of politically-aware documentaries such as Traps
in the '80s, followed by one narrative feature, What I Have
Jacobson - Maker
of lively shorts since late '90s, and then the commercially successful
feature mocko Kenny, released in 2006.
Has made only two films, starting this millennium, but they are
both features - self-financed DV ones, both playing at MUFF.
Johnston - VCA graduate late '80s, with 50-minute short Night
Out. Since then, doco Eternity and feature Life.
Jones - Member of Melbourne Film-makers' Co-op in '70s, before
producing and directing feature Coming of Age in the '80s.
Jones - Has to be listed as the director of the classic Godardian
Yackety Yak in the early '70s, he was an American who then
went back to America.
- Photographer who discovered Super 8 in the early '90s and has
since made many short films in that medium, favouring experimental
sue.k. - Artist and experimental filmmaker, from Perth, who established cogcollective in London with Steven Ball. Now lives in Melbourne.
Super 8 filmmaker since early '80s, including the celebrated Dog
Film (1989). Beyond Liptrap (1993) programmed at Melb.
Kannava - Highly personal doco and drama director since
the '80s. Dreams For Life, an AFC-funded feature, completed
VCA graduate (2002) who arrived here from London in 2001. Has
made four short docos so far. Is also a producer and writer.
- Greek filmmaker who started his career in Melbourne in late
'70s, before moving to Sydney in 1980. Crossover narrative / documentary
/ experimental filmmaker.
Tom Kazas -
Musician now trying his hand at film, has made DV short Traces, and has recently completed a Marker-like essay film, The Topologist.
Amanda Kerley -
Filmmaker since mid '90s, has made several shorts, on film and
video, including the inventive fiction Pity 24 (2003).
Keenan - Director of the cult features Going Down
and Pandemonium in the '80s. Has projects in development
Kelleher - Narrative Super 8 filmmaker from late '80s / early
'90s, has made a couple of self-funded 16mm shorts since then.
Kennedy - Noted actress from '80s who became a director in
late '90s. Made The Forest, a 50-minute AFC drama, in 2003.
Kerr - Noted figure of the Super 8 scene of the '80s, he started
making his animations in the mid '70s. Seemingly inactive since
around early '90s.
Member of the Melbourne Filmmakers Co-op as a young man, he has
made several DV shorts in recent times.
Stand Up / Cabaret performer who has written and produced two
short films in '00s, including Corridor (2003), which she
Knowles - Experimental / collage filmmaker since late
'70s, working in a variety of gauges. Also a sound artist.
Kokkinos - VCA graduate from the early '90s. Made 50-minute
Only the Brave before her first feature Head On
Kotsanis - Latter-day anarcho / expanded cinema maestro, very
active in Super 8 scene of '90s. Seemingly now inactive.
Laird - Dabbled a bit in late '70s in Canberra,
before kicking in with a heap of wild narratives on Super 8 from
the late '80s onwards in Melbourne.
Lane - Prolific filmmaker in Super 8 scene of '90s. Home
movie / impressionist films, with inventive materialist touches
(drawing on the film, etc.)
- Eclectic filmmaker who began with Super 8 in late '80s, before
making several self-funded 16mm narrative shorts in the '90s.
- Indie filmmaker starting in the '60s, culminating in the striking
low-budget 16mm feature Stroker in the late '80s.
Law - Internationally-recognised art film director from Hong
Kong, has been based in Melbourne from around mid '90s.
with Super 8 in the early '80s, he developed into a committed
animator, his "Plasmo" a key creation.
New media and sound artist who made several narrative/essay films
in the past, including History Takes Place (1987, 16mm).
- From the late '60s, a filmmaker dedicated to 16mm and also
his unique spiritual brand of collage cinema. Best known for The
Mystical Rose (1976).
Linou - Dancer who from
the mid '90s has made numerous Super 8 films, combining performative
elements with experimental techniques.
Lipkin - Emerging
filmmaker, maker of several shorts, and the Tarkovsky-influenced
feature Frozen Butterflies (2008).
Lovece - Like Bergner and Buckley,
a member of Arf Arf, and a filmmaker in his own right, mainly
around '80s / early '90s.
Lowenstein - Admirable figure who refused to be drawn
to Hollywood after success of Dogs in Space (mid '80s).
Has made more distinctly individual features since then.
Lyons - Experimental filmmaker who has made several materialist
films on Super 8 since the late '90s.
