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THE ADG WELCOMES NEW BOARD MEMBERS


THE ADG WELCOMES NEW BOARD MEMBERS

ADG elections have concluded and we are delighted to introduce you to the uncontested candidates now joining the Board.

Secretary: Victoria Thaine

Treasurer: Michael Rymer

VP New Media: Tony Walsh

(VP Documentary: vacant) 

 

Victoria Thaine (VIC)

Secretary

Victoria is an award-winning actor, writer and director who has worked across film and television for over twenty years. She recently appeared in the mini-series Scrubland for Stan and BBC4. She wrote & directed the award-winning short film The Kingdom of Doug and the short-form series Sonia & Cherry. In 2023 she directed the short form series Plausible Deniability. She has a production company Cloudberry Films, with producer Naomi Mulholland. Victoria complements her creative roles with expertise in leadership and workplace culture. She has a Graduate Certificate in Business, certification as an Executive & Team Coach, is a Graduate of the Australian Company Directors course and is currently completing a Masters in Organisational and Social Leadership.

  

Michael Rymer (VIC/QLD)

Treasurer

Michael Rymer is a renowned Australian director, celebrated for his debut film Angel Baby, which secured three AFI Awards for Best Feature, Director, and Original Screenplay. He has directed several feature films including Queen of the Damned and Face to Face, the latter receiving extensive international festival acclaim. Rymer’s notable TV work includes directing and producing Battlestar Galactica, earning an Emmy nomination, and episodes for American Horror Story: Asylum, which brought him a DGA nomination. Recently, he directed the final two episodes of Picnic at Hanging Rock and the first two episodes of Fires. His career spans significant contributions to both film and television.

 

Tony Walsh (QLD)

Vice President New Media

With over a decade of experience as a director across commercial, short form documentary 

& narrative, Tony’s work has redefined brands, championed NGOs, even brought a shift at

the polls. Getting his start on sets directing EPK and ancillary content for companies including Matchbox Pictures, Hoodlum & Ludo, he has since co-founded the Brisbane-based production company Stranger Films as a platform to tell bold, curious and unexpected stories. Tony has

a passion for pushing the boundaries of emerging formats and experimenting with new technology for creative applications. Two of his projects have received funding from Screen Queensland, with his latest premiering at SXSW. The post-election report from the Australian Electoral Commission will be published on our website and available to members on request.


WE FAREWELL FOUR ESTEEMED BOARD MEMBERS

ADG Board and staff acknowledge and thank our four esteemed board members who are stepping aside: Stephen Wallace, Pearl Tan, Daina Reid and Anna Broinowski.

Stephen Wallace (Stir, Blood Oath, Turtle Beach) was a founding signatory of the Guild

and has been a consecutive Board member for the past 33 years. He was President from 1991 to 2000 and has stewarded ADG finances in recent years as Treasurer. His work has been recognised with the Cecil Holmes Award, which acknowledged his advocacy for directorial rights and contributions to the community. Was awarded an Order of Australia

in 2005. Stephen’s legacy includes not only his cinematic work but also his advocacy for directors' rights, which has helped shape the industry. 

Pearl Tan (Minority Box, The Casting Game), as Vice President of New Media, has brought invaluable insight into the evolving digital landscape and pathways for emerging directors. Pearl is also a pivotal figure in advocacy for diversity and inclusivity in the Australian film and TV industry and has contributed to the ADG significantly.

Daina Reid (Run Rabbit Run, The Handmaid’s Tale) ADG Secretary, has been generous

and thoughtful in her role on the Board. Beyond her directorial accomplishments, Daina has contributed to our work in advancing industry standards and actively worked at promoting diversity and inclusion within the screen industry.

Anna Broinowski (Forbidden Lie$, Aim High in Creation), as VP Documentary, has advocated for and offered the perspective of documentary directors to Board and staff of the ADG. Anna’s approach to documentary filmmaking is characterized by a willingness to tackle complex issues and this has carried across. Anna has provided invaluable guidance and advice to members and staff on their behalf.

We are immensely thankful to Anna, Stephen, Pearl, and Daina for their service, 

which has set a high standard for leadership and excellence.


Sophie Harper

Executive Director