The lack of Australian voices and stories in film severely impacted how I viewed myself and others. It influenced the interactions I had with the world around me, and as a not-so masculine, Maltese and Macedonian-Australian, and eventually confused queer kid I struggled to retain a sense of identity and belonging in a landscape that was essentially telling me that my voice did not matter -- that our stories, as diverse Australians, were lesser than.
Entertainment and stories have the capacity to influence and inspire us, to persuade and challenge our beliefs, and teach us to better understand ourselves as individuals and collective beings. As a producer I get to be involved in that change, actively challenging and confronting audiences as well as the industry. As I have done with the grassroots #LoveOzYA campaign in the local book industry -- challenging the perception teens and young adults have towards Australian stories and convincing them to read and talk more about Australian experiences -- I have the desire to do the same for the screen industry, by protecting and prolonging our Australian screen identity both in front of and behind the camera.
As a producer I am interested in working on projects in all stages of development and from all mediums, including VR, theatrical and exhibition spaces. I love thought-provoking stories that challenge audiences consisting of complex characters and confronting themes.
Please request a CV if you are interested in collaborating on any project or employing me on your producrtion.
I am a graduate of Swinburne, having studied a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Psychophysiology) in 2013 and a Bachelor of Film and Television (Animation) in 2017. I am currently at the Victorian College of the Arts-The University of Melbourne completing a Master of Producing.