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Graham wrote the book on media and film education in Tasmania, or if he didn’t he definitely wrote the TCE Media Production C Syllabus, the TCE Pre-tertiary Media Production Industry Syllabus and courses in Television C and Video Performance A. As our most senior and respected film and TV educator, Graham is the State Moderator in Media Studies with the Tasmanian Department of Education. With almost 40 years industry experience he is also the Chair of Wide Angle Tasmania, a Coordinator for Broadcast Television in Vocational Education Training and established the University of Tasmania's Television Studio for Journalism where he was a lecturer in Television Journalism.
Ryk Goddard is breakfast presenter for 936 ABC Hobart with locals tuning in every morning to listen to his show. Ryk’s talent goes beyond the microphone, having acted for all of Tasmania’s professional theatre companies. He has taught acting for theatre and screen, most recently at Cooper Screen Academy and also created over 20 acclaimed theatre works as Artistic Director of Is Theatre.
Ryk won best newcomer at the Stranger With My Face short horror film script competition in 2013 and was the lead role in the drama documentary ‘First Fagin’ which premiered at Melbourne International Film Festival in 2012. He is currently developing a 13 part TV Drama set in Hobart in 1831 and has written and performed in three online comedy series.
Ryk recently played small roles in two much anticipated productions filmed on location in Tasmania - ABC’s Rosehaven and soon-to-air The Kettering Incident.
Lucien’s background is in theatre having Directed for companies such as Melbourne Workers Theatre, Vitalstatistix, Riverland Youth Theatre, the Australian Script Centre, Adelaide Fringe Festival to name just a few. He has also shone bright behind the lens having directed the short films Muffled (Newfest, Palm Springs, Chicago Reeling, 2007) and Stripped Bare (2010 Cannes Short Film Market, winner of the 2010 Canberra Short Film Festival, 2001 MUFF, 2011 Flickerfest and 2011 St. Kilda Film Festival).
He also wrote and directed the documentary Conversations in Kingborough (winner of Tasmanian and National Local Government Awards, 2009) and Produced the Screen Australia funded documentary Daughter of San Domenico. Ever the over achiever, he currently has three feature films in development.
Magdalena's done it all including development, marketing and partnership roles for cultural organisations such as the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales.
In Tasmania she has been the Director of Creative Partnerships Australia and event marketer for Tourism Tasmania. She delivered projects in the cultural policy and research area for State Government and for cultural organisation, Detached (located in the old Mercury building, Macquarie St, Hobart). Although you probably know her as the voice of Nina in Blue Rocket’s animation Pixel Pinkie.
Magdalena currently works for the Menzies Institute for Medical Research she manages the philanthropy and advancement team and campaigns. She is on the Board of the Tasmanian Early Years Foundation and Contemporary Art Tasmania.
Abi Binning is the General Manager of Wide Angle Tasmania – our state's screen development organisation that encourages, develops and supports emerging screen practitioners. So if you can only afford to bribe one judge, Abi would be a good bet.
Abi is also an independent producer with a number of credits in both broadcast documentary and short drama. Before entering the film industry, Abi worked extensively across the education sector as a teacher, researcher and curriculum writer.
Judging the MyState Student Film Festival entries is a high point in Abi's calendar as she gets a sneak peek at the amazing talent and passion that is entering the Tasmanian screen scene.
A born and bred North-Hobartian, John has loved and supported the State Cinema since he was a young boy. So much so he decided to buy it in 2002 from the Australian Film Institute, and has since transformed this former fledgling one-screen picture house into a vibrant eight screen art-house complex and Australia’s best independent cinema.
Utilising the latest digital technology and embarking on an ambitious building and restoration campaign, the historic State Cinema has been restored to its former glory days. Now we are all spoilt with a regular smorgasbord of quality international, Australian and local films combined with festivals and community events.
John has been involved in the MyState Student Film Festival for 14 years and played a key role in getting it off the ground and onto the big screen. With over 1300 films and nearly 9000 students taking part since that time, we are very grateful for John’s contribution.
Portrait by Nathan Taylor.
David is a visual artist based in Hobart. Having studied film during his undergraduate years and managed a number of small, medium and large-scale music venues and events in Sydney and Hobart he has a dedicated love for film and contemporary music.
David has a Masters degree by research in drawing from The University of Tasmania completed on an Australian Postgraduate Award. He has exhibited in Hobart, Launceston, Evandale and St Helens in Tasmania and in Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales as well as internationally in the US and has won countless art prizes including a recent Corangamarah Art Prize in Victoria.
