Sydney Film School is fortunate to be infused with passionate and committed people who all have experience either within the film industry and their respective disciplines. We believe the best way to learn is to learn from mentors who have been successful in their chosen disciplines.

Our mentors are selected for their practical experience in the film industry as well as their ability to teach and communicate the concepts that offer our students professional perspectives on how to reach their goals. They are devoted to assisting our students through their assignments and production processes and to ensuring that each one feels part of the community that is Sydney Film School.


BEN CRISP

DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION 

Ben Crisp is an award-winning writer and director, working across film, television, web series, print, interactive, commercial and corporate digital media.

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Simon Hunter | SAS Executive Chairman

SIMON HUNTER

EXECUTIVE CHAIR 

Simon Hunter began his career as a screenwriter and producer. He wrote Twisted Tales: Bonus Mileage, produced by Australian icon Bryan Brown for the Nine Network Australia. Simon's screenplay secured Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush to star in the episode.

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Ashley Curry | SAS General Manager

ASHLEY CURRY

GENERAL MANAGER

Ashley Curry came to Sydney Film School with over 5 years of marketing experience and another 5 years of design experience. He started his journey with SAS as Marketing Manager, moving into Recruitment and Admissions and now oversees the daily running of the school as General Manager. 

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LES PARROTT

CINEMATOGRAPHY 

Les entered the Camera Department in the UK as a Clapper Loader, and after 7 years progressed to Focus Pulling then eventually to Cameraman--a steady progression up the ranks which allowed him to acquire his skills as he went. Moving to Sydney in 1982, Les continued as a freelance Cameraman, setting up his own Production Company, principally shooting commercials. more...

GEORGIA COLLINS

SOUND 

Georgia Collins is one of a scarce few female engineers in the industry. Before 2016, Georgia cut her teeth working as a recording and mixing engineer in the music industry. Now working predominantly in post production sound design, Georgia has worked on spots for Nike, The Sydney Theatre Company and the Australia Ballet. more...

BETTY FOTOFILI

PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT 

Betty is a highly experienced 1st Assistant Director, 2nd Assistant Director and 3rd Assistant Director, whose extensive credits include Crazy Rich Asians, A Wrinkle In Time, The Wolverine, The Great Gatsby, Pacific Rim, The Killer Elite, Tomorrow When The War Began, Animal Kingdom, Australia, The Chronicles Of Narnia, Superman Returns, Marco Polo Seasons 1 and 2, Dance Academy, and The Pacific.

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Shane Anthony

SHANE ANTHONY

DIRECTING FOR SCREEN

Shane Anthony works as a theatre director and producer in Australia and overseas. He is a graduate of the Directing Program at National Institute of Dramatic Art, Screenwriting at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School and has also completed a BA in Theatre Studies at QUT.

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CJ Johnson

CJ JOHNSON

SCREEN STORYTELLING

CJ Johnson is the President of the Film Critics Circle of Australia. He is the film and television critic for The Nightlife on ABC Radio (Australia). His reviews air at 11:15pm on Tuesday nights. His film blog Film Mafia (www.filmmafia.com.au) is widely read internationally.

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MARK BARNARD

PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT 

Mark is a television professional with over 35 years experience in just about every genre and style. He has worked internationally for many high profile employers, most recently for ABC Kids, CBeebies (UK) and Beach House (Singapore/Aust)

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CHARLOTTE MUNGOMERY

PRODUCTION DESIGN 

Known for her unique visual style director-designer Charlotte Mungomery crafts stories for the screen that are simultaneously tender and tectonic. Her work is a series of poetic compositions sometimes maddening, often cathartic and always spellbinding.  more...

TIM FERRIER

PRODUCTION DESIGN 

Tim Ferrier, APDG, has been a designer for stage and screen for 33 years. After graduating from NIDA in 1985 he designed Blood Relations for the Sydney Theatre Company and State Theatre Company of South Australia and The Rake’s Progress and Curlew River for The Australian Opera, Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune, Orphans and Passion Play, amongst others. more...

FIONA STRAIN

EDITING 

Fiona Strain ASE is an Editor whose work spans short film, television drama and documentary series, covering subjects from science, politics, children’s tv, the arts and true crime. Fiona’s work has been recognised with Accreditation and four Editing nominations by the Australian Screen Editors Guild, including for 'Barrenjoey Road', and winning for her work on ‘Whatever! The Science of Teens’

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