Peter Hegedus is an accomplished and award winning writer, director and producer of both documentary and drama films. Since beginning his professional career in 1999, Peter has attended conferences, markets and film festivals and he has also participated in various panel discussions around the world concerning international financing, documentary ethics and directing documentary. He has taught filmmaking at Tertiary level and in 2008 he was awarded the Doctor of Visual Arts. In 2011 Peter was also awarded the Griffith University Alumni Award in recognition of his achievements in documentary filmmaking.
At 21, Peter produced and directed his first one hour documentary for SBS TV. Grandfathers and Revolutions is a story about his grandfather, the Prime Minister of Hungary who called in the Soviet troops to quash the Hungarian Revolution in 1956. The film has gone on to win many awards around the world establishing Peter as an international documentary producer and director.
In 2002 Peter formed Soul Vision Films Pty Ltd. The company's philosophy is to produce and direct films which provide insight into the human condition. Under his company, Peter made Inheritance, a fisherman’s story, an international co-production based around the ecological disaster which occurred in Hungary in 2000. Inheritance, a fisherman’s story was short listed for the 2003 Academy Awards and won an additional seven awards around the world.
After producing a longitudinal documentary for the ABC titled Wings to Fly, Peter has also tackled another feature documentary titled My America - a personal search for the American dream. My America is a significant stepping stone in Peter’s filmmaking career and the film is due for theatrical release in late 2011.
The Trouble With St Mary’s is Peter’s new observational documentary for the ABC Compass program.
To find out more about Peter’s work please visit his website: www.soulvisionfilms.com
Veronica Fury is a Brisbane based producer and company director of newly formed Wild Fury Pty Ltd., in partnership with Bettina Dalton (Absolutely Wild Visuals) and Hugh Marks (Network Nine/Southern Star). Veronica has made award-winning content for Australian and International audiences via major television broadcasters, festivals, screens and DVD sales around the world including ABC, SBS, Foxtel, Ovation, QANTAS and major European broadcasters such as ZDF, TVO and ARTE.
Upon graduating from Griffith University’s Film School in 2003 she produced two QPIX documentaries for ABC as part of the Odd Jobs initiative. After a stint at Network Ten in Brisbane she produced (with Mark Chapman for Big Island Pictures) a one-hour historical documentary for SBS TV entitled Black Soldier Blues (dir Nicole McCuaig) which was short-listed for the NSW Premier’s Award in 2006.
After setting up Fury Productions she completed a two part series titled The Glamour Game (dir/s Susan Lambert & Aviva Ziegler) for SBS in 2007; produced Fairweather Man in 2008 (dir Aviva Ziegler) for ABC which won the 2010 NSW Premier’s Award for best Script; and in 2009 World Champion Santa (dir David Downey) for ABC. She is currently producing The Curse of the Gothic Symphony (dir Randall Wood) for ABC and 2011 MIFF Premier Fund and The Trouble with St Mary’s (dir Peter Hegedus) for ABC. Her recent project Machete Maidens Unleashed! (dir Mark Hartley) for ABC and 2010 MIFF Premier Fund premiered a Toronto in 2011.
Fury has a large number of documentary projects in various stages of commissioning including Dancing Down Under (dir Susan Lambert); First Fagin (dir Alan Rosenthal) with German broadcaster ZDF/ARTE; and Mysteries of the Human Voice, which has been commissioned by ARTE France, and is currently developing a broad range of projects, including ACTF and Screen Queensland funded children’s live action series The Mango Street Kids. A number of long form factual series are currently in development under a joint venture with one of NZ’s premier companies Greenstone Pictures.
She attends all major TV markets such as MIPCOM, MIPTV, AIDC, WCSFP and Sunny Side of the DOC. Veronica is an active member of the QSIC board, a full SPAA member and is a sponsor on the QLD Young Film Makers Awards.
Born in Uppsala, Sweden, Axel Grigor is an award-winning film editor and producer. After working on the acclaimed Swedish feature film Show Me Love, Sweden’s candidate for the 1999 Academy Awards, he migrated to Australia to study film production at Griffith University.
