Meet the incredible team who make the popular Mud and Saltwater Short Film Fest such a success each year…
KANDY CURRAN – DIRECTOR AND MEDIA MANAGER
With a professional background in photojournalism, screen media, and a passion for Roebuck Bay and the wild Kimberley region, it was only a matter of time before the realisation struck.
“It was a hot muggy night and despite the $35 ticket and absence of any films about the spectacular Kimberley coast, Sun Pictures was packed to the rafters for the Ocean Film Festival. That’s when I had the epiphany moment, butterflies in stomach moment, show no fear moment…to start a Film Fest in Broome for locals to tell their own filmic stories about their connection to Broome, Roebuck Bay and the dramatic Kimberley region.
“The idea was seeded with the award winning Roebuck Bay Working Group, and with their full support and funding from State NRM, National Landcare Program, Inspiring Australia, Cygnet Bay Pearls and Sobrane Gallery, the Mud and Saltwater Short Film Fest erupted onto the big screen in 2015. There’s been no looking back, with over 700 people jostling for a seat at the Mangrove Hotel screening in 2017 and sell out screenings in 2018 and 2019 at Sun Pictures – the world’s oldest picture theatre in Broome’s Chinatown.”
PIA BOYER – PRODUCER AND EVENT MANAGER
Throughout studying to become a Journalist, Pia discovered her love for the visual and creative side of storytelling through film; particularly documentary filmmaking. Some of her filmmaking journey includes various roles working in TV for Special Broadcasting Service’s (SBS) and Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), field producing documentary series for Foxtel, as well as other work with production companies across Australia. Over the last few years Pia has worked closely with Feral Film’s Award winning Filmmaker Paul Bell on various productions across Broome and the Kimberley. Pia loves all aspects of filmmaking, she has a passion for producing and production management, but also loves to pick up a camera herself.
Joining the Mud and Saltwater Short Film Fest team in 2019, Pia has loved working with and meeting other Kimberley filmmakers. Being able to help facilitate the showcasing of local stories and ideas in films is nothing but inspiring to her.
PAUL BELL, MARK JONES, NEIL TURNER, DR MICHAEL MCCALL – JUDGES
Originally from southwest WA, Paul Bell moved to Broome in 1996. He joined David Batty of Rebel Films working throughout the Kimberley on documentary and educational projects. In 2001, Paul was accepted into AFTRS in Sydney to study cinematography in documentary, returning to establish his own production company, Feral Films in Broome.
Over the last decade Paul has worked around the world as a freelance director, cameraman and editor for Lonely Planet TV, National Geographic, Discovery, Eurosport, ABC, SBS and CAAMA Television. Highlights include working with the United Nations recording traditional knowledge of climate change with indigenous peoples and travelling the vast continent of Antarctica.
Awards include Best International Documentary for Case 442 at the International Cherokee Film Festival in Toronto 2007 and the Best International Short Documentary for Jarlmadangah: Our Dream at the same festival in 2008. Paul’s short documentary, Walking on Country with Spirits (part of the UNU’s Indigenous Peoples’ Climate Change Video Brief Initiative) received the Special Jury Award at the Green Screen International Film Festival in Vancouver, 2011.
At the tender age of 23, Mark Jones had an epiphany when filming with legendary Australian filmmaker, Malcolm Douglas (late). He realised that he loved the camera and stories it could tell and he fell in love with the Kimberley, its ruggedness, its people and deep heritage.
Mark went on to make 17 films with the late Malcolm Douglas in those formative years, and that experience led to opportunities in the adventure, wildlife and ethnographic genres. It has allowed him to explore his 3 great passions, ‘Country’, its original people and the Cultural landscapes produced by the two.
Mark has constantly sought new experiences in the industry to extend his range since those early days with Malcolm. He has shot, Edited, Directed and Written across platforms both individually and in collaboration, with some of the greats of Australian screen including George Negus. It is these relationships and their teachings which Mark holds very dear.
This unorthodox ‘apprenticeship’ is now paying dividends for Mark. He has worked with many production houses around the world (NHK – Japan, ABC – US, BBC etc) to showcase the Kimberley, one of the last great Cultural landscapes, to the big and small screen.
Neil Turner has been the manager of Pilbara and Kimberley Aboriginal Media (PAKAM) since 1996. Before that he worked on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Lands for 11 years as Coordinator of Ernabella Video Television and Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Media.
Neil authored the 1998 National Report on the Broadcasting for Remote Aboriginal Communities Scheme and worked on establishing the Indigenous Community Television and National Indigenous Television services. Neil received the Mr McKenzie Award for his contribution to remote Indigenous television in 2014. Neil is also an incredible animator, running workshops with Indigenous people that have resulted in award winning films such as Whirlpool and Killing of the Bilikin Brothers (PAKAM Animation Crew). Neil serves as Secretary on the Board of ICTV.
Dr Michael McCall has worked in a professional capacity as a director, actor, producer, playwright, dramaturg, script editor, arts advocate and educator in stage, screen and arts education in Australia since 2002.
Michael is a graduate of Curtin University, with a Bachelor of Arts (English), and Honours in Performance Studies. He is a graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) Acting Course. He has completed a Masters in screen directing and writing at the WA Screen Academy, and has a PhD in Performing Arts from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). Michael is currently Head of Screen Arts at the University of Notre Dame Australia and regularly teaches and directs in the WAAPA Acting and Musical Theatre degrees, along with working for NIDA Open and Bell Shakespeare.
Sun Pictures - Carnarvon Street
Broome Western Australia 6725
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