Flinders Drama Centre Graduates        

Class of 1974

Martin Armiger (1949-2019)
Award winning film composer Martin Armiger has been writing for the screen for more than thirty years. Early works still attracting interest include Bert Delings notorious 1975 feature about heroin users, (Pure Shit, re-released in 2009 by Beyond Films,) and Jan Chapman's series about rock musicians (Sweet and Sour , ABC 1984). Other projects include Clubland, Thank God He Met Lizzie, Young Einstein, Sweetie, The Secret Life of Us, Marking Time, Come In Spinner and Police Rescue. His last film was Mark Lewis' 3D documentary feature Cane Toads: The Conquest and he composed the current on air music for ABC TV News. He was the Head of Screen Music at Australian Film, Television and Radio School.

Bob Baines
  Bob Baines is a graduate of the Flinders Drama Centre in Adelaide. He has had wide experience in theatre, television and film. In theatre his appearances include Bouncers, Entertaining Mr Sloane, The Rocky Horror Show, Threepenny Opera, Buffaloes Can't Fly, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Cabaret, Ned Kelly, The Dumb Waiter, West By Berkoff and Equus. On telelvision he has worked on Patrol Boat, Restless Years, Special Squad, Sons & Daughters, Crime Of The Decade and Prisoner - Cell Block H. Bob has also worked on The Movers for Film Australia.

Anne Bartlett
  Anne Bartlett is an Adelaide writer and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide. She graduated from Flinders University with Honours in English and Drama, and worked on the 1972 Adelaide Festival production of Pygmalion. After a long stint of freelance writing and editing, she returned to the academic world in 1997 as an inaugural student in the MA (Creative Writing) program at the University of Adelaide. From 1999-2001 she was contracted to the SA Division of Aboriginal Affairs to record Indigenous life stories. She completed her PhD (Creative Writing) at the University of Adelaide in 2006; the creative component, the novel Knitting, was published internationally in 2005/6 and long listed for the Miles Franklin. She has taught creative writing at Flinders University and the University of Adelaide, and has privately mentored several life stories towards successful self-publication. She is currently redrafting her second novel.

Mark Bromilow
  Mark Bromilow is an independent producer, director, writer, translator, educator and actor with thirty-five years' performing arts experience around the world. He studied at the Drama Centre of Flinders University of South Australia and is a graduate of the Jacques Lecoq International Theatre School, Paris (1982-84). He has worked extensively in Australia, Asia, Europe and North and South America. From 2008 to 2010 Mark was artistic director of Cirque du Soleil's touring show VAREKAI throughout the Eurpoean and Russian tours. Currently based in São Paulo, Brazil, Mark divides his time between Australia, Brazil and Canada, developing new shows, events and international co-productions. Driven by a passion for telling stories in dynamic, evocative and accessible ways, Mark's practice is a celebration of diversity - cultural, linguistic, social and artistic. He works across the performing arts; theatre, music, puppetry, clown, community events, circus and multi-media and his productions have received critics' awards in Australia, Asia and North America. Mark speaks English, French and Portuguese.

James Currie
  James has worked in the film industry for over three decades as location recordist, sound editor, mixer and sound designer. James has been sound designer on 26 productions, and has worked extensively with filmmakers Paul Cox and Rolf de Heer. His work with Cox includes films such as Lust And Revenge, Molokai, Nijinski, and Innocence for which he won the IF Award for Best Sound Track. He has recently completed work on Alexandra's Project, his sixth film with Rolf de Heer having previously worked on Incident At Ravens Gate, Bad Boy Bubby, The Old Man Who Read Love Stories, The Tracker and Dingo for which he won an AFI award for Best Sound Track in 1991. James also won an AFI Award for Best Sound Track for The Lighthorsemen, and the Golden Clapper Award for Artistic and Technical Excellence at the 1993 Venice Film Festival for Bad Boy Bubby. James was instrumental in developing the binaural sound system used on Bad Boy Bubby, and is highly regarded within the Australian film industry for working on productions that test the boundaries of cinematic sound.

