Steven Ball
Marie Craven
Solrun Hoaas
Daryl Dellora

Melbourne independent filmmakers

Leo Berkeley
Giorgio Mangiamele
Michael Buckley
Moira Joseph
 
     


Master list of many
Melbourne independent filmmakers


This 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).

I 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) industry.

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).

Also, If I'm unsure whether the director is from Melbourne or some other Australian city, I've left them out (for the moment).

Regarding 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.

If 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 2015, or in the future.

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 2014.

If you'd like someone listed here, please email me.

Bill Mousoulis


Luigi Acquisto - VCA graduate, acclaimed short Spaventapasseri followed by feature Hungry Heart in late '80s. Active with both drama and documentary projects.

Dominic Allen - Artist and filmmaker keen on social issues, has made docos in the '00s on The Cat Empire and Fair Trade coffee.

Karin Altmann - Writer and director since the '80s, has made both dramas and docos, including the feature Raoul Wallenberg: Between the Lines (1986).

Stephen Amis - VCA grad from late '80s who has made several privately-financed features, including The Alive Tribe (1997).

Eleni Arbus - VCA graduate from late '90s, has made several shorts, including Mouth (1998), Nameday (2000) and Wild Thing (2004).

Ray Argall - Noted cinematographer who shifted to directing in late '80s. Features Return Home and Eight Ball in late '80s / early '90s.

Tony Ayres - Started with Super 8 in late '80s, before progressing towards his debut feature Walking on Water in 2002.

Genevieve Bailey - The maker of several docos and doco-flavoured fictions on DV since the late '90s. Feature I Am Eleven recently.

Mark Bakaitis - Clip and doco maker since '90s, has made the cyberpunk guerilla feature Narcosys in 2000.

Steven Ball - 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.

David Barison and Daniel Ross - Makers of the acclaimed 3-hour video essay The Ister (2003). Debut work from filmmaker/academic team.

Nic Barker NEW - Young filmmaker setting a cracking pace for productivity in the '10s. Many shorts made, and first feature on the horizon.

Sarah Barton NEW - Documentary filmmaker mainly around disabled issues, has made a number of films in last 20 years.

Marcus Bergner - Experimental filmmaker, mainly on 16mm, since late '70s. Also member of sound performance group Arf Arf.

Leo Berkeley - Cinephile and truly indie filmmaker who started making narratives in late '70s, culminating in Cannes-selected feature Holidays on the River Yarra in 1991.

Catherine Birmingham - Film editor who became a director in the '90s, with short Drive (1992) and several other projects.

Angie Black NEW - VCA graduate from 1990 who has made various short films over the years, including the award-winning Bowl Me Over (2000).

Heinz Boeck - Came from Perth in late '80s to be a distinctive modernist experimental figure on Super 8 scene of '90s. Still active.

Iain Bonner  - Young filmmaker since mid '00s, has made a number of short films, including on 16mm.

Ray Boseley - Swinburne graduate, director of cult film Smoke 'Em If You've Got 'Em (1987). Has directed film and TV shows since then.

Rodney Bourke - Film enthusiast/collector, member of Australian Widescreen Association, and filmmaker mainly on Super 8 since early '90s. Now in Albury.

Ivor Bowen - Actor and artist, has been making experimental films (on video recently) for a number of years. Now based in Daylesford.

Mikael Brain   - Originally from Super 8 scene in mid '90s, has now made several short films in recent times. Now based in Berlin.

Gil Brealey - Director and producer from the '60s, directed the feature Annie's Coming Out (1984). Now inactive.

Jim 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.

Sue Brooks - Essay / doco maker from early '80s, and now feature filmmaker - Road to Nhill (1997) and Cannes 2003 selection Japanese Story.

Philip 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.

Amanda 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.

Ron Brown - Maker (with wife Ruth) of several low-budget features in the '00s, including the drama Let Me Not in 2005.

Anna Brownfield - Interesting filmmaker of docos and dramas exploring sexual themes, including the porn comedy feature The Money Shot (2002).

Michael Buckley - 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.

Nigel Buesst - 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.

