John Harvey is the former General Manager of Australia’s leading Indigenous theatre company Ilbijerri Theatre where he produced over 12 productions for presentation at festivals and venues including the Melbourne International Arts Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Malthouse Theatre, Arts Centre, Company B; Arts House; as well as productions undertaking national tours.
John studied Producing and Screen Writing at AFTRS – and was selected as part of Screen Australia’s Indigenous Producers Initiative. He was a Producer’s Attachment on Deborah Mailman’s directorial debut short film Ralph and was a Cultural Consultant on Warwick Thornton’s highly acclaimed film Samson and Delilah. His film producing debut was the short film The Farm which screened on ABC and in national and international film festivals, winning best short film at the Chashama Film Festival, New York. He produced Women’s Revolution music clip for ARIA nominated roots reggae band Blue King Brown and was Executive Producer for Pace Project (Writ/Dir: Murray Lui) for DEEWR.
John is currently producing 2 short films as part of Screen Australia and ABC Indigenous Short Drama Initiative Flash Black through his company Brown Cabs. He has been selected to direct a documentary as part of the Call To Country National Indigenous Documentary Fund initiative through Screen Australia and ABC. John is currently undertaking a producer internship with Robert Connolly at Arenamedia and recently won the 2011 AFTRS AV Myer Indigenous Award for Exceptional Talent.
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