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Alex White Producer

Alex White is a graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS). Her short film credits include Census (shortlisted for Tropfest in 2011, premiered at Flickerfest 2012), Kite (Rhode Island International Festival, Big Bear Lake Festival, Balinale Film Festival) and How To Get Clean (premiered at Flickerfest 2015). In 2013 Alex produced the Screen NSW Emerging Filmmakers Fund film Florence Has Left The Building with writer/director Mirrah Foulkes. It was awarded the 2015 Australian Academy of Cinema & Television Arts (AACTA) Award for Best Short Fiction Film. The film premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival and has had multiple screenings including the Panorama of the Golden Nights tour of Europe organised by the French Academy of Cinema (les César). Alex has worked with acclaimed producer Jan Chapman at her development company Waking Dream Productions and in 2014 Alex was the recipient of the Screen Australia Enterprise People funding to develop her own feature film slate. Alex was also the Associate Producer on Simon Stone’s debut feature film, The Daughter, with Fate Film’s producers Jan Chapman and Nicole O'Donohue.

Jane Campion Executive Producer

New Zealand director, producer and screenwriter Jane Campion is the only female director to receive the  Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival (1993) and also only the second of four women ever to be nominated as Best Director at the Academy Awards (1994), both for The Piano. Jane went on to win Best Screenplay. Jane studied at the Australian Film Television and Radio School and her first short film, Peel (1982), won Best Short Film Palme d’Or in 1986 in Cannes Film Festival. In 1989 Jane directed Sweetie, her first feature film, and in 1990 An Angel at My Table about New Zealand author Janet Frame. Subsequent to the multi-award-winning The Piano were The Portrait of a Lady (1996); Holy Smoke (1999); In the Cut (2003); Bright Star (2009) and the mystery thriller Top of the Lake (2012), a six-hour TV mini-series starring, among others, Holly Hunter, which Jane executive produced,  co-wrote and directed 3 episodes for the BBC and the Sundance Channel. The series screened at Berlin & Sundance Film Festivals, received 8 Emmy nominations, 2 Golden Globe nominations and won Best Drama at 2013 Screen Producer’s Association Awards.

Jan Chapman Executive Producer

Jan Chapman has produced some of Australia’s most critically successful and popular films–including Palme d’Or nominated Bright Star, AFI Best Film winner Lantana and Academy Award-winner The Piano. Jan has supported and nurtured the careers of some of its most talented filmmakers and was the Executive Producer on Somersault, Suburban Mayhem, Griff the Invisible and The Babadook. Her films have won many awards including co-recipient of the Palme d’Or at Cannes (The Piano, 1993), three Academy Awards (The Piano, 1994), Camera d’Or at Cannes (Love Serenade, 1996), over 38 Australian Film Institute Awards, and have had numerous screenings and honours across the globe at the world’s top film festivals, including Venice, Toronto, Berlin and Cannes. In 2004, Jan was honoured for her outstanding contribution to the Australian film industry as the recipient of the Order of Australia.

Mirrah Foulkes Writer / Director

Mirrah Foulkes is an actor, writer and director who graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) drama school in 2003. In 2012 Mirrah wrote and directed her short film Dumpy Goes to the Big Smoke, which premiered at the 2012 Sydney Film Festival as part of the Dendy Award where she won the Rouben Mamoulian Award for Best Director. The film also screened at Melbourne International Film Festival and Flickerfest where it won the Best Director prize. The film was nominated for two 2013 AACTA Awards for Best Short Film and Best Short Screenplay and won the Ellen – Filmmaker to Watch Award at Aspen Shortsfest 2013. Mirrah’s second film Florence Has Left The Building, starring Jacki Weaver, premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival and won the 2015 AACTA Award for Best Short Fiction Film. It also toured throughout Europe as part of the Golden Nights Panorama. In 2013 Mirrah co-wrote (with Director, Spencer Susser) the short film Eugene for the Intel and W Hotels Four Stories competition. Mirrah is the only female member of the Australian filmmaking collective Blue-Tongue Films whose members include David Michôd, Nash Edgerton Kieran Darcy-Smith, Spencer Susser and Joel Edgerton

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