Writer-director George Miller
Winning the Academy Award in 2007 for Best Animated Feature Film for the smash hit Happy Feet, the BAFTA for Best Animated Feature, as well as numerous other accolades, including the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Animation and the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Animated Film, the American Film Institute declared "Happy Feet" as one of the Top Ten Best Films of the Year.
Miller is also a three-time Academy Award nominee. He was honored with nominations for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay for his work as a producer and a writer on the breakout hit family feature Babe. The film earned a total of seven Academy Award nominations, winning the Oscar for Best Visual Effects. In addition, Babe garnered four BAFTA Award nominations, including two for Miller for Best Film and Best Adapted Screenplay, and won a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture -Comedy/Musical. Miller had previously received his first Oscar nomination, for Best Original Screenplay, for the moving drama Lorenzo's Oil.
Miller made his feature film directorial debut on the international success Mad Max, which he also co-wrote, and he is currently in pre-production on Fury Road," which brings Mad Max back to the big screen.
More recently, he directed, produced and co-wrote the Babe sequel, Babe: Pig in the City.
Miller's other film directing credits include The Witches of Eastwick, and the Nightmare at 20,000 Feet segment of Twilight Zone: The Movie.
Miller has produced John Duigan's The Year My Voice Broke and Flirting, as well as Philip Noyce's Dead Calm.
In 1995, he produced Video Fool for Love, and then wrote, directed, produced and narrated the documentary 40,000 Years of Dreaming, the Australian contribution to the international celebration of the Century of Cinema.
A native of Australia, Miller earned a degree in medicine from the University of New South Wales. At a filmmaking workshop he met Byron Kennedy, and the two collaborated on a comedy short called Violence in the Cinema - Part 1. The short won two Australian Film Institute (AFI) Awards and, following its success, Miller and Kennedy formed Kennedy Miller Productions in 1972. Kennedy Miller Productions has since won more than 25 AFI Awards, 10 Logies (Australia's equivalent to the Emmy) and various international awards.
In 1982, Miller wrote, directed and executive produced a six-hour miniseries called The Dismissal, which broke all ratings records in Australia. Under the Kennedy Miller banner, Miller produced the television projects Bodyline, Cowra Breakout, Vietnam, The Dirtwater Dynasty, and Bangkok Hilton.
Miller is a key figure within the Australian film industry serving as the Patron of the Sydney Film Festival, the Australian Film Institute and the Brisbane International Film Festival. He has been a Member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival twice in 1988 and 1999. In 1996 he was awarded the Order of Australia for distinguished service to Australian cinema.
Writer Paul Livingston
He is a writer and performer best known for his comic alter ego Flacco. Paul has toured extensively throughout Australia and internationally, with appearances at the Edinburgh and Montreal Comedy Festivals. As an actor, his feature film credits include: Vincent Ward's The Navigator, Wim Wenders' Until the End of the World, Jane Campion's Sweetie, Alex Proyas' Dark City, and George Miller's Babe and Babe: Pig in the city. Paul's stage performances include The Sydney Theatre Company's productions of Nikolai Gogol's The Government Inspector and William Shakespeare's As You Like It,both at the Sydney Opera House. As a writer, Livingston's credits include eight radio plays for ABC Radio National, and the stage play Emma's Noise, directed by Neil Armfield at Belvoir St Theatre. Publications include Flacco's Burnt Offerings for Penguin books, who also published his first novel The Dirt Bath in 1998. His satirical self-help guide Releasing the Imbecile Within was released in 2003 by Allen & Unwin and in 2011 Penguin books will release Paul's novelisation of the screenplay for Happy Feet Two. His many television credits include writing for Network Ten's Good News Week from 2008 to 2011.
He is currently writing the screenplays for the animated feature films How Kate Beat the Blues for producers Jamie Hilton, Michael Petroni and musician/collaborator Ben Lee and Truck Dogs, based on the book by Graeme Base.
Writer Warren Coleman
He is a writer, director and actor graduate of the Australian National Institute of Dramatic Art.
Writing for film, theatre, television, radio and print Coleman has seen much success. Some of his many credits for film and TV include Red Star, developed in a workshop production at the National Institute of Dramatic Art and short listed for the New York New Dramatists Playwright Award, and The Castanet Club - A Movie You Can Dance To, in which he also performed. His acting credits include the feature films The Man Who Sued God, Young Eeinstein, The Criossing, The Devil's Playground, the ABC TV series Bad Cop Bad Cop, the Kennedy-Miller mini-series Vietnam, Romeo and Juliet, Judy Davis' production The School for Scandal for Sydney Theatre Company and Steve Martin's Picasso at the Lapin Agile at Belvoir St Theatre.
Directing credits include The Venetian Twins and The Mystery of Irma Vep for the State Theatre Company of South Australia, Jack (Sacred Fools Theater, Los Angeles), Buzz, which he co-wrote and also starred in (Belvoir St Theatre, Sydney), Tall Dog and the Under Poppy (The Studio, Sydney Opera House), Effie…Just Quietly (SBS TV), and Associate Director on the hit show Rent. Coleman was the Australian director of The Real Live Brady Bunch and was also the show's touring director for the American tour.
Livingston was co director and co writer on Kennedy-Miller's Academy Award winning animated feature film Happy Feet (director, George Miller), starring Robin Williams, Elijah Wood and Brittany Murphy.
He was creative consultant on the animated feature film Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole. He is also co writer of the sequel to Happy Feet: Happy Feet Two.
Along with development work on the stop-motion feature Mutt, for Film Victoria, his latest project is adapting Linda Jaivin's highly praised novel The Infernal Optimist into a feature film, with co writer Stephen Abbott. He and Abbott have also created a TV series for Southern Star, and will next write a feature based on Barbara Moran's book The Day We Lost the H-Bomb.
Writer Gary Eck
He is a stand-up comedian, actor, writer and director with a wide range of experiences in film, felevision and radio.
Eck co-wrote and starred in the feature film You Can't Stop the Murders and starred along side Mick Molloy and Glen Robbins in Boytown.
He has written and directed several short films: Tragic Love, Bye Bye Tim, Final Call and The Money, winner of the world's largest short film festival, Tropfest.
Eck's TV credits include: writer/performer on The Nation" (Channel 9), The 50 Foot Show" (Comedy Channel) and Live at Jongluers" (UK Gold Network).
Early in his career Eck was a full-time comedy writer for radio station 2DayFM where he voiced sketches and wrote one-liners for the Morning Crew. These days he can be regularly heard on ABC 702's Thank God It's Friday, with Richard Glover.
Eck is an accomplished stand-up comic having performed at the Melbourne, Sydney and Edinburgh Comedy Festivals. He has released two comedy CD's -The Hollywood Motel and Gary Eck Live!