Hey! I’m an Australian director and photographer in New York City.
My folks didn’t put a TV in our household growing up. We read books and rode bikes around the Bush Capital (aka Canberra). Perhaps my career has been catching up on adolescent screen time.
The ability to create worlds through film is forever fascinating. When the career counsellor asked what I wanted to do with my life, I replied, “bring disparate concepts together to originate narratives”. Something to that effect.
While studying TV Production at Charles Sturt University in the Riverina (Australia’s “food-bowl”…delicious), an international exchange scholarship took me to the snowy plains of Saskatchewan. The international perspective continued to shape my outlook. That was my first trip to New York, too. Bought a red Billabong t-shirt from Times Square. Seemed like a good idea at the time.
After working in television in Sydney both in front and behind the camera for a number of years, I returned to study Directing at AFTRS (Australian Film Television and Radio School). Maybe it’s the fog of nostalgia coating the years that creep on, but that post-grad was the closest I recall to a homecoming. Sure, the place wasn’t without it’s politics, but the intersection of community, creative purpose, and exploration…all housed within Fox Studios Australia… was a Monday-to-Friday, 9-to-5 experience dripping with possibility.
Of course, when dripping with possibility, you want to go to The Greatest City In The World. It’s getting close to ten years now. From Hurricane Sandy to the pandemic, New York has been an exciting time of making videos, podcasts, film festivals, and meeting fantastic people.
These days, I’m the executive director for the production company Refilmery, Inc. Our clients include Samsung, Uber, HP, the UN, Sony Music, and the BBC. In my spare time I make YouTube videos and take photographs.
How about you? Drop me a note and tell me about why you’ve come this far down the page.