is by no means an exhaustive or complete list. How could it possibly
be, when filmmakers spring up constantly, both new ones and rediscovered ones?
try to list here those filmmakers (note: directors only) who have
shown some commitment to making films with an independent spirit and with some creative flair. The list is clearly biased towards older filmmakers,
but there is still some representation of people who have started their careers in the 21st century. The list is also biased towards non-narrative
and/or underground filmmakers, rather than directors in the (mainstream)
And so I've left out those directors who are absolutely commercial/mainstream
(such as Nadia Tass or John Tatoulis, for example). But I've included
those that began in an indie fashion before then going mainstream
(such as Antony I. Ginnane and John Ruane).
If I'm unsure whether the director is from Melbourne or some other
Australian city, I've left them out (for the moment).
the text provided with each name, please excuse the shorthand
descriptions - "experimental filmmaker", "active
in the '80s", etc. These type of designations are general
and don't do full justice to the people, but they give some idea
of the person and their work. Also, there may be some inaccuracies
here, as some of the information is from memory only.
the person's name appears as a link, that means they have a full profile page on this site - and the link, naturally, goes to
their profile. A number of the other people will be profiled in
the next instalment of this site, in 2023 sometime, or in the
If there is a "NEW" designation next to the person's name, this means their name has been added into this list in the year 2023.
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See also the Sydney page
See also the Adelaide page
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Acquisto - VCA graduate, acclaimed short Spaventapasseri
followed by feature Hungry Heart in late '80s. Active currently
with both drama and documentary projects.
Allen - Artist and filmmaker keen on social issues,
has made docos in the '00s on The Cat Empire and Fair Trade coffee.
- Writer and
director since the '80s, has made both dramas and docos, including
the feature Raoul Wallenberg: Between the Lines (1986).
Amis - VCA grad from late '80s who has made several privately-financed
features, including The Alive Tribe (1997).
VCA graduate from late '90s, has made several shorts, including
Mouth (1998), Nameday (2000) and Wild Thing
Argall - Noted cinematographer who shifted to directing in
late '80s. Features Return Home and Eight Ball in
late '80s / early '90s.
Ayres - Started with Super 8 in late '80s, before progressing
towards his debut feature Walking on Water in 2002.
Bailey - The maker of several docos and doco-flavoured
fictions on DV since the late '90s. Features I Am Eleven in 2011 and Happy Sad Man in 2018.
Mischa Baka - Short filmmaker since early 2000s, has also made one feature, You Can Say Vagina (2018).
Bakaitis - Clip
and doco maker since '90s, has made the cyberpunk guerilla feature
Narcosys in 2000. Active currently.
English video artist who came to Australia 1988 and made many
Super 8s and ran the Melbourne Super 8 Film Group for awhile.
Went back to UK in late '90s.
Nathan Barillaro - Working with Sophia Townsend and Tom Swinburn (see entries below), has directed two low-budget features in the 2010s, Metaffliction (2013) and Free of Thought (2016).
Barison and Daniel Ross -
Makers of the acclaimed 3-hour video essay The Ister (2003).
Debut work from filmmaker/academic team.
Young filmmaker setting a cracking pace for productivity in the '10s. Many shorts made, and first feature Short Distance made in 2017.
Nick Barkla - Actor who has turned director, with several documentaries in the 2010s.
Dianna Barrie -
Super 8 filmmaker and key member of Artist Film Workshop since 2000s.
Sarah Barton -
Documentary filmmaker mainly around disabled issues, has made a number of films in the last 20 years.
Llewellyn Michael Bates - Mainly scriptwriter with some brilliant short credits to his name since the mid-'10s (Fun Times, Nathan Loves Ricky Martin), is one to watch as a budding director.
Merilee Bennett - Made the celebrated short film A Song of Air in 1988. Has worked in other fields, as an artist, since.
Bergner - Experimental filmmaker, mainly on 16mm, since late
'70s. Also member of sound performance group Arf Arf.
Cinephile and truly indie filmmaker who started making narratives
in late '70s, culminating in Cannes-selected feature Holidays
on the River Yarra in 1991. Several features and shorts since.
Film editor who became a director in the '90s, with short Drive
(1992) and several other projects.
Angie Black -
Angie Black has been making films since graduating from the Swinburne Film School in the early 90s. She has made short award winning films including Bowl Me Over (2000), Birthday Girl (2008) and Disnature (2012). Her most recent work is the feature film The FIVE Provocations (2018)
David Black -
Has made numerous horror and comedy shorts in the '10s.
Boeck - Came from Perth in late '80s to be a distinctive
modernist experimental figure on the Super 8 scene of '90s..
Bonner - Filmmaker since mid '00s, has made a number of short films, including
on 16mm. VCA graduate in '10s.
Pia Borg - Experimental filmmaker / digital artist since '00s.
Swinburne graduate, director of cult film Smoke 'Em If You've
Got 'Em (1987). Has directed film and TV shows since then.
Bourke - Film enthusiast/collector, member of Australian Widescreen
Association, and filmmaker mainly on Super 8 since early '90s.
Now in Albury.
Bowen - Actor and artist, has been making experimental
films (on digital) for a number of years. Now based in
Brain - Originally
from Super 8 scene in mid '90s, has now made several short films
in recent times. Now based mainly in Berlin.
Brealey - Director and producer from the '60s, directed the
feature Annie's Coming Out (1984). Now inactive.
