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COMMISSIONERS' PROFILE


Sue Milliken

[Appointed 9 December 1992 as Commissioner for three years]

[Reappointed 28 October 1993 as Chairman for three years]

Sue Milliken is one of Australia's leading film producers. Her credits include The Odd Angry Shot and Fighting Back [both with Tom Jeffrey] and The Fringe Dwellers. In 1990-91 Ms Milliken was the Australian producer for Bruce Beresford's Black Robe, the first official feature film co-production between Australia and Canada. Her latest production is the feature film Sirens directed by John Duigan and released in 1994.

In 1980 she set up the Australian operation of the completion guarantor, Film Finances, and continues to manage its Australian activities through Samson Productions.

Sue chaired a review in 1992 of the West Australian film industry for the West Australian Department for the Arts. In 1993 she received the Australian Film Institute's Raymond Longford Award for her contribution to the industry.

Ms Milliken is a life member of the Screen Production Association of Australia and served for four years as a member of the Film and Literature Board of Review.



Christopher Stewart

[Appointed 21 March 1991 as Deputy Chairman for three years]

[Reappointed 13 April 1994 as Deputy Chairman for three years]

Christopher Stewart is Chairman of the Bank of Melbourne. He spent seven years with a firm of chartered accountants and then became a partner and eventually Managing Partner of Pacific Film Productions.

Over a 16 year period Pacific Films produced some 400 films ­ children's adventure films, television series, documentaries and a feature. In 1972 Mr Stewart entered the finance industry and eventually became Chief Executive and Chairman of the Bank of Melbourne.

He is a director of a number of public companies and has been a member of a number of industry and government committees.




Catherine Robinson

[Appointed 21 March 1991]

Cathy Robinson is the Chief Executive of the Australian Film Commission, a position she took up in August 1989.

Prior to her appointment as Chief Executive, Ms Robinson held the position of Director, Cultural Activities [now known as the Industry and Cultural Development Branch] at the Australian Film Commission. From May 1980, until she joined the Australian Film Commission in April 1986, Ms Robinson was Co-ordinator of the South Australian Media Resource Centre in Adelaide.

She is a regular guest speaker at art forums and seminars throughout Australia, has been a judge for film industry award presentations, is currently a Commissioner of the AFC and is on the Board of the Communications Law Centre and the Humanities School Advisory Committee of the University of Technology in Sydney.

Ms Robinson studied Journalism at the South Australian College of Advanced Education and Arts at Flinders University in Adelaide.




John Sexton

[Appointed 27 October 1988 for three years]

[Reappointed 26 October 1991 for three years]

John Sexton is one of the most experienced and successful producers in Australia.

He has worked extensively in Australia, the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States in feature film production, satellite and cable television and radio. He is experienced as a writer, researcher, reporter, on camera interviewer and film director. He has completed more than 120 documentaries and has produced corporate communications and company promotions for more than 50 multinational companies.

Mr Sexton's film credits include Fatty Finn, Ginger Meggs, Phar Lap, Burke And Wills, Outback, Crimebroker, Seventh Floor, Back of Beyond, Blackwater Trail and the mini-series Bodysurfer.

John's term as a Commissioner ended on 26 October 1994.




Laura Jones

[Appointed 26 October 1991 for three years]

[Reappointed 7 December 1994 for three years]

Laura Jones is a screen writer. Her feature film credits include the original screenplay for High Tide [1987], directed by Gillian Armstrong, produced by Sandra Levy and starring Judy Davis; and the adaptation of Janet Frame's autobiography An Angel At My Table [1990], directed by Jane Campion and produced by John Maynard and Bridget Ikin.

Her television credits include the original teleplays Everyman For Herself and Cold Comfort in the Spring and Fall Series, ABC.

Ms Jones has been the recipient of three Australian Writers' Guild Awards, the New South Wales Premier's Prize for Screen Writing for High Tide in 1988, the New South Wales Premier's Prize for Screen Writing for An Angel At My Table in 1990, and the Best Screenplay New Zealand Film Award for An Angel At My Table in 1991.

She has recently completed two feature film adaptations: Peter Carey's Oscar And Lucinda to be directed by Gillian Armstrong and Henry James' The Portrait Of A Lady to be directed by Jane Campion.

Laura is currently working on an adaptation of Jane Smiley's novel A Thousand Acres.




Liz Mullinar

[Appointed 26 October 1991 for three years]

[Reappointed 7 December 1994 for three years]

Liz Mullinar is the principal of Liz Mullinar Casting Consultants, Australia's most awarded casting consultancy. She is said to have more film and television credits than anyone else in Australia, having cast many of our most important feature films and television series.

Liz trained as an actress and drama teacher in London before migrating to Australia in 1965. She became our first independent casting director when she established her company in 1969. The company now has eight senior consultants with offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Her theatre interests include positions of the Chair of Belvoir Street, Board member of the Griffin Theatre Company, and Board of Studies of the National Institute of Dramatic Arts [NIDA]. She is also a Director of Barron Entertainment.




Robert Campbell

[Appointed 26 October 1991 for three years]

Robert Campbell began his career in the Australian media in 1972 as a Research Officer. Two years later he made the move to television to ATV-10 in Melbourne as a Research Manager and went on to become National Marketing Manager in 1975 and Director of Sales and Marketing in 1978.

In 1982 Mr Campbell was appointed Station Manager of ATV-10 Melbourne and at the same time became a Director of the holding company, Austarama Television.

