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Stef Smith

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Stef Smith is a filmmaker who has worked within television, film and theatre across many roles. Stef is the recipient for Create NSW 2017 Generator: Emerging Filmmaker’s Fund for her short film ‘Joy Boy’ as writer/director. 
Stef directed and produced ABC iView sketch comedy series ‘The Lost Tapes’ funded by ABC and Screen Australia as part of their Fresh Blood initiative and completed a 6 week Director’s Attachment for the ABC/Netflix series The Letdown with Director Trent O’Donnell. Commercially in 2017 Stef has directed a national advertising campaign for National Disability Services, a mockumentary comedy series for Westpac and an inclusion and diversity campaign for Commonwealth Bank. Stef proudly tutors at Bus Stop Films.

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Lianne McKensey

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Lianne is a trained actor who has featured in numerous Australian television series, including Wonderland, Love Child and Home and Away. She has a passion for story-telling and after completing an Advanced Diploma in Screenwriting at AFTRS, she is currently in development of her own feature film. From 2009-2011, Lianne worked full time as a Live-In Caregiver at Vera Loblay House, a refuge for youth aged 16-25 years.

This was a project of the Oasis Youth Support Network, Salvation Army. She is currently employed at The Ella Centre, a disability service in the Inner West, as a Social Support worker.

Bus Stop Films is a way that Lianne can combine her love for the Creative Arts with her passion of working with and supporting marginalised communities.

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Genevieve Kaiser

Tutor

Genevieve is a freelance Filmmaker based in Sydney. Since completing her BA in Media Arts and Production and International Studies, both her short lm and music video work have screened across Australia and internationally. Now working as a director and editor, Genevieve takes enormous pleasure in using lm to tell impactful stories.

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Sophie Hawkshaw

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Sophie is a Sydney based director, writer and actor. She’s really into multitasking, obviously.

Sophie’s directorial debut film ‘Fenced’ was completed in 2016 in association with UTS. ‘Fenced’ premiered at St Kilda Film Festival and won the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) #SocialShorts Drama competition. Her next film ‘Monsters’ had its world premiere at Flickerfest 2019 in competition.

Sophie works as a freelance director’s assistant, production assistant and sometimes runner, primarily in advertising production. She has previously worked in house at Plaza Films under Paul Middleditch and now freelances across Scoundrel, Photoplay, Midwinter Films, Jungle, In The Thickett and Hecktown amongst others. She’s a badass copywriter, layout designer and image searcher. Sophie also works as a casting assistant at Chicken and Chips casting.

Her acting feature debut was in the 2015 feature ‘Riz’ which premiered in the Sydney Film Festival. Her role as Abbie in the 2017 Depot Theatre production ‘Ellie, Abbie (& Ellie’s Dead Aunt)’ written and directed by Moncia Zanetti earned her rave reviews. The feature lm of ‘Ellie, Abbie (& Ellie’s Dead Aunt)’ is currently
in preproduction. Sophie can be seen in the latest season of Channel 9’s ‘Love Child’ in the guest role of Mandy.

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Nicholas Linehan

Tutor

Nicholas Linehan is an Australian born actor currently residing in Sydney NSW. He begun his acting career in 2009 and has travelled the world working in lm, television and theatre.

He is skilled in script writing and has a passion for bringing characters to life on screen and has played a myriad of characters and roles.

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Elias Nohra

Tutor

Elias Nohra is a digital artist with over 14 years of experience using old, new and emerging technologies to tell stories in innovative ways.

Primarily a filmmaker with experience directing, editing and shooting in both corporate and non-profit contexts, Elias has
also utilized his skills in digital media and storytelling to produce works in theatre, art installations, web & interactivity development, and videogames.

Formerly the Community Director and Head Educator at CuriousWorks, Elias has worked with hundreds of young and old people from culturally diverse backgrounds from all across Australia, building their capacity for sustainable self-expression through diverse digital media forms. He brings a passion for a more diverse and representative media and arts landscape to all of his work.

His recent artistic works include Laka (2018) which he edited both into a feature lm format and a multi-screen work, BirdFoxMonster (2016) a performance work with Erth and StudioA including multi-screen lm projections and projection-mapped animations on a dining table, and Snow ake Moon (release TBC) where Elias collaborated with artist Skye Saxon to develop a short videogame for PC and Mac

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