Ivana Brehas - VCA graduate, video-essay maker since mid 2010s, and also film critic.
Bridges - Cinephile and Super 8 enthusiast from early '70s
whose film-making was given a lease of life at Melbourne Super
8 Film Group in early '90s.
Douglas Brook -
VCA graduate in early '90s, with the award-winning film Seething Night. Has directed several films since.
Brooks - Essay / doco maker from early '80s, and feature
filmmaker - Road to Nhill (1997) and Cannes 2003 selection
Brophy - Multifaceted talent, both intellectual and practical.
Part of early Super 8 scene late '70s, before moving to 16mm in
'80s. One feature, Body Melt, early '90s.
Brotchie - VCA graduate from mid-'90s, has made a number of
short films, including Break and Enter (1999).
Barry Brown -
Part of Melbourne Super 8 Film Group in '90s, making distinctive
experimental shorts, sometimes in collaboration with Irene Proebsting.
Brown - Maker (with wife Ruth) of several low-budget
features in the '00s, including the drama Let Me Not in
- Interesting filmmaker of docos and dramas exploring sexual themes,
including the porn comedy feature The Money Shot (2002). Two features since, The Band (2006) and The Bedroom (2016).
- Experimental filmmaker from the late '70s who has branched
out into docos, animation and multimedia in recent times. Also
a member of sound group Arf Arf.
- Great advocate of independent film-making through the years,
and director of St.Kilda Film Festival for 5 years. Has been active
as an indie director for the last 50 years.
All-round administrator, critic, and producer, she has also directed
her own work over the years, eg. The Needy and the Greedy
Lived in NY for many years, associated with the underground film
scene there. Made feature Against the Grain (1981) in Melbourne and some other films too. Lives mainly in Perth.
Burstall - Made independent 16mm films in the '60s before
being at the forefront of the resurgence of the feature industry
in the late '60s / early '70s.
Warren Burt - Known primarily as a music composer, Warren made numerous Super 8 and video works in the late '70s / early '80s. Also co-founder Clifton Hill Community Music Centre in 1976.
VCA graduate who made several memorable dramas in the early '90s,
including For a Better Life (1990) and Bread (1991).
- Productive filmmaker since early '90s, with broad talents: animation, FX,
documentary, music clips, digital art.
Politicised documentary filmmaker, co-director of features Exile
in Sarajevo (1997, with Alma Sahbaz) and Anthem (2004,
with Helen Newman).
Candiloro - Filmmaker who made some interesting horror
and animation short films in the '00s, also studied at VCA.
and Corinne Cantrill
- Prolific experimental filmmakers since the early '60s, and editors
of the extraordinary magazine Cantrills Filmnotes, devoted
to independent cinema.
Caputo - One of the early wave of Super 8 filmmakers in the
late '70s, is now primarily a La Trobe Uni academic.
Carmody - As seen in Nigel Buesst's Carlton
+ Godard = Cinema, the director of Nothing Like Experience
in the '60s.
Young filmmaker of horror genre short films on DV in the '00s, including The
Tub and Blackout. Also an actor.
Noted musician / composer, made numerous experimental Super 8
and video and 16mm shorts from late '70s to late '80s.
Hanna Chetwin -
Experimental filmmaker working on 16mm since early '10s. Member of Artist Film Workshop.
Robert Chuter -
Noted theatre director who was a Swinburne film student in '80s. Has made several shorts and has been working on features in the '00s and '10s.
Clayden - Since early '70s, an eclectic, individualistic
filmmaker working in a variety of genres and gauges. Has made
features along with shorts.
- As a young man, in the early '00s, made 10 or so great short films, before abandoning cinema for a journalistic career.
Cochrane - Active on the indie scene as both producer
and director since the mid '80s. Has directed a number of short
and feature films and documentaries, and is still active.
Chris Cochrane-Friedrich - Young, up and coming filmmaker in the late '10s, one of the "Dogmilk" crew.
- Perth filmmaker
now based in Melbourne, has made a few things here and there, in the '00s and '10s.
Courtin-Wilson - Interesting
experimental/narrative/documentary filmmaker, since mid '90s.
Has now made several features.
- Cinematographer (Pure Shit to IMAX) and '70s renaissance
director of several features. Orange Love Story DV feature
Cox - Super 8 filmmaker from the '80s who branched out into
16 and 35mm and multimedia and games in the '90s. Based in San Francisco since 2005.
Cox - Photographer cum experimental narrative filmmaker
from late '60s who developed into Australia's one bona-fide arthouse
director of the past 40 years. Now deceased.
- Super 8 filmmaker from the '80s into diary/experimental cinema
who branched out into narrative and 16 and 35mm in the '90s. Now
in Queensland, prolifically making digital shorts.
VCA graduate, IF Magazine associate editor, and director
of SBS doco Man Made: The Story of Two Men and a Baby (2003).
Croghan - Director of commercial breakthrough self-funded
comedy feature Love and other Catastrophes in late '90s.
Cumming - Major figure of Melbourne indie film-making
since late '70s. Advocate of no-budget cinema, and maker of essay
/ narrative films himself.
- Poet who turned to film-making in early '90s as part of Melbourne
Super 8 Film Group. Has lived in the USA and is still active
as a film experimentalist.
Davies - Key member of MUFS (Melbourne Uni Film Society) in
the '60s, he
made Pudding Thieves and Brake Fluid in late '60s
before sadly abandoning cinema.
Davies - Made a string of Super 8 films in the late '80s,
and the occasional piece since then, on DV.
