Meet the Team

writer/director/co-producer

Heather Faulkner

Writer, Director, Cinematographer
PhD, MScrPr

Heather recently pivoted to documentary film making after a 30-year career as a photojournalist, documentary photographer, researcher, and educator. She rejoined the industry after fifteen years of award-winning teaching in documentary, photojournalism and transmedia storytelling as a senior lecturer and program director at QCA, Griffith University.

As a storyteller, her work focuses on the synergistic relationships between place, identity and belonging. She has published and exhibited works on minority living histories including major projects in Australia, Eastern Europe, Cambodia and Japan. Her work has been published in monograph editions, and museum and gallery exhibitions of print and video installations around the world. She has been included in several major international photography awards and juried prestigious international journalism and publication awards.

Lethal Autonomous Weapons on Trial is informed by over a decade of field research in collaboration with ICBL Nobel Peace Prize Co-Laureates John Rodsted and Mette Eliseussen (Land Mine Bans Treaty, 1997) in Cambodia and Laos. Heather is a board member of SafeGround, a non-profit dedicated to eradicating the legacies of unexploded ordinates, founded by Rodsted and Eliseussen.

Heather’s experience as a transmedia storyteller and interdisciplinary researcher enables her to develop intricate storylines and work to the strengths of each team member. She is the director of North Star Pictures, a collaborative production studio currently incubating new documentary and narrative film projects.

producer

BOBBI-LEA DIONYSIUS

Creative Producer, Social Impact Producer, Educator

Bobbi-Lea is an award-winning creative producer and impact producer, working on social-issue feature documentaries, factual content, and multi-platform 360 VR projects that have premiered in prestigious international film festivals, cinema, and broadcast TV.

Passionate about gender equity in the screen industry, Bobbi-Lea is the current Chair of  WIFT, QLD Chapter (Women in Film & Television, Australia) and is a council member of Griffith Film School’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Council. She also held the role of Festival Director of WIFT V-FEST online women’s film festival.

Her producing work includes the theatrical feature documentary To Never Forget broadcast documentary In Their Name, and 360-immersive film Sorella’s Story which is currently being rolled out with an educational and museum tour. She was also a producer for Peter Hegedus’ feature documentary LILI, and the production manager for Trish Lake’s Love Opera.

She did impact marketing for an 8-week Australian theatrical tour with Q&A screenings for the feature documentary FLYWAYS: The Untold Story of Migratory Shorebirds and was also the marketing coordinator for the theatrical feature films Kidnapped and This Little Love of Mine released in Event & Village Cinemas and Netflix.

Bobbi-Lea’s accolades include a John Darling Fellowship 7-week placement in Indonesia, a three-time Golden Key Honour Scholar and a LiveLab Award for academic excellence for her Masters’ Degree at Griffith Film School, where she currently teaches as a sessional lecturer.

Executive producer

Helen Morrison

Producer, Writer

Helen is a producer and creator, and was born in the UK but raised in Queensland. Over her career to date, she has produced or production managed over 60 hours of broadcast television. Helen is the director of her own Production Company, Bent3Land Productions. She has produced award-winning and nominated documentaries, short films and an award-winning feature Convictions.

Helen has produced content for broadcast on ABC1, ABC2, ABC3, NITV, Sesame Street S45 The Recyclables and two short documentaries for Jamie’s (Oliver) Ministry of Food for The Good Foundation in Cherbourg and Mossman Gorge. Helen was supervising producer for QPIX’s multi award-winning slate of Drama and Documentaries in 2012 and 2013.

Incarceration Nation was released in 2021 on NITV, and won the 2022 SPA Award Feature Documentary Production of the Year, the 2022 Most Outstanding Documentary Program Logie and Best Documentary at the 2022 Bronzelens Film Festival (US). The project was developed and financed with NITV and assistance from Screen Australia, Screen Queensland, The Post Lounge and Documentary Australia.

In 2021 Gold Promax ANZ winning Tjitji Lullaby was released on ABC Kids, Helen was Co-producer, co-writer and co-director on the animation project for Bacon Factory Films. In 2022 the team released Marringa Lullaby.

Wik vs Queensland is a feature documentary produced for NITV which broadcast in July 2018 after its world premiere at the 2018 Sydney film Festival. It has screened at the Brisbane International Film Festival, Human Rights and Arts Festival and ImagineNative  in 2019. The film was nominated for an SPA Award and won the ATOM Award 2018 and Inaugural 2018 First Nation Media Feature Documentary Award.

Welcome to Country, a short film made in collaboration with writer/director Dean Gibson, had its world premiere at Flickerfest 2017. The short has won numerous awards and screened at eleven festivals in every state in Australia and traveled internationally to Mendocino (Best Film), FIFO and Dumbo Film Festival. Welcome to Country has been selected to represent Australia in the Commonwealth Games: Short Film program in 2018. It was developed and produced with the assistance of Screen Queensland.

Helen works as a sessional lecturer at Griffith Film School and continues to develop a slate of drama projects, including feature films, television drama series, documentaries and children’s television series.

co-writer/advising director

Nicole McQuaig

Producer, Director
DVA
Nicole is a creative producer and director who has delivered programs for national broadcast on free to air networks across Australia and internationally. From 1996 – 2007 Nicole worked as an independent director making programs for ABC and SBS. From 2007 – 2015 she worked in a documentary unit for Network Ten producing predominantly one-hour documentaries for national broadcast. Nicole won the IF award for best independent documentary, was nominated for the NSW Premier’s history award, and was nominated for an ATOM award in the science category for The Hunt for Hendra that screened nationally on Network Ten. Nicole is currently a tenuredLecturer in Creative Practice at QUT.
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