John Sheedy is a multi-award winning Australian Director whose work has been staged extensively throughout Australia. In 1998, John completed his Bachelor of Dramatic Art at the National Drama School in Melbourne before completing his Masters of Fine Arts (Directing) at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts in 2002. In August 2010 John became the Artistic Director at Barking Gecko Theatre Company, delivering his final season for the company in 2015. Throughout his career, John has directed productions for Belvoir Street, Bell Shakespeare, Parramatta Riverside, Black Swan State Theatre Company, Sydney Opera House, Sydney Theatre Company, Griffin and Opera Australia. John’s work has been recognized with multiple nominations for Helpmann and Sydney Theatre Awards.
Some examples of his work include the adaptation of Shaun Tan’s children’s book The Red Tree that premiered in 2011 and produced again for the 2012 Perth International Arts Festival. Also produced for the 2012 Perth International Arts Festival was Susie Miller’s Driving Into Walls. In 2013 John directed Hamlet, Storm Boy and adapted and directed Wolf Erlbruch’s children’s book Duck, Death and The Tulip for the Perth International Arts Festival. Storm Boy, a co-production with the Sydney Theatre Company, was nominated for Best Presentation for Children at the 2013 Helpmann Awards and Sydney Theatre Awards. In 2014 John directed Onefivezeroseven, the sequel to Driving Into Walls as part of the Perth International Arts Festival. His adaptation of Craig Silvey’s best-selling novel Jasper Jones also premiered in August 2014 to a sellout season and great critical acclaim.
In 2015, John adapted and directed The Rabbits from the novel by John Marsden and Shaun Tan, presented at the 2015 Perth International Arts Festival and 2015 Melbourne Festival. The Rabbits was the winner of four 2015 Helpmann Awards – Best Presentation for Children, Best Original Score, Best Costume Design and Best New Australian Work. John is the current CEO and Creative Director of Theatre Works, a hub for independent theatre in the heart of St Kilda, Melbourne. Click here to visit his website.
Mrs. McCutcheon is his debut in film.
Jenny Vila was born in Sweden, raised in Spain, trained in production and technical theatre at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London and studied film at New York University and Victorian College for the Arts.
Having worked for almost two decades as a senior producer in international arts festivals in both hemispheres, she is now based in Melbourne, dividing her time between producing mayor events and film.
In 2015, Jenny was a key member of the team that produced and delivered The Giants in Perth, the largest single arts event Australia has ever seen, before moving to Melbourne, where she has produced three short films and completed post production of “Parte Amistoso”, a short film shot in Spain in 2014, for which she was production coordinator.
Jenny is excited to co-produce Mrs McCutcheon as it is both a continuation of the working relationship with John Sheedy which started four years ago, and the themes link back to the very first festival she produced over a decade ago, in which she brought Antony Hegarty (now Anohni) to Barcelona for the first time.
Sky’s fixation with cinema began at a tender age when she attempted to adapt her favourite primary school picture books into films. As a young intrepid traveller she had no qualms travelling through Europe and Asia with a bulky Super8 camera and pack full of film.
Having worked in the camera department of productions such as Animal Kingdom, Balibo and Where The Wild Things Are, Sky has worked with, and learnt from, some of the great cinematographers of our time. Her work ranges from experimental to commercial and narrative driven drama. With each project she immerses herself in the director’s vision, bringing to life visually the themes of the project. This dedication has been rewarded with the projects screening in prestigious international festivals (ie Berlinale ’13 & ’14) and receiving various festival and ACS awards, including 2016’s Golden Tripod.
Iain Grandage composes, conducts and performs. He has received the prestigious Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award, the Ian Potter Emerging Composer Fellowship, and been Composer-in-Residence with the WA Symphony Orchestra, and Musician-in-Residence at the UWA School of Music, where he is currently an Honorary Research Fellow.
As music director, he has won Helpmann Awards for his work with Meow Meow on the Malthouse/Sydney Festival production Little Match Girl, and with the cast on Sydney Theatre Company’s The Secret River.
His compositions for the theatre include Helpmann Award winning scores for Cloudstreet and The Secret River, and Green Room Award winning scores for Lawn, In the Next Room, Babes in the Wood, The Odyssey and The Blue Room for theatre companies including Belvoir, Black Swan, Malthouse, MTC and STC. His first opera, based on Tim Winton’s The Riders premiered to great critical and audience acclaim in Melbourne in 2014.
With a love for film, Jo began her career in editing in the heart of London’s thriving film scene, assisting the hugely influential Pam Power at the Film Editors.
Two years later and after such an auspicious introduction, she then set her sights on Cut & Run, London, working along side the likes of Frank Budgen, Danny Kleinman and Rocky Morton.
Over five years she worked tirelessly as an editor across a range of formats, from commercials to short films, music videos and documentaries. Ever passionate and dedicated, her hard work was soon recognised with successive award nominations, including a prestigious BAFTA for her work on the film, Heavy Metal Drummer.
