Script-writer, script editor, and producer.
Justine Gillmer graduated from the AFTRS in 2005 with a Masters in Screenwriting. She has subsequently worked as a script-writer on Australian television programs including Packed to the Rafters, McLeod’s Daughters, Crownies, Mako: Island of Secrets, In Your Dreams, Wonderland, and The Deep.
More recently, she has been working in the United States, as script editor and screenwriter on programs including Into the Badlands and the enormously successful post-apocalyptic drama The 100, on which she also serves as co-producer.
In 2016, she was announced as a script-writer on season two of Cleverman.
Jon Bell is a film and television producer. He grew up in Casino. His mother was Bundjalung and his father Wiradjuri. Bell made the short film And Justice For One before being commissioned to make another for SBS called Two Big Boys. He has also worked as a family case worker for the New South Wales Department of Children's Services.
Among his significant works for television are The Gods of Wheat Street, Cleverman, and The Warriors.
As a scriptwriter Michael Miller has written numerous episodes for such series as R.F.D.S. (1993), Correlli (1995), Heartbreak High (1996), G.P. (1992-96), Fallen Angels (1997), Raw FM (1997), Wildside (1997-1998), Water Rats (1997-2000), Love Is a Four-Letter Word (2001, which he also co-created), Farscape (2002), Young Lions (2002), White Collar Blue (2003), Blue Water High (2005), The Secret Life of Us (2003-2005), All Saints (2007-2008), The Strip (2008), East-West 101 (2007-2009), Dance Academy (2010), Lockie Leonard (2007-2010), Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (2012), and Conspiracy 365 (2012).
He has also written telemovies, including Exposed! Pro Wrestling's Greatest Secrets (1999) and Go Big (2004).
Miller has also been engaged as producer on a number of television series and specials, notably World's Most Daring Rescues (1997), World's Deadliest Storms (1998), Love Is a Four-Letter Word (2001), and Go Big (2004).
Dancer, writer, comedian, film and theatre director and actor, Wayne Blair graduated from university in 1997. Since graduating, Blair has worked with several theatres (including Bangarra Dance Theatre), film and television productions. Blair portrayed Othello for the Bell Shakespeare Company. He directed short films: Black Talk (2002), and The Djarn Djarns (2005). Blair starred in Shifting Sands - Grace (1998) and Mullet (2001). In 2008, Blair was appointed the Artistic Associate of Belvoir St Theatre.
In 2012, Blair was nominated for an AACTA Award, Best Direction, for The Sapphires.
Leah Purcell is an award-winning actor, singer and writer. She was born to a black mother and a white father who did not publicly acknowledge her as his daughter. In Year 10 at Murgon High School she gained the role of Gloria, the secretary in Bye Bye Birdie. Performing saved her from the consequences of heavy drinking that started when she was seven. Her professional acting career began in 1992 and she came to prominence in 1993 with a role in Jimmy Chi's Bran Nue Dae. Purcell subsequently appeared in film and television roles including a part in Lantana, the adaptation of Andrew Bovell's play, Speaking in Tongues. She also appeared in Nick Cave's The Proposition. and the award-winning film Jindabyne (2006). Purcell received a Matilda Award for theatre in 1994 for her performance in 'Low'.
In 1997, Purcell starred in her own highly acclaimed, one-woman play, Box the Pony. She performed in successful seasons around Australia and in London, Edinburgh and Broadway. Purcell won a number of awards both for the script and for her acting, including the Premier's Literary Award in New South Wales and Queensland. The script is on high-school syllabuses in four states and an audition monologue at NIDA. In 2004, Purcell was invited to the United States for the three-month Eisenhower Fellowship. She was the first indigenous person to be offered this opportunity. In 2005 Purcell played Condoleezza Rice in David Hare's play, 'Stuff Happens' and in 2006 Eve Ensler's acclaimed one-woman show about body image, 'The Good Body'. In 2007 Purcell was nominated in the Best Actress in a Lead Role category in the Sydney Theatre Awards for her performance in the play, 'The Story of the Miracles at Cookie's Table'.
In 2016, Purcell wrote an adaptation of The Drover's Wife, which won 11 awards, and has since been published as a novel, and adapted into film. Her children's television series Little J and Big Cuz won Most Outstanding Children's Program at the 2019 Logie Awards.
Rankin spent the first 16 years of his life on his family's boat which was moored on Sydney's Rozelle Bay. After leaving school he spent a year at the Sydney College of the Arts before moving to Tasmania where he began work on an unemployment project at Burnie. He started writing plays about local issues such as the downgrading of the Burnie pulp mill and the effect unemployment had on the town. Rankin has become known for his work in comedy, mainstream theatre, experimental community based projects, film and television. His work has been included in Tasmania, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Edinburgh Festivals and his plays have set box office records. Rankin has also provided expertise in community cultural development, project design, writing, directing and editing
Rankin divides his time between writing for commercial productions and working with non-profit organisations (such as BIG hART) which seek to promote social change through artistic collaboration within communities. In 1992 Scott Rankin and John Bakes established BIG hART Inc and since then Rankin has initiated, mentored and/or created over 20 productions for BIG hART - working primarily with disadvantaged people in regional, rural and isolated areas of Australia.Source: Jane Albert, 'The Rankin File', The Weekend Australian 1-2 February 2003: R16-17; Regional Arts NSW website, http://www.regionalartsnsw.com.au (Sighted: 28/03/2007)
Translator June Oscar is a prominent community leader in the Kimberley, Western Australia, and Chairperson of the Bunuba Dwangarri Aboriginal Corporation. She obtained a Business degree from Notre Dame University, and is a director of Bunuba Films, and the CEO of Marninwarntikura Women's Resource Centre in Fitzroy Crossing.