Kim Dalton
  Kim Dalton graduated from Flinders University Drama School in 1973. He then worked in Adelaide and Sydney as a freelance production manager and assistant director prior to moving to London in 1976. During five years in London, Kim completed a postgraduate Diploma in Arts Administration, freelanced in the film industry, was involved in managing one of London's leading independent cinemas, and also managed an independent UK production and distribution company. Kim returned to live in Melbourne Australia in 1980, initially working as an independent producer and then from 1984 to 1987 as general manager of OPEN Channel during which time he co-produced the award-winning television mini-series In Between . In 1987 Kim formed his own production company, Warner Dalton Pty Ltd, and co-produced the mini-series The Magistrate for the ABC and UK and Italian broadcasters and a telemovie, Street Angels, for the ABC. In 1992 Kim became the FFC's Melbourne investment manager and was involved in the financing of numerous television projects and feature films including Muriel's Wedding and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Following a brief period as general manager of the Australian Children's Television Foundation in 1994, Kim joined Beyond International Limited in February 1995 as manager of acquisitions and development. During his four and a half years at Beyond, Kim was involved in the development, financing and production of a large number of television and feature film projects. He was executive producer of the children's television series Li'l Monsters and the award-winning natural history series Wild Ones. He has also been involved in the acquisition and international release by Beyond of a number of feature films including the AFC-funded Love and Other Catastrophes. Kim joined the AFC as Chief Executive in August 1999.

Gale Edwards
  Gale Edwards is one of the world's leading stage directors and interpreters of Renaissance drama in performance. A graduate of Flinders University, Adelaide University, and the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney, she now freelances all over the world. She has directed The Taming of the Shrew and Webster's The White Devil for the Royal Shakespeare Company, and, in Australia, The Winter's Tale, Much Ado About Nothing, King Lear, The Tempest, and Coriolanus. In 1985 Gale was associate director to Trevor Nunn on Les Misérables in Australia and later mounted the first German-speaking production in Vienna. She has also directed opera, most notably Mary Stuart for the English National Opera and Manon Lescaut at the Sydney Opera House. In Australia, she has been honoured with a Sydney Critics' Circle award three times for Best Director and Best Production and with a 'Mo' award for Outstanding Contribution to Musical Theatre, as well as two Melbourne Greenroom awards. In April 2005 Gale Edwards's staging of The Far Pavilions, a new £4 million musical based on the novel by M.M. Kaye, opened London's Shaftesbury Theatre. Gale also directed the original production of The Boy From Oz.

Noni Hazlehurst
  Noni Hazlehurst's numerous talents have made her a household name. She is one of Australia's most distinguished and respected actors with a career spanning over 40 years. Born in Melbourne in the 1950's to vaudevillian parents, show business was the natural choice for Noni. She learned how to sing, dance, act and play piano; her versatility serving her well throughout her long career. After finishing school, she began studying drama at Flinders University in Adelaide in 1971. She graduated three years later and landed her first role as Sharon Lewis in The Box in 1975 before joining the cast of The Sullivans as Lil Duggan in 1976. More roles followed in the critically acclaimed telemovies The Shiralee and Nancy Wake. In 1978, she became a presenter on iconic children's show Play School , becoming one of their most loved faces for the next 24 years. In a career bursting with highlights, it's a role she still considers her favourite and in 1998 she was honoured with an Order of Australia (AM) for her services to children and children's television. In the 1990s, Noni hosted Better Homes and Gardens. During her 10 years with the program, it won five Logie Awards for Most Popular Lifestyle Show. Noni herself has received two Logies for her performances in the mini-series Waterfront and Ride on Stranger as well as four AFI Awards for Little Fish, Waiting At The Royal, Fran and Monkey Grip. She's also received three AFI nominations for her roles in Fatty Finn, Bitter & Twisted and Candy, acting opposite Heath Ledger and Geoffrey Rush. Her recent screen credits include the telemovies Stepfather of the Bride in 2006 and Curtin (2007) and the gritty drama City Homicide, where she played Detective Superintendent Bernice Waverley from 2007-2011. In 2007, she added another notch to her impressive list of awards when she was bestowed an Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy from Flinders University in South Australia. Other notable awards include a Variety Club Award for Achievement in Television and two Film Critic's Circle of Australia Awards. Her theatre credits are extensive, working not only on London's West End but across the country. Most recently she played a straight talking scientist in the Melbourne Theatre Company's production of The Heretic . As National Ambassador for children's charity Barnardos, Noni thrives on her charity work and is also an in-demand writer, penning articles for newspapers and magazines, as well as contributing to several books.

