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Headquartered in Busselton, CinefestOZ extends to Margaret River and Bunbury for extension premieres, additional screenings and a unique Schools Program.

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Hugo Weaving - CinéfestOZ Screen Legend

Critically acclaimed film, TV and theatre performer, Hugo is one of our most celebrated actors.  His performances include sell out seasons of Uncle Vanya, Waiting for Godot, Macbeth, Endgame and Les Liasons Dangereuses. He has been praised for his many diverse film roles in The Adventures of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, The Matrix, The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Oranges and Sunshine, Last Ride, Little Fish, The Turning, Cloud Atlas and Strangerland.



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David Wenham - CinéfestOZ Patron and Jury Chair

David Wenham is an Australian actor with a formidable acting career, including major roles in film such as Lord of the Rings, Moulin Rouge, Van Helsing, Public Enemies and Australia. He is also known for his role in the critically acclaimed cable mini-series Top of the Lake, television mini-series Better Man and Australian box office hit Paper Planes. In 2013 he directed one of the interconnected stories from The Turning. He has just finished shooting Australian film Goldstone, due to be released next year.



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Wayne Blair - Jury

Wayne is a butchala man hailing from Queensland. He has been prolific in theatre, film and television in the last 15 years. Highlights from his stage career have been Othello for Bell Shakespeare and Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s direction of True West. He has directed, written and acted in the TV series Redfern Now and directed the Sapphires and most recently Septembers of Shiraz with Adrien Brody and Salma Hayek as the leads. He has just completed Cleverman for the ABC, a high genre, six one-hour television project working with Wetta, Goalpost and Red Arrow


Robyn Butler

Robyn runs Gristmill with her husband, Wayne Hope. With Wayne, she created, wrote, produced and starred in the award-winning The Librarians. Most recently, she co-created hit comedy, Upper Middle Bogan and has just completed production on the series Little Lunch series.


Ryan Corr

Ryan’s film credits include The Water Diviner; Wolf Creek 2; Not Suitable For Children, and Where the Wild Things Are. Ryan also starred in the BBC series Banished, penned by Jimmy McGovern, which recently screened in the UK and in Australia. He is currently starring in Cleverman again for Goalpost Pictures.

With several main cast TV credits to his name as a teenager, Ryan went on to study at NIDA and emerged as a stand out graduate of their 2009 year.

Other credits include Jimmy in Nine’s successful series Love Child, Michael ‘Doc’ Kanaan in Underbelly: The Golden Mile, Showtime’s Tangle, Redfern Now and The Moodys, both for the ABC, as well as the role of Coby in the Seven Network’s hit series Packed to the Rafters.

Ryan made his professional stage debut in 2012 in Sex with Strangers for the Sydney Theatre Company, under the direction of Jocelyn Moorhouse.


Lucy Durack

A celebrated star of stage and screen, Lucy has appeared as Glinda the Good Witch in Wicked and as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde The Musical. Lucy’s screen credits include Dripping in Chocolate, Headland and most recently in the feature film, Goddess.


Liz Kearney - Jury

Liz is a producer at Arenamedia. Together with Robert Connolly and Maggie Miles, Liz produced Paper Planes, which grossed almost $10M at the Australian box office. The film screened at numerous international festivals and won the inaugural CinéfestOZ Film Prize in 2014. Liz produced her debut feature, These Final Hours which screened at MIFF and the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight. Most recently, Liz was an EP on Stephen Page’s directorial debut Spear, which draws on the amazing body of work Stephen has created with Bangarra Dance Theatre over the last 25 years.


Ewen Leslie

Ewen’s recent film credits include The Daughter, The Mule, Dead Europe and Jewboy. His extensive theatre credits include Hamlet, Richard III (MTC) War of the Roses (STC). Recent television credits include Deadline Gallipoli and Top of the Lake.


Shane Jacobson

Shane is an AFI award-winning actor known for his iconic roles in Kenny, The Bourne Legacy, Jack Irish, Fat Tony and Co, The Dress Maker, Beaconsfield and Guys and Dolls. Shane is also a best-selling author 
with his biography The Long Road to Overnight Success.


Annie Murtagh-Monks - Jury

Annie is an actor, casting director and acting coach and has cast numerous films and TV series including Last Train to Freo, Rabbit Proof Fence, Drift, Three Acts of Murder and Ship to Shore. Annie cast two seasons for Black Swan, taught screen acting at WAAPA and founded PAC Screen Workshops & PAC Script Lab in WA.  Annie is currently Director, Skills & Engagement at FTI, organising training courses, networking events and industry partnerships.


Myles Pollard - Cinesnaps Patron

Perth-born Myles has credits including McLeod’s Daughters, Wildside, Water Rats, All Saints and Double Trouble. Most recently, Myles starred in the feature film Drift, for which he won Best Actor at the 2014 WA Screen Awards.


Sarah Snook - Jury

Sarah Snook’s film credits include Not Suitable for Children, These Final Hours, Predestination, and Jessabelle.  She was recently seen in the ABC TV mini-series The Secret River and is in upcoming films The Dressmaker with Kate Winslet and Steve Jobs with Michael Fassbender.  Sarah attended NIDA and has performed in stage productions of Macbeth and Gallipoli, and King Lear with the State Theatre Company of South Australia.  Sarah stars in two films at CinefestOZ; the all-ages comedy Oddball and the compelling Holding the Man.


Alex Williams

WAAPA alumni, Alex is well known for his performances as Julian Assange in Underground: The Julian Assange Story, INXS Never Tear Us Apart and Catching Milat. In 2014, he appeared in The Reckoning and Paper Planes with both films scre




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