The Filmmakers

Co-Writer/ Co-Director Natasha Gadd

Natasha Gadd is a Melbourne based independent documentary filmmaker, writer and curator. Prior to moving into film production, Natasha was Cinema Programmer at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image for which she curated a number of programs featuring expression and resistance in contemporary culture. As Director of REAL: Life on Film, Australia’s only dedicated documentary festival from 2002–2004, Natasha developed a strong passion for documentary films and is combining these interests as co-director of Words from the City, her debut feature documentary. Natasha has directed community based film projects in Indigenous communities and, most recently, she was commissioned to direct the film component of the Murundak (Black Arm Band) performance, a moving image work of contemporary and archival Indigenous film for the Melbourne International Arts Festival.

Natasha is also a freelance writer whose articles and essays have appeared in Australian film journals including 'Inside Film' and 'Metro Magazine' and the book 'Short Site: Recent Australian Short Film'. She has recently written the short film Second Skin, to be directed by Rhys Graham in late 2007 and is currently in development on the Film Victoria supported feature drama Undertow.

Natasha has, with partner, Rhys Graham, co-directed a series of short documentaries for the ABC on Australian poets and is currently in development on an observational documentary featuring Aboriginal singer songwriters touring and performing as part of the Black Arm Band National Tour.

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Natasha Gadd

Co-Writer/ Co-Director Rhys Graham

Rhys Graham is a Melbourne based independent filmmaker and writer. His most recent short film, Love This Time has screened at film festivals worldwide and received a Special Jury Mention at the 2006 Berlin Film Festival. He has directed a number of short films and music videos including Another Day, which won Best Music Video at the 2005 St Kilda Film Festival and the short 16mm documentary Firestorm which premiered internationally at the 2005 Potenza Film Festival.

Rhys has worked across a number of moving image forms. His film based installations have been exhibited in ACMI, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces and the Asia Pacific Triennial, and his photography has appeared in numerous publications. Rhys has also worked extensively in community arts working as a director/mentor with award winning youth arts organization Big hArt and facilitating Indigenous music video projects.

Rhys lectures at the VCA School of Film and Television and Swinburne University and is co-author of the book 'Short Site: Recent Australian Short Film' published by ACMI Press. Rhys is currently  in development as writer/director on the AFC IndiVision supported feature film Galore.

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Rhys Graham

Producer Philippa Campey

Philippa Campey established her independent production company in Melbourne in 2004. Since then Film Camp has produced Clara, an animated short film by Van Sowerwine that was awarded a Special Mention by the Jury at Cannes 2005, the Gold Hugo at Chicago in 2005, and which competed at Sundance in 2006; and Iraq, My Country, a television documentary for SBS TV about filmmaker Hadi Mahood returning home at the start of the Iraq war.

Words from the City is Film Camp’s first feature documentary. Other feature docs include Amiel Courtin-Wilson’s Ben Lee: Catch My Disease, a film about the nature of celebrity; and Bastardy about Aboriginal elder, cat burglar and actor Jack Charles. Philippa is also co-producing the television documentary The Fibros and the Silvertails, about football, class & politics in 1978 with Paul Oliver.

In addition to her Film Camp work, Phiilippa has produced a number of documentaries and series for John Hughes' company Early Works, including his award-winning feature documentary The Archive Project, about the realist film movement in the cold war, and two TV art series with Betty Churcher The Art of War, and Hidden Treasures about the National Gallery's rarely seen collection.

Film Camp has a slate of new documentaries, feature films and an animated series in various stages of development.

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Philippa Campey