Tony is a Yorta Yorta/Wurundjeri (Woiwurrung) theatre & film creative.
Tony is a Yorta Yorta/Wurundjeri (Woiwurrung) theatre & film creative. He is the creator and writer of the feature film ‘The Sapphires’ which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival 2012. He received two AWGIE awards and the film won 11 of 12 categories at AACTA 2013. The theatre version of 'The Sapphires’ enjoyed sell-out seasons at The Melbourne theatre company and Belvoir street theatre, winning two Helpmann Awards. Tony is co-creator, executive producer and writer of the eight-part ABC TV series The Warriors. An actor of stage and screen Tony holds many credits to his name.
Tony will research the latest in First Peoples filmmaking, fostering collaborative opportunities to share his own knowledge and learn from other First Nations cultures. He will attend several overseas film festivals to view works, participate in events and cultivate solid international business relationships. This will support his desire to deliver an International festival that is culturally safe, in a unique and respectful manner that is vital to the very fabric of the Victorian creative landscape and provide universal exposure and artistic connections that the state of Victoria is often admired for.
What does being awarded a Creators Fund grant mean to you?
Time and creative flexibility.
How important is 'time' to you, as an artist/creative professional?
Time is imperative to any creative endeavour. Given that everyone is so time poor these days, it is pretty much a luxury to be afforded a chance that allows focussing on research, and the pursuit of opportunities that enable the development and creation of my professional and artistic opportunities. So if there’s enough time, I will concentrate on being as creative with my vision as possible.
What are you most looking forward to over the months ahead?
I’m looking forward to the challenge of discovering a way to utilise what little time I have to focus on being creative in order to fulfil a twenty-five-year-old artistic vision.
Where would like to see yourself at the end of this process? How do you anticipate your career will develop as a result?
I would like to see myself in planning for the next adventure. I’m anticipating that the networking and collaborative opportunities will present very real possibilities that will help to develop extraordinarily positive and original artistic ventures on a global scale.