Promo shot of Aaron Fa'Aoso holding lobsters in each hand - NITV show Strait to the Plate (2021)
Strait to the Plate (2021)

ACMI, AFTRS, Film Victoria and Media Mentors Australia present

Celebrating Collaboration


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Tue 1 Jun 2021

6pm (AEST)

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Join our discussion on creative collaboration and how to achieve it. Our panel has a long history of success on collaborative projects – and, with their creative partners, they’ll be talking about their latest works.

Director Beck Cole and Writer Samuel Paynter have just finished filming their chapter of an anthology feature film Cook 2020 : Our Right of Reply (entitled Ngā Pouwhenua in Aotearoa New Zealand). Teams from both countries worked together to develop a cohesive film.

Producers Aaron Fa’Aoso and Paul Walton teamed up for Strait to the Plate – an exploration of life on the Torres Strait islands through an entertaining and vibrant cooking show for NITV and SBS.

All four will talk about their experiences of those shows – and many others from their long and successful careers – and how to get the best out of teams to make great programming.

MC will be Denise Eriksen of Media Mentors Australia, a company which helps creatives build careers.

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Aaron Fa’Aoso

Aaron Fa’Aoso has earned a living as a professional footballer, a Kings Cross bouncer, a remote community health worker, an acclaimed actor and — most recently – as the owner and manager of his own media production company, Lone Star Productions. Aaron has starred in films and TV series including RAN: Remote Area Nurse; East West 101; The Straits;  Bikie Wars: Brothers in Arms and Goldwater. His latest on-screen outings have included the documentary Blue Water Empire (which he also wrote and produced) and the hit ABC show Black Comedy.

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Beck Cole

Beck Cole is screenwriter and director of drama and documentary and graduate from AFTRS, who started her career as a TV journalist for Imparja television, working for ABC TV and then Central Australian Media Association (CAAMA). More recently, Beck directed on three seasons of the AACTA award winning sketch show Black Comedy, the children’s TV series' Grace Beside Me and Little J & Big CuzThe WarriorsRedfern NowThe Mustangs and Channel 7’s drama series Between Two Worlds. Beck has also recently directed two seasons of multi award winning TV drama Wentworth.

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Paul Walton

Paul Walton describes himself as “a washed up child actor and semi successful TV producer who prides himself on bringing creativity to business and business to creativity”. In reality, he has over 20 years of hands on experience across British shows like Heartbeat, A Touch of Frost and Casualty, and numerous Australian feature films, including Macbeth, Charlie and Boots, Long Weekend and I Love You Too. His TV credits include McLeod’s Daughters, It’s A Date (seasons 1 & 2), Stand Up @ Bella Union, 8MMM, Open Slather, Superwog and The Divorce.


Samuel Nuggin-Paynter

Samuel Nuggin-Paynter is an emerging writer/director who has written for the children’s television series' Little J and Big Cuz and Thalu. He’s currently on a two year producer placement with No Coincidence Media, working as an Associate Producer across a number of projects on their slate and building his experience as film and television producer, including the Anthology Feature Film Cook Nga Pouphenua, which is an Indigenous co-production between New Zealand and Australia. Sam is also the writer of one of the chapters of the film Grog Shop.

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