Sydney Film School is fortunate to be infused with passionate, committed and experienced filmmakers. 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.


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

DIRECTOR OF WATERLOO STUDIOS

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 Director of Waterloo Studios. 

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Erin Good

ERIN GOOD

PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT

An award-winning director represented by RGM. Her films have won awards at national & international festivals. Recent festival acceptances include Montreal World Film Festival. Erin's film The Wonderful was nominated for an Australian Director's Guild Award & won the ATOM Award.

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CJ JOHNSON

SCREEN STORYTELLING

CJ Johnson is President of the Film Critics Circle of Australia. He lectures on cinema regularly at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and other prestigious institutions.

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LES PARROTT

CINEMATOGRAPHY 

Starting his career in the UK as a clapper loader, Les progressed through focus pulling to camera operation, working on films including Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Beatles’ Let It Be.

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SAM FREEMAN

POST-PRODUCTION 

Sam’s teaching style draws from over a decade of experience in film, television and video production in Australia and overseas with a focus on creative problem-solving and the technical nuances of filmmaking. 

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NICK BOLTON

SCREEN BUSINESS

Nick is a regional filmmaker based on the South Coast of NSW, working across film, documentary and commercial. He has been recognised onto the Screen Practitioner program by Screen NSW and SPA, and was nominated for Best Producer of the Year Short Film at the 2023 SPA Awards.

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MARK BARNARD

PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT 

Mark Barnard 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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LEAH PELLINKHOF

DIRECTING FOR SCREEN

Leah Pellinkhof is a trained and experienced director, film and theatre maker, writer, cinematographer, editor, intimacy coordinator and arts educator. Her extensive resume covers over 20 years as an arts educator and award winning film & theatre maker.

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JASON PERINI

DIRECTING FOR SCREEN 

Jason Perini is a director, writer and actor. In 2016, Jason wrote and directed his short film ‘The New Empress’. The short stars Maggie Gyllenhaal and was produced by Dana Brunetti as part of the Jameson First Shot project. The film premiered at Paramount Pictures Studios in Los Angeles.

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CAMERON LYON

COURSE MANAGER

Cameron Lyon is the Course Manager for the Bachelor of Screen Production for Sydney Film School and Excelsia College.

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