Producer - Bill Leimbach
Bill has had over 25 years experience in action and
adventure Film and Television as both Producer and
Director. After University in California he trained
in FILM at London Film School and the BBC. He worked
in the UK Film and TV industry for ten years before
moving his production company to Australia in the
1980’s from where he has produced over 25 films -
for National Geographic, Discovery, PBS, BBC, ABC
and SBS and Australian commercial channels 7, 9 and
10. His programs have been seen around the world. He
lives in Sydney where he currently has two features
and two documentaries in various stages of
development. His most recently completed was a long
form special for THE HISTORY CHANNEL and FAIRFAX,
with Jack Thompson, to commemorate the 90th
anniversary of Gallipoli in 2005.
His awards include:
- Academy Award Nomination for
Best Feature Length Documentary - RAONI.
AFI Best Director & Best Documentary for MUSICAL
LOGIE nomination for Best Director for FIRST
FLEET: RIGHT OF PASSAGE
LOGIE nomination for best TV series
(Producer/Director) 26 episodes of OUTBACK
Executive Producer: Ross
the world's leading authority on the Australian miners
of World War I. The project has been his brain child for
over 15 years. Born and educated in Brisbane he pursued
the Mining Industry at Tertiary level at the University
of Queensland and Post Graduate studies in Management at
University of Central Queensland.
He has worked from Queensland to Zambia to Krakow to
South Africa - as Mining Engineer, Shift Boss, Quarry
Manager, Inspector of Mines, Operation manager,
Consulting Mining Engineer, Sight Senior Executive,
Health and Safety Consultant and Mining Development
Manager for companies such as Consolidated Copper,
Goldfields of South Africa Ltd, Pioneer Concrete,
Queensland Government Dept of Mines and Energy, BHP,
Mansell Mining, Bluestone Tin Ltd, to name but a few.
He has been Promoter, Organiser and Chairman of mining
conferences as well as
Author and Presenter of technical mining papers.He is a
member of the Australian Institute of Mining and
Metallurgy and organiser of technical sessions and the
Australian Institute of Quarrying.
He lives and works from his home in Townsville
RAINS COMES TO TOWN...
Greg Rains, who is representing the syndicate of Private
Investors from Townsville rocked into Sydney this week
and went straight to our Fox office to meet the team.
Rains (bottom left) with BH60 team Jeremy, David, Sandy
Quickly into conference with the film's Line Producer,
Michelle Russell to discuss a million things that need
to be sorted out before we move the full cast and crew
to Townsville in June.
Greg with Michelle
Russell, Line Producer
Then he met up with John Lee owner of CUTTING EDGE Post
Production House who will be handling the movie for Post
Production once it has been totally filmed in
Townsville. Lots to talk about when they found out they
are both Queensland lads!
Greg with Cutting Edge owner,
Greg and Jeremy got on like a house on fire and they
even posed for some photos to fulfill Greg's promises
that he made to his nieces - to bring back a photo of
Jeremy who they adored seeing in HOME AND AWAY these
past three weeks.
Greg and recent Home and Away
star, Jeremy Sims (Director)
Greg was then whisked away to meet the films legal team:
Michael McMichael and Jules Munro from Simpsons
Solicitors, to ensure the Townsville Investors are
getting the real deal.
Greg with film lawyers Jules
Munro (left) and Michael McMichael (centre)
Finally at the end of an action packed day, he met the
two main ladies who have championed this film through
Screen Australia. Sally Browning, Investment Manager
(Production Investment) and Rebecca Hardman, Senior
Screen Australia is the new Federal Government body in
charge of Australian film and TV projects and they have
become the principal investor in our film.
Sally Browning (Left) with
Greg and Rebecca Hardman
outside the Screen Australia offices. Love the shoes,
Production Designer Clayton
Jauncey (left) with Art Director, Sam Hobbs
Director - Jeremy Sims
is a popular and well-known figure in Australian film,
TV and theatre - as an actor and director. Working in
film he received an AFI award Best Actor nomination for
the film 'Idiot Box'. On television he has several Logie
and AFI Best Actor nominations, winning for
'Aftershocks' in 1996. On stage, he is one of
Australia's greatest actors, playing roles like Cyrano
De Bergerac and Hamlet to national acclaim.