Liz Burke - All-round administrator, critic, and producer, she has also directed her own work over the years, eg. The Needy and the Greedy (1995).

Tim Burns - Lived in NY for many years, associated with the underground film scene there. Made feature Against the Grain (1981) in Melbourne.

Tim 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.

Nicolina Caia - VCA graduate who made several memorable dramas in the early '90s, including For a Better Life (1990) and Bread (1991).

Remo Camerota  - Filmmaker since early '90s, with broad talents: animation, FX, documentary, music clips, digital art.

Tahir Cambis - Politicised documentary filmmaker, co-director of features Exile in Sarajevo (1997, with Alma Sahbaz) and Anthem (2004, with Helen Newman).

Frank Candiloro - Young filmmaker making interesting horror and animation short films in the '00s, now studying at VCA.

Arthur and Corinne Cantrill - Prolific experimental filmmakers since the early '60s, and editors of the extraordinary magazine Cantrills Filmnotes, devoted to independent cinema.

Rolando Caputo - One of the early wave of Super 8 filmmakers in the late '70s, is now primarily a La Trobe Uni academic.

Peter Carmody - As seen in Nigel Buesst's Carlton + Godard = Cinema, the director of Nothing Like Experience in the '60s.

Andrew Carter - Young filmmaker of horror genre short films on DV, including The Tub and Blackout. Also an actor.

David Chesworth - Noted musician / composer, made numerous experimental Super 8 and video and 16mm shorts from late '70s to late '80s.

Robert Chuter NEW - Noted theatre director who was a Swinburne film student in '80s. Has made several shorts and is now working on features.

James Clayden - Since early '70s, an eclectic, individualistic filmmaker working in a variety of genres and gauges. Has made features along with shorts.

Matthew Clayfield  - Film student who is already forging a tandem career as critic and filmmaker, with a number of published articles and finished films.

Fiona Cochrane - Active on the indie scene as both producer and director since the mid '80s. Has directed a number of short films and documentaries.

Julian Vincent Costanzo  - Perth filmmaker now based in Melbourne, has directed several shorts and has features in the works.

Amiel Courtin-Wilson   - Interesting experimental/narrative/documentary filmmaker, since mid '90s. Has now made features.

Tom Cowan - Cinematographer (Pure Shit to IMAX) and '70s renaissance director of several features. Orange Love Story DV feature in 2004.

David Cox - Super 8 filmmaker from the '80s who branched out into 16 and 35mm and multimedia and games in the '90s. Now based in Queensland.

Paul Cox - Photographer cum experimental narrative filmmaker from late '60s who developed into Australia's one bona-fide arthouse director of the past 20 years.

Marie Craven - Super 8 filmmaker from the '80s into diary/experimental cinema who branched out into narrative and 16 and 35mm in the '90s. Now in Queensland.

Emma Crimmings - VCA graduate, IF Magazine associate editor, and director of SBS doco Man Made: The Story of Two Men and a Baby (2003).

Emma-Kate Croghan - Director of commercial breakthrough self-funded comedy feature Love and other Catastrophes in late '90s.

John Cumming - Major figure of Melbourne indie film-making since late '70s. Advocate of no-budget cinema, and maker of essay / narrative films.

Julian Dahl - 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.

Brian 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.

Darron Davies - Made a string of Super 8 films in the late '80s, and the occasional piece since then, on DV.

Sian Davies - Short filmmaker since early '00s, including the experimental narrative The Dance (2006).

Mark Davis - Documentary filmmaker since '80s (Whitlam, 1987), went to Sydney to become SBS-TV Dateline presenter in recent years.

Dirk de Bruyn - Consistent experimental filmmaker since the early '70s, and has branched out into multimedia recently. Great record as curator and promoter of indie cinema.

Bert 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.

Daryl Dellora - 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.

Koraly Dimitriadis NEW - Poet and novelist who recently has created a number of short films from her poems.

Ian Dixon  - VCA graduate 1998, TV director for SBS and Grundys. Shorts made, and first feature Crushed, completed in 2008.

