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Michael Tear

Michael is Managing Director and co-founder of Bearcage. As Producer and Executive Producer Michael's career spans award winning television, government and commercial productions. As a television producer his documentaries include the series As Australian As(2010, Bio Channel), the Logie short-listed documentary Blessed Mary (2010, History Channel) which was the highest rating program on History Channel in 2010; the Astra nominated For Valour (2009, History Channel), the highest rating program for the History Channel in 2009; Framed (2009, Bio Channel) and Strong Men of Nguiu(2007, ABC Television).

Michael has also produced award winning short dramas, including Shockwaves (Official Selection Tampere Film Festival) winner of the Best Editing award at the 2008 St Kilda Film Festival; and A Positive (Best Australian Short - A Night of Horror International Film Festival).

Michael currently serves as Chair of the ScreenACT Advisory Board and is a former member of the ACT Government Cultural Council (2002-2005) where he advised the ACT Minister for the Arts on local arts policy. Michael is Deputy Chair of QL2, one of Australia's premier youth dance companies and has recently been appointed to the advisory board of the Federal Government's Creative Industry Innovation Centre (CIIC). The CIIC is assisting the Federal Government to develop a range of policies that will help build sustainable companies in creative industries through the Enterprise Connect program.



The problems that confront the remote communities on the Tiwi Islands of the Torres Strait are similar to those that confront young people everywhere – but isolation and a lack of things to do make the young people of these communities particularly vulnerable to crime and substance abuse...


An inspiring film about a unique Islamic Cultural Centre: a place of worship and of study, a library and a centre of learning, it is also a building where families gather, an integral part of a community that speaks more than thirty languages, comes from more than forty countries and shares a single faith...


This portrait of the archetypal Australian soldier is presented by historian and actor, Neil Pigot, as he visits the sites of historic battles in Africa, Europe, Asia and the Pacific, to hear stories of heroes, larrikins, typical Aussie “blokes” and mates...


FRAMED is about our fascination with faces. It’s about portraits. But what is a portrait? Of course it’s the famous painting on the gallery wall and the notorious candidate for the Archibald Prize...


"Sharp graphics and lovely cinematography, succinct talking heads, and Doyle's lovely turn of phrase, all combine to make this a really engaging journey" - Melinda Houston, Canberra Times, 28 July 2013 ---------------------------------------------- The six episodes of BUILDING AUSTRALIA explore the history of our houses...