is a former Australian rugby league player and actor. Late in his football career he announced he was gay and achieved much attention in Australia and worldwide as a result.
Ian finished playing professional football in 1998 and began studying at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Sydney. He served on the National Rugby League Judiciary in 2001.
Ian came out publicly in 1995, appearing in magazines and on television over the following year. The rugby league world was generally very supportive with other players commenting that it was important to be "true to yourself". Roberts was praised for helping to question prevailing myths about gays and sport. In 2000 he was awarded the Australian Sports Medal for his contribution to Australia's international standing in rugby league.
Producer / Director
is a multi-award winning film Producer, whose films have been honored and screened at numerous national and international film festivals.
Since 2001 Patricia has worked on a catalogue of independent feature films, short films and documentaries.
Produced works include multi award winning shorts, "Broken" and Academy Award qualified short "Border", theatrically released feature "A Tale of Two Pizza's" starring Vincent Pastore, Frank Vincent and Patti D'Arbanville and ESPN co-produced "Polynesian Power" narrated by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.
As a line producer and production manager, Patricia worked on "The Tollbooth" starring Tovah Feldshuh and Idina Menzel; "Resurrection" starring Celia Weston, written and directed by Mitchell Lichtenstein, son of Roy Lichtenstein; and "The Amazing Floydini" starring Gilbert Gottfried.
Patricia is an Australian native based in NYC.
"Walk Like a Man" is Patricia's directorial debut.
Producer / Director
Jim Morgison is the Emmy Award Winning (The Souls of Los Angeles) and three-time Emmy Nominated Producer of The Souls of New York, a documentary series about people with unusual occupations. The Souls of New York has been syndicated primetime on numerous PBS affiliates including WNET since 1996 and continues to be one of their highest rated television shows. The series inspired spin-off versions in several major markets. Jim received a New York Emmy nomination for the series in 2002 & 2003.
A segment of The Souls of Los Angeles aired on Oprah and the ten-episode series sold to KCET LA. The Souls of Miami series sold to WPBT and The Souls of Rhode Island series sold to WSBE, which earned Jim a third Emmy nomination in 2002.
In 2003, Jim produced the documentary Charlie Deleo: Keeper of the Flame, featured on The History Channel and ABC's Good Morning America.
In 2004 Jim produced his first narrative feature The Amazing Floydini, starring Gabriel Barre and Gilbert Gottfried, which screened at various national film festivals and received Best Feature Award at New Hampshire Film Festival NHFX and Winner at Telluride IndieFest Film Festival. The film was released by Wonderphil Productions in 2006.
Walk Like A Man is Jimís directorial debut.
began her career at Maysles Films, founded by legendary documentarians David & Albert Maysles - "Gimme Shelter", "Salesman" and "Grey Gardens".
She has edited numerous films and television programs, including "Ruthie and Connie" for HBO which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, "Risk/Reward" for Oxygen which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, Michael Moore's "The Awful Truth" for Bravo, and "Orthodox Stance" for the BBC.
She was an editor on the film "Street Fight" which was nominated for a 2006 Academy Award.
Lester Thomas Shane has written
for television, theatre, film and magazines.
For A&E's critically acclaimed Biography series,
Lester wrote “Carmen Miranda: The South American Way”,
“Tyrone Power: The Last Idol” and “James Brown Godfather
of Soul”. For 20th Century Fox he wrote the history, “20th
Century-Fox: The First Fifty Years” which aired on AMC. His
documentary on mysticism and ritual in the Third Reich, “Nazis:
The Occult Conspiracy” continues to run on The Discovery Channel
and Discovery Times.
Lester's film credits include “Portrait of
the Artist as a Dead Man”, “Nothing to Lose” and
“Pajama Party Horror”. Sundance Publishing released a
series of Lester's plays for children including “To Be Quentin”,
“Miracles: A Fable”, “The New Baby”, “Victory
At Calvin Coolidge” and “Life In The Laugh Track”.
With Penelope Bracket he wrote the book, “Seven Keys to Success
Without Struggle” now in its second edition.
Lester has just completed the rags-to-riches memoir
of ‘Most Popular Survivor’ contestant Rupert Boneham,
“Rupert: Just Being Me!” as told to Lester Thomas Shane.
Scheduled for a January 2007 release through Sam's Technical Publishing.
Director of Photography (U.S.A)
Nils Kenaston: Since 1994 Nils
has shot over a dozen feature films and documentaries. Highlights
include Nick Veronis's “Day at the Beach” distributed
by Arrow Releasing; Michael Gitlin's "Bernice", part of
the Whitney Biennial; Yale Strom's “On the QT”, Mr. Strom's
“L'Chaim Comrade Stalin”, which premiered at the Berlin
Film Festival; Eitan Gorlin's “The Holy Land”, winner
of the Slamdance and Avignon film festivals; Sooja Kim's "I Needle
Woman" exhibited at MoMA's PS 1; and Tala Hadid’s “Your
Dark Hair Ihsan”, Student Academy Award winner and best short
film at the Berlin Film Festival.
Director of Photography (Australia)
Poppy Stockell: is a filmmaker
and radio producer who began her career in broadcast at Sydney’s
2SER FM. In 2003, Poppy made the leap to film and television, studying
cinematography at North Sydney TAFE. Working in a variety of camera
roles, with a particular focus on community and indigenous stories,
most recently as director of photography on the Australian Film Commission
funded half-hour documentary Road to Gove. Other credits include Groote
Eylandt Sustainable Turtle and Dugong Hunting, which was commissioned
by the World Wildlife Fund and the Anindilykwa Land Council; Habibi
Jammin’ (for Special Broadcasting Service); Wilcannia –
Break it Down; and Kubin Community, Moa Island Torres Strait.
In 2005 Poppy completed camera attachments on two
feature length projects – the ABC TV telemovie The Silence and
Suburban Mayhem. She has also earned an extensive list of TVC and
MV credits for clients such as The Daily Telegraph, the ABC and Terrapin.
Poppy has extensive experience covering live rugby union and rugby
league events, having shot the NRL, Jersey Flegg and Jim Beam Cup
for Sports Recording Services.
Jeff Drew is an award-winning director
Jeff’s short animation "Walk" screened
at the 2002 Sundance film festival. His other popular film "Allison"
garnered awards from several film festivals such as the Santa Fe Film
Festival, where it won the coveted Governor's Cup for best short film
and the Boston Independent Film Festival where it received the Grand
Jury Prize for best short film.
Jeff has also created animations for two feature-length
films, "A Tale of Two Pizzas", written and directed by Vincent
Sassone and starring Frank Vincent and Vincent Pastore, and "Polynesian
Power", directed by Jeremy Spear and Robert Pennington.
Jeff’s commercial clients include Starbucks,
Target and Marshall Fields, just to name a few.