Davies - Short filmmaker
since early '00s, including the experimental narrative The
Documentary filmmaker since '80s (Whitlam, 1987), went
to Sydney to become SBS-TV Dateline presenter in the '00s.
- Consistent experimental filmmaker since the early '70s, and
has branched out into multimedia recently. Great record as curator
and promoter of indie cinema.
Greg Dee -
Maker of the legendary George & Needles in the early '70s, he also made some other films in the years hence.
Deling - Active member of MUFS in '60s, and director of the
mid-'70s classic Pure Shit and a couple of other features.
Inactive since around the early '80s.
- Committed political filmmaker since the early '80s, specialising
in docos with dramatic elements incorporated, including the feature Against
the Innocent (1988).
Darius Devas -
Filmmaker since mid '00s, specialising in street-level and travel docos, first feature was Further We Search.
Koraly Dimitriadis -
Poet and novelist who recently, in the '10s, has created a number of short films from her poems.
Samantha Dinning - Co-director (along with Hylton Shaw) of the feature documentary No Time for Quiet (2019).
Ian Dixon - VCA graduate 1998, TV director for SBS and
Grundys. Shorts made, and first feature Crushed, completed
Well-known animator who started making Super 8 films in the mid
'80s, before moving to Sydney to attend AFTRS. Now back in Melbourne.
Tatiana Doroshenko -
Has made a number of short films, across several forms (narrative, doco, interactive), since 2000.
Dounoukos - Has made shorts in New York, Paris, and Sydney
since mid-'90s, and is now based in Melbourne, a VCA graduate
in 2003. Made first feature in 2016.
Duigan - Striking actor in '60s films before becoming a director
in the early '70s feature renaissance. Has also worked in Hollywood.
Andrew Dunstan -
Maker of several eclectic shorts on DV since the mid '00s, including satire Dallas: Urban Poet (2008).
- Made the
low-budget DV feature Sex and Sensitivity, screened at
Melbourne Underground Film Festival in 2005.
Economopoulos - VCA graduate from early '90s, the director
of 1001 Suburban Nights (1992) and co-director, with Christos Tsiolkas, of Thug
Elliot - VCA graduate mid '90s, specialising in claymation,
with a series of films, culminating in '04 Oscar-winner Harvie
Elliot - As seen in Nigel Buesst's Carlton
+ Godard = Cinema, the director of The Girlfriends
in the '60s.
Marsha Emerman - Writer/director whose films include Children of the Crocodile (2001) and the feature documentary On the Banks of the Tigris: the hidden story of Iraqi music. (2015).
Caitlin Farrugia / Michael Jones - Indie filmmakers with 4 features to their name in the '10s.
Giles Fielke - Experimental filmmaker since 2010s, and member of Artist Film Workshop.
Fimeri - Independent filmmaker since about late '80s, has directed productions
for TV also.
Fisher - She made a self-financed feature The Beggars'
Opera Cafe (aka Chasing Parked Cars) in late '90s, but is seemingly inactive since.
Fletcher - Major figure of initial Super 8 wave of late
'70s / early '80s, specialising in animated doll films. Has continued
to work since then.
Daniell and Nickolas Flood - Makers of
anarchic Super 8 and video shorts in '80s, with Claire Paradine. Nickolas deceased 1987.
and doco maker since late '70s, her 1987 animation Pleasure
Domes was selected for Cannes.
Anthony Frajman -
Young, up-and-coming critic and programmer, who has also made some shorts in the late '10s.
- Indie filmmaker who started making films in the late
'90s. Interested in vivid narratives and has made several features in the '00s and '10s
Frankland - Multi-talented (musician, playwright) Aboriginal
filmmaker who made a number of shorts in the '90s and '00s, including
half-hour drama Harry's War (1999).
Franklin - Cinephile who became a director in the '70s feature
renaissance. Also worked in America. Now deceased.
Virginia Fraser - Super 8 filmmaker and photographer in Melbourne in the 1980s and '90s, and was active until her death (2021) as an artist, writer, researcher, curator.
Freeman - Active practitioner in the Super 8 scene in the
late '80s, he made a number of colourful, inventive shorts. Seemingly
inactive in recent years.
(Peter) Friedrich -
Experienced editor and cinematographer for film and TV, he directed
the low-budget feature Apostasy in 1979.
Winston Furlong - Has made several shorts in mid-'00s, followed by the low-budget feature Taj.
Ivan Gaal - Independent filmmaker since early '70s, has specialised in thought-provoking docos and educational films. Still active.
Lee Galea - Indie filmmaker now with 4 features to his name, made in the 2010s.
- A latecomer
to film, made a number of short dramas on 16mm in the '00s,
culminating in his debut feature Puppy in 2005.
indie filmmaker from '80s and '90s, made several DV shorts
in the '00s.
I. Ginane - Cinephile turned Hollywood producer, who directed
the Nouvelle Vague influenced Sympathy in Summer in 1970.
Jordan Giusti -
Young emerging filmmaker, has made a number of shorts in the '10s.
Darcy Gladwin - Eclectic filmmaker interested in different forms and themes, has now made debut feature Godplex (in post-production, 2019).
Swinburne graduate of 1980, a film teacher at Victoria College
and Deakin since mid '80s, and creator of his own essay style
films and videos.
