Friday on My Mind

AFTRS Eric Bana Friday On My Mind Host Sandra Sdraulig talks to actor Eric Bana in Melbourne
AFTRS Jan Chapman Producer Jan Chapman joins Sandra Sdraulig for Friday On My Mind
AFTRS Alex Proyas Friday On My Mind Host Giles Hardie with guest director/screenwriting/producer Alex Proyas
AFTRS Melinda Doring Friday On My Mind Production designer and costume designer Melinda Doring with host Jason Di Rosso


Friday on My Mind is a series of FREE talks* curated and hosted by AFTRS where cinephiles, industry, students and film-lovers alike can soak up some creative mind fuel - supplied by some of the best and brightest in the screen arts and broadcast industries. 

Friday on My Mind has been running since 2008 at AFTRS Sydney, with a Melbourne edition, held at ACMI, introduced in 2012.

  • The Friday on My Mind season generally runs from early March to the end of October each year.
  • All past sessions can be reviewed in the 'Previous Guests' tab, at the bottom of this page.
  • Edited transcripts of many Friday on My Mind sessions are available in the School's self-published journal LUMINA and here on the AFTRS website to review.

Go to the LUMINA section of this site to search the article list for published Friday on My Mind interviews    




Joel Pearlman: An Acquisitive Mind

Joel Pearlman is the CEO of Roadshow Films Theatrical Division, Australia’s leading film distributor, overseeing the theatrical film distribution and acquisitions teams. Roadshow Films has been responsible for releasing such films as The Lord of The Rings trilogy, The Matrix trilogy and The Harry Potter series and other past releases such as The Great Gatsby, American Hustle, The Wolf of Wall Street and The Lego Movie.

Joel also oversees Roadshow’s Australian production division whose local releases have included Red Dog, Wolf Creek, The Dish, Jindabyne, Beautiful Kate, Mao's Last Dancer, Bran Nue Dae, Wolf Creek, The Rover, Felony and most recently Paper Planes. Joel is currently working on upcoming Australian productions including Oddball, Blue Dog  (the sequel to Red Dog) and The Daughter starring Geoffrey Rush, Sam Neil and Miranda Otto.
Also a board member of  MIFF and ACMI Joel is uniquely placed in the Australian screen industry and will share, with host James Hewison, his extensive experience and insights about the distribution and exhibition landscape in Australia and the particular tastes of Australian audiences. A great opportunity to hear from one of the top film distributors in the nation and what audiences want.

Guest: Joel Pearlman

TIME: 6pm
ACMI Federation Square
Tickets can be collected from the box office from 10am the day of.


Tony Ayres: Showrunner/Writer/Director

One of Australia’s leading voices in film and television Tony Ayres is an acclaimed writer, director, producer, executive producer and show runner whose career traverses feature film, fiction and non-fiction television, tele-movies, documentary and more. In recent years Tony has taken on a wide variety of roles in TV that has range from creating and executive producing the multi-award-winning children’s series Nowhere Boys (currently being turned into the feature film Nowhere Boys: The Book of Shadows), Maximum Choppage, Devil’s Playground, Next Stop to Hollywood, Underground: The Julian Assange Story to being one of the directors on The Slap, an adaptation of the bestselling Australian novel by Christos Tioklas and directing a chapter of the anthology drama The Turning. Tony was also one of the executive producers of the American version of The Slap, starring Peter Sarsgaard and Uma Thurman (which aired on  NBC in the USA earlier this year).

In his element juggling roles and projects Tony also created and developed Glitch, the six-part high concept 'supernatural' drama' which aired very recently on ABC free-to-air and simultaneously on iview (which has also been sold to NBC Universal). All of this has been achieved via one of the most dynamic production houses in Australia; Matchbox Pictures, a company  Tony  formed with fellow producers Penny Chapman, Helen Bowden, Michael McMahon and Helen Panckhurst in 2008.  In 2013, Matchbox was bought out by NBC Universal.

Tony's most recent feature film directing role on Cut Snake, described by The Hollywood Reporter as "a dark, romantic crime thriller" and written by Blake Ayshford, is set in the 'retro-sexy' mid-1970s and is set to have its Australian theatrical release on September 24. Cut Snake premiered at the 2014 Melbourne International Film Festival as the Centrepiece Gala screening.

For those aspiring to have a career in the screen and broadcast industry this is a terrific opportunity to hear from one of the best in the business as Tony shares his approach and ideas about creating content for today's screens with host Luke Buckmaster.

Guest: Tony Ayres

TIME: 5:30PM

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*Attendees of Friday on My Mind must be aged 16 and up. Generally material shown and discussed is 15+ and if on the occasion R rated content is shown warnings will be given in advance.

Last updated August 31, 2015

Image attribution: Friday on My Mind sessions in Melbourne and Sydney.

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