The Festival

Lorne Film will continue its aim of becoming a leading film festival and regional event in Victoria and beyond – attracting partners, filmmakers, industry professionals, local and international visitors, a digital community, party lovers and the Lorne community. We will – with this participation – highlight Lorne as the place to be and Lorne Film a ‘must event’ for true festival lovers.

The full Lorne Film Charter is available on this page.


Who we are

FESTIVAL DIRECTOR

DARREN MARKEY

With extensive experience in hospitality management, and at the beginning of a stage career, Darren arrived in Lorne in the late 80’s as Executive Manager of Erskine House. Darren has written, directed, produced and acted in some 13-stage productions with his 1996 production of The Watch in the Window critically acclaimed. He worked as Resident Director at Karnak Playhouse, Far North Queensland, completed his first screenplay Lilly, and travelled to Los Angeles where he got lost in a giant martini, somewhere on Sunset. Returning home led to the production and his direction of the planned TV series The Blessed and a subsequent slate of six screen projects. Darren loves Lorne and it’s people, and envisages Lorne Film will go on to become an iconic international film event.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

EMMA CRICHTON

Emma is a southwest Victorian girl, born and raised in Warrnambool as well as being part of the Lorne itinerant community from a young age. Emma is the General Manager of Skills at PeoplePlus where she leads a National team to develop engaging education and training to transition their lives. Emma has managed her own consultancy and was the CEO of St Kilda Youth Service for seven years and was responsible for a period of growth for this not-for-profit organisation. Emma has held Board positions with the Windsor Community Bendigo Bank, Youth Affairs Council of Victoria, the Inner Eastern Employment Local Learning and Employment Network, Headspace Southern Melbourne and Streetsmart Australia. She loves her family, holidays and good Aussie wine and fun times with friends on Lorne Beach.

OPERATIONS EXECUTIVE

BERNIE CLIFFORD

In the mid-90s, Bernie ran the Geelong based cinema, Weeknights at Bernies, screening Australian and international contemporary, cult and classic films. Following post-graduate studies in media arts, Bernie formed production and exhibition company Bernzerk Productions. In 2006 Bernie became the Industry and Audience Development Manager for Arts Access Victoria (Arts Victoria’s peak p for disability and the arts), and the Associate Director for The Other Film Festival, Australia’s first film festival dedicated to films made by, with or about people with disabilities. Bernie maintained a connection with the arts consulting on Hoyts and Readings cinema projects, Melbourne Theatre Company and The Recital Hall developments as well as his favourite, the Meredith Music Festival’s accessibility strategies. Bernie now is a partner with Pivotonian Cinema Geelong's independent cinema which will reopen in 2016. 

HEAD OF PROGRAMMING

NELSON KHOURY

Nelson Khoury started his film career in New York City, location managing both small and large-scale films and television series, including “I Am Legend”, "Law & Order: Criminal Intent”, and the Oscar-winning feature documentary, “Man On Wire”. In 2009, family brought Nelson home to his native Melbourne, where he continued to work as a location and production manager on such series as "Rush", "Offspring" and "Tangle", and feature films, "Son of A Gun" and "Kill Me Three Times".

Nelson was constantly being asked to produce films in Australia for foreign companies, particularly from China and the USA. In 2014, he founded Scout Production Services, which specialises in hosting such foreign companies, and taking care of their legal, accounting, visa work, as well as the hiring of local cast and crew, and all logistical needs while in Australia. After 12 months of operation, Scout had hired over 400 Australians, and produced two Chinese films, “A Journey Through Time With Anthony”, and “Rise Of A Tomboy”, both well-received, critically and commercially, theatrical releases in mainland China. Scout was also recognized by the Hong Kong Australia Business Association in 2015 as Victorian Exporter of the Year, and is currently in contention for the National honour. Nelson holds a Bachelor of Science and a Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance.

INDUSTRY LIAISON

KATE WHITBREAD

Kate has produced and directed many and varied theatre productions and short films in the Australian Film and TV industry. Kate combines her years of experience both on and off screen.
Kate has worked as a freelance Producer on a number of TV pilots and series and worked as Associate Producer for Rosenbaum/Whitbread productions where she worked in development and finance.
Kate Produced the independent film “DEEPER THAN BLUE” with Colin Friels. The film was invited to screen at the 50th Sydney film festival, and was officially selected to screen at the Rencontres Internationales du Cinema des Antipodes at St Tropez.
Kate also produced the AFC funded feature film “THE CATERPILLAR WISH” distributed in Australia and NZ by Palace Films and in the US by IFM. “THE CATERPILLAR WISH” won both an AFI for Suzie Porter’s performance in a Supporting Role and an IF Award for Best Production Design. In 2008 Kate co-produced and co Directed the feature film 'SURVIVING GEORGIA' with Holly Valance, Pia Miranda and Shane Jacobson. Kate has worked as script assessor for VCA and is currently a Member of The Arts Victoria Advisory Panel.
Currently in post production is her latest feature film ‘THE SPIRIT OF THE GAME’ (Aaron Jakubenko, Kevin Sorbo). Distributed in the US by Samuel Goldwyn. It is due for release Oct 2016 in the US .
Kate is in development with a slate of films and TV series. Kate also produced '12 ANGRY MEN' directed by Lucy Freeman with an all female cast and Proposition 8 at Her Majesties Theatre in Melbourne.
Kate is also attached as Producer/Director to the feature film “THE CARER” written by Alan Hopgood to be shot 2017 and the Thriller “WOLF OF ROSTOV”, written by George Viscas.


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