DAMIAN CALLINAN

Damian Callinan is a multi award-winning comedian, actor & writer. He is best known to TV/film audiences for his roles on Skithouse, Before The Game & Backyard Ashes & regular guest appearances on shows such as Spicks and Specks & Melbourne Comedy Festival Gala.

More recently, his multiples roles as lead actor, screenwriter & co-producer on The Merger have really expanded his profile and reputation. The feature film is based on Damian’s multi award winning one-man show of the same name & also stars Kate Mulvany, John Howard, Fayssal Bazzi, Penny Cook & Nick Cody. Since it’s theatrical release in late 2018, the film has been consistently picking up awards & nominations including the Cinema Australia Audience Award, two AACTA nominations & was also shortlisted for the coveted Cinefest Oz Prize. The film was released on Netflix in late December 2020, where it achieved Top 10 status within a week. This second life has seen the film reach a much wider audience.

An ex-drama teacher, Callinan has come a long way since taking long service leave to ‘give it a crack.’ A 3 time nominee for Most Outstanding Show at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival [The Merger, Sportsman’s Night, Proxy Heroes] he has been prolific in his output of live shows racking up awards & nominations like parking fines. These include Spaznuts [Piece Of Wood Comedians Choice Award at MICF] Proxy Heroes [MICF Outstanding show nomination] The Cave the Rave [ABN Amro Edinburgh Foreign Exchange Award] Sportsman’s Night [Melbourne Fringe Best Comedy] & The Lost WWW1 Diary [Nominated Best Comedy @ Perth Fringe & Victorian VCE Playlist 2017 & 2020].

His most recent festival & regional arts funded, national touring shows, include his Lindy Hop inspired Swing Man [Nominated Best Comedy @ Perth Fringe 2018]; his smash hit take down of wine snobbery with Paul Calleja, The Wine Bluffs [2019] and his critically acclaimed titular role in Kieran Carroll’s Newk: The John Newcombe Story [2019-2021].

Callinan has just completed the world premiere seasons of The Wine Bluffs – Decanted at Adelaide Fringe & Melbourne International Comedy Festival & a Regional Arts Victoria tour of The Merger [stage show] with the play being included on the 2021 VCE Playlist. Following highly successful outreach tours in February & April 2021 Damian will continue touring into drought, flood & fire regions throughout 2021 with the National Recovery & Resilience Agency.

Also on Callinan’s dance card in 2021 are the release of his young reader book Weird School published by Penguin Random in August, a new season of his cult hit Bodgy Creek Community Podcast, guest appearances on the ABC comedy series, Rosehaven & Why Are You Like This? and a lead ensemble role in The Emu Wars, a Screen Australia funded web series for Hot Dad.

In 2022 he’ll be remounting a Regional Arts Victoria produced reprisal of The Hall Committee, a play commissioned by the Wagga Civic Theatre & Create NSW which toured the halls of the NSW’s Riverina in 2019. The five-actor play was directed, written by & starred Callinan. He will also be premiering his autobiographical solo show ‘Stress Test’.

KATE MULVANY

Kate Mulvany OAM was born on Yamatji Land. She is an award-winning actor and writer.

As an actor, Kate has appeared on the stages of Australia as Lady Macbeth, Antigone, and for her Helpmann-award winning turn as Richard III. Onscreen she has appeared in The Great Gatsby, Fighting Season, The Chaser’s War on Everything, Lambs of God, The Merger, and as the Nazi-hunting Sister Harriet in the acclaimed Jordan Peele-produced series Hunters.

As a writer, Kate’s works include adaptations of Medea, Masquerade, Mary Stuart, Ruth Park’s Harp in the South trilogy and Playing Beatie Bow. Her original work includes The Seed, The Mares, and as co-developer and screenwriter of the acclaimed Foxtel series Upright. Kate also wrote on several episodes of the Emmy-award winning animated series Beat Bugs.

Kate is a survivor of Agent Orange related cancer and is an advocate for those still affected by the ongoing legacy of warfare.

JOHN HOWARD

John has entertained audiences in Australia and around the world for three decades in theatre, film and television.

He is perhaps best known to Australians for his characterisations of Bob Jelly in ABC’s popular series Seachange and Dr Frank Campion in Seven’s long running medical drama All Saints.

He recently appeared in Mad Max Fury Road as the People Eater and Last Cab To Darwin in cinemas around the world.

He has received many awards for acting including a Silver Logie (for his portrayal of Bob Jelly), Variety Entertainer of the year (twice) and numerous theatre awards.