- Unusual case of Italian migrant trying to forge a career for
himself in Melbourne in the '50s and '60s. Feature Clay
selected for Cannes in 1965.
Ralph Lawrence Marsden -
Obscure figure, made the low-budget The Sabbat of the Black Cat in 1973, and then some other films after that.
Noted film critic, was part of the late '70s / early '80s Organ
Factory Super 8 scene, making several shorts during that time.
Multi-skilled filmmaker (actor, writer, director, producer) who
has made a number of shorts (and one feature) on film and video
since mid '90s.
Konrad McCarthy - Has made several shorts on DV since the mid '00s, including The Morning After (2007).
VCA graduate mid '80s, made a number of shorts, including My
Second Car (1997), now working in TV.
- Young, energetic
filmmaker from the suburbs, detailing the lives of teenagers in
his ambitious DV features.
McKenzie - Committed doco maker since the late '70s, with
a highly observational and realistic style. Two dramatic features
in early '90s also.
McKilligan - Presenter currently of the 3CR film show,
she has made a number of short films since the mid '90s.
Director of several 1-hour documentaries since late '90s, including
The Rough Shed (1997) and The Money Fish (2000).
Meredith - Ballarat-based filmmaker with a repertory company,
making fun / schlocky genre exercises on video since late '90s.
Andrew Merlino - Burgeoning indie filmmaker since late '00s with one narrative feature under his belt, and numerous short films.
Mihajlovic - Super 8 and video filmmaker since the mid '90s,
completed short DV feature Meaning in early '04.
- Actor turned
filmmaker, has made a series of experimental, surreal narratives
on DV in the '00s.
Minter - As seen in Nigel Buesst's Carlton
+ Godard = Cinema, the director of Hey Al Baby in the
Paul Moder -
Swinburne graduate late '80s, a noted actor, and director of films himself, including feature A Bullet in the Arse (2003).
- Started making films only in the mid-'00s, but has already made
a number of DV shorts, mainly docos of interesting people.
- Prolific filmmaker who started making Super 8 films in early
'80s. Has made a number of low-budget features since mid-'90s.
Mowbray - VCA graduate in mid-'90s with Happy Little Vegemites,
has made several more short films since.
Munro - Major figure of Super 8 scene late '80s, with many
personal doco / impressionist films. Inactive in recent times.
Murray - Founder and editor of Cinema Papers, made
the feature The Devil in the Flesh in mid '80s. Also a
Swinburne graduate mid '80s, made the acclaimed The Lead Dress
(1987) and other shorts. Also a film teacher.
Nedelkopoulos - Artist who has also turned his hand to
films since the early '70s - on Super 8, but more recently on
Shaun Newcombe -
Filmmaker since early '00s, his debut feature, the low-budget Beautiful, played at MIFF in 2007.
Matt Norman -
Actor turned writer/director/producer, and outspoken on the Australian
film industry, has made several shorts and features in the '00s.
Made a couple of short films in the late '90s, including the 16mm
The Conversion (1997). Also an actor.
Andrew O'Keefe - VCA graduate 2001, has made several shorts, and co-directed the feature The Independent (2007).
(now Kerry) O'Keefe - Major figure of Super 8 scene of '90s,
the maker of many diary / documentary / essay films.
- On-off filmmaker since the early '90s, has made Super 8 and
16mm short narrative films.
London filmmaker in '60s, he came to Melbourne in 1974 and made
several shorts here in late '70s.
Ostrovskis - Prolific experimental / animation filmmaker
working on Super 8 and 16mm since the early '80s.
- Narrative filmmaker who began in late '80s with Super 8 and
video. Debut feature - the self-funded Super 16 / DV award-winning
The Garth Method (2004).
Paradine - Teamed with Daniell and Nickolas Flood to make anarchic shorts in '80s, she is also an
actress and recent VCA graduate.
Patterson - Indie director in the '70s, making shorts and
the feature How Willingly You Sing (1975), before abandoning
Experimental Super 8 filmmaker, with several works in the early
'90s. Partner of artist/filmmaker pete spence.
Super 8 filmmaker, of several impressionistic works in the early
'90s. Partner of filmmaker Steven
Member of Super 8 Group in early '90s, making a number of short,
colourful Super 8 shorts.
