DIRECTOR / PRODUCER
For more than 15 years Gary Doust has built a reputation for humorous and often quirky character-based observational Australian documentaries. His credits include the feature documentary Making Venus which won the Film Critics Circle Jury Prize and the IF Independent Spirit Award. He also made the multi-award-winning Tropfest finalists Great White Hunters and Murbah Swamp Beer. Other directing credits include the factual TV series Battle Of The Brains (ABC1), Blue Zoo (ABC3) and Next Stop Hollywood (ABC1) for which he received ADG Award nominations for the last two. He is also the c0-founder of the hugely successful film screenings event Popcorn Taxi which features on-stage guests that included Quintin Tarantino, Kevin Smith and Ewan McGreggor.
Megan McMurchy is an independent producer with more than 50 hours of television credits as Producer or EP. Most recently she co-produced the feature documentary Tyke Elephant Outlaw (BBC, Netflix, NatGeo Latin America) and produced the web drama series I Luv U But. She produced the series Fine Line and Hybrid Life for SBS TV and was series producer of Hoodlum’s multi-platform interactive series Fat Cow Motel for ABC TV. Her award-winning documentary titles include Mr Patterns, Remembering Rain, Sadness and For Love or Money. She also produced the feature films Footy Legends, Talk and Breathing Under Water.
JULIE ANNE DE RUVO
With her intuitive eye Julie-Anne De Ruvo is arguably one of the best observational documentary editors working in Australia today. Her credits include Next Stop Hollywood (ABC1), Embedded With Sheik Hilaly (SBS), and Great White Hunters (all with Gary Doust as director), plus Desperate Man Blues (SBS) and Storm Surfers (Discovery). She is also highly sought after as a drama editor with credits that include Nowhere Boys (ABC3), Laid (ABC), Please Like Me- Seasons 2 and 3 (ABC) and the feature films The Turning and Razzle Dazzle. She recently completed work as editor on the American thriller / horror film Better Watch Out.
John Gray is a multi-award winning film composer, having written both orchestral and electronic scores for film – some of which have been finalists and winners at The Emmys, Sundance, - to name a few. His film and TV credits include Blue Murder (2017), The Surgery Ship, The Opposition, Love and Marriage in Kabul, What Lola Wants, Manny Lewis, Go Back To Where You Came From, I Am A Girl, Next Stop Hollywood, Revolution School, The Bet, Coffin Rock and Kokoda. He has also released and toured nationally in rock bands, released experimental work for installations and radio airplay, and created electronic soundscapes for internationally acknowledged films.
FILMMAKER / ACTOR
Craig Anderson is a comedian who works in the medium of film and TV. As an actor he has appeared in many successful comedy television programs including Black Comedy, Double The Fist, The Moodys, Review With Myles Barlow, and The Elegant Gentleman's Guide To Knife Fighting. He starred in indie comedy feature The Tail Job
which premiered at Slamdance 2016. Craig has starred in the ob-doc programs Next Step Hollywood and Miso Hungry. As a director Craig is a two-time AACTA award winner (AFI: Best Comedy TV Series 2004, AACTA: Best Director - Light Entertainment or Reality 2015) and an International Gold Promax for his network promos for Showtime Australia. Craig began his career in theatre and has First Class Honours in Performance Studies from the University of Western Sydney, where he also lectured for three years in Performance and Anthropology. He has currently deferred the writing of his PhD, an epistemological analysis of academia on comedy.
Gerard O’Dwyer was awarded Best Male Actor at Tropfest in 2009 for his role in Be My Brother, which also won Best Film. Most recently he flew to Russia to accept an award for The Interviewer, a short film in which he played the leading role. He won Best Actor runner-up in 2010 at the Short and Sweet Play Festival, the largest festival of 10-minute plays in the world. Gerard has recently been cast in another Australian feature film starring alongside Aussie screen legend, John Jarratt. Gerard uses his profile to challenge societal stereotypes and his work includes dramatic performances in film, television and theatre. In 2010, 2011 and 2015 Gerard was selected as an Ambassador for the NSW state government’s Don’t DISMyABILITY campaign and he has featured in an advertisement for the NSW Government’s CareCareers campaign. Notably, in 2012 Gerard was recognised by the Australian Government and was awarded the Emerging Leaders Award at the National Disabilities Awards.
