This month's Creative Conversation guest was the multi-hyphenate, very busy and very lovely Tony Ayres! Tony is a writer/director/producer for film and television. His 2007 feature film The Home Song Stories, premiered at Berlin and won 23 Australian and international awards including 8 AFI Awards. His first feature Walking on Water won the Teddy Award at Berlin in 2002 and 5 AFI awards. In 2008, Tony directed the television movie, Saved, for which Claudia Karvan won the Logie for Best Actress. In recent times he has become a producer of television, producing the comedy series Bogan Pride and the arts doco series Anatomy (the latter now going into series 4). Tony was the showrunner and one of the directors of The Slap, the 8 x 1 hour TV adaption of Christos Tsoilkas’ novel. The Slap won 5 awards including Best Miniseries or TV Movie at the inaugural AACTA awards. He is currently working on the upcoming ABC series Nowhere Boys.
During the interview we talked about Asian Australian diversity on television screens, how to get your start as a filmmaker and the success of Matchbox Pictures/NBCU. One of my favourite quotes from Tony is about what he thinks you need to develop a career in the film and television industry:
The most important thing is actually having something to say – having a vision of the world, and having the skills to communicate it. And if you have those two things then I think they’re very useful and people will recognize it.
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