Postgraduate Information Evening is your chance to discover how our postgraduate courses are designed to nurture the next generation of visionary screen and broadcast storytellers who can work at the highest level of the screen and radio industries.
Experience AFTRS uniquely forward-looking approach to practice-based learning and hear about the courses from the Heads of Department who teach them and alumni who have used them to launch their careers. You’ll also have the opportunity to see examples of student work, put your questions to our tutors and get tips on your application.
6:00pm – 7:30pm
- Welcome Address by CEO, Neil Peplow and Head of Programs, Nell Greenwood
- Master of Arts Screen information session and case study presented by Course Leader, Stephen Murphy and students Shannon Ashlyn and Emma Bourke
- Graduate Diploma in Radio information session and case study presented by Program Leader, Lisa Sweeney
- Master of Arts Screen: Business and Leadership information session and case study presented by Course Leader, Peter Herbert
- Alumni Panel session and Q&A, moderated by Head of Programs, Nell Greenwood
7:30pm – 9:00pm
- Meet AFTRS teaching staff at networking drinks
- Tour the radio studios and speak to radio staff
- Speak to the Student Centre about 2019 scholarships, application procedures and FEE-HELP
- Listen to Precipice: a 3D audio story using binaural technology
- Explore a showcase of student postgraduate projects in Studio 3
- View an inspiring selection of award-winning films by AFTRS students old and new
- Take a tour of our facilities including the designated Masters Space
6:00pm – 8:00pm
- Tour Australia’s leading screen arts and broadcasting library, and view the inaugural speech from AFTRS Elder in Residence, Uncle Bruce Pascoe
Chris Squadrito, Writer
Master of Screen Arts, 2012
Chris is an award-winning writer based in Sydney, with a distinct passion for television.
Chris began his career in script development and has served in a development capacity for multiple production companies. This includes working with Essential Media and Entertainment, where he contributed to numerous drama projects, writers’ rooms and collaborations with some of the finest writers and producers in the country including Ian Collie, Blake Ayshford, Debra Oswald and Tony McNamara.
Chris holds a Masters in Screenwriting from the Australian Film Television and Radio School, during which time he penned By This River; an adaptation of Christos Tsiolkas’ The Disco at the End of Communism. This award-winning film was selected by AFTRS for special distribution at the Cannes Film Festival, Upsala International Film Festival and Flickerfest in 2013. Upon graduation, Chris received the prestigious Foxtel Award for Exceptional New Talent.
Chris received MetroScreen Raw Nerve funding in 2014 and subsequently wrote and produced the award-winning short film Last Bites. He is currently developing his own scripted projects with Mushroom Pictures, Easy Tiger and Essential Media both at home and overseas, and most recently script edited Blake Ayshford and Goalpost’s 2018 FOXTEL miniseries Fighting Season. He is working with Hoodlum and Steve Irwin (Wake in Fright, Harrow) on Netflix’s first Australian Original series Tidelands, and is writing on Debra Oswald’s newest TV series.
Paul Wiegard, Producer
Master of Screen Arts & Business, 2015
Paul Wiegard is founder and managing director of Melbourne-based Madman Entertainment alongside Tim Anderson.
Australian-owned theatrical and home entertainment distribution, rights management and production company has more than 100 employees and is committed to feature documentaries, world cinema and quality Australian movies. Kenny and Animal Kingdom are its two biggest local hits and That Sugar Film is the most commercially successful local documentary ever.
Paul’s executive producer credits include The Turning, The Hunter and Balibo. He is a board member of the Melbourne International Film Festival, Australian Home Entertainment Distributors Association and Chairperson – Australian Independent Distributors Association.
Sam Stove, Radio Presenter
Graduate Diploma in Radio, 2013
Sam Stove is a radio producer and presenter, and is currently the Co-Host and Executive Producer of Afternoons on Macquarie Sports Radio, a national 24/7 sports talk station.
After completing the AFTRS Graduate Diploma in Radio in 2013, Sam landed a gig at 2UE, Australia’s oldest commercial radio station, producing the brilliantly eccentric Clive Robertson, as well as top broadcasters including Angela Catterns, Andrew Voss and Stuart Bocking.
In 2016, 2UE morphed into Talking Lifestyle, where Sam was the Executive Producer of the Drive show. He also cut his teeth as one of the station’s fill-in presenters.
Macquarie Sports Radio launched in April of 2018, and the Afternoons show is a daily sports-talk spectacular, a four-hour national forum where the big issues in Australia’s favourite pastime are thrashed out, debated and opened up to the listeners via the talk-back line.
Shannon Murphy, Director
Graduate Diploma in Directing, 2013
Raised in Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia and Africa, Shannon is an award-winning theatre director and screen director. In 2007, she attended NIDA and has since been named the most influential graduate of the decade by Sydney Magazine.
Shannon graduated from Directing at AFTRS (Australian Film Television and Radio School) in 2013. Her graduating short film, Kharisma, has screened at festivals including Cannes, Toronto International Film Festival, Palm Springs, Flickerfest, and Berlin Interfilm and was nominated for an AACTA award in the Social Shorts Comedy category.
Shannon is currently in pre-production to direct Lingo/SBS 4-part mini-series The Ropes. Most recently Shannon directed smash hit Australian series Rake, episodes 5 and 6 of the Nine Network’s fourth series of Love Child, episodes of Offspring season 6 and 7, and episode 4 and 5 of Endemol Shine’s new show, Sisters. In 2016 her latest short film, Eaglehawk, was selected for the 2016 Dendy Awards at the Sydney Film Festival and for the Melbourne International Film Festival. Eaglehawk stars Ryan Corr, Wayne Blair and Tilda Cobham-Harvey.
She is one fifth of Dollhouse Pictures, a film production house committed to exploring the creative boundaries of film, TV and theatre.
Taylor Litton-Strain, Producer
Graduate Diploma in Producing, 2012
Taylor Litton-Strain is an award-winning producer. Her short films have screened at over 70 film festivals and venues worldwide, on television, on ABC iView and on airlines as part of QANTAS’ and Virgin’s inflight entertainment programs. Her films have collectively won over 30 awards, one of which includes the prestigious Iris Prize worth £25,000 for her short film All God’s Creatures, starring Ed Oxenbould (Paper Planes).
Taylor has completed producer’s attachments with renowned Australian drama producers — Ian Collie on crime-drama The Broken Shore, the highest rating ABC telemovie in 2015, and also with Imogen Banks and John Edwards during production on their popular Channel Ten drama series Offspring and pre-production on Channel 10 series Puberty Blues – Series 2 and Channel 9 and Stan series Gallipoli.
In 2017, Taylor established her company Last Frame Productions and has now completed her first long-form production Jade of Death; a 6 x 10-minute supernatural thriller, with creator and writer/director Erin Good. Jade of Death was developed at the Berlinale Talents Project Lab, is a recipient of QueerScreen’s Completion Fund, is supported by Screen Australia’s Online Production Fund and is being distributed around the world by leading short-form international sales agent Rockzeline. Taylor has a slate of projects in development for online, television and cinema, including a second season of Jade of Death with ABC and Screen Australia.