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TOM ZUBRYCKI – producer/director/writer

Tom Zubrycki has for the last 30 years mapped Australia’s changing social and political landscape. He Tom has directed 14 documentaries, many of them feature-length, and produced another 12 with emerging filmmakers.

As director, Tom’s evolved a strongly authored style focusing round a personal response to the big issues of the day.  Respected for his observational story-telling style and his ability to get close to his subjects, Tom’s films display a high level of engagement with the subject matter.  His key associates include a long-time collaboration with editor Ray Thomas.

Tom’s most highly regarded films include Kemira – Diary of a Strike (1984), a blow-by-blow account of an underground sit-in strike in a mine near Wollongong which won him an AFI award for Best Film;  Billal (1995), the dramatic aftermath of a racially motivated incident involving a Lebanese teenage boy and his family;  The Diplomat (2000), about former exiled East Timorese leader Jose Ramos-Horta, and the final two years of his 25-year campaign to secure his homeland’s independence. The film secured two AFI awards – Best Film and Best Direction; and Molly & Mobarak (2003), a story about a refugee from Afghanistan who finds work in an Australian country town and falls in love with a local teacher.

In 2010 the Australian International Documentary Conference presented Tom with the Stanley Hawes Award “in recognition of outstanding contribution to documentary filmmaking in Australia”.

More information on his various films, plus articles and background pieces are on his website. www.tomzubrycki.com.

 

RAY THOMAS – editor/associate producer

Ray Thomas, Screen Editor, has worked on many award winning Australian documentaries over the last 30 years, including Black Harvest  [1991], Billal [1994], Rats In The Ranks[1996], The Diplomat [2000],  Facing The Music [2000] and Molly and Mobarak [2003] Temple of Dreams [2007] and Mrs Carey’s Concert [2011].

Ray’s most recent work with Tom Zubrycki, The Hungry Tide, culminates 25 years of their working relationship where Ray has edited, and on several occasions co-produced, Tom’s films.

Ray has also worked extensively and repeatedly with many of Australia’s leading documentary makers and

TOM ZUBRYCKI – producer/director/writer

Tom Zubrycki has for the last 30 years mapped Australia’s changing social and political landscape. He Tom has directed 14 documentaries, many of them feature-length, and produced another 12 with emerging filmmakers.

As director, Tom’s evolved a strongly authored style focusing round a personal response to the big issues of the day.  Respected for his observational story-telling style and his ability to get close to his subjects, Tom’s films display a high level of engagement with the subject matter.  His key associates include a long-time collaboration with editor Ray Thomas.

Tom’s most highly regarded films include Kemira – Diary of a Strike (1984), a blow-by-blow account of an underground sit-in strike in a mine near Wollongong which won him an AFI award for Best Film;  Billal (1995), the dramatic aftermath of a racially motivated incident involving a Lebanese teenage boy and his family;  The Diplomat (2000), about former exiled East Timorese leader Jose Ramos-Horta, and the final two years of his 25-year campaign to secure his homeland’s independence. The film secured two AFI awards – Best Film and Best Direction; and Molly & Mobarak (2003), a story about a refugee from Afghanistan who finds work in an Australian country town and falls in love with a local teacher.

In 2010 the Australian International Documentary Conference presented Tom with the Stanley Hawes Award “in recognition of outstanding contribution to documentary filmmaking in Australia”.

More information on his various films, plus articles and background pieces are on his website. www.tomzubrycki.com.

 

RAY THOMAS – editor/associate producer

Ray Thomas, Screen Editor, has worked on many award winning Australian documentaries over the last 30 years, including Black Harvest  [1991], Billal [1994], Rats In The Ranks[1996], The Diplomat [2000],  Facing The Music [2000] and Molly and Mobarak [2003] Temple of Dreams [2007] and Mrs Carey’s Concert [2011].

Ray’s most recent work with Tom Zubrycki, The Hungry Tide, culminates 25 years of their working relationship where Ray has edited, and on several occasions co-produced, Tom’s films.

Ray has also worked extensively and repeatedly with many of Australia’s leading documentary makers and won an AFI Award for Best Editing of a non feature film, Rats in the Ranks in 1996, produced and directed by Robin Anderson and Bob Connolly.

Ray received an accreditation from Australian Screen Editors in the inaugural group of inductees in 2002. As well as his editing credits, Ray has consulted on many documentaries and guest lectured at the AFTRS.

 

NICOLA DALEY – Cinematographer

Nicola Daley is an award winning Cinematographer with a strong passion for creative and bold storytelling. Nicola has won numerous ACS awards, including Gold and Silver awards for her short drama work in 2010. Nicola received the outstanding cinematography award at the 2011 and 2010 World of Women Film Festival and the 2008 Fuji Film Flickerfest Award for Best Cinematography.

In 1999 Nicola decided to escape the cold dark winters of England and make the move to Sydney. After establishing the foundations of her career, Nicola was accepted into the prestigious Australian Film, TV and Radio School to study a Master of Arts in Cinematography in 2003. The following year, Nicola collaborated on the Oscar nominated short film ‘The Saviour’. She has experience with film and HD and in all areas, from music videos to drama to documentary. Nicola has also shot three feature films, including more recent work on John Winter’s (Producer of ‘Rabbit Proof Fence’), directorial debut ‘Black and White and Sex’.

Nicola has worked with some of Australia’s most renowned documentary makers, including Tom Zubrycki and Curtis Levy, and has travelled worldwide with her work. Nicola has just completed the SBS flagship documentary series for 2011 ‘Sex: An Unnatural History’ for Matchbox Pictures.

 

JAN PRESTON – composer

Jan Preston is one of Australia’s leading film composers, and has a long collaboration with filmmaker Tom Zubrycke having composed for Tom’s previous films Homelands, Billal, and The Diplomat.

For 6 years, Jan’s piano music was used as the theme to the iconic ABC TV series, Australian Story.

She has also composed the soundtrack for all five Australian Dynasties Series on ABC TV, the 4 part drama series
Bastard Boys, hundred of other documentaries and documentary series, and 6 feature feature films, including her sister Gaylene Preston’s latest movie, Home By Christmas.

Jan loves early silent films and has composed and performed the music for over 20 of these for the Sydney Film Festival, MCA, NFSA, and NZ Film Festival.

In her own words
‘I find the process of adding music to the sound effects and dialogue of a film endlessly fascinating and totally obsessive. The musical layers possible from the underscore can change the emotional impact and the meaning of the film to the viewer, and I love the way every film score I compose emerges from the world of the film.

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