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Screen Theater And wRiters Studio

Gold Coast filmmakers, professionals and emerging talent, have been gathering at S.T.A.R.S. meetings, dinners and special events for the past 15 years. Our objective for these evenings is to provide an aesthetically pleasing and fun atmosphere to meet others interested in the craft of film making. At the same time to share resources, skills, experience and collaborate on movie projects. We are dedicated to assisting filmmakers and writers by providing guest speakers and networking events especially tailored to the interest of the Gold Coast film industry. If you are interested in any aspect of film making or writing then S.T.A.R.S. offers you the opportunity to mix with friendly, like-minded people and gain support and advice from professionals in many related fields.

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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’s 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, Creature Crusaders. 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 us.

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Our Patron is Hollywood producer and screenwriter, SIMON D. HUNTER. Simon’s 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 BrSimon Hunterown’s production Simon Huntercompany 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 was the Director of the New York Film Academy in Brisbane before taking up his present position as the Executive Chairman of the International Screen Academy, Australia.

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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 Hat’s Last Roll was made for international film festivals and starred Chris NystChris Nyst 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.

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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 Tony’s most notable film roles include Eyewitness, The Man from Snowy River and The Lighthorsemen.  Tony was also given the honour of being appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2017.

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Founding member, PETER WATT, is a prolific writer and one of Australia’s most successful novelists. His works have sold millions of copies around the wattpeter03world and have been translanted into every major language. His well researched books take the reader from the sweeping wattpeter03vastness 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.

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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.

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