'Stephen Page is a descendant of the Nunukul, Munaldjali and Yugambeh people of south-east Queensland, and one of a trinity of talented brothers David and Russell. With an international reputation as a leading artistic director and choreographer, he is a former dancer for the Sydney Dance Company, and has been the Artistic Director of Bangarra Dance Theatre since 1991. Bangarra's unique productions merge traditional and contemporary dance, oral traditions and social history, and have been acclaimed on the national and international touring circuits. His achievements include the Sidney Myer Individual Award as Artistic Director of the Adelaide Bank Festival of the Arts in 2004; the Matilda Award for Contribution to the Arts in Queensland in 2002; and two Helpmann Awards: Best Choreography for "Corroboree" in 2001, and Best New Australian Work and Best Dance Work for "Skin" in 2000.'
Source: apt5.asiapacifictriennial.com (Sighted 28/09/2007).
Justin Monjo is the son of American writer F. N. Monjo, who wrote over twenty children's books. Justin Monjo was born in New York City, and came to Australia in the mid-1980s to study acting at the National Institute of Dramatic Art. He worked as an actor for ten years before switching to writing.
Monjo's earliest television scripts were for police drama Wildside (1997-1999). He followed this with the script for American feature film Cement (2000), the neo-noir crime film that marked American actor Adrian Pasdar's directorial debut: the film won awards at both the AngelCiti Film Festival and WorldFest Houston. Monjo followed Cement with scripts for another Australian crime drama, 2002's Young Lions.
Monjo's largest body of work during the late 1990s and early 2000s, however, was for American-Australian science-fiction program Farscape. Of the nine Australian script-writers who worked on Farscape, Monjo was the single most prolific, scripting fourteen of the program's eighty-eight episodes, earning a 'creative consultant' credit on a number of others, and working as co-executive producer for the program.
Monjo continued to produce individual scripts for television programs after the cancellation of Farscape in 2003, including for The Strip and Rush. In 2004, he scripted the successful tele-movie The Alice, which led in 2005 to the spin-off television series The Alice, co-created by Monjo and Robyn Sinclair, but cancelled after a single season. Since then, his work has included the Russell Mulcahy shark-attack film Bait (2012) and the forthcoming Paper Giants: Magazine Wars and Three Dog Night (both slated for 2013).
Dundiwuy was the artist of the Marakulu clan who painted the 1968 bark petition, which featured the major ancestral spirit Wuyal and ashed the Government to retain the original name of Nhumbuluy for the mining city of Gove. He was one of the signatories for the Yirrkala Bark Petition 1963. (Chiara Gamboz 2012)
'Mr Wali Wunungmurra is a senior elder of the Dhalwangu Clan from North East Arnhem Land [Northern Territory]. Mr Wunungmurra is the sixth Chairman of the Northern Land Council and he lives in Yarrkala and on his Homeland. Born and educated at Yirrkala, Mr Wunungmurra studied in Brisbane [Queensland] before returning home to assist the Yolngu Clans during the historic Gove Land Rights case in 1971. Mr Wunungmurra has a long history in the struggle for land rights. He is a signatory of the Yirrkala bark petition, one of the earliest claims to land rights in Australia, presented to the Australian Parliament in 1963.'
Source: www.nalwt.gov.au (Sighted 22/11/2011)
Munggurawuy Yunupingu was ceremonial leader, custodian of knowledge and keeper of the law for the Gumatj clan of the Yirritja moiety in north-east Arnhem Land. He had assisted Birrikitji Gumana and Barritjin Maymuru in painting the Yirritja church panels now housed in the Buku-Larrngay Mulka Museum at Yirrkala. Munggurawuy had also painted Yirritja designs on the Yirrkala bark petitions presented to Federal Parliament in 1963, which outlined Yolngu grievances over the intrusion of mining interests in Arhem Land.
Djalalingba Yunupingu is a Gumatj Elder, storyteller and marine conservationist in the Northern Territory. He was instrumental in establishing the Dhimurru Land Management Corporation which pioneered Indigenous land care and conservation. He was also one of the signatories of the Yirrkala Bark Petitions 1963. (Source: www.mulka.org; Yirrakala Bark Petitions 1963)
On the 1 January, 1963 at Eastern Arnhem Land, Northern Territory the Yolngu people of Yirrkala sent bark petitions written in the Yirrkala language, to the House of Representatives in protest against the Commonwealth's granting of mining rights to Nabalco over 390 square kilometres of their traditional land excised from Arnhem Land reserve. This petition was encouraged by the Reverend E. Wells, Gordon Bryant M.H.R. and Kim Beazley M.H.R. The result was a parliamentary inquiry which recommended that compensation was owed to the Yolngu. However, in a subsequent court case in 1972 (Milurrpum v Nabalco), the Yolgnu people were not able to establish their native title at common law.
The Yirrkala stated in the petition that the government had leased the land away without consultation with or regards to the Yirrkala's traditional way of life. The petition made the government set up a special committee to examine the process of leasing land and it was decided that monetary compensation or land grants would be made for land that was excised. This was not enough for the Yirrkala people; they issued writs to the Northern Territory Supreme Courts against Nabalco. The judgement handed down said that the Yirrkala's spiritual link with country did not constitute property right in Australia's law.
Milirrpum was a traditional leader of the Rirratjingu clan, his spiritual birth place was in Rarrkala, near the Wessell Island group. In March 1970 he participated and represented his people in the case Milirrpum and Others v Nabalco Pty Ltd and the Commonwealth of Australia, in the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory. Milirrpum is one of the signatory on the Yirrkala Bark Petitions 1963. (Source: Buku-Larrnggay Mulka, Yirrkala N.T. website: yirrkala.com)