His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret'd)
Vice Regal Patron
Bus Stop Films has been honoured to have His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d) join Bus Stop Films in the capacity of Vice Regal Patron.
His Excellency is the 38th Governor of New South Wales. He commenced his five year tenure in October 2014. Prior to his appointment as Governor, His Excellency served for 42 years in the Australian Army, concluding his service as the Chief of the Defence Force. His Excellency was appointed a Companion within the Order of Australia in 2010 for eminent service to the Australian Defence Force, and had been awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his leadership during Operation SOLACE in Somalia in 1993. As Governor of New South Wales, His Excellency intends to support the people and community organisations of New South Wales.
“Bus Stop Films is creating a more inclusive world in an incredibly unique and powerful way – film. They have a brilliant track record of impact when it comes to the development of their student’s English skills, living skills, communication and work ready skills, and I am excited to be a part of their journey as Patron.”
Nathan Basha 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.
Nathan has been attending Bus Stop Films’ film studies workshops since 2011 and is currently a member of Bus Stop’s alumni program, Film Club.
Gerard has been on the journey with Bus Stop Films since it began. Gerard first came to national attention in our 2009 Tropfest winning film Be My Brother, and it’s been an amazing ride ever since!
In 2010 he was a co-founding membed of ‘Ruckus’, an ensemble of 6 performers who create and produce new theatre with the ensemble creating ‘Love Heart Cardigan’ in 2010 and ‘See in Me’ in 2011 at Riverside Theatres. In November 2012, Gerard was recognised by the Australian Government in Canberra where he was awarded the Emerging Leader Award at the National Disability Awards. In 2013, the short film, The Interviewer won several awards in Australia and internationally with Gerard receiving Best Actor at the ReelheART International Film Festival in Canada. Both, Be My Brother and The Interviewer have been used as texts in the NSW HSC English syllabus.
Gerard’s first feature film Red Christmas is currently touring on the film festival circuit.
Joni has been a student in Bus Stop Films’ inclusive film making 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 Administrative Assistant for an international law firm based in Sydney.
Abby Earl is an actress and popular star of Australian television series A Place to Call Home. She was nominated for the “Most Popular New Talent” at the 2014 Logie Awards for her portrayal of Anna Bligh in the series and has since been a prominent talent on the Aussie silver screen.
Abby became an ambassador for Bus Stop Films after working on the organisation’s 2016 film, Kill Off. Since then she has conducted acting and costume workshops with the Bus Stop students and uses her influence to advocate for for more diversity and inclusion in the film industry.
Co-Founder and CEO
Genevieve is a millennial with a portfolio career that spans the film industry, not-for-profit space and advertising. She’s a business owner, mentor and an award-winning writer/director, with work showcased nationally and internationally including the United Nations. Genevieve is the 2015 NSW Young Australian of the year and winner of the 2014 Westpac & Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence, Young Leader award. She is an innovative concept and project developer and is passionate about creating work that allows for inclusion and diversity in the creative industries.
Genevieve co-founded Bus Stop Films in order to create a more inclusive and diverse film industry, as well as help people from marginalised communities personally grow and develop through the opportunity to learn about film studies. She has voluntarily worked as Bus Stop Films’ executive director for six years, forging opportunities for those who are sidelined to become involved in filmmaking.
Genevieve is responsible for developing, delivering and expanding the reach of the Bus Stop filmmaking workshops within the community. She has developed strategic partnerships with AFTRS and Panavision and is continuously finding news ways to advocate for a more diverse and inclusive society.
Eleanor is an award winning screen producer with 10 years experience in producing and managing complex screen projects, small businesses and creative teams. Eleanor is co-founder of Bus Stop Films, where she has acted as producer and executive for the company’s slate. She is committed to grass roots storytelling, building platforms for authentic voice, and generally creating disruptive and exciting screen content that mixes up the status quo. She is constantly working to create diversity on camera as well as behind the scenes in order to build a stronger and more vibrant screen industry.
Eleanor is currently producing digital video content for Adam McKay and Will Ferrell’s production company Funny Or Die (FOD), while supporting the development of the Bus Stop Films slate with Genevieve. Throughout her career, Eleanor has been fortunate enough to work alongside some of the top talents in Hollywood: directors Jill Soloway and Judd Apatow, as well as an A-List cast including Amy Schumer, Aidy Bryant, Christina Applegate, Michaela Watkins and Kevin Bacon.
Dianna La Grassa
Dianna has a strong business background, having worked in banking for 8 years and specifically financial education for the past five years. She holds a Master of Business Administration and an undergraduate degree in Psychology. In addition she is a NIDA trained actress and has starred in independent feature films such as the award winning 54 Days.
With the 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.
She joined the Bus Stop Films team because she believes in what they do and what they stand for: inclusivity. Becoming their communications manager and additional support worker has ignited her passion for change within the creative industry and given her hope for the industry’s future. Watching the students blossom in these interactive and unique environments and seeing them develop real life skills through their passion is what makes this an organisation she is proud to be a part of.
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.
Monica has worked in the disability sector for over 15 years. She first started her career in her hometown of Halifax England where she studied and worked in an Autistic house for over 7 years.
In 2009 Monica left her home, family, and friends to venture on a year long journey. From The Taj Mahal to Koh San road, She eventually found herself in Australia, falling in love with Sydney and her partner. She decided to call Sydney home.
Monica heard about Bus Stop Films while working in the inclusive education programs at Sydney Community College. She thought it was a great idea and had never heard off an inclusive filmmaking course before. She knew the course would be a great success, and it was with a high number of students intakes.
Monica has been part of Bus Stop Films since they first started their classroom learning in 2010. She’s been part of projects; The Interviewer, Heartbreak and Beauty and Kill off.
From seeing the Students from The Interview now all have careers in some part of the media industry, Monica loves to see people achieve their goals. As Bus Stop’s Support 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.
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.
Board Member & Tutor
Sarah is an advocate of social justice and social change. She has volunteered for Bus Stop Films since 2011 where she began as a classroom support worker and documentary tutor. She’s a risk taker, unafraid of challenging the status quo, as seen through the several years she’s spent travelling the world documenting forgotten injustices, particularly within Africa, where she almost always risked her life in the process. Sarah believes film production should have a purpose and an impact. She has produced and filmed work for national television including a an exposé on Nodding Disease within Africa in a bid to give voice to some of the most vulnerable people on earth and advocate for world class health professionals to give aid.
Sarah studied International Relations, has 7 years experience as a teacher and personal development planner for people living with disability. Sarah’s role as Relationships and Opportunities Manger for Bus Stop Films sees her establishing new partnerships and opportunities for Bus Stop’s students.
Treasurer and Board Member
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.
Chair and Board Member
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.
Erin’s production experience is as colourful as her disposition, with years of experience in commercial television and independent films. Her roles have varied, from head of production to business management and finance – Erin is adaptable, dependable and approachable.
Erin has worked as a production coordinator for numerous ABC series including (The Chaser 2011-2014), broadcast documentaries (ACDC documentary- blood & thunder), live television broadcasts (Eurovision 2015), and is currently working on Australia’s first Netflix original animation series ‘Kazoops’. She likes to challenge herself by delivering different formats and content for a wide range of audiences.
Erin shares Bus Stop Films’ passion in telling the stories that audiences don’t hear every day – working as Bus Stop’s current film producer means she can put her skills to use and create social change while doing what she loves!