At age 19, Amiel Courtin-Wilson's debut feature documentary, CHASING BUDDHA premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2000 and won many awards including best documentary at the Sydney Film Festival.
Having directed over 20 short films and five feature length films, Amiel has directed work for Opera Australia, Chunky Move contemporary dance company, and exhibited his video art internationally. His films have screened at the National Gallery of Victoria, MONA in Tasmania, the Gallery of New South Wales and he is a contributor to national and international film and art magazines and journals.
After forming the production entity Flood Projects in 2008, Amiel’s feature documentary, BASTARDY won the Best Documentary Jury Prize at the 2009 Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards (FCCA), Best Documentary at the ATOM Awards, was released theatrically to huge critical acclaim across Australia and was nominated for three Australian Film Institute (AFI) Awards.
Amiel’s short film CICADA premiered at Cannes Film Festival as part of Directors’ Fortnight in 2009 and won a slew of awards in Australia and internationally.
Amiel had his first solo exhibition of drawings at Utopian Slumps Gallery in Melbourne in 2009.
His dramatic feature film debut HAIL had its international premiere in competition at the Venice Film Festival (Orrizonti, 2011) and has screened at festivals around the world including Rotterdam, Istanbul, Karlovy Vary, and Munich. HAIL also won many awards internationally, as well as the Age Critics Award for best Australian feature at the Melbourne International Film Festival.
Amiel's most recent feature film RUIN won the Special Jury Prize in the Orrizonti competition of the Venice Film Festival in 2013- the first Australian feature film in twenty years to win an award at Venice. Ruin also recently won best Cinematography at the Tomorrow Film Festival in Moscow as well as Best Editing at the 56th Asia Pacific Film Festival in 2013.
Amiel was also recently commissioned to create a short film for the 70th Anniversary of the Venice Film Festival as part of a project called "Venice Future Reloaded" alongside directors such as Bernardo Bertolucci, Catherine Breillat, Monte Hellman and Atom Egoyan.
In 2014 Amiel is exhibiting a video installation at the MCA in Sydney as part of a Yoko Ono retrospective, developing several feature film projects of his own as well as producing four new innovative Australian Feature films from exciting first time directors.
Justin’s background as one of Australia’s best theatrical designers informs his strong visual storytelling as a director. Justin graduated from Victorian College of the Arts directing course in 2005 where he was awarded the Most Outstanding Postgraduate Student. His first short film, MEETING MISTY RAIN, won 2nd prize at Tropfest Film Festival, the world’s largest short film festival. His VCA graduating short, BLUE TONGUE, was screened in over 13 international films festivals including International Critic’s Week at the Cannes Film Festival, New York Film Festival and won Best Short at Melbourne International Film Festival.
Justin is a very successful commercials and music clip director – the Earth Hour campaign won a Titanium award at Cannes Lions in 2007 while his British Council spot won bronze the same year. His music video for The Mess Hall single PULSE won Best Music Clip and Audience Award at St Kilda Film Festival and KEEP WALKING for the same band won Best Music Clip of the Year in the Sydney Morning Herald.
Justin’s first feature film SNOWTOWN, produced by Warp Films Australia premiered at Adelaide Film Festival in 2011, winning the Audience Award. It has been released in the US, UK and most European countries, screening in over 15 international festivals including Toronto in 2011 and International Critics Week in Cannes in 2012, being awarded Special Distinction of the President.
Adam’s most recent feature credit is Lore for Porchlight Films, directed by Cate Shortland (Screened Sydney Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Hamptons Film Festival, Official Competition London Film Festival), with Adam receiving the Kodak Award for Cinematography at Hamptons Film Festival. Other features include Snowtown for director Justin Kurzel (Winner – Audience Award, Adelaide Film Festival) (Official Selection 2011 Critics Week, Cannes Film Festival – Special Mention), Adam nominated for an IF, AACTA and FCCA Award for Best Cinematography, David Michôd’s Animal Kingdom (Winner – Grand Jury Prize for World Cinema, Sundance Film Festival) and Blind Company. He finished work last year on television miniseries Top of the Lake, produced by See Saw Films and directed by Jane Campion and Garth Davis. Adam recently won an Emmy for his work on Top of the Lake.
His shorts include Bear and Yardbird, both of which screened at Cannes Film Festival, along with Cannes jury prize winning Jerrycan and I Love Sarah Jane. Adam was also nominated for an AFI Award for Best Cinematography and was the winner of Best Cinematography at the Jackson Hole Film Festival (USA) for his work on End of Town.