Nick Donkin - Well-known animator who started making Super 8 films in the mid '80s, before moving to Sydney to attend AFTRS. Now back in Melbourne.

Sotiris Dounoukos - Has made shorts in New York, Paris, and Sydney since mid-'90s, and is now based in Melbourne, a VCA graduate in 2003.

John 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).

Brett Eagleton - Made the low-budget DV feature Sex and Sensitivity, screened at Melbourne Underground Film Festival in 2005.

Spiro Economopoulos - VCA graduate from early '90s, the director of 1001 Suburban Nights (1992) and co-director of Thug (1998).

Adam Elliot - VCA graduate mid '90s, specialising in claymation, with a series of films, culminating in '04 Oscar-winner Harvie Krumpet.

Peter Elliot - As seen in Nigel Buesst's Carlton + Godard = Cinema, the director of The Girlfriends in the '60s.

Wain Fimeri - Independent filmmaker since about late '80s, has directed productions for TV also.

Victoria 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.

Paul 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.

Maggie Fooke  - Animation and doco maker since late '70s, her 1987 animation Pleasure Domes was selected for Cannes.

Dean Francis - 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.

Richard 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).

Richard Franklin - Cinephile who became a director in the '70s feature renaissance. Has also worked in America. Now deceased.

Mark 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.

Zbigniew (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.

Kieran Galvin  - A latecomer to film, has made a number of short dramas on 16mm in the '00s, culminating in his debut feature Puppy in 2005.

Flora Georgiou - Occasional indie filmmaker from '80s and '90s, has now made several DV shorts in the '00s.

Anthony I. Ginane - Cinephile turned Hollywood producer, who directed the Nouvelle Vague influenced Sympathy in Summer in 1970.

Stephen Goddard - 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.

Christopher Gogos - A newpaper publisher (Neos Kosmos), he has made some short films, and is co-director of Alien Big Cats with Alkinos Tsilimidos.

George Goularas - Experimentalist who began making Super 8 films in late '80s. In recent times has branched out into 16mm and video, and narrative and documentary.

Damien Grant - Active in the Melbourne Super 8 Film Group in the late '80s / early '90s, with a number of lively shorts.

Maj Green / Ewan Cameron - Creators of wild comic narrative romps, mainly on Super 8, since the early '80s.

Jarrah Gurrie - The maker of several docos and doco-flavoured fictions on DV since the late '90s. Now in New York.

Ben Hackworth  - VCA graduate, maker of short films since early '00s, and low-budget feature Corroborre in 2007.

Ian Haig - Super 8 experimentalist from early '80s who quickly developed into a video and multimedia artist, still very much active today.

Jo Hampton - Super 8 filmmaker and performance artist (combining the two) in mid '80s, seemingly inactive since early '90s.

Wayne Hasselman - Film student who made a splash with his short A Girl and a Gun in 2005, currently working on more projects.

Hector Hazard - Lively English figure on the Super 8 scene in early-to-mid '90s, making inventive docos. Now back in England.

Jeff Herbert - The maker of several highly imaginative DV shorts in the '00s, including Scene Six (2003) and Mango Juice (2005).

Trudy Hellier - Writer of Amanda Brotchie's Break and Enter, Trudy has directed one short film herself - Trapped (2000), screened at St.Kilda Film Festival.

Christina Heristanidis - Has directed a number of shorts and docos, including half-hour Dear Bert (2000) for SBS' "Hybrid Life" series.

Jon 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).

John Hillcoat - Music clip director, and director of the features Ghosts of the Civil Dead (1988) and To Have and to Hold (1996).

Solrun Hoaas - filmmaker since late '70s, at first of experimental films, and docos, several Japan- or later Korea-related docos, and one feature film Aya (1990). Now deceased.

Warwick Holt - Writer and director of a number of short docos since late '90s, including the hour-long The PhanDom Menace, on Star Wars fans.

Robert Hoskin - Deaf filmmaker who has been making 16mm and 35mm shorts since early '80s. Has lived mainly in Japan since late '80s.

James Howard - Noted thespian, has delved into the world of filmmaking in the '00s with several DV shorts.

