A graduate of The Actors Institute, London, further studies undertaken with the faculty at the Howard Fine Studio, Australia, Sally McLean has played roles in over thirty UK and Australian professional theatre productions, including Flame Trees, Uncle Vanya, The Auxiliary, Chasing Pegasus (a play in ten chords), The Clairvoyant, P.S I Love You, the Australian Premier of I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change and the World Premier of Annabel's Requiem on the West End.
Sally has also played Shakespeare in both Australia and the UK, playing roles in Macbeth and Hamlet in the UK before performing for three seasons with the Australian Shakespeare Company in their critically acclaimed productions of Comedy of Errors and Romeo & Juliet.
Sally has additionally appeared in various lead and guest roles on numerous UK and Australian television series including Utopia, Lowdown, Elephant Princess, Flying Doctors, Totally Full Frontal, Blue Heelers, Tonight Live, Bingles, Comedy Inc. and the BBC mini-series Bootleg. Film credits include Raymond Taylor's Earnest Adventures In Love, V for Vienetta, Evie Wants A Baby and Why Must The Show Go On?, amongst others.
Her work behind the camera began with the BBC as a member of the Books & Special Projects Unit in BBC Music & Arts. Three years in production at the BBC led to her writing and producing her first film A Little Rain Must Fall in London in late 1996, thought to be the first TV-length drama to be shot on DV tape in the UK, and to her forming her production business Incognita Enterprises under the Honorary Patronage of Oscar® nominated actor, Sir Nigel Hawthorne - an association that continued until his passing in 2001.
Since then, Sally has worked in production for Channel Nine, Endemol Southern Star and others on programs including Big Brother, Australian Idol, The X-Factor and 1 VS 100, written and produced a number of short films and two theatrical productions (which she also directed), and is currently writer/director/producer for her first feature-length documentary, Champion (the story of Franz Stampfl), due for release in 2018 and Creator/Director/Producer of the internationally award-winning web series Shakespeare Republic. Other industry activities include serving as an official Jury member in both acting and screen craft categories for the AFI Awards, AACTA Awards and ATOM Awards since 2010.
Sally continues to work in Australian theatre, film and television as an actor as well as developing several projects for both the big and small screen as writer and producer.
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ROLE: PRODUCER/SCRIPT CONSULTANT
Probably best known to international audiences as "Mauser" from The Matrix trilogy of films, Christopher Kirby began his career in his native USA before moving to Australia in the late 1990's and has a long list of varied Film and TV roles to his name, both here and in America.
US television roles include the series Quantum Leap, Space: Above and Beyond, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, The Lost World, BeastMaster, The Burning Zone, Nightmares & Dreamscapes, The Starter Wife, Hunter, Camp and The Divorce as well as the television special Blockheads for HBO. Australian credits include We Were Tomorrow, Marshall Law, Neighbours, Ocean Girl, Flipper and The Games.
Chris' film credits include Predestination with Ethan Hawke, the cult classic Iron Sky, Arrowhead, Queen of the Damned with Stuart Townsend, the comedy Crackerjack with Mick Molloy, Visitors, penned by the late, great Everett de Roche and directed by Richard Franklin, the Michael Caton and Paul Hogan comedy Strange Bedfellows, Macbeth, directed by Geoffrey Wright, Daybreakers with Ethan Hawke, George Lucas's Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, the Chi Cao dramatic adaptation Mao's Last Dancer and the iconic The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions with Keanu Reeves.
But Chris is no stranger to theatre either. He has played roles in such diverse professional stage productions as The Speechmaker for MTC opposite Nicholas Bell and Lachy Hulme, Twelfth Night for the Australian Shakespeare Company, the Green Room Award nominated This is How it Goes as well as Lobby Hero for Red Stitch Theatre, Transit for La Mama Theatre, The Sapphires for Company B, The Rocky Horror Picture Show with Craig McLachlan and the WW2 touring drama production Boundary Road.
Recent screen credits include Incognita Enterprises' Speaking Daggers and Shakespeare Republic: #LoveTheBard (Season Two), for which Chris won Best Lead Actor at the 2017 Austin Web Fest.
IMDB Profile: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0456130/
A graduate of Ballarat Arts Academy (formally BAPA), Billy has played numerous roles in theatre, most notably Banquo and The Doctor in Macbeth, followed by Lysander and Lion in A Midsummer Night's Dream for Oz Act and performing six seasons of new Australian writing with Fractured Femur theatre company in various lead roles.
His screen credits include playing the guest role of Lieutenant Colonel Roland Claremont in Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries for ABC TV, the lead role of Sheriff Sealey in the short film Ransom's Bribe, the lead role of Bounty Hunter in the vampire short film Spring Cleaning, the guest role of Martin in Salam Cafe: Chef Rumzee for SBS TV and the lead role of Hawksborn in the much-anticipated Terry Pratchett short film Trollbridge, amongst others.
Billy is also a presenter and voice-over artist, hosting the educational film The Physics of Light for VEA and voicing the role of "Spy" for a Team Fortress parody musical video, that has to date has gained just over half a million views on YouTube. He has appeared on several TV commercials including Australian Super and Ballarat University.