After graduating from a Bachelor of Laws and Arts, Amy Gebhardt has written and directed 8 short films, winning various international awards including Best Direction at the Flickerfest International Short Film Festival and Best Short Film at the Seattle International Film Festival for Look Sharp, which explores the iron will of a female photographer compelled to capture the underside of two sharpie gang members.
Amy has directed several documentaries for ABC and SBS, including Heart as part of the Matchbox Films’ Anatomy Series which follows the storms of love between an artist and muse winning Best Short Documentary at the Melbourne International Film Festival in 2008. In 2011 she completed a unique project partnering with Screen Australia and Youtube making a film from 100% Youtube user-generated content depicting a journey into the Australian psyche. We Were Here was nominated for the IF Award for Best Short Documentary.
Also impassioned by the art form of dance, Amy makes video art which explores aspects of human existence through movement and bold design. Into the Sun for example is a symbolic study of our intrinsic connection to the weather, exhibiting in the visual art collection of the Blake Prize Director’s Cut in 2011.
In acknowledgment of her multi-dimensional screen work, Amy was awarded Kodak Australia’s New Director of 2008 and was nominated for the Rising Talent Award at the Inside Film (IF) Awards after graduating from her Masters in Directing at AFTRS. In 2008, she also won the Australian Film Commission award for Excellence in Directing in recognition of her work produced during her Masters at AFTRS.
Further to her directorial skills, Amy is an accomplished Cinematographer shooting over 15 short films, multiple documentaries and Second Camera on various films including Justin Kurzel's Snowtown. She loves to keep her hand in the technical aspects of the craft.
By combining her love of cinematography, performance and documentary, Amy is committed to telling stories which visually inspire and push notions of the human spirit for multiple screen platforms. She is currently developing two feature projects one with support from Screen Australia and another using a non-traditional method of script development with non-actors. She works as a resident director at Flood Projects, dividing her time between innovative documentary making and video art projects.
Oren Ambarchi's works are hesitant and tense extended songforms located in the cracks between several schools: modern electronics and processing; laminal improvisation and minimalism; hushed, pensive songwriting; the deceptive simplicity and temporal suspensions of composers such as Morton Feldman and Alvin Lucier; and the physicality of rock music, slowed down and stripped back to its bare bones, abstracted and replaced with pure signal.
From the late 90's his experiments in guitar abstraction and extended technique have led to a more personal and unique sound-world incorporating a broader palette of instruments and sensibilities. On releases such as Grapes From The Estate and In The Pendulum's Embrace Ambarchi has employed glass harmonica, strings, bells, piano, drums and percussion, creating fragile textures as light as air which tenuously coexist with the deep, wall-shaking bass tones derived from his guitar. Ambarchi works with simple constructs and parameters; exploring one idea over an extended duration and patiently teasing every nuance and implication from each texture; the phenomena of sum and difference tones; carefully tended arrangements that unravel gently; unprepossessing melodies that slowly work their way through various permutations; resulting in an otherworldly,
cumulative impact of patiently unfolding compositions. Ambarchi has performed and recorded with a diverse array of artists such as Fennesz, Charlemagne Palestine, Lou Reed, Thomas Brinkmann, Keiji Haino, John Zorn, Merzbow, Jim O'Rourke, Keith Rowe, Phill Niblock, John Tilbury, Evan Parker, z'ev, Peter Rehberg and many more. Since 2004 Ambarchi has worked with American avant metal outfit Sunn 0))) contributing to many of their releases and side-projects including their Black One album from 2005 and the recent Monoliths & Dimensions release. Ambarchi co-produced an Australian television series on experimental music called Subsonics and curated the sound program for the 2008 Yokohama Triennale in addition to the 21:100:100 show, One Hundred Sound Works by One Hundred Artists from the 21st Century, for the Melbourne International Arts Festival. Since 2001 Ambarchi has toured Europe, Nth America and Japan regularly and has performed at major festivals such as ATP (UK), Sonar (Spain), Mutek (Canada), CTM (Germany), INA GRM (France), Tectonics (Iceland), Roskilde (Denmark), Etna Fest (Italy), Festival De Mexico (Mexico) and many more. Ambarchi has released numerous recordings for international labels such as Touch, Editions Mego, Southern Lord, Table Of The Elements and Tzadik. In 2003 his live release Triste received an 'honourary mention' in the Prix Ars Electronica digital music category. His latest solo release is Audience Of One on UK label Touch.