Who We Are
Bus Stops Films has been in operation since 2009, teaching adults with intellectual disabilities and others from marginalised communities film studies. We use filmmaking and the film industry to change community attitudes globally around the rights and contribution to society of and by people with disability.
We EDUCATE, CREATE and ADVOCATE. Bus Stop makes films with, for and about people from diverse backgrounds and abilities.
Our programs are taught by passionate filmmakers and industry experts to give our students a holistic filmmaking learning experience and offer students increased, social, literacy and work ready skills.
Students who participate in our programs benefit from exclusive workshops, excursions, mentoring with industry professionals and the opportunity to work collaboratively on a film project.
This is my 3rd year with Bus Stop Films. We have had the opportunity to learn about stop motion animation and create from start to finish our own stop motion animation which was really fun. We came up with ideas then formulated them into a storyboard and then became and arts department to create what we used in the animation. We set up the scenes and filmed and added sound.
Rae – Bus Stop Films student
Reports, Policies and Strategies
Read our annual reports, policy documents and our guiding strategies to gain further insight into our organisation.
Bus Stop Films has amazing philanthropic supporters and industry partners including Panavision, The Editors, The Snow Foundation, The Funding Network and the Sherry Hogan Foundation. Together with corporate support from companies such as Accenture, PWC, Ashurst and Cushman & Wakefield, we are able to continue to change hearts and lives through film.
Meet The Team
Bus Stop Films wouldn’t happen without amazing supporters, encouraging partners, dedicated sponsors and a team of big thinkers.
Bus Stop Films is run by a group of passionate and dedicated individuals who understand the power of filmmaking and education. Everyone on the team gives their time and resources to make our projects, workshops and advocacy events possible.
Peter Tonagh – Chairman
Peter is a prominent business leader and former executive within the Australian media industry. He has previously served as Chief Executive Officer of both Foxtel Management Pty Limited and News Corporation Australia and as Interim Chief Executive Officer of REA Group Limited. He is former Chairman of MultiChannel Networks Pty Limited and a former Non-Executive Director of Ten Group Holdings Limited.
Peter has a B.Comm from UNSW and an MBA from INSEAD, Europe’s leading business school.
Peter is a committed advocate for equality, diversity and inclusion and is passionate about the role of content creation in driving social cohesion.
Genevieve is a diversity and inclusion champion, creative director, social entrepreneur, arts and culture advocate and Australia’s foremost globally innovative, inclusive filmmaker. She has a portfolio career, which spans the film industry, not for profit sector and advertising. She’s an award-winning writer/director, with work showcased at various Oscar qualifying film festival and the United Nations. Genevieve has recently received the Emerging Leader award at the 2019 Telstra Business Women’s Awards.
Additionally in 2016 she won the B&Ts 30 under 30 award in the & entrepreneurial category, in 2015 she was the NSW Young Australian of the year and in the same year won the B&Ts Women in Media award for creative. Genevieve also won the 2014 100 Women of Influence, Young Leader award.
She is co-founder of creative agency Taste Creative, which was awarded the 2018 Optus Marketing & Advertising Business of the Year, along with being shortlisted for the 2015 Mumbrella Award for best Emerging Agency and was shortlisted for B&Ts Emerging Agency of the Year award. She has over 10 years experience working in the creative industry across an array of diverse media platforms with her primary passion being film. She’s also the Co-Founder and former CEO of Bus Stop Films, a not for profit that provides an accessible film studies program for people with intellectual disability. Currently, Bus Stop is forging partnerships with top production companies to provide work experience and employment opportunities for people with disability who are involved in the program.
She is a board director of the Monkey Baa Theatre and is also a committee member on the
NSW Arts and Culture Advisory board.
Emily Dash is a writer, actor and disability advocate, whose varied work across the community arts and mainstream sectors emphasises social justice. She is also a producer and project manager at Maitree House Productions, and is an Accessible Arts Advisor. She has 10 years experience on the Board of Participate Australia, 9 of which she served as Vice Chair. She was selected as the NSW Representative to the National Arts and Disability Strategy Steering Group in 2018, and in 2019 became a Board Director at Bus Stop Films. Emily also sits on the board of Accessible Arts.
