about the presenters

Dr Mark Williams
Barrister & Solicitor

Mark Williams is a solicitor in sole practice in Melbourne with twenty years experience in copyright law with legal firms as well as with The University of Melbourne and CSIRO. His work as a lawyer ranges across film and television projects, multimedia, visual art, live performance and writing both nationally and internationally. He holds postgraduate qualifications in intellectual property law and in seventeenth-century theatre studies. He teaches on legal issues relating to arts management and information systems and has published widely on arts, information technology and entertainment law. He was a member of the Board of Viscopy Ltd from 2001 to November 2004 and claims to have worked with everyone before (and sometimes after) they were famous.

Thursday  12 May 2005
Screening & Education Session

All Clear
Presentation, discussion and expert advice on copyright laws affecting students & emerging filmmakers


Gary Simmons
Education Programmer, Australian Centre for the Moving Image

Gary Simmons has been teacher of English, Literature and more recently the moving image for as long as he can remember. From 1992-4 he was Education Officer at the Victorian Association for the Teaching of English, and taught at University High School in 1995-6 before doing post-graduate study in Cinema Studies in 1997-8. In 1999 he taught in a Junior College in Singapore. He is currently a Secondary Education Programmer at ACMI where he presents seminars for teachers and students. Away from work he is completing his Masters on 'Aussie Blokes, Queer Folks' - Representations of masculinity in Australian cinema. He also cares a lot for his five children.

Friday 6 May 2005
Screening & Education Session

Identifying Genre
Analysis and open discussion of genre successfully realised through the moving image  

Tuesday 10 May 2005
Screening & Scriptwriting Workshop

Siobhan Maiden
Filmmaker, Educator

Siobhan Maiden studied documentary filmmaking at the Victorian College of the Arts. She also has a BA (Hons) in Cinema Studies and German from the University of Melbourne, and undertook postgraduate study in film in Berlin. She has a Dip. Ed. in Media from Monash Uni, and has taught Media and Drama at schools in Germany and Australia, and presented many practical and theoretical sessions at media conferences. Her short films have screened at festivals both locally and internationally. Siobhan is currently making programs for Schools TV, part of the Department of Education and Training. She is a member of the Top Screen panel, a board member of ATOM, and involved in the Melbourne Documentary Group. Her documentary Brutal Beauty won the BBC Best Doco award at the Commonwealth Film Festival in 2002. She loves travel and documentaries, and agrees with Chilean documentary film director Patricio Guzman's quote that "A country without documentaries is like a family without a photo album".

Tuesday 10 May 2005
Screening & Education Session

A Good Rapport with Docos
Analysis of the fundamental aspects to making a successful documentary

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