He has completed a further eight years of fine art study at the National Art School in Sydney and The University of Tasmania where he completed a BFA with 1st class Honours. He is currently represented by Handmark Gallery in Tasmania and works for Arts Tasmania.
Lara van Raay
Lara is another one of those super talented and internationally experienced people who has found her heart is in Tasmania. Lara has worked in broadcast TV for 20 years with National Geographic in Sydney, SKY in London and MBC in Dubai.
Having made over 50 short documentaries, she is an award winning film maker and recently had the film that she edited 'Mary Meets Mohammad' in the finals for a Walkley Award. She currently works at the ABC in Hobart making online content and bringing stories from the community to the broadcaster.
Dick began his career in television production in the 60’s. He and his wife Patricia, formed a film production company in 1975 and went on to win many Australian and international awards for TV commercials and documentaries. He remained a director/cameraman until he retired to Tassie in 2003.
Dick has worked intensively on cinema and TV commercial work, and has been a member of the prestigious Directors Guild of America (DGA) for over 25 years.
Dick is an Australian film industry legend, and has been awarded lifetime achievement awards by two prestigious film organisations, and the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for services to the film industry, from the Australian Government. He retired to Tasmania 12 years ago and now acts as a mentor.
Alex joined Screen Tasmania in February 2016. He previously headed up the Producer Offset and Co-production Unit at Screen Australia from Screen Australia's inception in July 2008 and ran the Producer Offset section at the then Film Finance Corporation Australia (FFC) for a couple of months before that. In that role, Alex was responsible for certifying films for the producer offset and approving projects as Official Co-productions under Australia's 12 Co-production Arrangements.
Before joining the FFC, Alex worked at the Commonwealth Arts Department in Canberra on international screen production policy, working on the Australian Government's major 2006 review of film support measures, which ultimately led to Screen Australia and the creation of the Producer, Location and PDV Offsets.
Alex grew up in Launceston and studied Arts/Law at the University of Tasmania before moving to Canberra and was an avid actor on the Hobart stage through the late 90s and early 00s.
As GM – Sales & Creative at SCA Hobart Ally has the enviable job of working with Creative Teams to devise Television and Radio concepts for business in the Hobart region. Partnered with a love of film, Ally is thrilled to participate for the first time in judging this year.
Whilst never appearing in front of the camera and rarely behind it, Ally’s love of film has grown as her two boys have shown interest in this medium and the ease in which the youth of today can create their own pieces with resources now available In almost all homes or schools.
Sara has been performing for 20 years with over 20 screen and 50 professional stage credits to her name. Screen credits include Rosehaven (ABC), The Kettering Incident (Foxtel/BBC), My Place - Series 2 (ABC2), Fanshaw and Crudnut - the telemovie, Pixel Pinkie (Channel 9), Buzz Bumble (Channel GO!), Arctic Blast, My Brother Jack (Channel 10), Noirhouse (ABC iview). Stage credits include Terrapin’s internationally award winning Explosion Therapy (Shanghai and Perth), Dream Masons (SAC), The Berry Man (TTC), It’s Partly about Love- It’s Partly about Massacre (TTC), multiple garden shows for Big Monkey Inc., and the World Premiere of Tom Holloway’s Beyond the Neck (Tasmania Performs). Sara has trained with renowned international teachers including Phillipe Gaulier (France), John Bolton, and top Hollywood acting coach, Ivana Chubbuck (L.A.). Sara was nominated for Best Actress at The 2015 Errols for her performance in Tasmanian Theatre Company’s The Berry Man, and in 2015 won Most Outstanding Actress at the Rome WebAwards for the locally produced Noirhouse (ABC iview).
Sara is the Director of Cooper Screen Academy and Cooper Management Agency, providing training and representation at an international level for Tasmanian performers.
Alicia Rackett is an award winning producer of broadcast animation, interactive and mobile media.
Since co-founded Blue Rocket Productions in 1999, Alicia has produced 18 animated television series including 10 international co-productions and has programming broadcast in over 120 countries.
Alicia’s interactive and multi-platform credits include award winning websites for kids, mobile series and online extensions to leading Australian television drama series.
Awards include; 2013 BOFA Entrepreneurial Spirit Award, SPAA New Media Producer of the Year 2011 and AIMIA awards. Most recently, Alicia was a finalist in the 2016 Telstra Tasmanian Business Women’s Awards (Entrepreneur category).
Alicia holds a Graduate Diploma in Screen Business (AFTRS) and a Bachelor of Built Environment (Landscape Architecture) from QUT.