Emily was shortlisted for the 2018 Equity Diversity Showcase. She also participated in AFTRS NSW/ACT Talent Camp 2019 and Screen Australia SBS Digital Originals 2020. As a 2018/2019 PACT Resident Artist, she created her own show “Freefall” (2019). Selected credits include “Chrysalis” (2017) for Midnight Feast Theatre, staged reading of “The Normal Heart” (2017) at Darlinghurst Theatre Company, and “CONNECT” (2016) for Red Door Arts and Ever After Theatre. Her film credits include “Groundhog Night” (upcoming 2020), “The Milky Pop Kid” (2017), “The Cards I’m Dealt” (2016) and “I Am Not A Work Of Art” (2016). She did a writing and research internship with Matchbox Pictures in 2017, from which she was credited as a consultant on ABC drama “The Heights”.
Brian Maguire B.Comm, FCA, is the Founder & a Director of the Absolute Clarity Business Coaching and Mentoring Group. Brian is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years experience in the Corporate, Business and Not-For-Profit world. Brian has maintained a full Business Coaching practice since 2001.
Brian is a founding member of the International Association of Coaches and has served on the Boards of the International Coaching Federation Australasia, The Business Enterprise Centre and Pittwater Business Limited. He currently serves on the Board of The Heal For Life Foundation.
Born in Ireland, Brian received his Bachelor of Commerce Degree from University College Dublin. He completed his professional accountancy training with KPMG. That was followed by many years experience in Financial and Commercial Management including roles with companies such as Pacific Dunlop, Reil Corp and ICI/Orica here in Australia. Since 1994 He has been involved in building and running his own businesses.
Brian has been a mentor, coach and educator for most of his professional life and he has developed and presented business development programs for many major corporate clients.
Brian is committed to helping business owners and leaders get more out of life professionally and personally while maintaining focus on what really matters, and Absolute Clarity operates to a set of values that reflect this commitment.
Kate is General Manager of Human Resources at Westpac. She has previously served in a number of senior Human Resources and business roles at Goldman Sachs and Macquarie in Australia, Asia and London.
Kate is a Director of the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation, serves on the Board of the Westpac Foundation, is a member of Chief Executive Women where she is also a member of the Scholarship Committee and is a founding member of the Minerva Network.
She is passionate about equality, access, inclusion and diversity and has designed, led and championed important and innovative initiatives and programs throughout her career.
Jacqui was introduced to Bus Stop Films through the Small Business Commissioner Robyn Hobbs OAM and was drawn to the unique impact the organisation is having through it’s film studies curriculum and advocacy endeavours.
Jacqui is the CEO of Realise Business (formerly BEC Southern Sydney). She has had the privilege of coaching and training hundreds of business leaders over the last 15 years; assisting them to accelerate their business growth and business value. Her key strength is the ability to address the source issues that are blocking a business’ progress and design practical solutions that deliver results quickly. As CEO of Realise Business, she is responsible for engaging with the Sutherland Shire business community to deliver development programs that enhances their business skills and improve their business performance.</span>
Jennifer is one of Australia’s leading television executives with a career spanning 29 years. She was most recently Director of Content at Fremantle in October 2018, with responsibility for both scripted and unscripted development and production slates after 5 years in her role as Head of Non-Fiction at Screentime, where she oversaw a slate of programs that included The Secret Life of 4 year olds, Stop Laughing…this is serious, Todd Sampson’s Life on the Line, Testing Teachers, Making Child Prodigies, Date Night, Eat Well for Less, Flying Miners, Outback ER, Felicity’s Mental Mission, How Not To Behave, and RBT.
Formerly at ABC TV she was responsible for hundreds of hours of content. As Head of Entertainment she oversaw a slate of highly acclaimed programs including Dirty Laundry Live, Adam Hills Tonight, The Chaser Decides, Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery, Mad as Hell, The Agony of Life, Gruen Planet, The Elegant Gentleman’s Guide to Knife-fighting, Tractor Monkeys and Kitchen Cabinet. She commissioned the Digital Emmy award winning series #7 Days Later and set up the online comedy initiative Fresh Blood. As ABC TV’s Head of Factual she was responsible for the development and commissioning of an impressive slate of documentaries as well as factual entertainment series including Poh’s Kitchen, Who’s Been Sleeping in My House?, Dream Build and The Checkout.
Dianna La Grassa – COO and Board Member
With over 10+ years of experience in the education sector, an MBA graduate and a NIDA trained actress and emerging Film Producer Dianna is our COO.