In 2001, Axel co-founded Brisbane-based production company Faraway Productions Pty Ltd together with Iranian-born filmmaker Faramarz K-Rahber. The company’s first feature documentary, Fahimeh’s Story, won the prestigious Independent Spirit Award at the 2004 Australian IF Awards and was nominated for two AFI Awards in the same year.
2007 saw the release Donkey in Lahore, Faraway Productions’ second feature documentary. Filmed in Pakistan and Australia over 3 years, the film was lauded by Variety as “a fascinating tale - compelling, emotionally resonant viewing”. After its world premiere at the International Documentary Festival in Amsterdam, Donkey in Lahore went on to screen at over 30 international film festivals, including Tribeca Film Festival and Gothenburg Film Festival. The film has been seen by TV audiences worldwide.
Currently, Axel divides his time between film editing, producing, teaching and raising two boys.
The Trouble with St Mary’s marks the second time Axel has collaborated with filmmaker Peter Hegedus, having previously edited his theatrical feature documentary My America in 2010.
Peter Walters, Master of Music, Acoustic Bassist, Electric Bassist, Guitarist, Composer, Arranger and Teacher.
Peter has distinguished himself over the years as one of Brisbane's most sought after bassists, particularly in the jazz milieu. Classically trained by Ken Poggioli (Queensland Orchestra) he quickly established his jazz credentials with strong and imaginative playing. Through the 80's and 90's he worked with many artists from Australia and abroad including singers Annie Ross, Sheila Jordan, Vince Jones and Kerrie Biddell, saxophonists Clifford Jordon, Johnny Griffin, Don Burrows and Don Menza, pianists Joachim Kuhn, Jason Rebello (Sting), James Morrison and a host of others.
Peter teaches jazz bass at the Queensland Conservatorium and runs his own recording studio specialising in jazz and blues. He has won best producer at the Qld Sunny awards for his work on the Wiley Reed album Straight From The Heart.
Whilst performing professionally in all sorts of genres (Jazz, Blues, Latin, World) and after having worked in Japan and other SE Asian locales, Peter embarked on a Composition Masters degree, which he completed in 2005. He continues to compose and arrange alone and in collaboration with other local artists. He has composed and arranged for film and theatre his latest being Black Soldier Blues for SBS and World Champion Santa for the ABC.
Annie Holden is a Brisbane-based producer. She has created and is currently producing a number of documentaries including Mining: It’s a She Thing, an eight part series on Australian Aboriginal women working in the mining industry and Marble City, a cinematic length essay on occupational health and safety in the Indian marble mining industry. Annie is currently developing Contract Wives about prostitution in the Indonesian mining industry and The War Gene on the epigenetics of post traumatic stress disorder.
Annie has completed a number of long and short courses in film production, documentary screenwriting, cinematography, camera skills and creative editing with AFTRS and QPIX and holds a PhD in economic anthropology.
Stefan Moore has worked as a producer/director and an executive producer of documentaries in the U.S., Britain and Australia. His documentaries have received four Emmys and numerous other awards.
Recently he has produced and directed Honeybee Blues (2009), a one hour documentary about the world’s disappearing honeybees (Sydney Morning Herald TV Critics award for the best Australian documentary of the year), The Cars That Ate China (2008) about the social impact of China’s car revolution (Dendy award nominee and Australian Screen Editors Guild award for best documentary), and the award-winning National Geographic special Race Against the Killer Flu (2007). From 2001 to 2005, Stefan was the Executive Producer of Science and History at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and prior to that he was an Executive Producer at Film Australia where he commission critically acclaimed documentaries and series such as Cunnamulla, Facing the Music and Bush Mechanics. Before coming to Australia he was co-director of TVG Production in New York City where he produced and directed award-winning documentaries and series for public and commercial television including the 8-part series The Trouble with Medicine, the Emmy award winning Presumed Innocent, The Irish Tapes and Trouble on Fashion Avenue.