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Angie Fielder Producer

Angie Fielder is a producer and co-founder of Aquarius Films. She is currently producing Garth Davis’ debut feature film, Lion, alongside Academy Award-winning producers Emile Sherman and Iain Canning of See-Saw Films. Angie is the Executive Producer of Berlin Syndrome directed by Cate Shortland, with Teresa Palmer and Max Riemelt. She is also exec-producing Roller Dreams, a feature doc about the iconic roller dancing scene in LA’s Venice Beach. Her animated short Oscar Wilde’s The Nightingale and the Rose, co-directed by twice Archibald Prize-winner Del Kathryn Barton and Brendan Fletcher, premiered at the 2015 Berlinale and won Best Australian Short at MIFF. She is also currently producing Del Kathryn Barton’s second short film, Red. Angie’s feature film Wish You Were Here, starring Joel Edgerton, Felicity Price and Teresa Palmer and directed by Kieran Darcy-Smith opened at the Sundance in 2012, and won numerous awards including the AACTA Award for Best Screenplay and the Film Critic’s Circle Award for Best Film. Her short films Crossbow, Netherland Dwarf and I Love Sarah Jane have screened at international film festivals including Venice, Sundance, Berlin and Telluride and have won numerous awards including the AACTA for Best Short Screenplay and the Prix Canal at Clermont Ferrand.

Cecilia Ritchie Producer

Cecilia Ritchie joined Aquarius from Matchbox Pictures in late 2013. She is currently in post-production on Roller Dreams, a feature doc that uses the lens of the iconic roller dancing scene in LA’s Venice Beach in the 1980s and ’90s to explore racial prejudice in America. Cecilia’s credits include Next Stop Hollywood, a six-part ABC documentary series following young Aussie actors to LA for pilot season, and the critically acclaimed Searching for Sandeep, which premiered internationally at Hot Docs, won the audience award at the Sydney Film Festival and sold to broadcasters all over the world. At Matchbox she worked on a number of series including The Slap, The Straits and My Place Part 2. Cecilia’s short drama credits include Tender, which premiered internationally at Clermont-Ferrand and won the 2013 Australian Directors Guild Award for Best Short Film and Pop, which was nominated for a Dendy Award for Australian Short Drama. She recently spent six months working with the San Francisco Film Society as part of a professional development grant from Screen Australia. Cecilia is a graduate of the University of Sydney and the Australian Film, Television and Radio School.

Polly Staniford Producer

Polly Staniford is a producer, writer, director and co-founder of Aquarius Films. Her short films have won multiple awards and screened in international film festivals including Venice, Berlin and Sundance. Previously employed by Matchbox Pictures, Polly has worked on a number of film and television projects with award-winning producers Tony Ayres and Michael McMahon. Whilst working with Matchbox, Polly also produced four documentaries for the ABC including the second series of Anatomy and Miss South Sudan Australia. Polly was one of the writers of Logie and AACTA winning Children’s TV series Nowhere Boys and also wrote and directed a 30-minute documentary, Brain, for ABC Television as part of the fourth series of Anatomy. She is the producer of Berlin Syndrome, starring Teresa Palmer and Max Riemelt, written by Shaun Grant and directed by acclaimed director Cate Shortland, which is in currently in post-production. Polly is a Master’s graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts School of Film & TV in Melbourne and the internationally acclaimed Berlin Talent Campus.

Del Kathryn Barton Director

Del Kathryn Barton’s work is informed by her direct experience of life and her deep engagement with her inner world. Her practice ranges from painting, drawing, textiles, ceramics, animation and installation, to photography and sculpture. Del Kathryn’s work is widely recognised as one of Australia’s leading artists, having been awarded The Archibald Prize twice in 2008 and 2013. Del Kathryn’s Barton’s short animated film Oscar Wilde’s The Nightingale and the Rose premiered in the Generation 14+ Short Film section at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2015, made in collaboration with Brendan Fletcher, Aquarius Films and Method Studios. She is currently in production on her second short film, with Aquarius Films, titled Red and starring Cate Blanchett. Her interest in moving image works led to a commissioned work The Human Dress for the Adelaide Biennial in 2014, however Del Kathryn continues her strong painting practice with a major solo retrospective to be held at the National Gallery of Victoria in 2016. Del Kathryn Barton currently lives and works in Sydney. While studying painting and art history at the College of Fine Arts (UNSW) graduating with distinction, she was invited back to the school the following year to lecture in Painting and Drawing.

Emma Jensen Writer

Emma Jensen is a screenwriter who has worked for over 15 years as a writer, development executive and script consultant. A graduate of Queensland College Of Art, Emma worked in the production/development department of FilmFour in the UK before returning to Australia where she was employed as Development Executive for Working Title and Mushroom Pictures. In 2010 while based in LA, Emma co-wrote The LA Team with Sall Grover, which was optioned by Working Title, and their first screenplay Sex on the First Date sold to US production company Gold Circle. Currently in production is Emma’s spec screenplay A Storm in the Stars, based on the true story of Mary Shelley and her journey to write Frankenstein. A Storm in the Stars is directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour, stars Elle Fanning, and is produced by Gidden Media and Parallel Films. Emma’s other projects include I Am Woman, based on the life of Helen Reddy, for Goalpost Pictures; The Ghan for Triptych Pictures; Em, an adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma with writer/producer Matthew Dabner; and Living With Miss G, the story of the lifelong friendship between Ava Gardner and her African-American maid and companion Mearene Jordan.

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