Zev Howley - Has made several documentaries on DV since early 2000s, and one short drama Sarah's Jihad.

Frank Howson - Multi-talented figure, director, writer, producer, of features in the '90s. Spent time in the US in recent years, now back in Melbourne.

Marie Hoy - Muso, actor, and experimental film director of a number of works in the '80s. Associated with Marcus Bergner and Michael Buckley.

John Hughes - Maker of politically-aware documentaries such as Traps in the '80s, followed by one narrative feature, What I Have Written (1995).

Clayton Jacobson - Maker of lively shorts since late '90s, and then the commercially successful feature mocko Kenny, released in 2006.

Paul Jeffery - Has made only two films, starting this millennium, but they are both features - self-financed DV ones, both playing at MUFF.

Lawrence Johnston - VCA graduate late '80s, with 50-minute short Night Out. Since then, doco Eternity and feature Life.

Brian Jones - Member of Melbourne Film-makers' Co-op in '70s, before producing and directing feature Coming of Age in the '80s.

David 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.

Moira Joseph - Photographer who discovered Super 8 in the early '90s and has since made many short films in that medium, favouring experimental forms.

sue.k.  - Artist and experimental filmmaker, from Perth, who established cogcollective in London with Steven Ball. Now lives in Melbourne.

Phillip Kanlidis - Super 8 filmmaker since early '80s, including the celebrated Dog Film (1989). Beyond Liptrap (1993) programmed at Melb. Cteq.

Anna Kannava - Highly personal doco and drama director since the '80s. Dreams For Life, an AFC-funded feature, completed in 2004. Deceased in 2011.

Anna Kaplan - VCA graduate (2002) who arrived here from London in 2001. Has made four short docos so far. Is also a producer and writer.

Michael Karris - 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).

Haydn Keenan - Director of the cult features Going Down and Pandemonium in the '80s. Has projects in development currently.

Michael Kelleher - Narrative Super 8 filmmaker from late '80s / early '90s, has made a couple of self-funded 16mm shorts since then.

Jo Kennedy - Noted actress from '80s who became a director in late '90s. Made The Forest, a 50-minute AFC drama, in 2003.

Ian 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.

David King - Member of the Melbourne Filmmakers Co-op as a young man, he has made several DV shorts in recent times, and the feature PURGE (2009).

Stella Kinsella - Stand Up / Cabaret performer who has written and produced two short films in '00s, including Corridor (2003), which she also directed.

Chris Knowles - Experimental / collage filmmaker since late '70s, working in a variety of gauges. Also a sound artist.

Ana Kokkinos - VCA graduate from the early '90s. Made 50-minute Only the Brave before her first feature Head On (1998).

Daniel Kotsanis - Latter-day anarcho / expanded cinema maestro, very active in Super 8 scene of '90s. Seemingly now inactive.

Perry 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.

Peter Lane - Prolific filmmaker in Super 8 scene of '90s. Home movie / impressionist films, with inventive materialist touches (drawing on the film, etc.)

Mark La Rosa - Eclectic filmmaker who began with Super 8 in late '80s, before making several self-funded 16mm narrative shorts in the '90s.

John Laurie - Indie filmmaker starting in the '60s, culminating in the striking low-budget 16mm feature Stroker in the late '80s.

Clara Law - Internationally-recognised art film director from Hong Kong, has been based in Melbourne from around mid '90s.

Anthony Lawrence  - Started with Super 8 in the early '80s, he developed into a committed animator, his "Plasmo" a key creation.

Sonia Leber - New media and sound artist who made several narrative/essay films in the past, including History Takes Place (1987, 16mm).

Michael Lee - 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).

Christos Linou - Dancer who from the mid '90s has made numerous Super 8 films, combining performative elements with experimental techniques.

Mark Lipkin - Emerging filmmaker, maker of several shorts, and the Tarkovsky-influenced feature Frozen Butterflies (2008).

Frank Lovece - Like Bergner and Buckley, a member of Arf Arf, and a filmmaker in his own right, mainly around '80s / early '90s.

Richard 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.

Chris Luscri NEW - From Adelaide, lives mainly in Melbourne. Currently directing a doco on Giorgio Mangiamele.