As a woman living with disability and understanding that the Arts and Entertainment industry can sometimes be a hard nut to crack, she wanted to find a way to fully utilise her skill set and give back to an industry she loves. Bus Stop Films is a place where her combined passions and skills sets can flourish.
As the COO it has given her great pleasure to watch the organisation pave groundbreaking pathways for the inclusion of people with disabilities in the film industry and watch the students blossom in these interactive and unique environments, seeing them develop real life skills and opportunities for their passion.
One of Australia’s most prolific thespians, Rachel Griffiths makes her directorial debut with Ride Like A Girl. She is an Academy Award Nominated and multi-award-winning actress. After a successful career on the Australian stage, Rachel Griffiths burst onto the international scene in 1994 with P.J. Hogan’s much-loved feature film Muriel’s Wedding.
Her film credits since then include My Best Friend’s Wedding alongside Julia Roberts, The Rookie, The Hard Word with Guy Pearce, Blow, Step Up, Burning Man, Ned Kelly, Patrick, Saving Mr Banks with Tom Hanks, Beautiful Kate, Hilary & Jackie in a performance which earned her an Academy Award Nomination, and Mammal, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2016. Most recently Rachel starred alongside Hugo Weaving in Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge to critical acclaim.
In television, Rachel earned a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Brenda in the critically acclaimed and long running HBO series Six Feet Under. She also received an Emmy Award Nomination for her role in fellow US series Brothers & Sisters. Other television credits include the HBO/NBC series Camp and the Julian Assange biopic Underground, which screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, Paper Giants: Magazine Wars and Deadline Gallipoli for Foxtel alongside Sam Worthington, Hugh Dancy and Charles Dance. In 2017 she starred alongside Guy Pearce in ABC’s When We Rise. She can most recently be seen in Subtext Picture’s four-part miniseries Dead Lucky.
Joni has been a student in Bus Stop Films’ inclusive filmmaking program since 2015, working on the 2016 film “Kill Off” and the 2017 documentary “I am Black and Beautiful” in multiple behind camera roles, including Assistant Director. In 2017 she completed an internship with the ABC as Production Assistant for the children’s program “Playschool”. Joni is an advocate for equal opportunity and has spoken to the NSW Premiers’ Department for International Day of People with Disability. Joni currently works as an Administration Assistant for an auctioning company based in Circular Quay.
Through her association with Bus Stop Films, Joni has been involved in making two very personal documentaries, “Breaking The Biz” and “What Was It Like?”. “Breaking The Biz” explores her journey with Bus Stop Films and the personal and professional growth that has come from the inclusive filmmaking program. More recently, Joni along with seven fellow students, worked to create “What Was it Like?”, a documentary based on interviews with their parents about the way in which they were told about their child’s disability and the things they would never achieve. Joni along with her fellow students hope that through this film they will be able to educate and make a difference.
Nathan is a passionate film maker and since 2011 he has been a student of Bus Stop Films; Accessible Film Studies Program. He has been an Assistant Director for a number of internationally award winning films including The Interviewer and Heartbreak and Beauty along with working on various film shoots as a camera, production and lighting assistant.
When not engaged with filming Nathan is a unique motivational speaker pushing boundaries. Nathan might happen to have Down syndrome but he says, “That’s not who I am”. As an employment advocate for people with a disability, he has spoken at international and national conferences, political forums, universities, schools and workshops, sharing his insights about what can happen when people are encouraged to live their dreams and live life to their full potential.
Nathan also works as an Office Assistant for radio stations Nova 96.9 and Smooth FM.
Irish born, Gerard O’Dwyer is a longtime Bus Stop Films student and ambassador who has a career spanning, onscreen and stage acting as well as advocacy work for inclusion.
His on screen acting began in the short film, Be My Brother, which won Best Film and earned him Best Male Actor at the 2009 Tropfest Film Festival. Following this in 2013 Gerard starred in the short film, The Interviewer, which won several awards in Australia and internationally with Gerard being awarded Best Actor at the ReelheART International Film Festival in Canada.
In 2016 he shot his first feature length film, Red Christmas, alongside Scream Queen Dee Wallace of E.T and The Howling fame. He was also a cast member for seven episodes on the ABC’s Everyone’s A Critic, appeared in commercials for Multicultural Care and Medibank, and was an advocate for the 2011 Care Careers campaign with the commercial airing for four years across major networks.
