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Bondi Beach Breakfast Club

Louise Smith Producer

Louise Smith has been working in the production of television commercials and feature films for almost 20 years. She has gained an international reputation for her collaborations with stellar directing talents, including Nash and Joel Edgerton, Ben Chessell, renowned actor Rachel Griffiths, commercials director Derin Seale and acclaimed writer Samantha Strauss. Her work has screened at festivals such as SXSW, Sydney International Film Festival (In Competition), Telluride, Sundance, Aspen and Berlin and has been awarded honours by the Toronto Short Film Festival, Palm Springs and Puchon. In 2002 she co-produced with Marian Macgowan the feature film The Rage In Placid Lake, starring Ben Lee, Rose Byrne, Garry McDonald and Miranda Richardson. Written and directed by Tony McNamara, the film won the Australia Film Institute Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. In 2008, she produced the feature film The Square, directed by Nash Edgerton and written by Joel Edgerton and Matthew Dabner, which was nominated for seven Australian Film Institute Awards and was released internationally in a number of countries, including France, the USA, Germany, Spain, Italy and Greece.

Liz Doran Writer

Liz Doran started her TV writing career on The Secret Life Of Us and has since written for a wide range of shows, including Please Like Me, Dance Academy, The Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries, Love Child, Carla Cametti PD and Sugar Rush for Channel 4 in the UK. She was the series 1 script producer for Dance Academy and she also wrote several episodes for the following two seasons, for which she was nominated for an AWGIE. In 2015 she co-created and was the head writer/script producer on the AACTA Award winning (Best Children’s TV Series) Ready for This, with Blackfella Films and Werner Productions for ABC3. She also wrote the first episode for Molly, a two-part, 90-minute mini-series about Molly Meldrum and Countdown for Channel 7, which had consolidated ratings of 3.29 million viewers. Liz has several feature scripts in development including The Bondi Beach Breakfast Club and Chain Reaction about Australia’s reaction to AIDS in the ’80s and is represented in the UK by Casarotto Ramsey and Associates and in Australia by Cameron’s Management.

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