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 Sydney.
So, this page exists (since March 2014).
As with the Melbourne page, this is a list of indie / experimental / avantgarde filmmakers, not mainstream ones.
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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