The Creative Team

Director and Writer

Joan has been producing, writing and directing documentaries since 1999. Her first documentary “Froggie’s Gone” was a popular inclusion and finalist in numerous film festivals throughout Australia, including the ATOM Awards, and was the winner of the Sydney Fringe Tranzfix Multimedia Festival in 2000.

Since then Joan has produced, written and directed numerous documentaries, including one shot in a remote East Timorese village and two commissioned by the Electrical Trades Union.  “Standing Together” is a case study of an industrial dispute, and “Hold the Line” takes viewers inside one of Australia’s most powerful unions as it takes on the Australian Government and its draconian industrial relations laws.


Producer and Writer

John has been producing award-winning documentaries for nearly twenty years. His programs have sold to ABC TV, SBS, Channel 4, ARTE, The Canadian History Channel and TV Ontario. His programs have won numerous awards in Australia and have been screened at several international festivals.

In 2001 John produced and directed Thomson of Arnhem Land for Film Australia and the ABC. Thomson won the $15,000 NSW Premiers History Award, an AFI Award for Editing and was nominated for awards at Banff and Shanghai TV Festivals. His 2005 documentary about Bertram Wainer Abortion, Corruption & Cops was nominated at the 2005 Australian Film Institute (AFI) Awards and screened at the 2006 Sydney Film Festival.

In 2008 John produced two major docu-dramas for the ABC: “Menzies and Churchill at War” starring Bud Tingwell and Matthew King and “Monash and the Anzac Legend” starring somewhat ironically Menzies’ grandson, Robert Menzies.

Editor and Co-Writer

Steven Robinson is an award-winning editor who divides his time between documentary and drama. Steven won Best Editing at the Australian Screen Editors Awards in 2008 for his work on “Choir of Hard Knocks”. Some of the programs he has edited include “MDA”(Winner Best Drama AFI 2003), “Menzies and Churchill at War”, “Bed of Roses”, “Monash the Forgotten Anzac”, “Kath and Kim”, “Eye of the Storm: Monsoon” (Winner Chicago International Television Festival) “Outback House”, “Something in the Air” (Winner Best Episode in a Drama Series), “Silver Sun”, “Bushfire Summer” and “The Art of Bill Henson”.

Director of Photography

Peter Zakharov began his working career as a news cameraman at Channel Seven Melbourne. Since going freelance in 1983, he has been involved in innumerable productions both documentary and drama, from low budget video to 35mm feature films. In 1987 Peter shared a Gold Award for Cinematography from the Australian Cinematographer’s Society for his work on the feature “In Too Deep” directed by John Tatoulis. Other projects include cinematography on the feature “Takeaway” and the documentary series “Roads Less Travelled” for Lonely Planet Television.


Director of Photography

Ian Jones ACS is an accomplished DOP with credits across all genres that include Feature Film, TV Drama and TVCs. Ian’s features include “The Tracker”, “Ten Canoes”, “The Final Winter” and “Alexandra’s Project”. Ian’s work has been met with widespread critical acclaim and he has been recognised with numerous awards, including Best Cinematography for “Ten Canoes” by the judges of the AFI Awards, IF Awards and The Film Critic Circle of Australia Awards.



David Bridie recently released his third solo album Succumb. He is well known for his work with the bands Not Drowning Waving and My Friend the Chocolate Cake as well as his collaborations with other artists including PNG’s Telek. He has also composed many soundtracks for the screen including “The Circuit”, “RAN”, “Weary” and “The Man Who Sued God”.


Production Manager

Lisa Horler is a writer, director and producer working in documentary and new media. Lisa’s first documentary, Writers…The Real Story (1995) screened at the Banff Television Festival. She has produced and directed documentaries for Australian broadcast – “Levantes” (1998) SBS, “From Here to Ithaca” (2002) SBS, and “Made in Heaven” (2005) ABC. She recently Produced “Alone in A Crowded Room” (2009), a documentary about adults with autism through her company Licketty Split. It aired on the ABC in May 2010.

Lisa’s first website project Somazone, created in 1999, is one of Australia’s most popular health sites for young people. Lisa also worked for the Australian Children’s Television Foundation from 1999-2002 in the New Media Unit managing all website and software development including Kahootz 2.0.

Lisa worked at 360 Degree Films as a Line Producer/Production Manager for  “Menzies and the Fate of Australia”, “Monash and the Anzac Legend” and “The Trial”. She produced “Charles Bean’s Great War” with Producer John Moore. Currently she is working for John Moore Productions on “Gallipoli From Above”.

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