A newpaper publisher (Neos Kosmos), he has made some short
films, and is co-director of Alien Big Cats with Alkinos
Adrian Goodman - VCA graduate in 2009, has made a number of short films since then, plus one feature Wakey Wakey (2012).
- Experimentalist who began making Super 8 films in late '80s.
In the '90s and '00s he branched out into 16mm and video, and narrative
and documentary. Seemingly inactive today.
Grant - Active in the Melbourne Super 8 Film Group in the
late '80s / early '90s, with a number of lively shorts.
Green / Ewan Cameron - Creators of wild comic narrative romps,
mainly on Super 8, mainly in the '80s and '90s.
Gurrie - The maker of several docos and doco-flavoured
fictions on DV since the late '90s. Now in New York.
Hackworth - VCA graduate,
maker of short films since early '00s, and low-budget feature
Corroborre in 2007.
Haig - Super 8 experimentalist from early '80s who quickly
developed into a video and multimedia artist, still very much
Super 8 filmmaker and performance artist (combining the two) in
mid '80s, seemingly inactive since early '90s.
- Film student
who made a splash with his short A Girl and a Gun in 2005,
seemingly inactive since.
Paddy Hay - Short filmmaker since 2010s, one of the "Dogmilk" crew.
Lucas Haynes - Experimental filmmaker since 2010s, with a growing body of work.
Hazard - Lively English figure on the Super 8 scene in early-to-mid
'90s, making inventive docos. Now back in England.
Addison Heath - Indie director who has made several genre features in the '10s.
The maker of several highly imaginative DV shorts in the '00s,
including Scene Six (2003) and Mango Juice (2005).
Hellier - Writer
of Amanda Brotchie's Break and Enter, Trudy directed
one short film herself - Trapped (2000), screened at St.Kilda
Heristanidis - Has directed a number of shorts and docos,
including half-hour Dear Bert (2000) for SBS' "Hybrid
David Heslin -
Senses of Cinema and Metro editor who has also made a number of shorts in the '10s.
John Hewison - Young, emerging director in the late '10s, one of the "Dogmilk" crew.
Hewitt - Advocate of no-budget cinema, shot the
commercially-released feature Redball in the late '90s
with a cheap mini-DV camera and has made more features since then.
Brodie Higgs -
VCA graduate in 2003, maker of several shorts, and one controversial feature doco High or Dry (MIFF, 2005).
Nathan Hill - Horror-genre filmmaker since the early '90s, numerous films made, including around 10 features.
Hillcoat - Music clip director, and director of the features
Ghosts of the Civil Dead (1988) and To Have and to Hold
- filmmaker since late '70s, at first of experimental films,
and docos, several Japan- or later Korea-related docos, and one
feature film Aya (1990). Now deceased.
Colin Hodson - New Zealander who made several features there in 2000s, and is now making films in Melbourne, since mid 2010s.
Holt - Writer and director of a number of short docos since
late '90s, including the hour-long The PhanDom Menace,
on Star Wars fans.
Deaf filmmaker who has been making 16mm and 35mm shorts since
early '80s. Has lived mainly in Japan since late '80s.
- Noted thespian,
has delved into the world of filmmaking in the '00s and '10s with several
whacky and inspired DV shorts.
Zev Howley - Has made several documentaries on DV since early 2000s, and various short dramas.
- Multi-talented figure, director, writer, producer, of features
in the '90s. Spent time in the US in recent years, now back in
Muso, actor, and experimental film director of a number of works
in the '80s. Associated with Marcus Bergner and Michael Buckley.
Hughes - Maker of politically-aware documentaries such as Traps
in the '80s, followed by one narrative feature, What I Have
Written (1996). Very much active today.
Nicholas Ingerson -
VCA graduate in 2019, is a budding director. One to watch.
Glendyn Ivin - VCA graduate late '90s, has gone towards mainstream filmmaking in the 2010s.
Siobhan Jackson - Short filmmaker since early 2000s, has also made one feature, You Can Say Vagina (2018).
Jacobson - Maker
of lively shorts since late '90s, and then the commercially successful
feature mocko Kenny, released in 2006.
Luke Jacobson - Made the indie low-budget feature Sugar Cube in 2018.
Has made only two films, starting this millennium, but they are
both features - self-financed DV ones, both playing at MUFF.
Johnston - VCA graduate late '80s, with 50-minute short Night
Out. Since then, doco Eternity and feature Life.
Jones - Member of Melbourne Film-makers' Co-op in '70s, before
producing and directing feature Coming of Age in the '80s.
Jones - Has to be listed as the director of the classic Godardian
Yackety Yak in the early '70s, he was an American who then
went back to America.
- Photographer who discovered Super 8 in the early '90s and made many short films in that medium, favouring experimental
forms. Now inactive.
Melissa Juhanson - VCA graduate late '80s, documentary filmmaker in the '90s, now lives in Adelaide.
sue.k. - Artist and experimental filmmaker, from Perth, who established cogcollective in London with Steven Ball. Now lives in Melbourne.
Super 8 filmmaker of the '80s and '90s, including the celebrated Dog
Film (1989). Beyond Liptrap (1993) programmed at Melb.
Kannava - Highly personal doco and drama director since
the '80s. Dreams For Life, an AFC-funded feature, completed
in 2004. Deceased in 2011.
VCA graduate (2002) who arrived here from London in 2001. Made four short docos in the '00s. Is also a producer and writer.
- Greek filmmaker who started his career in Melbourne in late
'70s, before moving to Sydney in 1980. Crossover narrative / documentary
/ experimental filmmaker.
