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Anna McLeish & Sarah Shaw Producers

Carver Films launched in 2015 as a partnership between producers Anna McLeish and Sarah Shaw. Carver is an independent, Melbourne-based development and production company specialising in international film and television.  Prior to Carver, McLeish and Shaw ran Warp Films Australia. Together they produced Justin Kurzel’s Snowtown which premiered in competition at Critics Week, Cannes 2011, Mark Albiston and Louis Sutherland’s New Zealand-set Shopping (Sundance, Berlin 2013) and Ariel Kleiman’s Partisan starring Vincent Cassel, which premiered in World Dramatic Competition at Sundance 2015.  Recipients of the 2015 Greg Tepper Award for outstanding contribution to their craft, Carver’s upcoming slate includes Nick Cave’s The Death of Bunny Munro, Natalie Erika James’ psychological horror Relic and Jed Kurzel’s Ivan Lendl Never Learnt to Volley. In the TV arena Carver are currently in development on a slate of diverse content, driven by exceptional talent.

Mirrah Foulkes Director / Writer

Mirrah Foulkes graduated from the acting course at WAAPA in 2003. As an actor Mirrah’s feature film credits include Dying Breed, Sleeping Beauty, Animal Kingdom and The Turning (Best Supporting Actor nomination, 2014 AACTAs). Her television credits include All Saints (Logie nomination), Devils Dust, Power Games: the Packer-Murdoch Story as well as TV mini-series Secrets and Lies and Jane Campion’s eight-time Emmy nominated series Top of the Lake. In 2012 Mirrah wrote and directed her first film Dumpy Goes to the Big Smoke, which premiered at the 2012 Sydney Film Festival as part of the Dendy Award finalists where she won the Rouben Mamoulian award for Best Director. The film also screened at Melbourne International Film Festival and Flickerfest where she won the Best Director prize. In 2013 the film was nominated for two AACTA awards for Best Short Fiction film and Best Short Screenplay and won the Ellen – Filmmaker To Watch Award at Aspen Shortsfest 2013. In 2013 Mirrah co-wrote the short film Eugene for Intel and W Hotels Four Stories competition. Florence Has Left The Building, starring Jackie Weaver, is Mirrah’s second film and won the AACTA Award in 2015 for Best Short Fiction Film.

Luke Davies Writer

Luke Davies is the author of three novels (most recently God of Speed), four volumes of poetry (the latest, Interferon Psalms, won the inaugural Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Poetry, at $80,000 Australia’s largest and most prestigious literary prize) and a co-writer, with Neil Armfield, of the feature film Candy, an adaptation of his own novel. Davies won both an AWGIE Award and an AFI Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for Candy. Davies’ screenplay Life, about the friendship between James Dean and Life magazine photographer Dennis Stock, produced by Oscar-winning The King’s Speech producers See-Saw Films, was directed by Anton Corbijn and stars Robert Pattinson, Sir Ben Kingsley and Joel Edgerton. It premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in 2015. Also produced by See-Saw, Davies recently wrote the screenplay for Garth Davis’ debut feature Lion, starring Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel. Davies is currently writing the screenplay adaptation of two books to be adapted as one film, for Brad Pitt’s company Plan B. Davies is also currently writing a TV adaptation of the Joseph Heller novel Catch-22, for True Detective producers Anonymous Content and Paramount TV.

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