Constance on the Edge

BELINDA MASON

Director

Belinda first met Constance and her family in 2006, a year after they’d arrived in Australia, whilst directing the documentary I’ll Call Australia Home. Constance’s extended family featured in the documentary, telling the story of two refugee families from Burma and Sudan. Full of optimism, they were among the first Sudanese to be resettled in Wagga Wagga in regional NSW.
Constance on the Edge picks up the story, casting a new light on the refugee experience in Australia.
Belinda has over twenty years’ experience in documentary directing. Her films have broadcast on major Australian networks, sold around the world and screened at international film festivals.
She’s has won a number of awards for her films, including: the 1998 Human Rights Award for Media for her acclaimed documentary Little Brother, Little Sister; the prestigious Gold Hugo Award at the Chicago International Film and Television Competition for City of Dreams; and Growing Up and Going Home was winner of the 2007 Sydney Film Festival Rouben Mamoulian Award.


MARGUERITE GREY

Producer

When Belinda first showed me some footage of Constance I found her to have a strong and engaging screen presence and immediately wanted to know more about her.
Constance and her family have shown great generosity of heart in sharing their stories – in doing so there is an opportunity for us all to learn how we can create more inclusive communities to welcome people with refugee backgrounds.
Marguerite has worked as an independent producer and production manager for many years primarily in documentary. Over two years she produced the observational documentary Something To Sing About featuring the Sydney gay and lesbian choir (Rouben Mamoulian Award, Sydney Film Festival).
Her series television credits include Yarramundi Kids and Stretton on Saturday. Marguerite was production manager on 12 episodes of the children’s drama series Elly & Jools and 6 independent documentaries: The Last Husky, Heroes of our Time, Wildlife Criminals, Eclipse of the Man Made Sun, Island of Lies, Blood and Sweat & Tears and the feature length docudrama Act of Necessity.


JO PARKER

Director of Photography

Jo has 30 years’ experience shooting documentaries, new media projects and broadcast television.

Credits include Forbidden TV series for Beyond International and Discovery Channel USA, filming in Thailand and Japan, the Taboo series for National Geographic USA, filmed in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. Also for National Geographic USA Jo filmed and directed Lonely Planet: Roads Less Travelled, a one hour documentary set in Israel and the West Bank. Jo has also shot many series and one off documentaries for ABC and SBS, including The Abbey: TV Series, Cave in the Snow, Once My Mother, The Producers (also writer/director) and The Diplomat (shared credit). Jo has also filmed for TV programs such as Who Do You Think You Are, Bondi Rescue, and Making Australia Happy.

Jo has also taught filmmaking and camera skills at NSW University, AFTRS, Metro TV, Sydney Uni, Macquarie Uni, ABC TV, Fairfax Media, various indigenous communities in Australia, as well as and to broadcast cameramen in Pakistan.

DENISE HASLEM

ASE Editor

Denise Haslem ASE is an accredited screen editor with over thirty five years’ experience. Her achievements include the award winning productions Australia Daze, For All the World to See, Mabo - Life of an Island Man, Lonely Boy Richard, The Safe House and Who Killed Dr Bogle and Mrs Chandler?.

Her more recent editing credits include the 5 part On Trial series, three episodes of The Making of Modern Australia, Recipe for Murder, series editor and co-editor for the 10 part series Dancing Down Under and the feature documentaries Make Hummus Not War, Once My Mother, Tyke: Elephant Outlaw, Baxter and Me and Constance on the Edge.

SUSAN DANTA

Animator

Susan Danta is recognised internationally for her work in short-form animated documentaries. She has over 15 years of experience in the film and television industry and received numerous awards for her animated short films. She is a member of the prestigious Australian Director’s Guild.

Susan’s most recent work is a 10-part animated interstitial series titled Heirlooms. This series received the Best TV Series award at BAF (2010) and a Silver Award at the Mumbai International Film Festival (2012) and screened in competition at numerous festivals including the Annecy International Animation Festival.

Her previous films include Mother Tongue which received a number of awards as well as an AFI nomination for Best Animation (2003); Amine (2006) an animated documentary; and student films The Bronze Mirror (2007), Shadowplay and Driving Home (1999) which have all received awards and travelled extensively at festivals.

ANTONY PARTOS

Composer

Antony Partos is one of Australia’s most awarded film composers. His passion lies in creating scores that blend both acoustic and electronic elements alongside an eclectic mix of exotic instruments.

His feature film credits include Animal Kingdom (AFI Award for Best Feature Score) The Rover, Disgrace, The Home Song Stories, (AFI Award for best feature score) and Unfinished Sky (AFI Award for best feature score).

His evocative scores for TV Drama include The Slap (AGSC Award for Best TV Theme), Mabo (AGSC Award for Best Telemovie Score), Rake (AGSC Award for best music in a TV Series and best song for a TV drama), Redfern Now (AACTA Award for best music score in television).

Recent projects include the U.S feature film 99 Homes, the award winning score for the feature film Tanna (Film Critics Circle Award), the epic feature documentary Sherpa (winner of the AGSC as well as AACTA award for best music for a documentary) alongside Australia’s most popular drama series Love Child.

MITZI GOLDMAN

Executive Producer

Mitzi is a founder and CEO of the Documentary Australia Foundation, which connects social impact documentaries with philanthropists and the social sector to inspire and enable social change through storytelling. Through her production company, Looking Glass Pictures, Mitzi has written, produced, edited and directed award winning international documentaries for 30 years. Her films have screened in festivals around the world and have received many nominations and awards.

Ka-Ching! Pokie Nation, her most recent production, was broadcast on the ABC late 2015 and has already been nominated for 3 awards, 2 ATOM (Australian Teachers of Media) Awards and Best Documentary from the Australian Director’s Guild. Previous credits include End of the Rainbow, winner of 8 international awards and A Common Purpose winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Sydney Film Festival in 2011.

From 2002 – 2008 Mitzi was Co-Head of Documentary at AFTRS (Australian Film Television and Radio School). Mitzi has a Phd in Cultural Studies.

ALLISON HENRY

Impact Producer

Allison Henry is the Founding Director of Millwood Consulting.

Allison has extensive experience around refugee and asylum seeker issues, having previously worked at the Refugee Review Tribunal and Australian Human Rights Commission. Between 2008 and 2011 Allison served as an advisor to the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Senator Chris Evans, and a senior advisor in Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s office in the Immigration and Citizenship and Attorney General portfolios.

As a consultant Allison was contracted by the Commonwealth Ombudsman’s office to lead the drafting of its 2013 report into Suicide and Self Harm in the Immigration Detention Network. She has worked with Migration Council Australia on a number of policy, research and writing projects relating to economic migration and settlement, and in 2014 and 2015 designed and delivered a series of ‘Navigating Government’ workshops to members of the Settlement Council of Australia.

In 2015 Allison produced a major report, Mapping the Advocacy Capacity of the Refugee and Asylum Seeker Sector – documenting the work of dozens of organisations across Australia working to support asylum seekers and refugees – and a follow up report, mapping the interest and appetite of philanthropic organisations supporting these organisations and projects.

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