Billy's producing experience includes Co-Producer on the international docudrama Champion, Producer on the short film Speaking Daggers, as well as Executive Producer on two seasons of the award-winning web series Shakespeare Republic.
In addition to his acting work, Billy is a highly experienced Kung Fu practitioner, has a basic foundation in Parkour and is an ex member of the Australian Defence Forces (Army).
IMDB PROFILE: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3830885/
MARG WOODLOCK-McLEAN OAM OLY
ROLE: STORY RESEARCHER
A classically trained musician, with a strong interest in the Arts, 1956 Olympian Marg Woodlock-McLean began her work as a behind-the-scenes Creative as Director of The Strolling Players – a youth performing arts touring troupe, who toured Australia, Holland, Switzerland and the U.K. Other relevant Arts experience includes working as Box Office Manager and Manager for the Playhouse Theatre, Toronto, Canada.
She went onto run her own special events company, Emjay Projects, organizing and managing large-scale events at venues such as The Royal Exhibition Buildings, and who’s flagship event, Making The Most of Life, won theMinister for Sport and Recreation Award for the Most Outstanding Community Event of 2000. Marg has also produced several large-scale televised concerts at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl and the Victorian Arts Centre with various television personalities and youth groups to raise money for charities such as The Royal Children’s Hospital.
An Olympic shot putter (Melbourne, 1956), Marg continues her involvement with the Olympic movement serving for many years as a member of the Victorian Olympic Club Executive Committee, and worked as a volunteer at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, as well as running with the Olympic torch in Frankston. She has received several awards, most recently MECWA’s Remarkable Person Award for her outstanding career and commitment to Older Persons, the Arts and Sport & Recreation.
In 2017, Marg was awarded with the Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia for her service to Masters Sport and the Community in the Queens Birthday Honours. Now retired, she continues to work with Melbourne-based TV & film production company Incognita Enterprises as a consultant on a variety of projects including their feature documentary Champion: The Franz Stampfl Story and flagship digital series Shakespeare Republic.
IMDB Profile: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1806192/
Based in Melbourne, Victoria, but known for travelling all over the world for work, Shaun studied Film at Footscray City College, achieving his Diploma in Screen in 2008. Since then he has fallen in love with being behind the camera and become an in-demand Director of Photography.
With experience shooting both nationally and internationally, creating content for television, film, news, corporate films, music videos and everything in between, Shaun's varied credits include Fashion Asia (F.A.D. Group), Inside MMA (Spike TV), Highway Cattle (documentary), Blood, Sweat & Tears (documentary) and the multi award-winning Chris & Josh (The Webseries), among many others.
A full Australian Cinematography Society Member (ACS), Shaun has also recently completed shooting the feature films 36 Questions and The Journey and is currently Director of Photography on the international feature documentary, Champion.
To see more of Shaun's work visit http://www.shaunherbertsonvisuals.com/
IMDB PROFILE: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3764171/
ROLE: SOUND RECORDIST/EDITOR
Based in Melbourne, Australia, Tim McCormick is a qualified Sound Engineer (Bachelors of Recording Arts, Middlesex University England) and has a diploma in Sound Engineering from SAE in London. He has had over 10 years of experience doing studio and live work and has recently become more focused on post production and creating sound for picture.
Tim works with the philosophy is that sound is integral to story telling. As he puts it so well: "Sound is something that is often over-looked in productions, it shouldn’t be. It can be the difference between a good film and a great film. We couldn’t agree more!
Tim's credits include several short & feature films, corporate videos, web series and documentaries, both as sound recordist and sound editor, including Director, Sally McLean’s feature-length documentary Champion.
For more information about Tim’s work, visit his sound business website: http://www.assumption-audio.com/
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FULL CREW LIST (CONCEPT TEASER)
Produced by Sally McLean, Billy Smedley & Christopher Kirby for Incognita Enterprises
Written & Directed by Sally McLean
Featuring Nadine Garner, Christopher Kirby, Sarah Hallam, Sally McLean, Billy Smedley, Jessica To and Nikolas Morris with Newsreader voice-over by Tim McCormick
Cinematographer: Shaun Herbertson
Sound Design & Editing: Tim McCormick
Editors: Sally McLean & Thanassi Panagiotaras
Colourist: Thanassi Panagiotaras
Production Design: Eleanora Steiner
Wardrobe: Greta Weiner
Make Up: Taryn & Joel Gionis
Standby Props: Bianca Milani
Graphic Props Researcher & Props Buyer: Lisa Cookson
First Assistant Camera: Tim McCormick
Gaffer: Fabio Capodivento
Second Assistant Camera: Srini MadHavan
Production Management: Megan Williams & Lena McMurray (for Auspicious Arts Projects Inc.)
Unit Manager: Margaret Woodlock-McLean
Stills Photographer: Phill Northwood
Behind The Scenes Camera: Cole Kirby
Producers Assistants: Nikolas Morris & Jessica To
Production Assistants: Eva Torkkola & Georgia Kirby
Music by Glenn Miller
With thanks to Rye RSL, Warwicks, Tom McEvoy (Costumes)
Filmed on location at St Catherine's School, Melbourne