As a director, he regularly works for Australia's
flagship theatre producer - The Sydney Theatre Company.
With his own Pork Chop Productions he has directed and
produced acclaimed classical interpretations and
original theatrical works all around the country.
Recently Jeremy has focused on new Australian works,
enlisting the Sydney Opera House as a co-production
partner. His production of 'Last Cab to Darwin' won many
awards and toured nationally in 2004. His first feature
film as a director, 'Last Train to Freo', received three
AFI nominations and secured Jeremy's position as one of
the country's most promising. He is married to well
known film director Samantha Lang (The Well, L'Idole)
Here to take a quick look at Jeremy's film,
"Last Train to Freo"
Writer - David Roach
His most recent projects include:
YOUNG EINSTEIN. Co-writer, co-producer, editor -
Released in Australia through Village Roadshow and
internationally through Warner Bros. AFI nomination
“Best Screenplay”. Number one box office in Australia,
France and Germany upon release. Listed as the 10th all
time box office success in Australia and rated 20th
biggest Australian box office abroad (with STRICTLY
BALLROOM at 19th).
never seen a film like this before. Nor has anyone else.
It is, at its best, thoroughly astonishing” Phillip
Adams - The Australian
RECKLESS KELLY Co-writer, editor, Associate Producer.
Released in Australia through Village Roadshow and
internationally through Warner Bros. Rated the second at
the Australian Box Office in 1993, taking $6 million
(just behind the THE PIANO at number one that year).
MR ACCIDENT. Co-writer, co-produce. Released in
Australia in 2000 through Village Roadshow and
internationally through MGM/UA.
WRITERS ON WRITING DVD doco featured some of Australia’s
best writers talking about their craft. Developed by the
University of Technology Sydney Nominated for the
Australian Teachers of Media Award 2006.
SINGER – A DANGEROUS MIND was a one hour portrait of the
controversial philosopher, Peter Singer. Written and
Produced for the BBC and ABC.
dynamite…” - The Sydney Morning Herald
David’s most recent projects are:
"One Bad Thing". A comedy thriller.
"Going Nowhere, Fast". A cross cultural feature set in
"Rough Cuts". A feature in the style of a documentary
about short filmmaking
Our lawyers for the film were Michael McMichael and Jules Munro
Jules Munro (SIMPSONS SOLICITORS)
Jules is a partner at the entertainment and intellectual property firm Simpsons Solicitors. He is the firm’s film & TV specialist. Jules was admitted as a solicitor in 1997 and joined Simpsons in 2002. He provides film industry clients with commercial and strategic advice ranging from rights acquisition and management, film development, production funding, contract negotiation and product distribution to deal structures and litigation. Beyond film and television, Jules draws clients from the music and other media industries, as well as clients involved in information technology and intellectual property generally. For more on Jules see www.simpsons.com.au.
Michael has been a lawyer, practising in Sydney, for over 30 years, in all facets of entertainment law with particular emphasis on filmed entertainment.
His film and television credits include legal work many Australian Feature films such as Don's Party, Razorback, The Perfectionist, Garbo and the animated feature Fern Gully, the highly successful Gladiators television series and numerous television documentaries, on some of which he acted as executive producer in arranging tax-effective equity investment.
Michael helped setup PBL Productions, the film and television production company established by Consolidated Press in the 1980s, and was responsible for implementing the company's initial international corporate structuring. He also represented the American completion guarantor, The Completion Bond Company, in the establishment of its Australian operations and the documentation of its bonding transactions.
On the music front he has worked with artists, managers, producers and labels, from acts such as Air Supply, the labels RooArt and Phantom, to the distributor Metropolitan Groove Merchants (MGM) and was the founding President of the Association of Independent Record Labels (AIR).
During the period 1996 to 1999 Michael worked with Macquarie Bank, in the development of its strategy for entry into the financing of filmed entertainment. resulting in Macquarie being a successful applicant for one of the two FLIC (Film Licensed Investment Company) licences awarded by the Australian Federal Government.
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