He hails originally from a town smaller than Bodgy Creek…

FAYSSAL BAZZI

Fayssal’s theatre credits include Sami in Paradise, Back at the Dojo, Ivanov, The Government Inspector, Food (Belvoir); Merchant of Venice (Bell Shakespeare); Woyzeck (B Sharp/Arts Radar); Timeshare (Malthouse Theatre); Look the Other Way, The Other Way (Sydney Theatre Company); The Motherf**ker With the Hat (Black Swan State Theatre Company); I Only Came to Use the Phone (Darlinghurst Theatre); Good Cook. Friendly. Clean., The Pigeons, Lord of the Flies (Griffin Theatre Company); Don Juan in Soho (New Theatre); Redemption, This Blasted Earth: A Christmas Miracle with Music, Poster Girl, Sprout (Old Fitzroy); All the Blood and All the Water (Riverside Theatre); Cross Sections (Sydney Opera House); To the Green Fields Beyond, Love, Madness and Poetry (Seymour Centre), and most recently, Sami In Paradise (Belvoir).

Fayssal’s film credits include the voice of ‘Mr Todd’ in Peter Rabbit, Down Under, 6 Days, Emulsion and Cedar Boys. His TV credits include Wake in Fright, Top of the Lake: China Girl, Chosen, Crownies, The Strip, East West 101, Double the Fist, Stupid Stupid Man and All Saints.

RAFFERTY GRIERSON

Rafferty has grown up immersed in the film and TV industry as his father has been directing projects for almost 20 years. After appearing in short films, walk on roles and in school productions for many years, Rafferty decided in late 2016 he wanted to pursue professional acting roles.

He almost immediately secured the pivotal role in a major TVC Campaign for Toyota Kluger and then a memorable guest role in Series 1 of Hamish and Andy’s True stories. He was subsequently cast as the young lead in the feature film The Merger which was shot over 7 weeks in Wagga Wagga in late 2017 and is premiering at MIFF in August 2018 as its theatrical premiere.

JOSH McCONVILLE

Josh graduated from The National Institute of Dramatic Art in 2008. Since graduating he has worked extensively in theatre, his credits include Cloud Nine, All My Sons, Midsummer Nights Dream, Loot, Arcadia, Hay Fever, After Dinner, Cyrano De Bergerac with Richard Roxburgh, Noises Off (for which he won the Sydney Theatre Award for Best Supporting Actor), Romeo and Juliet, In the Next Room (for which he was nominated for the Sydney Theatre Award for Best Supporting Actor), directed by Pamela Rabe, and the much acclaimed Gross Und Klein, opposite Cate Blanchett and directed by Benedict Andrews all for Sydney Theatre Company. After a successful season in Sydney the show toured Europe to critical acclaim.

Josh played the lead role of Brett Sprague, the violent and psychopathic brother in the Griffin Theatre Company production of The Boys (also for the Sydney Festival) directed by Sam Strong in which he received the Sydney Theatre Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. Other productions for Griffin include The Call, directed by Lee Lewis, and Strange Attractor, directed by Nick Marchand – both of which he received the Sydney Theatre Award for Best Newcomer.

In 2016 Josh toured Bell Shakespeare’s Hamlet nationally in which he was nominated for a Sydney Theatre Award for Best Actor. He has also toured King Lear nationally, directed by Marion Potts and performed as ‘Truffaldino’ in The Servant of Two Masters, directed by Darren Gilshenan, at the Coogee Arts Festival.

His other theatre credits include The Sublime for The Melbourne Theatre Company (which he was nominated for a Green Room award), The Sugar House for Belvoir, Death of a Salesman for Black Swan Theatre Company, and Moving Parts where he performed alongside Colin Friels and Russell Boyd. Josh is currently in rehearsals for Shelagh Delaneys A Taste of Honey at Belvoir which opens 25th July.

Television credits include Southern Star’s production of Wild Boys, Channel Nine’s multi-award winning drama Underbelly II: A Tale of Two Cities, ABC’s multi-award winning series Redfern Now and Cleverman, both directed by Wayne Blair, Channel Seven’s The Killing Field, and Home and Away.

Josh’s film credits include The Infinite Man which won over audiences and critics at the 2014 South by Southwest Film Festival, as well as The Turning: Commission alongside Hugo Weaving and directed by David Wenham, Down Under directed by Abe Forsythe, Sotiris Dounoukos’ Joe Cinque’s Consolation, and David Michôd’s War Machine. He has three films to be released in 2018; 1% starring alongside Ryan Corr, Standing Up for Sonny alongside RJ Mitte, and The Merger written by Damian Callinan.

