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Rachel Clements Producer

Rachel Clements and Trisha Morton-Thomas are the founders of Brindle Films, recipients of the 2015 SPA Breakthrough Business Award and recent Screen Australia Enterprise funding. Rachel wrote/produced her first short film, Flasher in 1996, winning Most Popular Film at the Queensland New Filmmaker Awards. She moved to London where she worked for Miramax and MTV. She graduated from AFTRS in 2001 with an MA in Producing, winning the inaugural FFC Creative Producer Award. From 2001-2004, Rachel produced award-winning short films, including Tree (Sundance, Screen NSW) and Soul Mates (IF awards nomination, AFC). From 2004 to 2009, Rachel worked at CAAMA in Alice Springs, producing shows including Double Trouble, the first Aboriginal (children’s) drama series (13 x 30 min, Channel 9, Disney) and documentaries, including Karli Jalangu and Cheeky Dog (both Sydney FF). Rachel produced the award-winning documentaries Ochre and Ink (ABC, 2011) and Big Name No Blanket (ABC, 2013, Sydney FF, nominated ATOM and Deadly Awards). Rachel has executive produced documentaries commissioned by ABC and NITV, including Urrpeye (Messenger), NITV’s launch documentary. Still based in Alice, Rachel recently produced the documentary Blown Away (ABC, 2014), and the first Aboriginal narrative comedy series, 8MMM Aboriginal Radio (ABC, 2015).

Meredith Garlick Producer

Meredith Garlick is a producer, writer, consultant and senior executive, with over 20 years in the film and television industry. In 2015 Meredith was Director of Screen Territory, delivering talent development and industry development programs that have demonstrated significant impacts on the careers of Territory filmmakers. Recently she delivered a screen industry report, Charting New Territory, to the Northern Territory Minister for Arts, and she has just written the arts and cultural policy for the Northern Territory government. As Head of Development and Production and CEO at Screen Queensland, Meredith was responsible for the strategic direction of the organisation and drove the expansion of the local industry through specifically targeted development programs. She oversaw the development and production investment in over 100 projects, including The Railway Man, Mystery Road, Predestination, The Strange Calls, Secret and Lies, The Straits, Mabo, The Tall Man and Terra Nova. Meredith’s $30 million children’s film, The Secret of Moonacre, was a UK-France-Hungary co-production starring Dakota Blue Richards, Ioan Gruffudd, Juliet Stevenson and Tim Curry. It released in over 120 territories. Meredith has an MFA (Producing) from Columbia University and was awarded the University Medal and First Class Honours from University of Queensland for her BA.

Trisha Morton-Thomas Producer / Writer

Born in the Northern Territory, Trisha Morton-Thomas is a writer, producer and actor who has worked in film and television for over 20 years. An Aboriginal woman from the Anmatyerr People, Trisha trained at the Eora Centre for Performing arts in Sydney and has worked with some of the most celebrated Australian directors, including Rachel Perkins, Warwick Thornton and Wayne Blair. Straight out of drama school, she landed the lead character Mae in Rachel Perkin’s 1997 debut feature film Radiance. More recently, Trisha has appeared in the award-winning ABC drama series Redfern Now, series 1 and 2, as the formidable Aunty Mona, and starred as Lola in 8MMM Aboriginal Radio, the first Aboriginal narrative comedy series, which she also wrote and produced. From 2004, Trisha worked for CAAMA where she produced, directed and wrote documentaries for Imparja TV. Many of her documentaries were sold onto the ABC and NITV. In 2007, she joined the newly established National Indigenous Television Services as one of the first Aboriginal Commissioning Editors, eventually working her way up to Senior Commissioning Editor. While at NITV, Trisha oversaw hundreds of television hours including documentaries, dramas, music television and magazine style formats.

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