Poole - Doco and drama writer since late '80s, has directed
short films Basically Speaking and The Truth Will Out
Poppins - Hobbyist filmmaker since the '60s, was a constant
member of the Melbourne Super 8 Film Group in the '80s and '90s.
animator, maker of several shorts in the '00s, also interested
Pringle - Distinctive art cinema filmmaker, with the features
The Plains of Heaven and Wrong World in early-mid
'80s. Inactive since co-production Isabelle Eberhardt in
Part of the early '80s Organ Factory scene, made several colourful
Super 8 shorts in the '80s, and some videos later on too.
Proebsting - Part of Melbourne Super 8 Film Group in '90s, making distinctive
experimental shorts, sometimes in collaboration with Barry Brown.
Randall - Super 8 filmmaker from the '80s still active currently,
especially with community video projects.
Jonty Reason -
UK actor-turned-director, has made several shorts in Melbourne, now in production of feature City of the Damned.
Rees - Creator of the classic Super 8 doll film Gerry
Gee Junior in early '80s, has continued making various shorts
(on Super 8 and video) to this day.
Repich - Super 8 filmmaker from the early '80s, active to
this day, as both director and director of photography.
Multi-talented person on the Melbourne scene: muso, critic, and
maker of a number of Super 8 shorts in the '80s.
Rooke - Made several interesting Super 8 films in the late
'80s / early '90s, screened at the Melbourne Super 8 Film Group.
Seemingly inactive today.
Rooney - Artist/filmmaker who made his first shorts in the
late '90s. Completed Super 8 feature High Noon Tide in
Super 8 enthusiast, has made several intriguing films (finished
digitally) in the '00s.
Ruane - Started with the classic realist drama Queensland
in the '70s, before kicking in his feature film career in the
Rudd - Key member of the Moving
Image Coalition and maker of several experimental / narrative
shorts since late '90s.
Ryan - Unveiled the low-budget DV feature The Magician
in 2003, scooping the major awards at the Melbourne Underground
- VCA graduate from the early '90s who is currently forging a
career for himself. First feature Hostage to Fate (2000-3).
Savage - Prolific Super 8 filmmaker from the early '80s
who has made 16mm and video features since that time, including
Sensitive New Age Killer in 2000.
Saidin Salkic - Bosnian refugee, director of the 45-minute personal doco Karasevdah: Srebrenica Blues (2007).
Schmid - Maker of a number of idiosyncratic animations since
early '80s, she is now based in Europe.
- Doco / essay director specialising in Jewish issues since the
'80s. Has also made the one narrative feature in Pieta
Sheean - Animation/narrative
filmmaker since early '00s, works between Australia and Germany.
Shepherd - Primarily a painter and living in Paris, made a
number of experimental 16mm films in the '60s and '70s in Melbourne.
Sherlock - Director
into sci-fi, filmmaker since early '90s, culminating in TV series
Sideris - Imaginative director of essay / drama / mocko /
experimental films in Super 8 scene of late '80s / early '90s.
Inactive since then, but now making a new film.
Cinematographer (for Shannon Young, Matt Norman, etc.) and director
of several short films since late '90s.
Stuart Simpson -
Horror filmmaker, of the Troma/Accent released DemonsIAmongIUs, and new feature The Dark Psychosis now in post.
- Italian director who started as an assistant to Mangiamele
before making his own (essay-like) films from the late '60s. An
infrequent director, but committed and active.
K. Smith -
Swinburne graduate and documentary filmmaker of 15 years, including
Rainbow Bird & Monster Man (2001) and Troubled Minds
- the Lithium Revolution (2004).
Experimental filmmaker of Super 8 and 16mm works in '90s. Not
to be confused with the film editor (Two Hands, etc.). Now deceased (2008).
Spanos - Started making
stylised / vivid shorts in the mid '90s. Now with several low-buget
features made too.
Spectre - Young
filmmaker, from mid '00s, specialising in "transgressive
cinema" type work, has made a couple of shorts.
Took the Melbourne Super 8 Group by storm in the early '90s, with
his distinctive visual poem films. Also a word poet.
Spencer - Film critic and doco filmmaker since around early
'90s. Videos include the football spectacular Heathens.
American director based in Melbourne since 2000. Active and distinctive
DV filmmaker, feature Forever (2004) a doco-drama hybrid.
Rohan Spong -
Academic and filmmaker, has made short noir feature When Darkness Falls (2006) and other films.
- Narrrative cum experimental director from the early '90s, working
in a variety of gauges. Founder/director of Electric Shorts program,
Fringe Festival 2002.
