The Team

Leading Cast

Jamie Brewer
Jamie Brewer
Sonja

Jamie Brewer is a talented actress and tireless advocate for people living with intellectual disabilities. Jamie has starred in three seasons of the Emmy award winning TV series American Horror Story and is the first woman with Down Syndrome to walk the catwalk at New York Fashion week.

Abbey Earl
Abbey Earl
Emma

Abbey Earl is an award-winning film and television actress. In 2014 she was nominated for a Logie – Australia’s most prestigious television award, for her portrayal of Anna Bligh in the period television drama series, A Place to Call Home. Earl is also known for guest starring in the multi Award Winning Television Series Underbelly. Recently Abby joined the Bus Stop family by becoming an ambassador for the organisation!

Mandela Mathia
Mandela Mathia
Goodwill

Mandela Mathia is an up and coming actor, currently studying at NIDA (the National Institute of Dramatic Art). He hails from South Sudan, having come to Australia during his early teens as a refugee. Mathia has performed in a variety of theatre productions and short films, including the 2013 award winning short, I Am Emmanuel.

Our Students

Meet our wonderful filmmaking students who Bus Stop Films has worked with for over 10 months, teaching them the entire filmmaking process from scriptwriting, through to production and post-production!

A collage of photographs of the Bus Stop Films students.

Christine Blanch, Joni Campbell, Zakari Ghomri, Catherine Lattari, Jordan Louie, Chloe Morrison-greet, Jahmia Moussa, Alessio Petrelli, Rawley Reynolds, Daniel Spaccavento, Tanya Vilevskaevska

Crew

Genevieve Clay-Smith
Genevieve Clay-Smith
Executive Producer / Writer / Director

Genevieve Clay-Smith is an award winning writer and director. She began her filmmaking career at 19 after securing a job making a documentary for the not-for-profit organisation, Down Syndrome N.S.W. Since then Genevieve has been at the helm of seven inclusive filmmaking projects, all of which explore issues surrounding diversity and inclusion. Genevieve is an advocate for equal opportunity and authentic casting in the film industry and has been teaching film studies to people with an intellectual disability for six years. More information: www.gclaysmith.com

Eleanor Winkler
Eleanor Winkler
Executive Producer

Eleanor is an award winning screen producer with 10 years experience in producing and managing complex screen projects, small businesses and creative teams. Eleanor is co-founder of Bus Stop Films, where she has acted as producer and executive for the company’s slate. She is committed to grass roots storytelling, building platforms for authentic voice, and generally creating disruptive and exciting screen content that mixes up the status quo. She is constantly working to create diversity on camera as well as behind the scenes in order to build a stronger and more vibrant screen industry.

Erin Black
Erin Black
Producer

Erin shares Bus Stop Films’ passion for telling stories that audiences don’t hear every day. She began her association with the company by producing their 2014 short film Heartbreak & Beauty, sharing Bus Stop Films’ passion in telling the stories that audiences don’t hear every day. Erin has also worked as a Production Accountant and Production Coordinator for numerous ABC series created in conjunction with Giant Dwarf Pty Ltd (The Chaser). Erin has also coordinated broadcast documentaries (ACDC documentary Blood & Thunder), live television broadcasts (Eurovision 2015), and is currently working on Australia’s first Netflix original animation series Kazoops.

Henry Smith
Henry Smith
Cinematographer

Henry has been a part of the Bus Stop Films family from the very beginning! As an ongoing cinematography mentor, Henry has enjoyed teaching students about the craft of lighting and camera work for five years and was a mentor on Bus Stops’ previous short films, The Interviewer and Heartbreak and Beauty. As well as being a cinematographer, Henry is also the Managing Director of Taste Creative, a creative agency dedicated to producing work that allows for more diversity and inclusion in the creative industries, through his business endeavours with Taste he is always trying to find work experience and employment opportunities for the students at Bus Stop Films, often providing such opportunities on the commercial sets of Taste’s film projects.

Lee Launay
Lee Launay
Production Designer

Lee Launay is a dynamic and highly inventive award winning production designer who is capable of managing the creative realisation of any brief. His art direction portfolio includes feature films (Jack Goes Home, The 7th Secret, The Wolverine, Goddess, Careless Love), TV Shows (Netflix’s White Rabbit Project, Disney’s Hanging with Adam & Ash, Wild Boys, X-Factor, Australia’s Got Talent) as well as award winning short films & music videos. In recent years, Lee has collaborated with some of Australia’s leading industry talent; Oscar winner Colin Gibson, Annie Beauchamp, Tim Ferrier, and the Robert ‘Moxy’ Moxham.

Johnny Higgins
Johnny Higgins
Composer

Jonny is an award winning musical chameleon. His ability to compose across all genres and tones makes him one of New Zealand’s most in demand commercial composers currently working. Since 2011, Jonny has composed music for hundreds of various television commercials for top creative agencies and production companies. He has also created the cinematic scores of many versatile sports, online, documentary and short film projects.

Fiona Strain ASE
Fiona Strain ASE
Editor

Fiona Strain is an Editor whose work has spanned short films, documentaries and television drama. Fiona has also taught editing at a variety of Film Schools, including AFTRS. She has been recognised with an Australian Screen Editor’s Guild award for her work on The Science of Teens and received a nomination for the short drama Driven. She was one of three editors on the landmark SBS production Liberal Rule, which won Best Documentary Series Awards from both the ADG and AFI (AACTA), and also Dancing Down Under, which won an ATOM Award for Best Children’s Series. Fiona is currently President of the ASE.

“Working for Bus Stop Films has been a most rewarding experience. Being able to edit and help bring to life a film that has been generated by such a wonderful group of people, who give very cheeky feedback about the edit and edit process, has been great!”

Wayne Pashley
Wayne Pashley
Sound Designer

Wayne Pashley is a Sydney based supervising sound editor, sound designer, and re-recording mixer, whose feature film credits include Australian and International titles. In 1993 he opened the doors to his own sound studio, Big Bang Sound Design, and has since worked with some of the finest directors and producers in the film industry, contributing to the soundtracks of over 50 feature films, documentaries and television series. A multi award winning supervising sound editor, Wayne has garnered four AFI/AACTA awards for his work on Bill Bennett’s Kiss or Kill and In a Savage Land, Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, and George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road, which also won the 2016 Oscar for Sound Editing and Sound Mixing. Wayne is thrilled to be able to share his experience and passion for sound and film with the enthusiastic students at Bus Stop Films, and has witnessed first hand the positive effect the workshops has had on both the participants, and the volunteers.

Made in association with

Sydney Community College
Flagstaff Group

Supported by

Sherry Hogan Foundation
FACS
Panavision