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Oscar-winner Emile Sherman on starting a business despite the odds.
With multiple Oscar, Emmy and BAFTA wins and nominations between them – along with AFI and AACTA Awards – why did these talented screen creatives form a new production company, ‘I AM THAT’?rnrnAnd what does the future look like for themselves, their company and the screen industry broadly?rnrnJoin this candid conversation with the creative forces behind TOP OF THE LAKE, LION, and SHAME, among others.
Academy Award®-winning producer Emile Sherman co-founded See-Saw Films with UK producer Iain Canning in 2008 and has pr…oduced a number of prestigious film and television projects, including Academy Award® nominated LION, Academy Award® winning film THE KING’S SPEECH and Emmy Award winning series TOP OF THE LAKE. Recent film projects include Steve McQueen’s WIDOWS, and upcoming projects include Jane Campion’s THE POWER OF THE DOG, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Kirsten Dunst, and Francis Lee’s AMMONITE, starring Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan. Prior to co-founding See-Saw, Sherman produced CANDY starring Heath Ledger and Geoffrey Rush, DISGRACE based on J.M. Coetzee’s Nobel Prize winning novel and, as co-executive producer, RABBIT-PROOF FENCE starring Kenneth Branagh, directed by Philip Noyce. In addition to his MD role at See-Saw, Sherman is a Director of Fulcrum Media Finance, a Director of animal protection institute Voiceless, and sits on the board of The Ethics Centre.
Garth Davis is a renowned film, television and commercials director whose feature directorial debut LION was nominated f…or six Academy Awards including Best Picture. For the first time in the history of the Directors Guild of America, Davis was nominated twice in the same year for LION – for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film, and also for Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film Director, which he also won. Starring Nicole Kidman, Dev Patel, Rooney Mara and David Wenham, LION was also nominated for 4 Golden Globes, 6 Critics Choice Awards and 5 BAFTAs. Davis was previously nominated for an Emmy for co-directing acclaimed TV series TOP OF THE LAKE alongside Academy Award-winner Jane Campion. He also earned a DGA Award nomination and international accolades for his iconic, cinematic commercials. Davis also directed MARY MAGDALENE starring Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix. Other work has included acclaimed TV series LOVE MY WAY.
Samantha Lang is a filmmaker who directs, produces and writes intimate drama and documentary films. Over the last 20 yea…rs her films have screened at major international festivals including Sundance, Toronto, Locarno, and have received international recognition at the highest level, with her film THE WELL competing at the Cannes Film Festival for the prestigious Palme D’Or. As a director, she is one of the 82 women who have been in competition in Cannes since 1946. In Australia, her film CARLOTTA won three AACTAs, and she is currently adapting Australian best-seller ‘Deep Time Dreaming’ by Billy Griffiths. With past mentoring roles at AFTRS and Screen Australia, Samantha is currently a DCA candidate at the University of Technology, Sydney. Samantha is the President of the Australian Director’s Guild, and has led, since 2015, with a mandate to create greater diversity across gender, race and class in the sector. She is also on the Gender Matters taskforce at Screen Australia.
Sandy George has tracked the Australian and international film industries for aeons as a journalist: for the magazine Sc…reen International and online news feed www.screendaily.com; as editor of trade magazine Encore; as film writer for The Australian newspaper; and for a range of other publications. She has worked as a business analyst at Screen Australia and on dailies at the Cannes Film Festival. She has presented films on SBS, regularly lectures on pitching and industry policy, and has hosted 1000 panel discussions. She loves dogs.