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 Sydney filmmakers.
As with the Melbourne page, this is a list of indie / experimental / avantgarde filmmakers, not mainstream ones.
See also the Adelaide Master List page.
If you'd like someone listed here, please email
Martha Ansara - Cinematographer and also director, since the '70s, a vital figure on the Sydney indie film scene.
Essie Coffey - Aboriginal filmmaker and activist, she made the seminal film My Survival as an Aboriginal in 1979.
John Conomos - Academic but also video artist, active for decades now.
Susan Dermody - Intellectual filmmaker, she made the essay-like feature Breathing Under Water in 1991.
Melanie El Mir - Very individual Super 8 filmmaker in the '80s, specialising in the surreal.
- Super 8 filmmaker of the '80s, one of The Marine Biologists, now writer and ABC presenter.
Sarah Gibson - In the '70s and '80s, made a numer of striking shorts with Susan Lambert.
Virginia Hilyard - Super 8 filmmaker who was part of the Sydney Super 8 Film Group in the '80s, made the classic Yes It Is.
Michael Hutak - Super 8 filmmaker of the '80s, known for the "Metaphysical TV" strand.
Susan Lambert - Mainly documentary filmmaker from the '70s, has also done drama. Many striking films, and still active.
Gillian Leahy - Academic but also great indie filmmaker from '70s on, has the masterpiece My Life Without Steve (1987).
Catherine Lowing - Super 8 filmmaker of the '80s.
Ray Mattei - Teenage creator of the 1968 film Acid Spider featured in UBU Film Group programs in late '60s.
Nick Meyers - Super 8 filmmaker of the '80s, one of The Marine Biologists, also an editor.
Tracey Moffatt - Aboriginal artist who made some striking films in the '90s, including the feature BeDevil.
Margot Nash - Feminist filmmaker since the '70s, has made a number of interesting films.
Sean O'Brien - Super 8 filmmaker of the '80s, one of The Marine Biologists.
Kay Pavlou - Mainly TV director who made indie films in the late '80s/earlty '90s, including the short The Killing of Angelo Tsakos.
David Perry - Co-founder of the UBU Film Group in mid '60s, and one of Australia's great experimental filmmakers, with a significant body of work.
Aggy Read - Co-founder of the UBU Film Group in mid '60s, he made the classic naughty film Boobs-a-lot. Died in 1998.
Kate Richards - Super 8 filmmaker in the '80s, one of the very first originators of the Sydney Super 8 Film Group, in 1980.
Daniel Staten-Robinson - Super 8 filmmaker in the '80s, known for the classic (The) Taking (of) Place.
Albie Thoms - Co-founder of the UBU Film Group in mid '60s, and great experimental filmmaker, culminating in one classic of Australian cinema, Palm Beach (1980).
Jeni Thornley - Documentary filmmaker from the '70s, a major figure on the Sydney scene for decades now.
Mark Titmarsh - Artist and Super 8 filmmaker who was one of the driving forces behind the Sydney Super 8 Film Group in the 1980s.
Stephen Wallace - More mainstream director, but started with great indie projects in the '70s, including The Love Letters of Teralba Road (1977).
Gary Warner - Super 8 filmmaker of the '80s, was strong in the admin field too, as instigator of the AFC's No Frills Fund.
Paul Winkler - Legendary experimental filmmaker, active from the '70s to the present day.
Rowan Woods - Super 8 filmmaker in the '80s, he went on to a feature film career, starting with The Boys in 1998.
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