Shane Lyons - Experimental filmmaker who has made several materialist films on Super 8 since the late '90s.

Ivan Malekin NEW - Organiser of short film events in Melbourne, and maker of his own films, including one feature.

Giorgio Mangiamele - 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.

Adrian Martin - Noted film critic, was part of the late '70s / early '80s Organ Factory Super 8 scene, making several shorts during that time.

Katrina Mathers - 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).

Stuart McDonald - VCA graduate mid '80s, made a number of shorts, including My Second Car (1997), now working in TV.

Tom McEvoy - Young, energetic filmmaker from the suburbs, detailing the lives of teenagers in his ambitious DV features.

Brian McKenzie - Committed doco maker since the late '70s, with a highly observational and realistic style. Two dramatic features in early '90s also.

Bree McKilligan - Presenter currently of the 3CR film show, she has made a number of short films since the mid '90s.

Janet McLeod - Director of several 1-hour documentaries since late '90s, including The Rough Shed (1997) and The Money Fish (2000).

Grant 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.

Helen Mihajlovic - Super 8 and video filmmaker since the mid '90s, completed short DV feature Meaning in early '04.

Kim Miles - Actor turned filmmaker, has made a series of experimental, surreal narratives on DV in the '00s.

David Minter - As seen in Nigel Buesst's Carlton + Godard = Cinema, the director of Hey Al Baby in the '60s.

Matt Mirams NEW - Young filmmaker who has made several short films since 2007.

Paul Moder  - Swinburne graduate late '80s, a noted actor, and director of films himself, including feature A Bullet in the Arse (2003).

John Morrison - Started making films only in the mid-'00s, but has already made a number of DV shorts, mainly docos of interesting people.

Bill Mousoulis - Prolific filmmaker who started making Super 8 films in early '80s. Has made a number of low-budget features since mid-'90s.

Vicky Mousoulis NEW - Photographer who has made several experimental films, and one co-directed film with husband Bill Mousoulis.

Colin Mowbray - VCA graduate in mid-'90s with Happy Little Vegemites, has made several more short films since.

Sandra Munro - Major figure of Super 8 scene late '80s, with many personal doco / impressionist films. Inactive in recent times.

Scott Murray - Founder and editor of Cinema Papers, made the feature The Devil in the Flesh in mid '80s. Also a documentary filmmaker.

Virginia Murray - Swinburne graduate mid '80s, made the acclaimed The Lead Dress (1987) and other shorts. Also a film teacher.

Nicholas Nedelkopoulos - Artist who has also turned his hand to films since the early '70s - on Super 8, but more recently on DV.

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.

Bernard O'Connor - 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).

Gary (now Kerry) O'Keefe - Major figure of Super 8 scene of '90s, the maker of many diary / documentary / essay films.

Greg Olsen - On-off filmmaker since the early '90s, has made Super 8 and 16mm short narrative films.

Bernie O'Regan - London filmmaker in '60s, he came to Melbourne in 1974 and made several shorts here in late '70s.

Nick Ostrovskis - Prolific experimental / animation filmmaker working on Super 8 and 16mm since the early '80s.

Gregory Pakis - 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).

Claire Paradine - Teamed with Daniell and Nickolas Flood to make anarchic shorts in '80s, she is also an actress and recent VCA graduate.

Don Parham NEW - Committed doco filmmaker on social issues and personal issues, since late '80s.

Garry Patterson - Indie director in the '70s, making shorts and the feature How Willingly You Sing (1975), before abandoning film.

Norma Pearse - Experimental Super 8 filmmaker, with several works in the early '90s. Partner of artist/filmmaker pete spence.

Ooni Peh - Super 8 filmmaker, of several impressionistic works in the early '90s. Partner of filmmaker Steven Ball.

Jennifer Pignataro - Member of Super 8 Group in early '90s, making a number of short, colourful Super 8 shorts.

Mark Poole - Doco and drama writer since late '80s, has directed short films Basically Speaking and The Truth Will Out in '90s.