NICK CODY

Nick Cody has headlined comedy clubs all over Australia, performed at the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, the New York Comedy Festival, the Johannesburg International Comedy Festival, sold out numerous solo shows at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival & Sydney Comedy Festival and has toured the country with some of the biggest names in comedy, such as international superstars Jim Jefferies and Anthony Jeselnik. He was even personally selected by US comedy legend Bill Burr, to support him at the Sydney Opera House, as part of Just For Laughs (Sydney) and make his debut performance on Conan O’Brien’s late night talk show.

Nick’s spent 2017 touring “On Fire” around Australia’s Comedy Festivals, Europe’s major cities and hitting up London’s Soho Theatre to wrap it all up. Apart from live stand up Nick became the face of beer after Carlton United Breweries made the red bearded wonder their very own Ambassador. Nick has amassed so many TV credits this year including Have You Been Paying Attention & CRAM both on Network 10 as well as being cast in an Australian movie The Merger in October.

2016 was a big year with Nick hitting up all the Festivals around Australia including Canada to perform at the renowned Just For Laughs Festival and Europe for the Edinburgh Fringe with his 2016 show “Come Get Some” which was also recorded for his brand new live DVD at Sydney’s Enmore Theatre. He was also one of only a handful of Australian’s to perform on Conon O’Brian’s late show Conan in the US.

2015 Nick performed on the Melbourne Comedy Festival Opening Night Allstar Supershow (Ch 10), sell out his Australian solo stand-up tour “Beard Game Strong” and return as a main cast member on the second series of TV sketch comedy hit Kinne (7Mate).

In 2014, he starred in all six episodes of the smash-hit TV-sketch show Kinne on 7Mate, guest starred on Josh Thomas’ award-winning comedy/drama Please Like Me on ABC2 and performed at the invite only Just For Laughs festival in Montreal.

Nick Cody is no stranger to TV with a credit list that includes (but not limited to) Conan, Nine’s upcoming Accidental Heroes, 20 to 1, Network Ten’s Have You Been Paying Attention, Opening Night Comedy Allstars, Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s Oxfam Gala, ABC TV’s Please Like Me, Just For Laughs and Seven’s Kinne.

A night with Cody is a night with a mate – get on board.

PENNY COOK

Penny Cook is a graduate of NIDA. She is perhaps best known for her television work, particularly as Vicky the vet in A Country Practice and Elly Fielding in E-Street. Other television acting credits include The Restless Years, The Flying Doctors, GP, Young Lions, All Saints, Dance Academy, Neighbours, Rake and Pulse.

She was a presenter on the travel show The Great Outdoors, co-host on Good Morning Australia and a guest host on the Vizard Show. Penny has been involved in over 40 stage productions including Hating Alison Ashley, The Heidi Chronicles, I Ought To Be In Pictures, Macbeth, Away, An Ideal Husband, Ladies in Lavender, Footloose, Oklahoma and Senior Moments.

Her MC work has been varied- from President Clinton, Prince Charles and various Prime Ministers to charity fundraisers and banking conferences. Penny is co-founder and life member of Griffin Theatre Company and an extremely proud Chair of Monkey Baa Theatre Company.

Sadly Penny passed away on December 26th, 2018. She is greatly missed by all who loved her, including ‘The Merger’ community.

ANGUS McCLAREN

Angus McLaren has worked consistently as an actor and performer since the age of 12. In 2014, he was accepted into The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) to fulfil a desire to expand his knowledge, range, and experience.

Finding his time at the Academy invaluable, he played the title role in William Shakespeare’s Coriolanus which toured to the Hydra Festival in Greece and a lead role in Tender Napalm, touring to Singapore. In his final year at WAAPA, Angus won the Channel Nine Best Actor Award at the WA Screen Academy Awards for his role in the short film Quartermaine.

Angus has also appeared in some of Australia’s most popular television programs and is perhaps best known for his role as Nathan Rafter on Seven Network’s hit show Packed to the Rafters from 2008 – 2013, and earlier as Lewis McCartney in H20: Just Add Water. Selected credits include Neighbours, Blue Heelers, All Saints, as well as a lead role in the popular ABC program Silver Sun. Most recently, Angus joined the cast of Channel Nine’s popular series Doctor Doctor as Dr. Toke opposite Roger Corser, and playing the prominent role of Pat in the upcoming web-series 600 Bottles of Wine. The show and Angus have been nominated for several awards for the 2018 LA Web Series Festival.

