Our Team

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ACT

Shannon Wilson-McClinton

A communications graduate of the University of Canberra, Shannon has been active in the production industry for more than twenty years.  She brings both breadth and depth of experience to her work, having filled production roles in government, corporate, advertising and broadcast television spaces as well as feature film.  She offers a deep understanding of the production process, strong organisation skills, a stellar list of contacts, a positive attitude and a genuine passion for what she does.

Shannon produced the interstitial series Australian by Degree, filmed on three continents and broadcast internationally, she was line producer on the feature Joe Cinque’s Consolation has produced countless hours of commercial, corporate and government programming.  More recently, she co-produced the feature film Hearts and Bones, starring Hugo Weaving due for release mid 2019. 

Shannon also holds a Graduate Diploma in Screen Business from the Australian Film, Television and Radio School and brings to every assignment knowledge, experience and a passionate commitment to the production industry.

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NSW

Megan Riakos

Megan is a writer, director and producer with 18 years experience in the film industry, culminating in her debut feature Crushed. She combines this work with her role as a Co-Founder and Board Member of the Not-For-Profit organisation  Women in Film and Television Australia, where she is a vocal advocate for women in the screen industries. She is also on the steering committee of NOW Australia. 

Through her work at WIFT, Megan successfully negotiated changes to the AACTA Awards selection process to ensure a more fair and transparent awards, established the Raising Films Australia initiative to address the obstacles facing parents and carers in the screen industry, helped to develop the Safer Workplace Strategies Forum to help combat sexual harassment in the screen industry and launched a number of programs to assist women to advance their screen careers including Big Screen Sister Mentorship Program and the In The Works test screening night where members can get feedback on their works in progress. 

In 2017, Megan launched Hemlock & Cedar Films, a production company that merges these two fields of advocacy and creativity - focusing on female-led screen content.

 
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NT

Anna Cadden

Anna has 18 years experience working in remote locations with First Nations people across Queensland, Northern Territory, Western Australia and South Australia, facilitating the production of hundreds of local films and providing film and local broadcasting training.

Anna created and produced the ground-breaking ABC Indigenous comedy series, 8MMM Aboriginal Radio with Brindle Films. She produced the ICTV series: Our Place in 2015, and 2 seasons of Card Stories in 2016 and 2018.  Anna produced PAW Media’s Yarripiri’s Journey for NITV in 2018 and was the Line Producer on the feature documentary Finke: There and Back that premiered at 2018 Sydney Film Festival. She is currently producing an hour long documentary for NITV called Not Just Numbers.

As well as producing, Anna is an established cinematographer of documentaries, including Aboriginal Rules (2007, ABC), Queen of the Desert (2012, ABC2), Yarripiri’s Journey (2018, NITV) and Not Just Numbers (2019, NITV).

 
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SA

Kath McIntyre

Director, Writer and Producer Kath McIntyre has produced/directed broadcast factual television. She has worked with Network 10, Channel 9, SBS and PBS in America. 

She is currently working as Field Producer on RBT for Channel 9 and Screentime. Her directing documentary credits include: Team Kids Easter Appeal (Channel 9, 25 x 5 min documentaries, 2017 & 2016), Risking it All (SBS, Ep 1, 26 min, 2006), Parachilna 5730 (SBS, 26 min, 2002) and Great Australian Train Journeys (PBS, 3 x 52 min, 1996). 

As well as working as a producer and director, she also worked at the South Australian Film Corporation in drama/documentary development and investment. 

She was also producer of marketing and distribution on the documentaries The Ride (2013 Foxtel) and The Vasectomist (SBS 2013) and the feature film Touch (2014). Kath has raised over $150,000 in crowdfunding for film projects and has also been successful in raising private finance from philanthropists. 

She is the SA board member of WIFT Australia, is the Program Director of the Screenmakers Conference and is currently based in Adelaide and has a slate of documentary projects in development.

 
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NSW

Ana Tiwary

Ana is a director/producer and runs the Sydney-based production company indiVisual films. She holds a Masters in Film from the US, and has lived/worked in many different parts of the world including Germany, India, West Africa, Canada and Australia - which has been her home for the past twelve years. From mainstream Bollywood cinema, TV shows and commercials, to National Geographic Channel and ABC TV, Ana has experience working across drama as well as documentary.

She created the Diversity in Australian Media Facebook community ten years ago and is an advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion. She served on the WIFT NSW committee for six years, creating and running the Media Mentorship for Women program which was funded by Screen NSW. In 2009, Ana was the finalist for the NSW Woman of the Year Award. She was one of the members of the Natalie Miller Fellowship Sydney committee and presently serves on the WIFT Australia Board as well as the NOW Australia committee. In 2015, she was selected by Screen Australia for the 'Ones to Watch' producers and recently participated in the Screen Australia Developing the Developer program. This year Ana was selected for the Screen Australia Talent Plus program, which involved a three month attachment at See-Saw Films and mentorship with Emile Sherman (Kings Speech, Lion). Currently, Ana is creating a development hub at indiVisual films to generate a diverse slate of film and TV projects.

 
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VIC

Andrea Buck

Andrea has worked as a film producer, writer and development executive in Australia, Hollywood, and South Africa, mostly in features and also wildlife and conservation docs. Her film The Jammed broke box office records, won a sweep of awards and was hailed by lead critics as the best film of 2007.  Andrea holds a Masters in Screen Art & Business from AFTRS, is a TEDx Speaker, sits on the boards of both WIFT (Vic) and WIFT (Australia), and works as a course convenor of business in the Creative Industries, at Compton School.  In her pursuit of social justice and equity Andrea takes on challenging themes in her work. Through her Women In Creative Leadership grant from Film Victoria and the Natalie Miller fellowship, she spent time researching the Diversity Bonus with the aim of taking her findings to the creative industries.

