March 2, 1972, Melbourne, Australia.
Writer, director, and star of The Garth Method (2004) which is distributed throughout Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada by Accent and Vanguard Entertainment.
The Garth Method was the winner of 8 awards at film festivals in Australia and the US, amongst them Best Actor and Best Director awards.
He also produced Garth Goes Hitchhiking (2007) a documentary about him hitch hiking from Melbourne to Cairns in Australia and Garth Lives in a Van (2011) which documents his experience about living in a van around inner city Melbourne.
In 2014, his feature The Joe Manifesto was on the international festival circuit, having picking up a Best Actor award.
His film exhibition banner guerillafilmnite.com was also the recipient of 2 Short Poppy awards in 2006, and was listed in “The Age’s “Top Ten Movie Events” in May 2012.
He is currently developing 4 feature screenplays.
Without going into the details of
particular films and titles, initially when I started making films
I was trying to do stuff that was entertaining for your general
audience. Then as I did film studies at uni, I got caught in the
trap of making stuff that maybe was a bit film academic, stuff
that would go over the head of your average punter. A 'trap' for
me because what I really wanted to do was make films for that
average punter. Though in the meatime I learned about tight script
writing, effective direction, and how to get solid performances
from actors on screen and on stage and that, I think, has held
me in good stead with my first feature that I have just made which
is a more 'from the gut' type film than something academic. 'From
the gut' for me meaning stories that make emotional sense to the
audience and 'academic' meaning stories that are
about an idea.
The Joe Manifesto(rooftop scene) (2013)
The Joe Manifesto(manifesto scene) (2013)
(1988, 28 mins, VHS)
Advice (1989, 5 mins, VHS)
Trail of Teka (1990, 5 mins, VHS)
Minute (1990, 6 mins, Super 8)
Stained Hands (1991, Super 8)
film - around 40 minutes in duration
Trouble (1991, 6 mins, VHS)
(1992, 54 mins, VHS)
to Successful Hitchhiking (1997, 5 mins, 16mm)