In 2018, Gerard’s acting took him to Tokyo with his role in the short film Shakespeare in Tokyo followed by a voice over project in Los Angeles for a children’s eBook ‘I Didn’t Like Hubert’.
Gerard’s advocacy work has seen him on Nine Network’s TODAY, Seven Network’s The Morning Show and Network Ten’s, Studio 10. He was also ambassador for the DontDisMyAbility campaign in 2010/11. In 2012, he was awarded the Emerging Leader Award at the National Disability Awards due to his disability led advocacy.
In 2010 he was a co-founding member of Ruckus, a disability led, contemporary performance ensemble. His first foray into opera was in the production of Menotti-The Medium where he played a mute character, on stage for almost the opera’s entirety.
With a background in TV production and commissioning, Courtney is strong leader in the industry having served as CEO of Screen NSW, CEO South Australian Film Corp and Adelaide Studios, Programming Production Executive at the Nine Network, Director of Programmes at Southern Star, Executive Head of Content Creation at ABC TV, Head of Arts, Entertainment and Comedy at ABC TV and Commissioning Editor of Documentaries at SBS Independent.
As CEO of Screen NSW Courtney introduced policies which delivered gender parity in key creative roles for women in TV in 2016; she was awarded the 2017 Cecil Holmes Award by the Australian Directors Guild in recognition of this. Courtney was Chair of the Screen Diversity Inclusion Network (SDIN), a Board Member of Australians in Film which promotes Australian screen practitioners and screen culture in Los Angeles and serves on the Board western sydney community arts organisation Information + Cultural Exchange.
Paul is a strong disability advocate, entertainer and Paralympian. Paul has worked across all levels of government providing advice on the National Disability Strategy, the National Disability Insurance Scheme, and the NSW Disability Inclusion Action Act.
Paul works for the NSW government as Director Access and Inclusion. As part of this role Paul advises the Events team on the implementation of accessible and inclusive event planning and delivery to all major and community NSW Government supported events across NSW. These events include Sydney NYE, Invictus Games, Australia Day, ANZAC Day, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, the Sydney Vivid Festival, Newcastle 500’s and World Rally amongst others.
Tracey Corbin-Matchett, CEO
Tracey is an industry leader with a passion for strategy and engagement wrapped in kindness. Having “boarded the bus” in 2018 before stepping into the driver’s seat as CEO in mid 2019, TCM as she is known to most, is leveraging her strong industry connections to use filmmaking and the film industry to raise the profile of people with disability on both sides of the camera.
With more than 25 years` experience in diverse sectors, including small business education, social housing and domestic violence services with six years as the State Manager of NSW Legal Aid’s Women’s Domestic Violence Court Assistance Program. Tracey has led many projects seeking greater inclusion and diversity in the screen industry, including managing Women in Film and TV Australia – Raising Films Australia strategy, and previously working with Screen NSW on strategic initiatives including Screenability, to foster employment opportunities for people with disability in the screen sector and She Shoots opening pathways for women in camera and sound roles.
Tracey is hard of hearing and is also a Director of Deaf Sports Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Community Welfare (UWS) and a Diploma of Business (UTS).
Monica Power – Support and Engagement Manager
Monica has worked in the disability sector for over 20 years. She has been part of Bus Stop Films since they first started their classroom learning in 2010.
Monica loves to see people achieve their goals. As Bus Stop’s Support and Engagement Manager she wants to see all students supported to reach their full potential in the Bus Stop course – she wants the walls to be pulled down and for inclusion to be out there in any workplace, friendship groups or sports teams.
Viv Mullan – Marketing and Partnerships Coordinator
In 2014 Viv graduated from the University of Wollongong (UoW) with a Bachelor of Communication and Media majoring in marketing & advertising and minoring in visual arts.
Directly after graduating from UOW Viv worked between 2014-2016 in corporate roles in Public Relations and Marketing. In 2016 she decided to pursue a career in the film industry in the art department and landed jobs on TV Shows for Productions supported by Stan, Foxtel, ABC and Channel Nine.
At the end of 2018, Viv shifted her trajectory in the film industry and decided to combine her passion for philanthropic work and the creative industry. Currently Vivien works as the Marketing and Partnerships Coordinator for Bus Stop Films, and absolutely LOVES it! It combines the two industries Viv loves and she is proud to be on board the bus driving us towards a more inclusive future!
