Friday on My Mind: Shapeshifter / Image courtesy of Germain McMicking
Friday On My Mind: An All Aussie Rom-Com


This Friday, FOMM host James Hewison gets an insight into the mind of the multi-talented and mercurial artist and filmmaker Amiel Courtin-Wilson. James will be talking to Amiel about not only his work as a filmmaker and his upcoming feature Ruin, co-directed with Michael Cody, but also his more recent forays in the world of gallery art, artistic collaboration and the challenges and joys that come with that.

As a filmmaker and artist, Courtin-Wilson traverses the no man’s land of fiction and documentary, chronicling places and people in the margins, those usually out of frame or out of focus. From New York to Cambodia via Melbourne and now Oklahoma most recently, his is a rare curiosity and vitality seeking out the light where there seems only dark.

His singular, distinctive muscularity as a filmmaker extends beyond the borders too of the orthodoxies (even confines) of cinema into other art practice. He’s had work exhibited at Utopian Slumps and Gertrude Contemporary and his films have screened at the NGV, MONA, the Gallery of NSW and most recently was commissioned by the Whitney in New York. He’s collaborating on a multi-projection work, Under The Wire at the forthcoming Melbourne Festival and his most recent feature, Ruin co-directed with Michael Cody, which debuted at the Venice Film Festival will open at ACMI Cinemas later this year, including a unique, ephemeral live performance.

Happy Hour at the ACMI Café & Bar!

The bar has Happy Hour every Friday from 4pm to 7pm.
$6 house wines
$5 Boag’s Schooners
$6 house spirits

A great place to grab a drink before the talks.

Special Offer to your guests only - Present your AFTRS Friday on My Mind ticket at the ACMI Café & Bar for 10% off Food and Beverage

HOST: James Hewison, Head of Film Programs, ACMI


  • FREE
  • 6:00pm start
  • Tickets are only available on the day at the ACMI box office to be collected in person.
  • First in best dressed.
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Amiel Courtin-Wilson Bio:

At age 19, Amiel Courtin-Wilson's debut feature documentary, Chasing Buddha premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2000 and won many awards including best documentary at the Sydney Film Festival.

Having directed over 20 short films and five feature length films, Amiel has directed work for Opera Australia, Chunky Move contemporary dance company, and exhibited his video art internationally. His films have screened at the National Gallery of Victoria, MONA in Tasmania, the Gallery of New South Wales and he is a contributor to national and international film and art magazines and journals.

After forming the production entity Flood Projects in 2008, Amiel’s feature documentary, Bastardywon the Best Documentary Jury Prize at the 2009 Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards (FCCA), Best Documentary at the ATOM Awards, was released theatrically to huge critical acclaim across Australia and was nominated for three Australian Film Institute (AFI) Awards. Amiel’s short film CICADA premiered at Cannes Film Festival as part of Directors’ Fortnight in 2009 and won a slew of awards in Australia and internationally.

Amiel had his first solo exhibition of drawings at Utopian Slumps Gallery in Melbourne in 2009.

His dramatic feature film debut Hail had its international premiere in competition at the Venice Film Festival (Orrizonti, 2011) and has screened at festivals around the world including Rotterdam, Istanbul, Karlovy Vary, and Munich. Hail also won many awards internationally, as well as the Age Critics Award for best Australian feature at the Melbourne International Film Festival.

Amiel collaborated with Michael Cody on their feature Ruin, which won the Special Jury Prize in the Orrizonti competition of the Venice Film Festival - the first Australian feature film in twenty years to win an award at Venice. Already screening at over twenty film festivals, Ruinalso won best Cinematography at the Tomorrow Film Festival in Moscow, Best Editing at the 56th Asian Pacific Film Festival and Best Direction at the Fantaspoa Film Festival in Brazil.

Amiel was also commissioned to create a short film for the 70th Anniversary of the Venice Film Festival as part of a project called Venice Future Reloaded alongside directors such as Bernardo Bertolucci, Catherine Breillat, Monte Hellman and Atom Egoyan.

In 2014 he received the AFTRS Creative Fellowship grant for Aether, an upcoming feature film about iconic jazz pianist Cecil Taylor. Amiel also recently exhibited a new video installation entitled The Death of a King at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) in Sydney as part of a Yoko Ono retrospective and he is currently developing several feature film projects, a number of screen based installations and an upcoming international symposium of the moving image in 2015. Also in 2015 he was awarded the AACTA Byron Kennedy Award for his risk-taking and evocative storytelling. The jury felt that “Amiel has been patiently searching for truth and beauty at the margins of society, making films which have captured the attention of international audiences”.


"A night with an All Star and an all Aussie Rom-Com “The cars are fast, the burnouts furious, the bums bare, the portaloos exploding and the beer flowing in our first look at Aussie movie Spin Out.” - Herald Sun

Pop on down to AFTRS this Friday night as Friday On My Mind host Giles Hardie chats with legendary Aussie comedian turned director Tim Ferguson about his new Aussie comedy feature Spin Out. After the Q&A with Ferguson showing a free advanced screening of the film itself our main theatre.

Cinema has truly proved the final frontier for Tim Ferguson who this week delivers a ute-filled romantic comedy, Spin Out, that puts the car into cardiac affairs.

Ferguson first made a name for himself as a charmingly foul mouthed yet ingeniously witty member of comedy trio The Doug Anthony All Stars. He has since written, performed and produced for television - from DAAS Kapital for the ABC to Don't Forget Your Toothbrush for Nine - penned a novel and a memoir tracking his life with multiple sclerosis, and has even taught comedy around the country. Now he has a film that he has co-written and co-directed. All produced while reviving the All Stars to tour around the world.

Did Ferguson's model breaking anarchic comedy background inform his film more than the comedy rules he identified and taught as a teacher? Come and hear Ferguson in conversation discuss the journey to becoming a filmmaker and then see Spin Out for you right after.

SPIN OUT: was written by Tim Ferguson & Edwina Exton. Ferguson will also direct with legendary filmmaker Marc Gracie. It’s an irresistible ode to a distinctly Australian slice of life.

It follows a slow-burning attraction between two long-time friends, Billy (Xavier Samuel) and Lucy (Morgan Griffin) – both in denial over their inescapable desire for each other. But as change beckons, they must confront their feelings amidst the backdrop of their town’s Ute Muster and annual B&S Ball…or go their separate ways. SPIN OUT will make us laugh, cry and even cheer, with some of the most electrifying UTE ‘circle work’ action ever captured on-screen.

Check out the Spin Out trailer.

HOST: Giles Hardie


  • FREE
  • 6:00pm start
  • First in best dressed.


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.

Running since 2008 at AFTRS Sydney, with a Melbourne edition, held at ACMI, introduced in 2012 Friday on My Mind 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


*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.


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