Brian Kavanagh -
Noted editor in the Australian renaissance in the '70s, he also directed some films as an indie in the '60s, '70s and '80s.
Tom Kazas -
Noted musician (and with the band The Moffs in the '80s), he has now made a number of experimental and essay films since the early '00s.
Amanda Kerley -
Filmmaker since mid '90s, has made several shorts, on film and
video, including the inventive fiction Pity 24 (2003).
Keenan - Director of the cult features Going Down
and Pandemonium in the '80s. Has projects in development
Kelleher - Narrative Super 8 filmmaker from late '80s / early
'90s, he also made a couple of self-funded 16mm shorts in the '90s. Now deceased.
Kennedy - Noted actress from '80s who became a director in
late '90s. Made The Forest, a 50-minute AFC drama, in 2003.
Kerr - Noted figure of the Super 8 scene of the '80s, he started
making his animations in the mid '70s. Seemingly inactive since
around early '90s.
Member of the Melbourne Filmmakers Co-op as a young man, he has
made several DV shorts in recent times, and the feature PURGE (2009).
Stand Up / Cabaret performer who has written and produced two
short films in '00s, including Corridor (2003), which she
Knowles - Experimental / collage filmmaker since late
'70s, working in a variety of gauges. Also a sound artist.
Kokkinos - VCA graduate from the early '90s. Made 50-minute
Only the Brave before her first feature Head On
(1998), followed by more features.
Kotsanis - Latter-day anarcho / expanded cinema maestro, very
active in Super 8 scene of '90s. Seemingly now inactive.
Laird - Dabbled a bit in late '70s in Canberra,
before kicking in with a heap of wild narratives on Super 8 from
the late '80s onwards in Melbourne.
Audrey Lam - From Hong Kong, and then Brisbane, now a Melbourne filmmaker, various shorts since late 2000s, and member of Artist Film Workshop.
Peter Lamb -
Has worked mainly as a TV editor/director of commercials, since early 1960s, in Australia and Singapore, he made several indie shorts in the '70s, such as Tullamarine and Fool's Gold.
Lane - Prolific filmmaker in Super 8 scene of '90s. Home
movie / impressionist films, with inventive materialist touches
(drawing on the film, etc.)
- Eclectic filmmaker who began with Super 8 in late '80s, before
making several self-funded 16mm narrative shorts in the '90s. Still active.
Laurie - Indie filmmaker starting in the '60s, culminating in the striking
low-budget 16mm feature Stroker in the late '80s.
Law - Internationally-recognised art film director from Hong
Kong, has been based in Melbourne from around mid '90s.
with Super 8 in the early '80s, he developed into a committed
animator, his "Plasmo" a key creation.
New media and sound artist who made several narrative/essay films
in the past, including History Takes Place (1987, 16mm).
- From the late '60s, a filmmaker dedicated to 16mm and also
his unique spiritual brand of collage cinema. Best known for The
Mystical Rose (1976).
Linou - Dancer who from
the mid '90s has made numerous Super 8 and digital films, combining performative
elements with experimental techniques.
Lipkin - Maker of the Tarkovsky-influenced
feature Frozen Butterflies (2008), and a couple more features since.
Alena Lodkina - Russian migrant filmmaker, several shorts in 2010s, and feature Strange Colours in 2018.
Carl Looper -
Super 8 filmmaker from Canberra from the 1980s, now filmmaker and technical guru with the Artist Film Workshop in the 2010s.
Lovece - Like Bergner and Buckley,
a member of Arf Arf, and a filmmaker in his own right, mainly
around '80s / early '90s. Now deceased.
Lowenstein - Admirable figure who refused to be drawn
to Hollywood after success of Dogs in Space (mid '80s).
Has made more distinctly individual features since then.
Chris Luscri -
From Adelaide, lives mainly in Melbourne. Currently editing a doco on Giorgio Mangiamele, and has made some shorts since early 2010s.
Lyons - Experimental filmmaker who made several materialist/narrative
films on Super 8 in the late '90s.
Ivan Malekin -
Organiser of short film events in Melbourne in the '00s and '10s, and maker of his own films, including several features. Lives in Malta now.
- Unusual case of Italian migrant trying to forge a career for
himself in Melbourne in the '50s and '60s. Feature Clay
selected for Cannes in 1965. Now deceased.
Ralph Lawrence Marsden -
Obscure figure, made the low-budget The Sabbat of the Black Cat in 1973, and then some other films after that.
Noted film critic, was part of the late '70s / early '80s Organ
Factory Super 8 scene, making several Super-8 shorts during that time.
Madeleine Martiniello -
Mainly documentary filmmaker since mid '10s, and a founding member of Artist Film Workshop.
Sabina Maselli - Experimental filmmaker / installation artist since '00s.
Multi-skilled filmmaker (actor, writer, director, producer) who
has made a number of shorts (and one feature) on film and video
since mid '90s.
Gianna Mazzeo - Vibrant young filmmaker, a number of shorts since mid 2000s.
Konrad McCarthy - Has made several shorts on DV since the mid '00s, including The Morning After (2007).
VCA graduate mid '80s, made a number of shorts, including My
Second Car (1997), now working in TV.
Erin McCuskey - Unique filmmaker of short films since late '90s, with a half-doco, half-found-footage style.
- In the '00s, he was a young, energetic
filmmaker from the suburbs, detailing the lives of teenagers in
his ambitious DV features. Now seemingly inactive.
