Directing Talent

A still from 'Inferno' featuring a adolescent boy in handcuffs, filthy and covered in blood, reaching out to two men.  He looks distressed. Still from Stephen McCallum's AFTRS student film 'Inferno'.

Jul 10 2013

Hearty congratulations to recent AFTRS graduate Stephen McCallum (Graduate Diploma Directing, 2011) on the announcement, this afternoon, that he is the second recipient of the ADG Screen Australia/Director's Attachment Scheme.

Stephen will be attached to Tony Ayres (also an AFTRS alumnus) on his next feature Cut Snake, which begins filming in Victoria later this year.

Stephen won the Foxtel Scholarship for Exceptional New Talent and the AFTRS European Union Traveling Award at graduation, in 2011, and has gone on to direct several commercials including the marriage equality promo It's Time for GetUp, (with a swag of other AFTRS people) which was voted AdNews’ viral of the year and has had over 8,000,000 views on YouTube.

Stephen's AFTRS student film, the brutal colonial thriller Inferno, also won the Gold Plaque for Best Student Cinematography at this year’s national Australian Cinematographers Society awards.


The Australian Film Television and Radio School would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners, the Bidjigal people and Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, on whose land we meet, work, study and teach. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and extend our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from all nations of this land.