Mikey Trotter
Cate Shortland
Martin Sacks
Tracey Spicer
Colm McNaughton


AFTRS Open Tutors

Our tutors are professionals with substantial industry experience. They will show you how to tell a story and how to move and inspire your audience.

Many of our tutors have won awards including: Oscars, Golden Globes, Emmys, BAFTAs, AFIs, Palme D’ors, Logies, AWGIEs, AACTAs, and just about everything else!

AFTRS Open film course tutors have included:

Directors Rowan Woods (The Boys, Little Fish, Rake), Cate Shortland (Somersault, Lore), Elissa Down (The Black Balloon), & Jessica Hobbs (The Slap, Love My Way); screenwriters John Collee (Master and Commander, Happy Feet), Ellen Sandler (Everybody Loves Raymond) & Glen Mazzara (The Walking Dead); Cinematographers Ellery Ryan (I Love You Too, Van Diemen’s Land) & Peter James ACS, ASC (Driving Miss Daisy, Alive, Meet The Parents); and Matthew Luhn (Story Supervisor, PIXAR) & Andrew Gordon (Directing Animator, PIXAR).

AFTRS Open television course tutors include:

Actor Martin Sacks (Rake, Underbelly); John Gregory (CEO Freehand TV); shooter/producer Mikey Trotter (Masterchef UK, Biggest Loser, The Apprentice, Project Runway, Dancing With The Stars); TV writer Vicky Madden (McLeod’s Daughters, The Bill) and TV presenter Tracey Spicer (Sky News, Sunrise, Channel 10).

AFTRS Open radio course tutors include:

Gaby Brown (Triple J, KIIS 1065FM, WSFM); Melanie Withnall (2UE, 2SER FM); Colm McNaughton (Radio National ABC, Radio 3CR, UNAA media peace prize for Best Radio documentary), Kate McLoughlin (Nova) & Jess Campanaro (2GB, Sky Radio, 2SM).


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.