BILL CODE - DIRECTOR, CINEMATOGRAPHER, PRODUCER
Bill is a film-maker known for his 2014 film Inside Out: Indigenous imprisonment in Australia (NITV/The Guardian), which he directed, produced and filmed. An accomplished video journalist, Bill has also been a shooter/producer with Al Jazeera, creating award-winning shorts for the BBC, working as a DOP with the ABC, The Guardian and others. This is his his first feature-length film.
JACK CHARLES - STORYTELLER/HOST/NARRATOR
Dja Dja Wurrung elder Uncle Jack Charles provides a unique 'storytelling' hosting of the film, far from a static 'narration'.
CHRISTIAN PAZZAGLIA - PRODUCER
Christian Pazzaglia is the producer of Michael Beets' acclaimed live cinema piece on refugees 'Those Left Waiting', Cheng Ran and Shao Yanpeng's experimental feature film 'Miraculous Trajectories', and was co-producer of the feature film ‘Yamato (California)’, directed by the award-winning Japanese director Daisuke Miyazaki, as well as the Christian Tsiolkas-written 'Little Tornadoes.'
JIDA GULPILIL - COMPOSER
Jida Gulpilil, a talented musician who features in a key role in the documentary, scores the film with help from producers including David Bridie. Jida is a Dja Dja Wurrung man through via his mother's family and Yolngu via his father, legendary Australian actor David Gulpilil.
NGARRA MURRAY - CULTURAL ADVISOR
Ngarra is a Dja Dja Wurrung (Yung Balug), Yorta Yorta (Wallithica), Wamba Wamba (Goirmjanyuk), Dhudhuroa woman whose country and family is at the heart of this film. She is the national manager of Oxfam Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People's Program, a member of the National NAIDOC committee and a Board Member of the Pastor Sir Douglas and Lady Gladys Nicholls Foundation (she is also their great granddaughter).
RUDI SIIRA - CAMERA OPERATOR
Rudi Siira is a cinematographer with a strong love and passion for longform narrative and documentary film. His recent feature Paper Champions has been released on Netflix after a successful festival run and Screen Aus funded documentary Geeta is due for cinema release in 2021. Rudi came on board in the later stages of production to provide his award-winning eye.
BELINDA LOPEZ - STORY EDITOR
An award-winning producer, writer and audio-documentary maker, Belinda is helping craft the narrative of The Lake of Scars. Amidst her academic work, Belinda also launched 2017's acclaimed ABC podcast This Is About.
GARY MURRAY - EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Dja Dja Wurrung (Yung Balug) Gary is a mult-clanned elder who has worked with director Bill since the birthing stages of The Lake of Scars. He has advocated for community development, native title, cultural heritage, and first peoples' economic development in Victoria and beyond for several decades.
SHAUN MILLER - EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Shaun Miller is one of the most respected legal advisors in the Australian film industry. Working in film and entertainment law for nearly 20 years, and with a background working in film distribution and exhibition via Sharmill Films and Cinema Nova, Shaun will act both as The Lake of Scars' E.P. and legal advisor.
NICOLA BLACKMORE - EDITOR
Nicola Blackmore is a specialist documentary and current affairs editor based in Melbourne. Her previous work includes a decade as a political filmmaker for the BBC. She will be helping craft the final shape, look and sound of The Lake of Scars.
ANDREW PIKE - SENIOR ADVISOR
Andrew (Message From Mungo, Angels of War) is a multi-award winning director and producer, film distributor and historian. He is also the co-founder of Ronin Films, which will distribute THE LAKE OF SCARS in the educational space.
RODNEY DEKKER - DRONE AND STILL PHOTOGRAPHY
Rodney Dekker is an acclaimed photographer specialising in environmental and social justice issues.