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2009 Festival Judges

Bruce Beresford


bruce_beresfordBruce Beresford was born in Sydney and is a graduate of Sydney University. He worked for the British Film Institute, London, and directed his first feature film, THE ADVENTURES OF BARRY MCKENZIE, in 1972. Since then, he has directed over 20 more feature films, including BREAKER MORANT, THE GETTING OF WISDOM, DON'S PARTY, THE CLUB, PUBERTY BLUES, TENDER MERCIES, CRIMES OF THE HEART, DRIVING MISS DAISY, BRIDE OF THE WIND, PARADISE ROAD, BLACK ROBE, EVELYN, DOUBLE JEOPARDY, "Just to name a few".


He was nominated for an Academy Award for the script of BREAKER MORANT & the direction of TENDER MERCIES. DRIVING MISS DAISY won the Academy Award for Best film in 1990. BLACK ROBE won the Canadian award for Best film & best Director in 1992. His latest film, MAO’S LAST DANCER, from the autobiography of the ballet dancer Li Cunxin, will be released in 2009.


Bruce has also directed a number of operas, including RIGOLETTO for Los Angeles Opera, GIRL OF THE GOLDEN WEST for the Spoleto Festival, ELEKTRA for South Australian Opera, SWEENEY TODD for Portland Opera, THE CRUCIBLE for Washington Opera, COLD SASSY TREE for Houston Grand Opera and A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE for Opera Australia. In February, 2009, he is directing the play MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS for Melbourne Theatre Company.


Genevieve Lemon


genevieve_lemonAFI nominee Genevieve Lemon has worked professionally as an actor/singer for 21 years. A strong working relationship with award winning director Jane Campion, has seen Genevieve star in Sweetie (for which she won the Australian Film Critics Award for Best Actress), The Piano, Holy Smoke, and most recently, The Water Diary. Other Australian films include The Well, Soft Fruit, and Suburban Mayhem (to be released). TV credits includes Prisoner, Neighbours, Three Men and a Baby Grand, Seven Deadly Sins, and Always Greener.

Most recently Genevieve has performed in the Sydney Theatre Company’s productions of Summer Rain, Harbour, and Victory. In 2005 she was nominated for a MO Award for best Female Actor in a Play, with the one woman show My Brilliant Divorce. 2007 saw her performing in the stage production of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, while 2008 had her performing in the stage version of Billy Elliot.

A seasoned cabaret performer, Genevieve is currently touring with The Wharf Revue, and over the years has written and performed in her self devised shows Narrabeen Girl, Lemon, Live and Bitter and Lone Star Lemon. With a talented trio of daughters, Genevieve is in denial about being a potential stage mother.


Garry Maddox

garry_maddoxGarry Maddox is the film writer for The Sydney Morning Herald.

He's also a former policy manager for the Film Finance Corporation and editor of Encore Magazine and Total Sport.



Mark Lee

mark_leeMark has worked in film and theatre for over 30 years. Following a role in Peter Weir’s ‘Gallipoli’ in 1981, he has appeared in numerous projects.

Films include ‘Sahara’, ‘Love Stories’, ‘Chameleon’ ‘Emma’s War’ and ‘Blackwater Trail’. Television work in Kennedy/Miller’s ‘Vietnam’, ABC’s ‘Out There’ and several American/Australian productions.

His stage work includes ‘Long Day’s Journey into Night’ (QTC), ‘The Cobra’ (STC), ‘Hay Fever’ (Playhouse), ‘Miracle of the Rose’ (Belvoir St) ‘Unit 46’ (Director/lead – Sidetrack Theatre), ‘Men Of Honour’ (Ensemble Theatre), ‘The Time Machine’ (One man show @ Cat and Fiddle and Glenn St. Theatres) ‘The Frail Man’ (Darlinghurst Theatre)and most recently ‘The Good German’ (Black Pearl productions, Seymour Centre) and 'Little Nell' at the Ensemble Theatre.

In 2002 Mark began directing short films ‘At The Edge of the Bed’, ‘El Burro’, ‘Stranger so Familiar’ and in 2005 he directed his debut feature film ‘The Bet’ (Gerrycan Productions) which was released nationally in 2007.

Mark also works with a three piece blues/roots band ‘Mark Lee & the Co-Pilots’, which was formed in 2006. His album - ‘you may hear footsteps…’ - was independently released in 2007.