Stehle - Maker of a number of shorts, on film and video, since
early '90s. Also photographer and new media artist.
Stevenson - Major figure of initial Super 8 wave of late '70s
/ early '80s. Tracked to 16mm and other forms since then.
Philip Stromei - Another member of the Super 8 wave in Melbourne in the late '70s / early '80s, making low-budget murder/suspense films.
Sullivan and Ben Kettlewell
- Musicians turned filmmakers, makers of the feature-length music-landscape
fusion Time After Time (2005).
Mainly a writer, he adapted and directed his novel Sweethearts
as a low-budget feature in 1990. Perhaps no other credits.
Tammer - Started early
'60s with some 16mm shorts, before making a number of docos and
dramas through the '70s and '80s.
VCA graduate in 2004, the maker of several experimental and animation
works, including the 35mm Reverie Sans Frontiers.
Tang - Malaysian-born
filmmaker of short films in '00s recognised at Venice, Clermond-Ferrand
and other festivals.
Animation filmmaker of a number of works in the '80s, and teacher
at Rusden College for many years. Also an artist/sculptor.
Steve Thomas - VCA lecturer who has made numerous documentaries since the early '90s, including Hope (MIFF, 2007).
Trigg - Director of the classic and lost Super 8 film Robin's
Mouth from late '80s. Has made several 16mm short films since
Tsilimidos - Director of the self-funded features Everynight
... Everynight (1994) and Silent Partner (2001). Completed
(fully financed) third feature Tom White in 2004.
Tsiolkas - Primarily a writer, but also the co-director of
the essay-like Thug (1998). Will probably make more films.
Tuohy - Narrative filmmaker from Super 8 scene of early '90s.
Upgraded to 16mm but then left the cinema for philosophy. Now active again.
- Came to Melbourne in late '70s for the Swinburne course. Has
made a dozen or so mainly animated films since then, on 16 and
Turley - Has made several distinctive short dramas since
early '00s, including the half-hour Dirty Work (2003).
Debut feature Welcome Stranger completed in 2006.
- Filmmaker known for documentaries about artists and their work.
Noted for his late '80s feature Words And Silk - The Real and
Imaginary Worlds of Gerald Murnane.
Vella - Actress turned
film director, has made several short films in the '00s. Currently
living in Paris.
Vellis - VCA graduate from early '80s who made the lively
feature Nirvana Street Murder in 1990. Has followed up
with a couple more features.
Andrew Vial - Mainly documentary filmmaker since late '60s, multi-award-winning director, now based in Sydney.
producer and director, from early '80s onwards, of independent
films, and TV productions.
Warnock - Young
filmmaker active since mid '00s, several shorts made, including
the Wes Andersonish Cedric (2008).
Waters - Filmmaker active in the Melbourne Super
8 scene in the '80s, shorts such as Deja Vu and A Relationship
Study. Now in America.
- Noted animator through the years, culminating in the narrative
feature (incorporating animation) Look Both Ways (2005).
Weinstein - Maker of the cheeky Looking for Harvey
short in 2001, he has also completed a first feature, Wil,
- Major figure of the Super 8 movement of the '80s, has been making
comic narrative films since the late '70s. Also works with 16mm
Williams - Maker of crowd-pleasing short comedies since late
'90s, recent film The Little Woman screened at '04 St.Kilda
Jamie Wilson - Actor
and filmmaker, with a number of shorts and docos made in the '00s,
including mocko Opposites Attract.
- As director of the Melbourne Underground Film Festival, a controversial
but productive figure. Has made three features with violent, sexual
and exploitational themes.
DOP on indie productions, has also directed his own short films
since the late '80s, notably the eerie mocko Teenage Babylon.
Hands-on artist/filmmaker of a number of impressionistic Super
8 works in the late '80s / early '90s, shown at Super 8 Group.
Woods - Key member of the Moving
Image Coalition and prolific Super 8 filmmaker, with over
100 films since early '90s.
Worth - Promoter and filmmaker of "Kino" verite
docos on Super 8 and video (also for TV) from early '80s. Died
young in early 2004.
Wright - VCA graduate mid '80s. Made the controversial feature
Romper Stomper early '90s, before another feature Metal
Skin. Now in Hollywood.
Young - Guerilla filmmaker specialising in genre
cinema, with two features, Stygian (1999) and Razor
Mark Zenner - All-round artist, maker of several shorts on 16mm and Super 8 in the '80s, to mid '90s. Now deceased (2008).
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