He has also written his debut one man show titled Mr. X – DEDTALKS and performed it at various venues including The Hills Are Alive Music and Comedy Festival in Victoria.

Recent feature film credits include the highly anticipated Hotel Mumbai alongside Dev Patel and Armie Hammer; Mark Grentell’s The Merger including Josh McConville and Kate Mulvany; and alongside John Cleese in The Naked Wanderer.

SAHIL SALUJA

Sahil has studied his craft in India, America and now, Australia, where he calls home.

For his work in Declan Furber Gillick’s Bighouse Dreaming (directed by Mark Wilson), he and the cast won Best Performance and Best Ensemble respectively at the Melbourne Fringe Festival and the Green Room Awards. He toured in Anthem under the direction of Susie Dee, a collaboration from acclaimed writers Andrew Bovell, Christos Tsiolkas, Melissa Reeves and Patricia Cornelius. Anthem had outings at Melbourne, Sydney and Perth Festivals to strong reviews.

Sahil played Suresh in the feature film The Merger, from director Mark Grentell, and his TV credits include Jack Irish, Wentworth and Halifax: Retribution.

Previous stage credits include Lab Theatre Company’s production of North Pool; Elbow Room’s Prehistoric; Melbourne Talam for the Melbourne Theatre Company; The Way Out, for Red Stitch Actors’ Theatre; Emma’s House Special, for Spare Productions; and A Long Way Home, also for the MTC.

In 2016, Sahil starred in his first major film production, The Colour of Darkness, which was written and directed by Girish Makwana and premiered at the 2016 Indian Film Festival Melbourne. It was released Australia wide the following year.

Sahil has undertaken training at MTC, VCA, The University of Michigan and Second City in Chicago.

While growing up in India, Sahil trained as a Bollywood dancer and now regularly performs with Jalwa Dance Company in Melbourne. Additionally, he performed his stand-up comedy show The Late Night Show at Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2015.

Sahil enjoys practicing fire twirling and gymnastics in his spare time.

HARRY TSENG

Harry Tseng graduated from NIDA with a bachelor of Dramatic Arts (2010). Prior to this, Harry studied at Box Hill Institute of Music where he received a Diploma of Music Performance of Jazz (2004).

Harry performed one of the main roles in Melissa Lee Speyer’s one-act play “Seekers” at NIDA (2011). Harry guest directed “Welcome to the Wake” for the Melbourne’s Fringe Festival (2011) and Sydney Chinese New Year Festival Companies ‘Life’s a Stage (2013). Harry lent his Operatic voice to Eagles Nest Theatre Company’s reinterpretation of Louis Nowra’s “Cosi” (2011) and was one of the ensemble leads at MTC for Michele Lee’s “Moths” (2013). He’ll open for the premier play adaption of the award winning novel “Jasper Jones” with MTC directed by Sam Strong.

Harry’s screen credits include guest roles in “East West 101” SBS (2011), “Reef Doctors” Channel 10 (2012), Joel Edgerton’s “Felony” (2013) and Hugo Weaving’s “Healing” (2014), “Tomorrow When The War Began” ABC2 (2016)

BEN KNIGHT

Ben Knight is an ex-teacher/musician from Queensland who made the move to Melbourne four years ago to pursue comedy and acting. Whilst hustling in the Melbourne comedy scene, Ben scored minor roles in Upper Middle Bogan, and Offspring and in 2016 he landed a lead role in the ABC TV series, The Warriors. He has since gone from strength to strength selling out his Melbourne International Comedy Festival runs in both 2017/2018 and recently landed roles in two upcoming Australian feature films, The Merger and Judy and Punch.

STEPHEN HUNTER

Stephen’s breakthrough big screen role was as the Dwarf, BOMBUR in three of Peter Jackson’s films The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies.

Before this Stephen worked extensively in NZ television, before landing the role of Sharpie in Network Ten’s Love My Way, followed by lead guest roles the Seven Network’s All Saints, Networks Nine’s Rescue Special Ops & The Leftovers for HBO, as well as series lead roles on ABC’s Janet King, Wolf Creek for STAN, Wanted for Netflix, in the series regular role of Otter in the ABC Studios (US) series, Reef Break, alongside Poppy Montgomery, and most recently, as STEPHAN in Wakefield, for ABC Australia.

Stephen’s comedic TV credits include roles on Nickelodeon’s The GO Show, ABC comedies Review with Miles Barlow, and Rosehaven, Foxtel’s Spirited, The NZ series Fresh Eggs, and a lead role in the ABC animated series CJ the DJ.