Dee Wallace is an American actress known for her ‘scream queen’ roles in several popular films in the horror genre, including The Hills Have Eyes (1977), The Howling (1981) and Cujo (1983). Her most widely seen performance is the starring role as Elliott's mother, Mary, in the Steven Spielberg film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982). Her other film appearances include The Stepford Wives (1975), 10 (1979) and Critters (1986).
In addition to Spielberg she has worked with many other accomplished film directors including Wes Craven, Peter Jackson, Joe Dante and more recently
Rob Zombie. In 2016 she was nominated for the 2016 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Guest Performer in a Drama Series for her role on the ABC soap opera General Hospital.
1ST ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
Bryan is a Sydney-based comedy writer, director and producer. Over a career of 15 years Bryan
has created award-winning TV series, short films and
commercials. He is a five-time finalist in Tropfest - the world's biggest short film festival. His latest film The Mistake has been watched over 4 million times on YouTube. Bryan wrote, directed and starred in the cult Australian comedy TV series Double the Fist, which won the AFI award for best comedy series and is currently being optioned for US television. Bryan's other credits include directing comedy series Back Seat Drivers for ABC, Screen Australia and YouTube funded web series Axis all Areas with the Axis of Awesome, and comedy documentary The Arecibo Message for SBS. Bryan wrote and directed the comedy feature film The Tail Job which screened at Slamdance Film Festival.
LOCATION MANAGER / CRAIG’S DAD
Rob Anderson worked as Retail Store Manager and then National Sales Manager in the hardware industry for more than 45 years before retiring in 2010. During this time he settled down in the outer- western Sydney suburb of St Clair where, along with his wife Lynn, he raised his three sons Robbie, Todd and Craig. Since retiring he does volunteer work for the Royal Institute for the Deaf and Blind and the Lantern Club. Over the years he has been a big supporter of Craig’s film work, notably starring as
‘the Getaway Driver’, in Craig’s award-winning first short film Life In a Datsun and ‘The Dirty Old Man’ and ‘The Groom’s Father’ in episodes of the ABC comedy series How Not To Behave which Craig directed.
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation and
Screen Australia present
A Fridgejam Production
A Low Budget Nightmare
Director / Producer
JULIE-ANNE DE RUVO
Camera / Sound
Post Production Facility DEFINITION FILMS
Post Production Producer DAVID GROSS
Conform Editor WAYNE C. BLAIR
Colourist JAMIE HEDIGER
Online Editors BEN BLICK-HODGE
Sound Post Facility MARK TANNER SOUND
Stills Photographer JEREMY BELINFANTE
Post Production Scripts REEZY MILLER Script Services
Legal Services JENNY LALOR, LALOR LAW
ABC LIBRARY SALES
For Screen Australia
The producers wish to thank
DEE WALLACE, GERARD O’DWYER, BRYAN MOSES
ROB, LYNN, TODD & ROBBIE ANDERSON
& THE CAST AND CREW OF ‘RED CHRISTMAS’
DANIELLA ORTEGA, DOUG BAYNE, MICHAEL BLAKE, VERONICA FURY, SASCHA ETTINGER EPSTEIN, MARTIN CONNER, ROB MARJENBERG, BEN RUDMAN, RICHARD GRANT, CYRUS IRANI, JODI MATTERSON. GLENN EVANS, ISABEL PEPPARD, ANNE O’DWYER, BELINDA KING, PAT FISKE, STEFAN MOORE, SUSAN LAMBERT, GABY MASON, JENNIFER COLLINS, REBECCA BARRY, NAKKIAH LUI, ALICE LOUISE, MARNIE FOULIS, ANTHONY SKLAVOS, OSCAR HILLERSTROM, GREG BENZ, GAVIN MARSH, GLENN FRASER, TOM GLEESON, LUKE TORREVILLAS, CHRIS NELIUS, CAROLINE PEGRAM, MATT WALKER, DEMI SKOUFIS, KIM AYKHURST, JASON DULLOW, MICHAEL MCNALLY, NATALIE VAN DEN DUNGEN, KATE WITCHARD, AMANDA ARMSTRONG
With special thanks for their generous support
AUSTRALIAN FILM TELEVISION AND RADIO SCHOOL, FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL, SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL, SHARK ISLAND FILMS
Produced in association with
THE AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION
Executive Producer/Head of Arts
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