Kerry Heysen
  Kerry Heysen graduated with Honours from Flinders University of South Australia in 1975. Heysen lives in Adelaide, South Australia, with husband, Scott Hicks and their two sons Scott Heysen and Jethro Heysen-Hicks. She worked together on the film Shine (1996), Snow Falling on Cedars (1999), No Reservations (2007) and The Lucky One (2012) with her husband Scott Hicks.

Steve Knapman
  Steve is probably best known for The Leaving Of Liverpool which was broadcast throughout Australia by the ABC in July 1992 to over 2.1 million viewers. It was the top rating Australian mini-series for 1992. BBC 1 broadcast the series in England in July 1993 to over 15 million viewers. Liverpool won two gold and two silver medals at the New York Festival, three TV Week Logie Awards, the Grand Award at the Umbriafiction TV Festival in Italy and two Australian Film Institute Awards. Amongst other shows, Steve produced the 60 hour television series, Wildside, which received four TV Week Logie Awards, as well as an unprecedented seven AFI Awards. After working together on Wildside, Steve joined forces with Kris Wyld to create Knapman Wyld Television and produced the much loved crime series, White Collar Blue for Network Ten. They then moved on to East West 101, taking two years to develop scripts that were ready to shoot in 2007. In 2008 East West 101 received the AFI Award for Best Miniseries as the second season completed principal photography in January 2009. Both series were broadcast on SBS in 2009/10.

James Lingwood
  Over the past 25 years, James Lingwood has produced and directed over 200 hours of international film & television programs across the globe. He has worked with high profile actors such as Jackie Chan and Geoffrey Rush and has received over sixty film & television awards for his outstanding work in the film & television industries, with the result that he has been invited to become a Member of the select & prestigious International Quorum of Motion Picture Producers, USA. James is also a Member of the Australian Directors Guild and an Executive Member of the National Chinese Documentary Film Academy.

Denis Moore
  Denis's career as an actor and director spans over 30 years. An honours graduate of the Flinders University Drama Centre, based in Melbourne, Denis has worked extensively in both capacities for companies such as the Melbourne Theatre Company, Sydney Theatre Company, STCSA, Playbox and Malthouse. He is also proud of his work with many of Melbourne's smaller companies such as La Mama, Commonplace Productions, Melbourne Workers Theatre, Theatreworks, Church Theatre and Red Stitch. A highlight of all this has been his involvement in many Australian works, both premieres and revivals, including A Stretch of the Imagination (MTC), Essington Lewis - I am Work (Church Theatre), Lonely Lennie Lower (Playbox), The Incorruptible (STC), Too Young for Ghosts (MTC), Pacific Union (Playbox), The Ishmael Club (Commonplace) and The Big Con (Malthouse). His extensive TV credits include Bastard Boys, Tripping Over, Blue Heelers, Stingers, MDA, Newlyweds and Janus. His work in feature films includes Struck by Lightning, Crackerjack , Bad Eggs, Waiting and Death in Brunswick. In his career Denis has directed over 30 plays, most recently Peter Kenna's A Hard God for STC and Richard Bean's Harvest for Red Stitch which received Victorian Green Room awards for Best Direction and Best Production for 2006.