Johnny Gabrael, Book Keeper
Johnny is a CPA who brings strong commercial experience across multiple industries and disciplines. His expertise in this area includes taxation, BAS, GST, PAYGW and expertise in a Xero accounting software. Johnny has previously worked in not-for-profit organisations and brings an accounting passion for small to medium enterprises. He was seeking a way to return to work in the non-profit field and upon seeing the important and essential work that Bus Stop Films was doing, he felt this was a perfect opportunity to get back into this sector. Johnny is an essential member of the team and believes in the messages and values espoused by Bus Stop Films and its team.
Australian Screenwriter Jillian Wade wrote her first feature screenplay at age 12 on a notepad hidden inside her maths textbook. Her work spans various genres including Comedy and Sci-Fi with the common thread across all her work being the desire to give a voice to those who don’t have one.
Jillian began her Film and TV career in the role of Continuity before going on to work as a Promo Producer at WIN for several years. Since graduating from AFTRS in 2014, having completed both the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma in Screenwriting, Jillian has been developing several Feature Film and Television projects and achieved her first screenplay sale in 2015.
In her spare time, she is an avid gardener and enjoys visiting vintage markets. Jillian is a proud aunt to her 2 nieces who inspire her every day.
Julian Neuhaus is a filmmaker based in Sydney who has worked on a variety of film projects, from documentaries, short films & feature films to advertising and social media content. With a keen focus on the technical aspects of filmmaking craft, he works heavily across multiple disciplines from directing, editing, cinematography to composing, often simultaneously.
Julian became involved with Bus Stop Films in 2016, through an internship he did as part of his Bachelor of Arts (Screen) degree at the Australian Film Television & Radio School (AFTRS), which he completed in 2017. Since then, he has established a small business and worked for a range of clients, often partnering with other creative agencies to create films and screen content for organisations big and small.
Andrew has been making films for the past 12 years and graduated from the VCA Film School in 2012. His films have won numerous awards both nationally and internationally, including The Best Emerging Filmmaker prize at MIFF, The QANTAS Spirit of Youth Award and Best Film at the St Kilda Film Festival.
For the last five years he has worked as a producer, director and supervising producer at VICE, creating their flagship long form docu-series, AUSTRALIANA (SBS VICELAND – 2017 – 2019), and developing and directing its 2015 special on Indigenous Incarceration OVER- REPRESENTED (ABC – 2016).
Maddison Coles is an Indigenous filmmaker from the Wonnarua Nation (Hunter Valley, NSW). As an Indigenous woman, she grew up knowing the importance of storytelling, and the power of a voice within a community. She has worked in the Film Industry for 4 years, and is a recent graduate of the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS). Along with Bus Stop Films, she works for Winda Film Festival; the first Australian Indigenous film festival.
Dan Sanguineti is an award-winning Canberra based Producer with 4 feature film credits including ‘Me and My Mates vs the Zombie Apocalypse’; he also co-wrote last year’s Focus on Ability winner of Best Australian Screenplay, ‘Airlock’.
Managing Director of Sanguineti Media, one of Canberra’s premier production companies, Dan’s focus isn’t just on creative content development but also a range of corporate services, TV commercial production and live streaming.
A staple in Canberra’s film and video industry for over twelve years, he has been a passionate contributor to the growth and development of other aspiring filmmakers. Dan’s experience in producing and developing short films, documentaries and feature films has been invaluable both as a mentor, a tutor with UC and his role as a media teacher at CIT during the last six years.
He is also currently in production of his feature film directorial debut, ‘Alice’ a horror slasher film, which is scheduled to be completed in November 2020.
Sarah Jane Johnson
Sarah Jane Rudolph is an Australian, director, screenwriter, producer and human rights advocate. Sarah Jane has written and directed several short films including, Gratus (2016), Gambling With Minds (2016) I am Black and Beautiful (2017) Can You See Me (2019). Sarah Jane has worked in the assistant directors department on several international feature films and advertising campaigns. Sarah worked closely film-making collective Bus Stop Films to establish the film school 2011-2018 most notably as a board member, tutor and forging pathways for students to have internships and on-set access.
Sarah Jane received awards for Best Film North and South Dakota Film Festivals and Atlanta Underground for Gratus. As a producer she was invited to Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) to represent I am Black and Beautiful 2018. IMDB
Read our annual reports, policy documents and our guiding strategies to gain further insight into our organisation.