McKenzie - Committed doco maker since the late '70s, with
a highly observational and realistic style. Two dramatic features
in early '90s also.
McKilligan - Presenter currently of the 3CR film show,
she has made a number of short films since the mid '90s.
Director of several 1-hour documentaries since late '90s, including
The Rough Shed (1997) and The Money Fish (2000).
Donna McRae - Indie director since early '00s, has two low-budget features to her name, Johnny Ghost (2012) and Lost Gully Road (2017).
Meredith - Ballarat-based filmmaker with a repertory company,
making fun / schlocky genre exercises on video since late '90s.
Andrew Merlino - Indie filmmaker since late '00s with one narrative feature under his belt, and numerous short films. Now inactive and in New Zealand.
Mihajlovic - Super 8 and video filmmaker since the mid '90s,
completed short DV feature Meaning in early '04.
- Actor turned
filmmaker, has made a series of experimental, surreal narratives
on DV in the '00s and '10s.
Minter - As seen in Nigel Buesst's Carlton
+ Godard = Cinema, the director of Hey Al Baby in the
Matt Mirams -
Young filmmaker who has made several short films since 2007.
Paul Moder -
Swinburne graduate late '80s, a noted actor, and director of films himself, including feature A Bullet in the Arse (2003).
Morrison - Started making films only in the mid-'00s, but has already made
a number of DV shorts, mainly docos of interesting people.
- Prolific filmmaker who started making Super 8 films in early
'80s. Has made a number of low-budget features since mid-'90s.
Vicky Mousoulis -
Photographer who has made several experimental films, and two shorts co-directed film with husband Bill Mousoulis.
Mowbray - VCA graduate in mid-'90s with Happy Little Vegemites,
has made several more short films since.
Munro - Major figure of Super 8 scene late '80s, with many
personal doco / impressionist films. Inactive in recent times.
Murray - Founder and editor of Cinema Papers, made
the feature The Devil in the Flesh in mid '80s. Also a
Swinburne graduate mid '80s, made the acclaimed The Lead Dress
(1987) and other shorts. Also a film teacher.
Nedelkopoulos - Artist who has also turned his hand to
films since the early '70s - on Super 8, but more recently on
DV. Very prolific, to this day.
Paul Anthony Nelson / Perri Cummings - Indie short and feature filmmakers in the '10s, two features completed, Trench (2018) and Apparitions (2020).
Shaun Newcombe -
Filmmaker since early '00s, his debut feature, the low-budget Beautiful, played at MIFF in 2007.
Noora Niasari - Iranian-born VCA post-graduate, making short films since 2010 or so. Debut feature released in 2023.
Michael Nicholson - Filmmaker from mid '70s, mainly of documentary short films, but also features and TV work. Is active to this day, and has specialised in films on rowing.
Matt Norman -
Actor turned writer/director/producer, and outspoken on the Australian
film industry, has made several shorts and features in the '00s and '10s.
Made a couple of short films in the late '90s, including the 16mm
The Conversion (1997). Also an actor.
Andrew O'Keefe - VCA graduate 2001, has made several shorts, and co-directed the feature The Independent (2008).
(now Kerry) O'Keefe - Major figure of Super 8 scene of '90s,
the maker of many diary / documentary / essay films.
Biddy O'Loughlin -
VCA graduate who has made a number of shorts in the '10s.
Olsen - On-off filmmaker since the early '90s, has made Super 8 and
16mm short narrative films.
London filmmaker in '60s, he came to Melbourne in 1974 and made
several shorts here in late '70s.
Adrian Ortega - Footscray City Films graduate 2011, some documentaries made and a recent low-budget feature Cerulean Blue (2019).
Ostrovskis - Prolific experimental / animation filmmaker
working on Super 8 and 16mm since the early '80s. Inactive since mid '00s.
Chris Pahlow -
Has made shorts since late '00s, and low-budget feature Play it Safe in 2015.
- Narrative filmmaker who began in late '80s with Super 8 and
video. Debut feature - the self-funded Super 16 / DV award-winning
The Garth Method (2004).
Paradine - Teamed with Daniell and Nickolas Flood to make anarchic shorts in '80s, she is also an
actress and VCA graduate.
Don Parham -
Committed doco filmmaker on social issues and personal issues, since late '80s.
Matthew Victor Pastor - Current-day indie filmmaker, young and bursting with life and cinema, has already made 7 or 8 features.
Patterson - Indie director in the '70s, making shorts and
the feature How Willingly You Sing (1975), before abandoning
Experimental Super 8 filmmaker, with several works in the early
'90s. Partner of artist/filmmaker pete spence.
Super 8 filmmaker, of several impressionistic works in the early
'90s. Partner of filmmaker Steven
Fraser Pemberton - VCA graduate, short filmmaker since 2010s, one of the "Dogmilk" crew.
Member of Super 8 Group in early '90s, making a number of short,
colourful Super 8 shorts.
Poole - Doco and drama writer since late '80s, has directed
short films Basically Speaking and The Truth Will Out
Poppins - Hobbyist filmmaker since the '60s, was a constant
member of the Melbourne Super 8 Film Group in the '80s and '90s.
- Animator, maker of several shorts in the '00s, also interested
Pringle - Distinctive art cinema filmmaker, with the features
The Plains of Heaven and Wrong World in early-mid
'80s, and the international co-production Isabelle Eberhardt in
early '90s. Still active today.