Doc Neeson

  Bernard Neeson was born in Belfast on January 4, 1947. His family emigrated, arriving in Port Adelaide on Easter Thursday, 1960, and settled in Elizabeth, the Adelaide British immigrant suburb that resounded to British beat and rhythm'n'blues. The Masters Apprentices and the Twilights emerged from Elizabeth. So did Cold Chisel's Steve Prestwich and Jimmy Barnes. Some 15 years later, the Angels and Cold Chisel, as stablemates in the management agency Dirty Pool, would revolutionise the business structure of Australian rock, in favour of performing bands. Young Neeson formed a series of R&B bands. At 18 he was drafted into the army, deferred till he was 22 and graduated from teacher's college. Returning to Adelaide, Neeson studied drama and film at Flinders University and met the Brewster brothers, John and Rick. The three formed the acoustic Moonshine String and Jug Band. An EP in 1973, Keep You on the Move, made the Adelaide charts. They then went electric and changed their name to the Keystone Angels. Neeson had also changed name, from Bernard to Doc. It was a reference to Bernard's childhood hero, the Wild West legend Doc Holliday. The Keystone Angels had a fraught time as support band to the notoriously difficult Chuck Berry in 1974. They were the last band onstage at the final Sunbury festival in 1975, being returned for six encores. They moved to Sydney and starved. Then a still unknown AC/DC invited them onto a regional tour. The Keystone Angels' connection with AC/DC led to a contract with Albert Productions, where Malcolm and Angus' elder brother George was producing hits with Harry Vanda. The duo had been guitarists for the Easybeats, who topped international charts with Friday on my Mind in 1966. Vanda and Young produced the now Angels' eponymous debut, which promptly sank. So too had the single Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again. Young advised the band to rethink their sound and to work on new songs with engineer Mark Opitz. Inspired, they crafted the songs as visions of venom and despair set to pounding rhythms and venomous stabbing guitars and the rest was history!

Ian Page
  Ian has loved every minutes of his 30(ish) years of AD work. He's loved TVC and drama shoots, big and small, local and far-flung, magnificent and intimate. In particular, he's got a huge track record in scheduling and delivering challenging or complex shoots - and he's always up for a chat or brain-storming! Even though he now lives in Seattle, he's often in Australia, and he works as a local in Sydney/Auckland/Melbourne/Gold Coast.

Ewart Shaw
  Ewart Shaw graduated from Flinders University with a not very good double honours Degree in English and Drama. For several years he worked as a stage manager in the Community Arts Office of the Festival Theatre, on the first Come Out Festivals and and the Italian festivals. As a designer he worked with the Adelaide University Theatre Guild and Adelaide University drama society, and local non-professional companies. He joined the State Opera Chorus for several seasons but established himself as a broadcaster and producer in community radio, at 5UV now Radio Adelaide and 5EBI FM. Opera and music theatre critic for the Advertiser, he is a founder member of the Adelaide Critics Circle. Creatively, he wrote new verses for the Monarto Carnival of the Animals and created the da Ponte Project: Making Mozart, performed in Adelaide and McLaren Vale and for Sunday Live on ABC FM. He is a professional quiz monster.

Richard Tipping
  Richard Tipping was born in Adelaide in 1949. He studied at Flinders University in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and about this time became involved in the 'New Australian Poetry'. His early work included editing and publishing (with Rob Tillett) an underground literary magazine, MOK: a magazine of contemporary dissolution and intemperance (1968-69). His first poetry collection, Soft Riots, was published by the University of Queensland Press in 1972, and his second, Domestic Hardcore, in 1975. Tipping was one of the founders of Adelaide's Friendly Street Poets society, and was the editor of the group's first anthology (1977). After working for the South Australian Film Corporation for several years, he moved to Sydney, and subsequently spent several years in Europe, where he produced a series of documentaries and interviews with expatriate Australian writers. In 1989, Tipping moved to Newcastle, New South Wales, where he lectures in media and communications at the University of Newcastle. His poetry is increasingly linked to his work in the visual arts, where he uses multiple media including sculpture, photography, and film. One of Australia's most dedicated and distinguished exponents of 'concrete' and visual poetry, Tipping has regularly exhibited his work in Australia and internationally since the early 1970s. He has described his fusions of poetry with other creative arts under various labels, including 'artpoems' and 'wordworks.'

Henk Johannes
  Henk Johannes is an actor, known for Time Trax (1993), Pandemonium (1987) and Stanley: Every Home Should Have One (1984).