Ian Poppins - Hobbyist filmmaker since the '60s, was a constant member of the Melbourne Super 8 Film Group in the '80s and '90s.

Darcy Prendergast - Young animator, maker of several shorts in the '00s, also interested in multimedia.

Ian 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 early '90s.

Andrew Preston - Part of the early '80s Organ Factory scene, made several colourful Super 8 shorts in the '80s, and some videos later on too.

Irene Proebsting - Part of Melbourne Super 8 Film Group in '90s, making distinctive experimental shorts, sometimes in collaboration with Barry Brown.

Rick 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.

Matthew 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.

Walter Repich - Super 8 filmmaker from the early '80s, active to this day, as both director and director of photography.

Matt Richards NEW - Perth filmmaker who shifted to Melbourne in recent years, has made a number of short films.

Vikki Riley - Multi-talented person on the Melbourne scene: muso, critic, and maker of a number of Super 8 shorts in the '80s. Now deceased.

Christine Rogers NEW - Studied in New Zealand in late '80s, then settled in Melbourne from early '90s, has made a number of shorts and currently finishing first feature.

Matthew Rooke - Made several interesting Super 8 films in the late '80s / early '90s, screened at the Melbourne Super 8 Film Group. Seemingly inactive today.

Trevor Rooney - Artist/filmmaker who made his first shorts in the late '90s. Completed Super 8 feature High Noon Tide in 2005.

Gareth Ross - Latter-day Super 8 enthusiast, has made several intriguing films (finished digitally) in the '00s.

John Ruane - Started with the classic realist drama Queensland in the '70s, before kicking in his feature film career in the '90s.

Rad Rudd - Key member of the Moving Image Coalition and maker of several experimental / narrative shorts since late '90s.

Scott Ryan - Unveiled the low-budget DV feature The Magician in 2003, scooping the major awards at the Melbourne Underground Film Festival.

Angelo Salamanca - VCA graduate from the early '90s who is currently forging a career for himself. First feature Hostage to Fate (2000-3).

Mark 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 two medium-length personal/experimental films in the late '00s.

Sabrina Schmid - Maker of a number of idiosyncratic animations since early '80s, she is now based in Europe.

Monique Schwarz - Doco / essay director specialising in Jewish issues since the '80s. Has also made the one narrative feature in Pieta (1988).

Eron Sheean   - Animation/narrative filmmaker since early '00s, works between Australia and Germany.

Ken Shepherd - Primarily a painter and living in Paris, made a number of experimental 16mm films in the '60s and '70s in Melbourne.

Adrian Sherlock  - Director into sci-fi, filmmaker since early '90s, culminating in TV series Damon Dark.

Laki 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.

Karl Siemon - 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.

Ettore Siracusa - 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.

Michael Siu NEW - Super 8 filmmaker from the '80s, graduated from RMIT in 1991, and has continued making short films (and corporate videos) up to the present day.

Dennis K. Smith - Swinburne graduate and documentary filmmaker of 15 years, including Rainbow Bird & Monster Man (2001) and Troubled Minds - the Lithium Revolution (2004).

Lee Smith - Experimental filmmaker of Super 8 and 16mm works in '90s. Not to be confused with the film editor (Two Hands, etc.). Now deceased (2008).

Timothy Spanos - Started making stylised / vivid shorts in the mid '90s. Now with several low-buget features made too.

Lucien Spectre - Young filmmaker, from mid '00s, specialising in "transgressive cinema" type work, has made a couple of shorts.

pete spence - Took the Melbourne Super 8 Group by storm in the early '90s, with his distinctive visual poem films. Also a word poet.

Megan Spencer - Film critic and doco filmmaker since around early '90s. Videos include the football spectacular Heathens.

Ben Speth - 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.

Jim Stamatakos - Narrrative cum experimental director from the early '90s, working in a variety of gauges. Founder/director of Electric Shorts program, Fringe Festival 2002.

Greg Stehle - Maker of a number of shorts, on film and video, since early '90s. Also photographer and new media artist.

Jayne 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.

Mairéid Sullivan and Ben Kettlewell - Musicians turned filmmakers, makers of the feature-length music-landscape fusion Time After Time (2005).