Part of the early '80s Organ Factory scene, made several colourful
Super 8 shorts in the '80s, and some videos later on too.
Proebsting - Part of Melbourne Super 8 Film Group in '90s, making distinctive
experimental shorts, sometimes in collaboration with Barry Brown.
Jutta Pryor - Multimedia artist who has specialised in "video poetry" works, since 2010.
Jason Raftopoulos - Indie director in the '10s, debut feature West of Sunshine in 2017.
Randall - Super 8 filmmaker from the '80s still active currently,
especially with community video projects.
Jonty Reason -
UK actor-turned-director, has made several shorts in Melbourne, and the feature City of the Damned.
Rees - Creator of the classic Super 8 doll film Gerry
Gee Junior in early '80s, has continued making various shorts
(on Super 8 and digital) to this day.
Repich - Super 8 filmmaker from the early '80s, active to
this day, as both director and director of photography.
Matt Richards -
Perth filmmaker who shifted to Melbourne in the '00s, has made a number of short films.
Multi-talented person on the Melbourne scene: muso, critic, and
maker of a number of Super 8 shorts in the '80s. Now deceased.
Christine Rogers -
Studied in New Zealand in late '80s, then settled in Melbourne from early '90s, has made a number of shorts and her first feature.
Rooke - Made several interesting Super 8 films in the late
'80s / early '90s, screened at the Melbourne Super 8 Film Group.
Digital filmmaker since then, and active today.
Rooney - Artist/filmmaker who made his first shorts in the
late '90s. Completed Super 8 feature High Noon Tide in
Super 8 enthusiast, has made several intriguing films (finished
digitally) in the '00s.
Ruane - Started with the classic realist drama Queensland
in the '70s, before kicking in his feature film career in the
Rudd - Key member of the Moving
Image Coalition and maker of several experimental / narrative
shorts in the late '90s/early '00s.
Ryan - Unveiled the low-budget DV feature The Magician
in 2003, scooping the major awards at the Melbourne Underground
- VCA graduate from the early '90s who is currently forging a
career for himself. First feature Hostage to Fate (2000-3) and a couple more recently.
Savage - Prolific Super 8 filmmaker from the early '80s
who has made 16mm and digital features since that time, including
Sensitive New Age Killer in 2000. Works mainly in the USA these days.
Saidin Salkic - Bosnian refugee, director of several medium-length personal/experimental films since the late '00s.
Schmid - Maker of a number of idiosyncratic animations since
early '80s, she is now based in Europe.
- Doco / essay director specialising in Jewish issues since the
'80s. Has also made the one narrative feature in Pieta
Hylton Shaw - Co-director (along with Samantha Dinning) of the feature documentary No Time for Quiet (2019).
Sheean - Animation/narrative
filmmaker since early '00s, works between Australia and Germany. One feature Errors of the Human Body in 2012.
Shepherd - Primarily a painter and living in Paris, made a
number of experimental 16mm films in the '60s and '70s in Melbourne.
Sherlock - Director
into sci-fi, filmmaker since early '90s, culminating in TV series
Sideris - Imaginative director of essay / drama / mocko /
experimental films in Super 8 scene of late '80s / early '90s.
Cinematographer (for Shannon Young, Matt Norman, etc.) and director
of several short films since late '90s.
Stuart Simpson -
Horror filmmaker since the '00s, of the Troma/Accent released DemonsIAmongIUs, and other films.
- Italian director who started as an assistant to Mangiamele
before making his own (essay-like) films from the late '60s. An
infrequent director, but committed and active.
Michael Siu -
Super 8 filmmaker from the '80s, graduated from RMIT (formerly PIT) in 1991, and has continued making short films (and corporate videos) up to the present day.
K. Smith -
Swinburne graduate and documentary filmmaker since the '90s, including
Rainbow Bird & Monster Man (2001) and Troubled Minds
- the Lithium Revolution (2004).
Experimental filmmaker of Super 8 and 16mm works in '90s. Not
to be confused with the film editor (Two Hands, etc.). Now deceased (2008).
Spanos - Started making
stylised / vivid shorts in the mid '90s. Now with several low-buget
features made too.
Spectre - Young
filmmaker, from mid '00s, specialising in "transgressive
cinema" type work, has made a couple of shorts.
Natalie Spence - Short filmmaker in '10s, with debut low-budget feature Sunray made in 2019.
Took the Melbourne Super 8 Group by storm in the early '90s, with
his distinctive visual poem films. Also a word poet.
Spencer - Film critic and doco filmmaker since around early
'90s. Films include the football spectacular Heathens.
American director based in Melbourne since 2000. Active and distinctive
DV filmmaker, feature Forever (2004) a doco-drama hybrid.
Rohan Spong -
Academic and filmmaker, has made short noir feature When Darkness Falls (2006) and other films.
- Narrrative cum experimental director from the early '90s, working
in a variety of gauges. Founder/director of Electric Shorts program,
Fringe Festival 2002.
Antoinette Starkiewicz - Made a huge splash in the 1970s with some stunning short animations, and continued doing animation work (including digitally) in the subsequent years. Died in 2023.
Stehle - Maker of a number of shorts, on film and video, since
early '90s. Also photographer and new media artist.
Stevenson - Major figure of initial Super 8 wave of late '70s
/ early '80s. Tracked to 16mm and other forms since then.
Philip Stromei - Another member of the Super 8 wave in Melbourne in the late '70s / early '80s, making low-budget murder/suspense films.