Stephen’s other feature film credits include Australian Films Killing Ground & The Merger, and the lead role of Madcap in the sci-fi action adventure Blue World Order, opposite Billy Zane, Jack Thompson & Bruce Spence, as well as the Australian/Indian feature UNindian, the Australian Chinese feature The Whistle Blower, the short film MESSiAH opposite David Gulpilil, and more recently the Australian UK comedy Two Heads Creek, with Gary Sweet & Kerry Armstrong and a support role alongside Daniel Radcliff, in the thriller Escape from Pretoria.

Features due for release in 2021 include Ruby’s Choice, starring alongside Jane Seymour and Jaqueline McKenzie, and the Lucas Foster produced Children of the Corn, written and directed by Kurt Wimmer.

AARON GOCS

Aaron Gocs has spent the past decade crafting his individual style of comedy across Australian stages where he talks about his life as a single father of 2 children.

He has worked up a cult following via his online productions as well as performing at the top comedy clubs and festivals in the country. He has appeared on TV channels ABC, Nine, The comedy Channel  as well as online for Comedy Central, Vice, appearing on various advertisements and music videos.

MICHELLE BRASIER

Michelle is a multiple award winning singer, writer, actor, director and comedian. She has featured as a vocalist on Channel 9’s The Today Show and in 2019 joined the cast of ABC’s critically acclaimed series Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell (S10, S11). She has also appeared on Utopia, Whovians, Get Krackin’, Drunk History (Channel Ten), At Home Alone Together (ABC), Stan Original Australian Lockdown Comedy Festival special and is a regular on the current season of Channel 10’s How To Stay Married as well as on the big screen in 2018’s The Merger. She has written for Why Are You Like This (ABC), Yolo: Crystal Fantasy (Adult Swim US) and At Home Alone Together (ABC).

In addition to her screen work, Michelle led the cast as Kimberly in the 2020 Red Stitch production of Nick Coyle’s ‘Feather In The Web’ directed by Declan Greene and appeared as Aysha in Stephen Schwartz’s Children Of Eden (Melbourne Recital Centre) .

Michelle has been lauded for her frequent collaborations with Aunty Donna, most recently on Aunty Donnas Big Ol’ House of Fun (NETFLIX), and as a writer and vocalist on their ARIA nominated Album and accompanying Australian tour.

Brasier’s on stage comedy career begin with her solo show, Space Tortoise, which debuted at Edinburgh Fringe in 2015 from there she took the show to Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2016 followed by an encore Edinburgh season the same year. She then went on to create the comedy duo, Double Denim, alongside Laura Frew. Double Denim went on to be nominated for the Golden Gibbo award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in both 2017 and 2018, ultimately taking out the coveted Director’s Choice award for Double Denim Adventure Show in 2018 as well as winning Best Newcomer at Sydney Comedy Festival and being named as the top comedy tip for Edinburgh Fringe in 2019 by The Sunday Times, The Metro and the Scottish Daily Mail.

Brasier most recently toured with Award Winning show, Average Bear, across Australian Comedy Festival circuit. A deeply personal show exploring Michelle’s experience living in the shadows of a hereditary illness, whilst simultaneously weaving in the fictional story of Average, a bear with a problematic fear of hibernation. Heartbreaking and hilarious, Average Bear, yo-yos between grief and joy whilst reminding audiences that life is too short to be serious and to waste. Average Bear was recently nominated for Most Outstanding Show at the 2021 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, won Directors Choice Award at the 2021 Sydney Comedy Festival, and received rave reviews from the Sydney Morning Herald and renowned UK comedy guide, Chortle.

STEVE HOLT

Born and raised in Leeton, studied Acting at CSU Wagga Wagga and currently living in Wagga. Played Norm in Backyard Ashes and has appeared on TV, Screen and Stage over the last 20 years. He was so glad to get another call up to join the Crow Crow productions crew again. He feels that he is very privileged and lucky to be a part of such a wonderful and important film. He also hopes that he will work with all these wonderful people well into the future.

DANNY McGINLAY

A touring headline comedian for over a decade, Danny McGinlay has performed on four continents, gigged for Royalty, Prime Ministers and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Danny is best known for writing the Western Bulldogs banners for a few years. His wit and cheekiness captured the hearts of the sports world, and no doubt helped the Dogs win the Grand Final in 2016.

