Founder of S.T.A.R.S
Our Patron SIMON D. HUNTER Hollywood producer, screenwriter & director of New York Film Academy, Brisbane.
Our Honorary solicitor CHRIS NYST
Nerida and Craig Ingham, Rossiīs Oscar Night.
S.T.A.R.S. was formed in 1997 and was originally called the Screen Writers And Actors Guild (S.W.A.G.). It held monthly dinners around the Gold Coast for professionals only. In 2000 it was decided to give the interested public and emerging talent the benefit of the wealth of experience from our world class professional members by providing meetings with industry speakers, workshops and special events for members to show off their talents. To acknowledge this upgrade in format we changed our name to the Screen Theatre And wRiters Studios (S.T.A.R.S.).
Our FOUNDER, NERIDA MARSHALL, studied English Literature, Journalism and Cinematography at the University of Southern Queensland and the University of New England. She also holds a Diploma of Adult tutoring, is the Creative Writing adviser for the Gold Coast Advocacy Group and holds a Certificate IV in Training and Development. Nerida has been a long standing member of the Gold Coast City Council Film Industry Working Party, an active member of the Robina Film Fantastic Working Party and a founding member of the Gold Coast based Film Industry Training Alliance (F.I.T.A.). Her friendships with many high profile film industry people and some of Australian best selling authors became the catalyst to create an organized body where the knowledge of these professionals could be used to guide up and coming creatives.
At present Nerida is the research journalist and producer for a new documentary series, Cruelty Crusaders(new webiste under construction please return later). She heads a gritty and intensive team dedicated to exposing animal cruelty in Australia. If you have any information that might be useful please contact her at email@example.com
Our PATRON is Hollywood producer and screenwriter, SIMON D. HUNTER. Simonís impressive list of credits include: the channel Nine series "Twisted Tales" starring Geoffrey Rush, he has written under contract for Columbia Tristar studios USA, NBC Network USA, Fox Studios Australia, Becker Entertainment Australia, Fox Family Channel USA, Screenwest Australia and has completed a new feature film screenplay for Bryan Brown's production company New Town Films. Simon is the only Australian born writer to have created and sold a US television drama series. He is a full member of the Writers Guild of America West and is the Director for the Centre for Film, Television and Screen Based Media at Bond University, Gold Coast. Simon is now the Director of the New York Film Academy in Brisbane.
Our HONORARY SOLICITOR is the high profile Gold Coast criminal lawyer, CHRIS NYST. He is also the screenwriter and co-producer of the Australian Film Industry award winning movie Gettin' Square starring Sam Worthington, David Wenham and Gary Sweet. His recent short film The Hatís Last Roll was made for international film festivals and starred heavyweight champion boxer and consummate actor, Joe Bugner. Chris is also the author of Australian top selling novels Cop This, Gone and Crook as Rookwood.
Australian iconic actor TONY BONNER has been a dedicated supported of S.T.A.R.S. and a constant source of inspiration and experience. Tony is one of those rare actors who continues to successfully cross between TV, movies and theatre. His first major role was on televison in the series Skippy the Bush Kangaroo. He went on to appear in The Box, Matlock Police, Division 4, Cop Shop, Skyways and Carson's Law. He has appeared in several stage musicals including Annie Get Your Gun and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Some of Tonyís most notable film roles include Eyewitness, The Man from Snowy River and The Lighthorsemen.
Founding member, PETER WATT, is a prolific writer and one of Australiaís most successful novelists. His works have sold millions of copies around the world and have been translanted into every major language. His well researched books take the reader from the sweeping vastness of the Australian outback to the battlegrounds that forged the ANZAC legend to the wilds of New Guinea. These powerful novels are a must for all Australians who enjoy a great adventure.
S.T.A.R.S. is dedicated to promoting professional filmmakers and writers as well as providing support, training and encouragement to our wealth of new talent.
Author Simon Treselyan.
Hollywood screenwriter and guest speaker, SHIRLEY PIERCE.
International best selling author and a founding member, PETER WATT.
John Cox Creature Workshop
Australian Stunt Academy, Colin Handley, Director.
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