Sullivan and Ben Kettlewell - Musicians turned filmmakers, makers of the feature-length music-landscape
fusion Time After Time (2005).
Tom Swinburn - VCA graduate, cinematographer, also director of his own low-budget films in the 2010s.
Mainly a writer, he adapted and directed his novel Sweethearts
as a low-budget feature in 1990. Perhaps no other credits. Now deceased.
Tammer - Started early
'60s with some 16mm shorts, before making a number of docos and
dramas through the '70s and '80s. Keeps his hand in today too.
Tang - Malaysian-born
filmmaker of short films in '00s recognised at Venice, Clermond-Ferrand
and other festivals.
Dia Taylor - Young filmmaker with numerous shorts in 2010s, and one feature Marital Problems (2017).
Animation filmmaker of a number of works in the '80s, and teacher
at Rusden College for many years. Also an artist/sculptor.
Steve Thomas - VCA lecturer who has made numerous documentaries since the early '90s, including Hope (MIFF, 2007).
Sophia Townsend - Low-budget filmmaker in the '10s, has made the feature Pretty Good Friends (2015).
Trigg - Director of the classic and lost Super 8 film Robin's
Mouth from late '80s. Has made several 16mm short films since
Glenn Triggs -
Genre filmmaker who has made many films since the late '90s, including 6 features.
Tsilimidos - Director of the self-funded features Everynight
... Everynight (1994) and Silent Partner (2001). Has made several more features in the '00s and '10s.
Tsiolkas - Primarily a writer, but also the co-director (with Spiro Economopoulos) of
the essay-like film Thug (1998).
Tuohy - Narrative filmmaker from Super 8 scene of early '90s.
Upgraded to 16mm but then left the cinema for philosophy. Now active again as an experimental filmmaker, using film.
- Came to Melbourne in late '70s for the Swinburne course. Has
made a dozen or so mainly animated films since then, on 16 and
Turley - Made several distinctive short dramas in the '00s, including the half-hour Dirty Work (2003).
Debut feature Welcome Stranger completed in 2006. Now inactive as a filmmaker.
- Filmmaker known for documentaries about artists and their work.
Noted for his late '80s feature Words And Silk - The Real and
Imaginary Worlds of Gerald Murnane.
Guy Tyzack -
VCA graduate in late '10s, he has made some interesting shorts so far, in the '10s.
Vella - Actress turned
film director, has made several short films in the '00s. Lived in Paris for a number of years, is now back in Melbourne.
Vellis - VCA graduate from early '80s who made the lively
feature Nirvana Street Murder in 1990. Has followed up
with a couple more features.
Andrew Vial - Mainly documentary filmmaker since late '60s, multi-award-winning director, now based in Sydney.
Tom Vogel -
Organiser of short film events in Melbourne in the '00s and '10s, and maker of his own short films. Currently preparing first feature.
Campbell Walker - New Zealander who made several features there in 2000s, and is now making films in Melbourne, since mid 2010s.
Georgia-Wallace Crabbe -
Indie producer since the '80s, she has also directed a number of her own films, both drama and documentary.
Andrew Walsh -
Young filmmaker from South Australia now based in Melbourne, has made several short films in the '10s.
producer and director, from early '80s onwards, of independent
films, and TV productions.
Warnock - Filmmaker active in the '00s, several shorts made, including
the Wes Andersonish Cedric (2008).
Waters - Filmmaker active in the Melbourne Super
8 scene in the '80s, shorts such as Deja Vu and A Relationship
Study. Now in America.
Watts - Noted animator through the years, culminating in the narrative
feature (incorporating animation) Look Both Ways (2005). Now deceased.
Weinstein - Maker of the cheeky Looking for Harvey
short in 2001, he has also completed a first feature, Wil,
- Major figure of the Super 8 movement of the '80s, has been making
comic narrative films since the late '70s. Also works with 16mm
Williams - Maker of crowd-pleasing short comedies in the
'90s and '00s, the film The Little Woman screened at '04 St.Kilda
Jamie Wilson - Actor
and filmmaker, with a number of shorts and docos made in the '00s,
including mocko Opposites Attract.
- As director of the Melbourne Underground Film Festival, a controversial
but productive figure. Has made a number of features with violent, sexual
and exploitational themes, since the '80. Still very active.
Nicola Woolmington -
Swinburne graduate of late '80s, has carved out a career mainly in socio-political documentaries.
DOP on indie productions, has also directed his own short films
since the late '80s, notably the eerie mocko Teenage Babylon.
Hands-on artist/filmmaker of a number of impressionistic Super
8 works in the late '80s / early '90s, shown at Super 8 Group.
Woods - Key member of the Moving
Image Coalition and prolific Super 8 filmmaker, with over
100 films since early '90s. Now deceased (2017).
Worth - Promoter and filmmaker of "Kino" verite
docos on Super 8 and video (also for TV) from early '80s. Died
young in early 2004.
Wright - VCA graduate mid '80s. Made the controversial feature
Romper Stomper early '90s, before another feature Metal
Skin. Now in Hollywood.
Young - Guerilla filmmaker specialising in genre
cinema, with two features, Stygian (1999) and Razor
Mark Zenner - All-round artist, maker of several shorts on 16mm and Super 8 in the '70s, to mid '90s. Now deceased (2008).
Janos Zoltan - Hungarian-Australian documentary filmmaker, has made some interesting docos in the 2010s, including one on Gerald Murnane.
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