After ten years worth of curries on Brick Lane – Jo packed it in for love and moved to Melbourne. Quickly developing a body of work with directors such as Garth Davis, Ben Saunders, Nick Ball, Patrick Hughes, and Justin Kurzel; Jo’s been fashioning, shaping and crafting stories with huge passion and tenacity.
Locally her work has been awarded at both AWARD awards in Sydney and at the MADC’s in Melbourne.
Ben Young is an award winning writer and director who began his career as a screen actor at the age of 12. Ben has since gone to forge a career as a writer/ director working in commercials, music video, fashion, series television, short film and feature film. His short films have screened world wide in over 40 festivals and won numerous awards. He has directed 25 music videos including the Aria nominated John Butler Trio video Only One and ADG nominated John Butler Trio video How You Sleep at Night. Ben’s passion for filmmaking stems from his interest in the human condition. He is drawn to performance heavy material that is often challenging and hard hitting. Ben has a BA in Film and Television from Curtin University followed by an MA in Professional Communications from the WA Screen Academy. His debut feature film Hounds Of Love premiered at 2016 Venice Film Festival with rave reviews.
Andre Lima is a creative producer, curator and communications professional working independently for local and international organisations, specialising in large-scale events, branded entertainment, transmedia storytelling and exhibitions. Over the past 15 years Andre has delivered several cultural projects and strategic campaigns for institutions across South America and Australia. These include Relationships Australia, Barking Gecko Theatre Company, Western Australia Museum, Inkubator, IBM, Novartis, Nestlé, Samsung, Caterpillar, Brazilian Department of Culture and Arts. He combines the processes of planning, creative development, directing and producing to deliver high quality cultural products in a diverse range of themes, media and platforms including short and long-term exhibitions, film, theatre and digital storytelling. His work entails leading other specialists and providers through all stages of project research to the conceptual and thematic development and physical delivery.
He holds a Bachelor Degree in Communication and Arts from Mackenzie University (Sao Paulo, Brazil), a degree in Performing Arts from the Pontifical Catholic University of Sao Paulo and a post-graduated extension with honour in Communication, Culture and Technology from The Fine Arts University of Sao Paulo. His research interests include technology, history, sustainability, cross-cultural studies, visual anthropology and digital cultures. He started his career as an Art Director working for advertising agencies in Brazil. His experience in the advertising industry includes strategic planning, implementation of communication and marketing campaigns, digital marketing, brand strategies, art direction & graphic design, content marketing and event management. Born in Sao Paulo, Andre is currently based in Melbourne.
Jose Antonio Se is a Brazilian Film Dramaturg – he has worked with the renowned Dramaturg Fatima Toledo for the past 10 years in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Some of his latest work with Fatima includes the feature films: “Ausencia” from the Brazilian Director Chico Teixeira, The Golden Dream by the Spanish director Diego Quemada-Diez and Futuro Beach by Karin Ainouz.
Jose has started working with Fatima Toledo while studying her method at Fatima Toledo Actor’s School in Sao Paulo. He was first invited to work as Fatima’s first assistant director in the short film “O Sonho”. Then, he began to work with Fatima as her assistant in feature films. He has also become Fatima Toledo’s Method teacher at her school for the following years.
Before going to Fatima Toledo Actor’s School, Jose studied Cinema at Palomar College, San Diego, California. He has directed One day Of Feelings in the US and more than five other short films in Brazil.
Jose is current living in Australia.
Marg is a multi-award winning theatre designer, installation artist and photographer with a Bachelor of Creative Arts from the University of Melbourne.
In 2011 Marg was appointed Designer in Residence for the Lawler Studio with Melbourne Theatre Company designing THE DREAM LIFE OF BUTTERFLIES, THE WATER CARRIERS and CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION.
Marg has since designed set and costumes for THE GOOD PERSON OF SZECHUAN (Malthouse Theatre/ The National Theatre of China), RESPLENDENCE(Angus Cerini Doubletap/MTC Neon), EIGHT GIGABYTES OF HARDCORE PORNOGRAPHY (Griffin Theatre Company/Perth Theatre Company), COCK(Melbourne Theatre Company/La Boite); 20 QUESTIONS (The Wheeler Centre Gala); CONSTELLATIONS (Melbourne Theatre Company), OPHELIA DOESN’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE (Bell Shakespeare Company/Chambermade Opera), NORA (Belvoir), MARLIN (Arena Theatre/Melbourne Theatre Company) TEAM OF LIFE (KAGE Physical Theatre), BIRDLAND, I CALL MY BROTHERS and SHIT (Melbourne Theatre Company), I AM A MIRACLE (Malthouse) and LA TRAVIATA (Belvoir).
Marg has been recognised for her outstanding work with two Sydney Theatre Awards for Best Set and Costume Design for SUMMERTIME IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN, four Greenroom Awards for her designs on production SAVAGES, SAVE FOR CRYING, WRETCH and TEST PATTERN.
Marg was also nominated for Best Scenic Design for the 2015 Helpmann Awards for MARLIN and the 2015 Sydney Theatre Awards for LA TRAVIATA.