Michael Shanks

Director

Michael’s first ever foray into filmmaking took the grand prize at the 2008 Escapist Film Festival. In the fallout, he got a job with the company directing the largely forgotten, American-Produced Web Series Doomsday Arcade.

Since then, he’s curated the popular YouTube channel Timtimfed which features a variety of high concept film and comedy content, and has over 35,000,000 online hits. A multi-faceted filmmaker, he is an award-winning Writer, Director, Musician & Visual Effects artist. He’s won various awards for his work in Music Videos, from directing clips of his own Band to more recent work with artists such as Guy Pearce’s on his sophomore Musical release, Storm. He is yet to win awards for acting.

He created the SBS2 series The Wizards of Aus which he Directed/Co-Wrote/Acted/Composed and VFX’d for. He is deeply unhappy and this bio is a cry for help.

Nicholas Colla

Director

Nick has been working in the Film & Television industry since he was eight, featuring in television shows such as The Saddle Club, Holly’s Heroes, Neighbours, Blue Heelers, Winners & Losers and the Channel 7 telemovie MOLLY.

Having spent almost his entire life on film sets has helped him establish a career as a director/producer. His short films have screened both here and abroad at festivals including Flickerfest, Palm Springs, Frameline and Cinequest. He has also directed award winning music videos and advertising campaigns for clients such as Windsor Smith, SEEK, Opel Cars, Herald Sun & the Victorian Cancer Council.

Recently, Nick completed Director’s Attachments on Neighbours and The Doctor Blake Mysteries, and is a member of SPAMEAA, Australian Directors Guild and Australian Writers Guild.

Daniel Daperis

Director

Daniel has been involved in the film industry for as long as he can remember. Growing up as an actor, he held lead roles in various television productions and feature films culminating in an AFI/ACTAA award nomination.

Since then, Daniel has become an accredited writer and director. In 2011 he won the Open Channel Raw Nerve Competition with his entry ‘Phone Call’ which he wrote and directed. Recently, a short film ‘Flash’ which he co-directed was accepted to screen at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner.

He has directed a number of corporate campaigns and advertisements for clients such as Telstra, SEEK and Magic Logistics as well as directing behind-the-scenes on the ABC/BBC series ‘Worst Year of My Life, Again!’ and the second series of ‘The Doctor Blake Mysteries’.


Nicolette Minster

Writer & Producer

Nicolette is a Melbourne based comedian, actress and writer best known for her work on sketch comedy series KINNE (Seven Network), The Wizards of Aus (SBS) and Sammy J’s Democratic Party (ABC).

Successful Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Adelaide Fringe Festival seasons with sketch comedy duo Girls Uninterrupted led to content for ABC2 and she has since written on a number of award winning shorts including the romantic comedy Palindromes which has screened at festivals including Flickerfest, Cinequest, Palm Springs and Cinequest Oz. It has also been sold to ABC iView, Virgin Australia and the RTI Network in Italy.

In 2016 she was one of 10 writers selected for the Open Channel/Screen Australia’s ScriptStart program through which she developed her feature film “Occasional Hit to the Head”.

Jared Daperis

Director

Jared aims to create inspiring, cinematic content with a contemporary touch. His work is motivated by an uncompromising pursuit for quality and an emphasis on bold, provocative filmmaking – across all mediums.

Having studied at the Stella Adler Studio in New York, his ability to evoke memorable performances from his actors is something that comes naturally.

When the project suits, Jared chooses to collaborate with brother Daniel; Their debut short ‘Phone Call’ being selected for Screen Australia’s ‘Raw Nerve’ Initiative.

Jared has directed music videos for bands such as RÜFÜSGang of YouthsDappled CitiesDena Amy, and Crooked Colours. A multi-platform filmmaker, he has worked on campaigns for City Of Melbourne, Nike, Swisse and the AFL.

Jacqui Hocking

Documentary Filmmaker

After graduating high school, Jacqui decided to become a documentary filmmaker and very quickly developed a reputation for creating inspiring & important content for NGO & Non-profit organisations all over the world, including the top of Mount Everest, the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean, Asia, Africa, Europe & Australia.

Currently based in Singapore (although constantly travelling around the globe), she aims to support others in the industry to adapt to the changing landscape of online content, and is ridiculously passionate about cross-platform distribution & social media collaboration.

She is the official film-maker for the TOPtoTOP expedition, film direction supervisor for WorldbyCycle, and was a founding member of Gone Adventurin’. You can follow her adventures here.

Sumah Hurley

Producer

Sumah has been making waves in the Film & Television since 2013. Beginning her career as a Script Supervisor and Producer, she has come leaps and bounds in such a short amount of time having produced short films, music videos and the television series The Wizards Of Aus.

Forging a new and exciting path as an Assistant Director, she’s worked on a variety of projects including Romper Stomper, Picnic At Hanging Rock and more recently Jack Irish and joined Freelancers as a 3rd Assistant Director in 2017. She is expanding on her skill set with every job and is keen to work her way up through the department. In saying this, she enjoys getting the opportunity to 1st when the right project comes her way.

Sumah is always up for a challenge and is determined to show the industry what she’s made of.

Chris Hocking

General Manager

Chris has been working in the entertainment industry professionally since he was fourteen. His first job was operating animatronics for a BBC kids show, and then moved on to lighting design for live productions which has taken him all around Australia as well as Taiwan, South Africa & New Zealand. He was previously the Post Production Supervisor at Melbourne’s award-winning editing house The Butchery, and finishing house The Refinery.

Chris has a incredibly strong and varied technical and business background, and takes care of the day-to-day operations at LateNite – ensuring that each production makes the use of the best and more current technology and workflows.

He’s a member of SPA and the ASSG and is on the committee for the Australian Screen Editors.