Danny is frequently on TV, most often on AFL Gameday, and ABC News Breakfast. He hosts a weekly show on AFL Grandstand called They Came To Play. The Merger is his second feature film after debuting in the Nicholas Cage movie Knowing.

ADAM DRUMMOND

Adam Drummond was born and bred in The Riverina, right in the heartland of where The Merger was filmed and produced.

After graduating from Wagga Wagga’s Charles Sturt University Acting for Screen and Stage course in 1999, he went on to appear in many National and international TV commercials as well as appearing in iconic Australian dramas such as Water Rats, All Saints and Farscape.

In 2012, Adam was cast as an English backyard cricketer in Director Mark Grentell’s debut feature film Backyard Ashes, also shot entirely in Wagga Wagga and starring Merger writer, producer and lead actor Damian Callinan.

He currently lives in Wagga with his family and produces videos and TV shows with his production company, and is known for producing and hosting the true crime podcast The Missing Files.

As an actor, MC and online TV host, Adam has worked with some of the biggest names in Australian entertainment including Steve Bisley, John Howard, John Wood, Magda Szubanski, Lex Marinos, Felix Williamson, Tim Ross and Lawrence Mooney.

GAVIN BASKERVILLE


Gavin is an experienced and respected stand-up comedian and writer based in Tasmania, where he manages and hosts the highly acclaimed Jokers Comedy Club in Hobart. With over 20 years on the live comedy circuit, Gavin is a prolific joke writer and mentor to new comedians. He occasionally also turns his wit to screenwriting and acting.

FRANCIS KAMARA

Francis Kamara was first introduced to the art of acting in his Year 10 High School rendition of the musical Hairspray. Since then, Francis has been honing his skills studying a Bachelor in Performing Arts at ACU in Wagga Wagga.

Born in Sierra Leone in west Africa, Francis settled in Australia at a young age with his mother, arriving via a refugee program. Francis identifies strongly with Australian culture and could not imagine living life anywhere else, as a proud Australian citizen Francis states “Everything I have learnt and achieved to be the man I am, has all taken place in Australia”.

Participating in sports and cultural events in his local Wagga Wagga community, Francis has a humble, competitive and optimistic outlook on life. Francis is an avid supporter of anti-racism organisations and causes and provides his support to any cause that is in support of the arts. Francis aims to lead by example and inspire others to achieve great things. The Merger is Francis’s first feature film appearance.

MARK GRENTELL

In 2008 Mark graduated from NIDA with a post-graduate degree in directing studies. He specialised in musical theatre and has worked as the Resident Director on Australian touring musicals including Ave Q (Arts Asia Pacific), Spring Awakening (STC) and Rock of Ages (New Theatricals). Mark was also Assistant Director to Tony Award winning director Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys) on the new musical Doctor Zhivago.

Mark also Directed, co-wrote and co-produced the Australian feature film Backyard Ashes, which was his feature film debut. Mark has also directed TVC’s for Doctors Without Borders and IGIFTWINE as well as corporate film projects for Macquarie University, The Professional Standards Council and UNSW. Mark’s second feature film The Merger is due for release in cinemas in August 2018.

ANNE ROBINSON

Described as one of the most determined producers in the Australian Film Industry, Anne has produced a number of successful films in her 20 plus year career including box office hit, Backyard Ashes (2013) and West (2003), with her latest film, The Merger shot in Wagga Wagga having just had its World Premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival as the Centerpiece Gala Film (2018) to a 1,000 seat sell out crowd. Directed by Mark Grentell, Damian Callinan wrote the adaptation & stars alongside such acclaimed actors as Kate Mulvany, John Howard, Fayssal Bazzi, Penny Cook, Josh McConville & Nick Cody.

The Merger is a CinefestOz Finalist for the largest prize money in the world with the winner being announced at its Western Australian Premiere August 25th.

Anne’s produced everything from famous rock videos, interactive digital campaigns with Novak Djokovic, high end TVC’s, live events, documentaries and films.

Her career has seen her working for Network Seven, Nine and SBS in Australia, along with major companies such as Cutting Edge, Junkee Media, Deepend, Sapient Nitro, DDB, Warner Bros, Fremantle Media.

Anne enjoys freelancing and has produced content for Q Hotels, Continental, Toyota, ANZ, PetStock, HSBC, Dyson, Qantas, Contiki, NRL, VS Sassoon, Masters, Yates, Dick Smith, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, Taronga Zoo, Optus and RealEstate.com among others.

Anne brings with her a wealth of experience and an intimate knowledge and network of the who’s who in Australia’s stage and screen industries.