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    




A Cut Above: Jill Bilcock and Enhancing the Director's Vision

Jill Bilcock ASE has worked with directors that include Baz Luhrmann, Sam Mendes, Shekhar Kapur, Fred Schepisi, Kriv Stenders, Jocelyn Moorhouse and P.J.Hogan and on films that traverse big budget Hollywood fare to more humble local productions. Her credits include; Blue Dog, Red Dog, The Dressmaker, Mental, Catch a Fire, Road to Perdition, Japanese Story, Moulin Rouge!, The Dish, Elizabeth, Romeo+Juliet, How to Make an American Quilt, Muriel's Wedding, Strictly Ballroom and Dogs in Space. Jill has reached the highest levels of achievement in film editing which includes an Academy Award nomination, 5 BAFTA nominations, multiple AFI awards and winner of an AFI (USA) and an American Cinema Editors award.

Versatile, tenacious and gracious, directors line up to have Jill cut their films. In an interview in Melbourne's The Age newspaper in relation to responses to her work Jill noted, "When Moulin Rouge! came out, I was described as the Bruce Lee of editing and someone else said the film looked like it had been cut by a Russian serial killer on crack. Now my work on Road to Perdition is being described as 'stately' by The Los Angeles Times…"  For Jill her task and focus is to embrace and enhance the directors vision.

Jill will share her approach to the craft of editing and how she chooses the projects she works on with host James Hewison, shedding insight into one of the most enigmatic yet integral departments on a film.

Guest: Jill Bilcock

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


The Sydney sessions have concluded for the year - stay tuned for updates on AFTRS public programs and events at AFTRS Sydney for 2016.

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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 October 26, 2015

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

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