 
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International Liaison

Claudia Keech

Claudia Keech OAM has a 25 year track record in the industry. She is an Executive Member of Women in Film in the USA, an active International member of AACTA, Australians In Film, MEAA and WISE. 

As CEO of Australian American Media Claudia has produced TV Specials for Time Inc, headed PR in the USA for The Australian Film Commission and was a co-founder/ Director of The Australian American Chamber of Commerce in the USA. 

Claudia was awarded an OAM for her work in the promotion of Australian film. She launched motherinc.com.au, the first online magazine in Australia and created significant social changes for working mothers and fathers. Claudia works with both USA and Australian based Producers. She has her own Television Series and Feature Film in Pre-Production. 

In her role as International Liaison, Claudia is positioned to support WIFT Members moving into the international marketplace.

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QLD

Katrina Irawati Graham (Chairperson)

Katrina was instrumental in bringing together women filmmakers across the country to form WIFT Australia, a national advocacy body for gender parity and representation of women in the Australian screen industry. She is the Chair and Queensland board member for WIFT Australia. She is both a founding member and a board member of NOW Australia, a not for profit organization to combat sexual harassment and bullying in Australian workplaces.

Katrina is an award winning writer and director as well as an emerging playwright. Her play, Siti Rubiyah, developed through the LOTUS program, is currently optioned by Contemporary Asian Australian Performance (CAAP). It recently had booked out works in progress showings at the Sydney Festival and development at Sydney Theatre Company’s Rough Draft program. Katrina’s memory play, Bi Empat, emerged from Playlab’s Incubator program and is part of La Boite’s 2019 Highway Festival. She celebrates her Indonesian-Australian heritage and champions representations of diversity.

 
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TAS

Briony Kidd

Briony grew up in Tasmania and is a graduate of VCA School of Film & Television in Melbourne. Her acclaimed short film, Gothic melodrama The Room at the Top of the Stairs, screened at many festivals internationally and was licensed by AMC’s Shudder platform. Her short thriller Watch Me will soon be released as part of an anthology feature film produced by Megan Riakos (Crushed) in association with Enzo Tedeschi (The Tunnel). She’s also written for animation and is a playwright and theatre director, best known for the Radio Gothic collective, which presented new works at Dark Mofo in 2016 and 2017. 

Most recently, she was funded for development through Screen Australia and Screen Tasmania to develop ‘psycho-biddy’ post-apocalyptic thriller The Motel at the End of the World, in collaboration with producer Catherine Pettman and script editor Sean Byrne (The Loved Ones, Devil’s Candy), with Rolf De Heer (Bad Boy Bubby, Ten Canoes) as project mentor.

Briony is also a script editor and consultant, a freelance writer specialising in arts and film and a film programmer. In 2012 she co-founded Stranger With My Face International Film Festival, which promotes female perspectives in genre filmmaking. 

 
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WA

Alexandra Nell

Alexandra Nell is a bi-coastal artist, working in film and television in the United States and Australia. Graduating from the National Institute of Dramatic Art in 2015, Alexandra was recognised as the first person in history to take out three prestigious awards, including; Hazel Treweek ‘Excellence in Shakespeare’ Award, Keith Bain ‘Excellence in Movement’ Award, and the Leslie Walford Scholarship for ‘Creative Achievement’. 

Post graduating, Alexandra starred in the the short film We Were Here directed by David Vincent Smith, winning the Jaguar Award for 'Best Performance by an Actress' at the 28th annual Western Australian Screen Awards. 

In 2018, Alexandra completed filming the following projects; the Australian feature film Koko: A Red Dog Story, co-produced by Nelson Woss (Red Dog, Ned Kelly) and Lauren Brunswick (Top Knot Detective), the Matchbox Pictures / ABC co-production of the Television drama series The Heights alongside noted Australian actress Roz Hammond, the Screenwest and Screen Australian funded web-series; Single Ladies, and the Screenwest funded short film Burden, directed by David Vincent Smith. All are to release in 2019. 

Alexandra is currently filming in New Mexico, for the upcoming Netflix film Rattlesnake, directed by Zak Hilditch (1922, These Final Hours) starring alongside Carmen Ejogo (True Detective s3, The Girlfriend Experience s2). Alexandra holds a valid 01 working visa, and is available for local hire. 

 
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QLD

Ljudån Michaelis-Thorpe

Ljudan brings a fresh and rich Indigenous perspective that seeks to engage and contribute to the empowerment of women in the film and television industry. She runs her own company Zerodivide Productions

Ljudan identifies as a Bidjara and Dhunghutti woman with extensive experience in Indigenous governance, entrepreneurial business development, leadership, philanthropic funding and cultural competency training and facilitation. She has a Bachelor of Indigenous Studies (major Trauma & Healing) and an Associate Degree in Health Sciences (Aboriginal Health and Community Development).

She is completing her Masters in Screen Production at Griffith Film School, Griffith University. Ljudan's current film Never Stop Playing is touring the Qld film festival circuit as a winner of part of the B.OLD initiative. She is a regular contributor to the NITV documentary series Our Stories, Our Way. She has recently launched into VR and immerisve media with Tony St George creating Indigenous content for health and wellbeing.

Currently, Ljudan sits on the board of Bidjara Digital Aboriginal Corporation which focuses on revitalisation of the cultural arts through digital archiving, film projects and dance/theatre/arts programs.  She is active in the WIFT Queensland chapter and is the Diversity Committee Member.