Executive Producer / Producer
I trained at the London Film School and returned to Australia to finally get work with the ABC. I worked in all areas of TV camera gathering but spent the majority of my years there in natural history.
I left ABC and started Gulliver Films in 1981 and have spent my time since then making what I felt were significant, independent natural history films for Australian and International audiences.
My early natural history and wildlife documentaries Koalas-Out on a Limb, Looking After Yaimini and Sharing a Dream received national and international recognition. Koalas Out on a Limb was selected for the prestigious New York Film Festival.
I produced and directed an outstanding environmental series titled The Living Landscape – Australian Ecosystems. The 10-part series covers every significant ecosystem in Australia and was designed and produced for use in schools. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC TV) also purchased the series.
Living Landscape – Urban Ecosystems received a United Nations Award for Best Urban Video in the educational and environmental programs in 1997.
Another two episodes of the series won Diplomas of Honor at The Green Film Festival in Iran in 1999.
2004 – 2005 I produced and directed Crown of Thorns Starfish – Monster From the Shallows which received many awards and acclaim at festivals around the world.
In 2004 I received the award for Independent Documentary Producer of the Year at the Annual Conference of the Screen Producer’s Association of Australia (SPAA).
Writer / Producer / Director
I trained at Art College, Queensland where I undertook graphics, film and television and animation subjects. On leaving college in 1975 I joined the ABC’s film editing department as an assistant and was made an editor the following year.
Since 2004 I have been engaged in documentary production with quite a bit of time spent researching and shooting on location in China for the productions Of Dogs and Gods (Screening Award Montana CINE Film Festival) and Merchants of Destiny. I also directed the re-versioning of a CCTV series into a one hour documentary titled The Mystery of the Disorderly Warriors.
Prior to 2004 I was a writer/producer/director with Education Queensland for eighteen years. I was involved in the development, design and production of video, audio, CD-ROM and website projects for teachers and students. Of interest, I was seconded in 1995 for approximately eighteen months by TAFE Queensland to work as Senior Producer with its industry partner DVP on the content development and media production of a fourteen-part CD-I training program for automotive mechanics.
Other major multimedia projects I have produced include the CD-ROM Queensland Parliament: Exploring Parliamentary Democracy. I worked for four years in collaboration with the Education Office, Queensland Parliament on an Education Queensland co-production that included the development and production of two significant video and print packages for use at primary, secondary and tertiary levels. I was also a senior producer on the Literate Futures project, a multi-million dollar state/federal project that used a multi-platform, multi-media approach to provide trainers in literacy with PD content, media tools and resources to allow self-publishing on a needs basis.