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
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
"CATCH IT ... KILL IT ... EAT IT"
Shoalhaven Film Festival (Australia)
BEST SHORT FILM
Bowen Film Festival (Australia)
PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD
"AUNTY VICKY AND THE DOOLAGAH"
Ulladulla Film Festival (Australia)
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
Regina International Film Festival 2021
SCRIPT WRITING SELECTIONS
"SILVERY MOON SHINE DOWN ON ME"
"SILVERY MOON SHINE DOWN ON ME":
Oaxaca Film Fest, Mexico, 2019
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