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Motel at the End of the World

Briony Kidd Producer / Writer / Director

Briony Kidd is a Tasmanian-based writer and director and graduate of the VCA Film School in Melbourne. She has written and/or directed short films that have screened around the world, including the acclaimed short animation Sam and Piccolo. Her short Gothic melodrama The Room at the Top of the Stairs found success on the festival circuit, was glowingly reviewed in Fangoria Magazine and was distributed by Shorts HD International. She recently directed the short thriller Watch Me and produced two other short films as part of the filmmaking cooperative Van Demon Dames. She has been funded for feature script development through Screen Tasmania and Film Victoria and has a slate of low budget projects in development. She also works as a script editor and consultant. Briony also writes and directs theatre, including The Pit as part of Radio Gothic in the Tasmanian International Arts Festival (2015), Death By Television for Tasmanian Theatre Company (2011) and various site-specific works. In addition to her own creative pursuits, Briony is the Artistic Director of the Stranger With My Face International Film Festival, a showcase of new horror films directed by women and a cross-disciplinary mini-con.

Catherine Pettman Producer

Catherine Pettman is a creative producer and company director of Rummin Productions, a new Tasmanian-based production company. While she has been focused primarily on factual projects in recent times, Catherine has a background as a creative producer of short dramas, including the award winning short film Stripped Bare (2009). Having trained and worked professionally as an actor, Catherine has a particular interest in drama projects that prioritise performance and innovative development processes. As part of her strategy towards producing her first feature film, Catherine took on a Producer’s Attachment with Vincent Sheehan and Porchlight Films on The Hunter (2011) starring Willem Dafoe and Sam Neill. She was also the 2nd Unit Manager of that production. Catherine was also Associate Producer of the award-winning SBS feature documentary A Family Divided (2009), and co-ordinated two feature docudramas for Irish broadcaster RTE, Banished Women (2010) and Exile in Hell (2006) for Irish production companies Telwell and Ned Kelly Productions, as well as production managing numerous other broadcast documentaries. Catherine is developing projects across the theatrical, television and digital media markets, and has also worked in events, TVCs, music videos and iBooks.

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