He moved to Brisbane two years later to join the Qintex Limited Group of Companies as the General Manager of Commercial Television Station TVQ-O [now TVQ-10] Brisbane and subsequently also became Chief Executive of Universal Telecasters. He also acted as Deputy Director of the 1984 Olympic Games for the Ten Network.

In August 1987 he was appointed Chief Executive of the Seven Network and in August 1991 he was appointed Managing Director of the Seven Network and a member of the Board. On 22 June 1995, Robert Campbell resigned as Managing Director of the Seven Network Limited.

Robert Campbell's term as a Commissioner ended on 26 October 1994.




Stuart Cunningham

[Appointed 9 December 1992 for three years]

Stuart Cunningham is a film and media studies academic with a special interest in policy.

Dr Cunningham has extensive experience in research, writing and teaching on television, film and related media, having worked in tertiary institutions in Australia, Canada and the United States over a period of 19 years. He has also worked as a Researcher and Policy Advisor at the Communications Law Centre and has won awards as a video maker.

Dr Cunningham is currently Associate Professor of Media Studies, School of Media and Journalism, Queensland University of Technology. Specialising in film, media, cultural studies and broadcasting policy, he has written three books, the most recent of which is Contemporary Australian Television [1994]. He is also co-editor of a major textbook The Media in Australia: Industries, Texts, Audiences [Allen and Unwin, 1993]. Dr Cunningham is an editor of the leading Australian media studies journal Media Information Australia.




Chris Noonan

[Appointed 27 October 1990 as Chairman for three years]

[Reappointed 13 April 1994 as Commissioner for one year]

Chris Noonan's involvement in film began at school where, at the age of 16, he directed Could It Happen Here?, a spoof on high school life.

In 1970 he began working for the Commonwealth Film Unit [now Film Australia] and on weekends during this two year period wrote and directed the short black comedy Garbo. In 1973 he won a place in the Australian Film, Television and Radio School's initial one year directors' course. At the school he made three films including the much acclaimed cinema short Bulls. In 1974 he returned to Film Australia as a director and made 12 films including the internationally successful cinema short about Darwin after Cyclone Tracy. His last film at Film Australia was the feature length telemovie Cass.

In 1979 he set up his own production company producing and directing Stepping Out, the prize winning documentary about a theatrical group of mentally handicapped people.

During the 1980s he turned to drama, co-writing and co-directing two major Kennedy­Miller mini­series, The Cowra Breakout and Vietnam. He also directed the telefeature The Riddle Of The Stinson and the controversial telefeature Police State.

He is currently working as a writer and director in Sydney. His feature film Babe, released internationally in 1995, was awarded the Major Prize as the Best Screenplay in any category at the 1995 AWGIE awards.

Chris Noonan resigned as a Commissioner on 12 January 1995.




David Parker

[Appointed 7 December 1994 for three years]

Regarded as the top movie stills photographer in Australia for many years, David Parker's credits include A Town Like Alice, The Man From Snowy River, Phar Lap, Burke And Wills, High Tide and Kangaroo.

In 1984 David wrote, shot and produced with director Nadia Tass, the feature film Malcolm, which won all eight Australian Film Institute [AFI] Awards for which it was nominated as well as numerous international awards. David was awarded the Premier's Literary Award in NSW as well as the Critics Award for the Best Screenplay.

David produced, wrote and shot Rikki & Pete in 1989, and David shot The Outsiders for Francis Coppola in 1987. David wrote, produced and shot The Big Steal which was released nationally and won three AFI awards in 1990, including Best Screenplay for David Parker.

In 1990 David directed the odd-ball comedy Hercules Returns with producer Phil Jaraslow. The film became an immediate cult hit and is still one of the top videos rented in Australia.

In 1991 David shot his first feature in the United States, Pure Luck, for Universal Studios. The following year he produced and shot Stark, a three hour mini-series for the BBC based on Ben Elton's best-seller. Cascade Films' next production will be a screenplay written by David for a feature film, Amy.

David is Director of Photography on Nadia Tass' new film, My Entire Life.




Bob Maza

[Appointed 9 June 1995 for three years]

Bob Maza is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Cultural Educator, Playwright and Media Entrepreneur. Born of an Aboriginal [Idinji] mother and Torres Strait Islander [Meriam] father, he grew up in Cairns. From humble schooling, he worked and travelled extensively throughout Australia, Canada and the United States acquiring a bank of skills which would culminate in his development as catalyst and innovator in the fields of black politics, the performing arts and cultural education.

From the late sixties he was among the first of Indigenous Australians to portray Black people in serious roles as opposed to the common stereotypes in mainstream Australian media. Maza was also involved in the direct action taken by Indigenous Australians in attaining self­government of their organisations, such as the Aboriginal Advancement League [Melbourne] and the Federal body of the National Tribal Council. He was also instrumental in the formation of Indigenous performing companies like the Nindethana [1970] and the National Black Theatre [1971].

In 1970 Maza was with a delegation that made representations to the 25th United Nations Assembly in New York, to highlight the Third World status of Indigenous Australians. In 1981 he was an official delegate to the World Indigenous Festival held in Canada. Maza's acting credits include the films Fringe Dwellers, Ground Zero and Reckless Kelly and his plays include Mereki and The Keepers.

In 1993 he was awarded an Order of Australia [AM] in recognition for work in the Arts and for his people.


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