Trisha Morton Thomas with Craig Anderson
Born in the Northern Territory, Trisha Morton-Thomas is a writer, producer, director and actor who has worked in film and television for over 25 years. She has a background in teaching, radio broadcasting, journalism and theatre. She is an Aboriginal woman from the Anmaterr People in Central Australia.
Trisha has become one of Australia's most renowned Aboriginal actors, recently starring as Lola in 8MMM Aboriginal Radio (2015), the first Aboriginal narrative comedy series which she also wrote and produced. Trish also appears in the award winning Redfern Now and Total Control.
From 2004, Trisha worked for CAAMA where she produced, directed and wrote documentaries for Imparja TV, ABC and NITV including Destiny in Alice, Ridin' Time, Bungalung and Finding Place. In 2007 she joined the newly established National Indigenous Television Services (NITV) as one of the first Aboriginal Commissioning Editors, eventually working her way up to Senior Commissioning Editor. While at NITV, Trisha oversaw hundreds of television hours including documentaries, dramas, music television and magazine style formats.
Trisha wrote, directed, produced and presented Occupation: Native for NITV/SBS, which won the Screen Producers of Australia Award for Best Documentary, an ATOM Award and a Capricornia Award (Darwin International Film Festival). Trisha produced The Song Keepers, a feature documentary which premiered at Melbourne International Film Festival in 2017 and had a strong theatrical release in 2018.
Recent projects include Finke: There and Back, a feature documentary for Madman which was released into cinemas in 2019, and Uluru & the Magician, a feature documentary currently in production. She is also producing Audrey and Me, a feature documentary in production, and MaveriX, a children's television drama series scheduled for production in 2021 for ABC and Netflix. She is in development on a number of feature drama and television drama projects.
See also: www.roninfilms.com.au/person/2887/trisha-morton-thomas.html for other films directed by Trisha Morton-Thomas.
Craig Anderson is a comedian who works in the medium of film. As a director he has twice won the Australian Oscar (AFI - Best Comedy TV Series 2004, and AACTA - Best Director - Light Entertainment or Reality 2015) and an International Gold Promax for his network promos for Showtime Australia.
In 2016 Craig's horror film Red Christmas (starring horror/sci-fi icon Dee Wallace) had a very successful festival circuit receiving praise from Variety, Scream Magazine, Fangoria and Bloody Disgusting. ABC Arts Australia has also commissioned a 'making of' film of the production which will broadcast in 2017.
As an actor Craig has appeared in many successful comedy television programs including Black Comedy, Double The Fist, The Moodys, Review With Myles Barlow, and The Elegant Gentleman's Guide To Knife Fighting. He starred in indie comedy The Tail Job which screened at Slamdance 2016. Craig has also starred in the ob-doc programs Next Step Hollywood and Miso Hungry.
Craig has a First Class Honours degree in Performance from the University of Western Sydney where he also lectured for three years in Performance and Anthropology. He has currently deferred the writing of his PhD, an epistemological analysis of academic comedy.