Colin Talbot - Mainly a writer, he adapted and directed his novel Sweethearts as a low-budget feature in 1990. Perhaps no other credits.

Peter Tammer - Started early '60s with some 16mm shorts, before making a number of docos and dramas through the '70s and '80s.

Luhsun Tan - VCA graduate in 2004, the maker of several experimental and animation works, including the 35mm Reverie Sans Frontiers.

Heng Tang   - Malaysian-born filmmaker of short films in '00s recognised at Venice, Clermond-Ferrand and other festivals.

Neil Taylor - 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).

Fiona Trigg - Director of the classic and lost Super 8 film Robin's Mouth from late '80s. Has made several 16mm short films since then.

Glenn Triggs NEW - Young genre filmmaker who has made many films since the late '90s, including 6 features.

Alkinos Tsilimidos - Director of the self-funded features Everynight ... Everynight (1994) and Silent Partner (2001). Has made several more features in the '00s and '10s.

Christos Tsiolkas - Primarily a writer, but also the co-director of the essay-like Thug (1998).

Richard Tuohy - Narrative filmmaker from Super 8 scene of early '90s. Upgraded to 16mm but then left the cinema for philosophy. Now active again.

Dennis Tupicoff - Came to Melbourne in late '70s for the Swinburne course. Has made a dozen or so mainly animated films since then, on 16 and 35mm.

Jason Turley - Has made several distinctive short dramas since early '00s, including the half-hour Dirty Work (2003). Debut feature Welcome Stranger completed in 2006.

Philip Tyndall - 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.

Natalie Vella   - Actress turned film director, has made several short films in the '00s. Currently living in Paris.

Aleksi 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.

Tom Vogel NEW - Organiser of short film events in Melbourne, and maker of his own short films. Currently preparing first feature.

Andrew Walsh NEW - Young filmmaker from South Australia now based in Melbourne, has made several short films in the '10s.

Chris Warner - Writer, producer and director, from early '80s onwards, of independent films, and TV productions.

Yianni Warnock   - Young filmmaker active since mid '00s, several shorts made, including the Wes Andersonish Cedric (2008).

Drew Waters - Filmmaker active in the Melbourne Super 8 scene in the '80s, shorts such as Deja Vu and A Relationship Study. Now in America.

Sarah Watts - Noted animator through the years, culminating in the narrative feature (incorporating animation) Look Both Ways (2005). Now deceased.

Jeremy Weinstein - Maker of the cheeky Looking for Harvey short in 2001, he has also completed a first feature, Wil, in 2006.

Chris Windmill - Major figure of the Super 8 movement of the '80s, has been making comic narrative films since the late '70s. Also works with 16mm and video.

Greg Williams - Maker of crowd-pleasing short comedies since late '90s, recent film The Little Woman screened at '04 St.Kilda Film Festival.

Jamie Wilson  - Actor and filmmaker, with a number of shorts and docos made in the '00s, including mocko Opposites Attract.

Richard Wolstencroft - As director of the Melbourne Underground Film Festival, a controversial but productive figure. Has made three features with violent, sexual and exploitational themes.

Nicola Woolmington NEW - Swinburne graduate of late '80s, has carved out a career mainly in socio-political documentaries.

Graeme Wood - DOP on indie productions, has also directed his own short films since the late '80s, notably the eerie mocko Teenage Babylon.

Maeve Woods - Hands-on artist/filmmaker of a number of impressionistic Super 8 works in the late '80s / early '90s, shown at Super 8 Group.

Tony Woods - Key member of the Moving Image Coalition and prolific Super 8 filmmaker, with over 100 films since early '90s.

Mark Worth - Promoter and filmmaker of "Kino" verite docos on Super 8 and video (also for TV) from early '80s. Died young in early 2004.

Geoffrey Wright - VCA graduate mid '80s. Made the controversial feature Romper Stomper early '90s, before another feature Metal Skin. Now in Hollywood.

Shannon Young - Guerilla filmmaker specialising in genre cinema, with two features, Stygian (1999) and Razor Eaters (2003).

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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