Just what does it take to bring an idea to the screen? It’s a fraught process ushering your baby from brain to broadcast, that’s for sure.
Selling and making original scripted work: TV Talks’ June panelists are some of the best in the country, their work across broadcast television, streaming platforms, and the big screen is lauded around the globe.
Three of Australia’s best scripted content creators and producers will discuss how they’ve made their work, and what they wish they’d done differently – if anything. We’ll also talk with them about how the world is changing, and what stories can be now be told and sold. Also – when do you accept ‘no’ for an answer, and when do you stand up and fight?
Angie Fielder: Producer, The Other Guy, Lion. Aquarius Films
Michael Lucas: Writer/EP, Five Bedrooms, Rosehaven
Vincent Sheehan: Producer, The Kettering Incident. Porchlight Films
MC: Andrew Garrick – Producer/Director
Angie Fielder is an Academy Award nominated producer and partner in Aquarius Films. She produced Lion, directed by Garth Davis and starring Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman and Rooney Mara, which was nominated for six Academy Awards and four Golden Globe Awards in 2017.
Angie has just concluded filming on Season Two of Stan/Hulu TV series The Other Guy starring Matt Okine and Harriet Dyer, and is currently in post-production on feature film Dirt Music, written by Jack Thorne, directed by Gregor Jordan and starring Kelly MacDonald, Garrett Hedlund and David Wenham, as well as Netflix/ABC TV series The Unlisted.
Angie also produced the popular indie thriller Wish You Were Here, directed by Kieran Darcy-Smith of Blue-Tongue Films and starring Joel Edgerton, Felicity Price and Teresa Palmer, which opened the Sundance Film Festival in 2012 in the prestigious World Cinema Dramatic competition, and won numerous awards including the AACTA Award for Best Screenplay and the Film Critic’s Circle Award for Best Film.
Angie executive produced the psychological thriller Berlin Syndrome directed by Cate Shortland, written by Shaun Grant and starring Teresa Palmer and Max Riemelt, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival and also screened at the Berlinale; and Roller Dreams – a feature doc about the iconic roller dancing scene in LA’s Venice Beach, directed by Girls editor Kate Hickey, which premiered at the locally at Sydney Film Festival and internationally at the London Film Festival.
Other credits include twice Archibald Prize-winner Del Kathryn Barton’s film RED starring Cate Blanchett, and Barton’s animated short Oscar Wilde’s The Nightingale and the Rose, adapted from the paintings Del Kathryn Barton and co-directed by Barton and Brendan Fletcher (Mad Bastards), which premiered at the Berlinale in 2015 and won Best Australian Short at Melbourne International Film Festival. The film features the voices of Mia Wasikowska, Geoffrey Rush and David Wenham.
Michael Lucas is a writer, producer and script editor. He’s worked across several genres, from the relationship dramedy of Offspring, to the prison thriller of Wentworth, the political drama of Party Tricks, and the comedy of Rosehaven. He has been nominated four times for the ‘Best Television Screenplay’ AWGIE, winning twice. Michael’s first feature film, the romantic comedy Not Suitable For Children, was selected to open the 2012 Sydney Film Festival and won the AWGIE for ‘Best Screenplay’. Currently he is writing and executive producing the contemporary drama Five Bedrooms, script producing further seasons of Rosehaven, and also developing a 6-part period drama for the ABC.
Vincent Sheehan is a film and television producer and founding partner of Porchlight Films an independent production company based in Sydney. His producing credits include the feature films Mullet with writer director David Caesar, Little Fish directed by Rowan Woods and starring Cate Blanchett and The Hunter an adaptation of Julia Leigh’s acclaimed novel directed by Daniel Nettheim and starring Willem Dafoe. Vincent was an executive producer on the comedy series Laid, Cate Shortland’s feature film Lore and David Michod’s debut feature Animal Kingdom as well as The Rover starring Robert Pattinson and Guy Pearce. Vincent is the co-creator and producer of The Kettering Incident, an 8-part mystery drama series starring Elizabeth Debicki and Matthew LeNevez. The series won the SPA, AACTA and Logie Awards for best mini-series. In 2016 he produced the adaptation of Craig Silvey’s best-selling novel Jasper Jones, directed by Rachel Perkins and starring Toni Collette, Hugo Weaving and Levi Miller. He served as executive producer on Nakkiah Lui’s comedy web series Kiki and Kitty and is currently in pre-production on a satirical espionage thriller with writer/director Peter Duncan (Rake).
Andrew Garrick is best known for Creating and EP’ing late-night comedy show Tonightly on ABC Comedy. While at the ABC, he also produced a variety of shows and pilots including Comedy Next Gen, Stand & Deliver, as well as directing the acclaimed documentary Rookie Reporter for ABC Kids.
Prior to working at Aunty, his experience included developing, writing, producing and directing shows for all of the local networks and major production houses, both here and abroad, including Shine, Freemantle, Screentime, Beyond and more. He also made documentary films around the globe from the Great Barrier Reef to central Africa. Andrew directs lots of commercials, including one just recently choreographing 14 animals to perform in a 60s one-take, and one where a guy copped a ball to the face in slow motion. His advertising directing credits include for Westpac, Formula 1, Opera Australia, RSPCA, Target and Volvo.
He’s currently working with Screentime, and teaches Applied Storytelling For Business for AFTRS. He’s also the Managing Director of Zedtown, a live zombie apocalypse experience for thousands of people at a time (yeah, it’s pretty ridiculous fun) which has recently expanded from Australia into the USA and will shortly tour across Asia.