ABOUT US

WRITERS ... DIRECTORS ... PRODUCERS

Simone Darwina Saunders was born in Redfern and is a descendant of the Jawoyn Aboriginal tribe. Simone has studied screen and theatre acting at The Eora College and AFTRS and creative writing at Metroscreen. Simone has performed at The Yellamundie Playwriter's Festival for the past 5 years.

In 2013 and 2014 Simone won the N.S.W. Division  of The Deadly Funny Auditions. As such she was invited to perform at The Melbourne Comedy Festival in those years.

Simone has produced and directed a documentary "LIMBO LOOKS" that has screened on NITV. In an 80 minute documentary "WARRA WARRA WAI" Simone acted as the co-producer, co-director, co-writer and on screen presenter.

Simone played the lead role in "FROM THE DARKNESS" a 20 minute supernatural thriller and played leading roles in "THE REDFERN LADIES ASSOCIATION", "LIMBO LOOKS" and "ETERNITY SEEMS LIKE FOREVER".

 

Tom Avery was born in Redfern and is a descendant of the Gamilaroi Aboriginal Tribe of Narrabri. An artist, his paintings have exhibited in many overseas countries. A surfboard painted by Tom is on permanent display at the Australian Maritime Museum. 

After service in the Australian Navy Tom joined the Ulladulla LALC. The ownership of a cheap, ancient video camera and a computer with the I Movie program ignited an hitherto unsuspected passion for film making. Embarking on an independent film making course Tom has produced upwards of 80 films of varying lengths and toured N.S.W. and Queensland showing the films wherever he could find an audience.

Tom's graphic designs have received critical acclaim within Australia and overseas. Silk scarves featuring his designs have been chosen for presentation at The United Nations in New York, The Asia Pacific Economic Conference, The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings and to International Dignitaries and representatives. 

Tom is currently involved in the development of a number of short films, documentaries and feature films. Below is a list of films some of which have screened on SBS, ABC and NITV

 

FESTIVAL AWARDS

BEST INDIGENOUS SHORT FILM

"TRADITIONAL ABORIGINAL ART ... FACT OR FICTION?"

Regina International Film Festival (Canada) 2018

WINNER GLOBAL SCRIPT CHALLENGE

"SILVERY MOON SHINE DOWN ON ME"

OAXACA FILM FESTIVAL (MEXICO) 2019

PEOPLE'S CHOICE

"CATCH IT ... KILL IT ... EAT IT"

Shoalhaven Film Festival (Australia)

 

BEST SHORT FILM

"BUSHFIRE"

Bowen Film Festival (Australia)

PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD

"AUNTY VICKY AND THE DOOLAGAH"

Ulladulla Film Festival (Australia)

FESTIVAL SCREENINGS

NAIDOC Week Riverside Theatres Parramatta, Australia, 2002

NAIDOC week Tranby Aboriginal College, Australia, 2004

Sydney Writer's Festival, Australia, 2004

Macquarie University Indigenous Arts Festival, Australia, 2005

Shoalhaven Film Festival, Australia, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2012

Bowen Film Festival, Australia, 2009

Wairoa Film Festival, New Zealand, 2018

15 Second Horror Challenge, UK, 2018

Regina International Film Festival, Canada, 2018

Great Lakes International Film Festival, U.S.A. 2018

15 Second Horror Challenge, Canada, 2019

Ethnografilm International Festival, Paris France, 2019

Armidale Cultural Centre and Keeping Place 2019

Quetzalcoatl International Indigenous Film Festival 2019

Reel Escape Film Festival 2019

SCRIPT WRITING SELECTIONS

"PHOEBE"

13Horror 2018

"SILVERY MOON SHINE DOWN ON ME"

13Horror 2019

"SILVERY MOON SHINE DOWN ON ME":

Oaxaca Film Fest, Mexico, 2019

OTHER SCREENINGS

Aboriginal Imagination Event, Beirut Espace Gallery, 2004

SWitch TV Webcast, 2006

AIATSIS Canberra, 2006

Australian Film TV and Radio School, 2016

Redfern Community Centre, 2016

Eora College, 2016

LIBRARY CATALOGUE INCLUSIONS

Smithsonian Museum of The American Indian, New York, 2004

Tranby Aboriginal College, Australia, 2004

AIASTIS Canberra, 2006

 

 

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