The Creative Conversation #3 - Tony Ayres
In this episode of the Creative Conversation I interviewed 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 ABC series Nowhere Boys.
Tony imparted a lot of wisdom about his film days and his move to TV. One of his most interesting quotes is below:
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.
The 'best of' transcript can be found here.