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Join Tropfest founder John Polson for an intimate chat with a selection of Tropfest Alumni including: Writer, Director Genevieve Clay-Smith, Actor, Director Clayton Jacobson, Actor, Writer & Director Rob Carlton and Actor & Director Matilda Brown, to hear where they went from Tropfest, what they are up to today and what’s next on their agenda.
Genevieve Clay-Smith, Writer, Director
Genevieve Clay-Smith is an Australian Writer and Director, who enjoys telling stories that uplift and inspire audiences through pathos and humor. She began her film makingcareer with documentary film making for not-for-profit organization, Down Syndrome N.S.W, she is an advocate for inclusive film making and in 2009 won Tropfest with her critically acclaimed short film Be My Brother. To date, her work explores themes to do with societal perspectives, isolation,reconciliation, the family unit and disability. Her dedication to driving social change has seen her named 2015 NSW Young Australian of the Year, and Young Leader category winner in the prestigious Westpac/The Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence in 2014.
Clayton Jacobson, Actor, Director
Clayton Jacobson Directed Tropfest finalist film Tickler in 2001, winner of theTropicana prize. Clayton Jacobson went on to Direct, Write and Act in debut feature film Kenny, released in 2006 in Australia receiving critical acclaim, winning a number of awards including Film Critics Circle of Australia 2006 Best Original Screenplay, if Awards 2006 for Best Feature Film, Best Script, Best Sound, Box Office Achievement.
Rob Carlton, Actor, Writer, Director
Rob Carlton’s film “Carmichael & Shane”, which he wrote, co-produced and starred in, won Tropfest in 2006. Rob Carlton has been a professional actor since he was a teenager. A recognised face in Australia for both comedy and drama, his credits span TV, film and theatre. Rob’s breakout role of Kerry Packer in the Paper Giants franchise saw him nominated for an Australian Academy Award on top of winning the Silver Logie for his performance.
Matilda Brown, Actor, Director
Matilda Brown is an actress and director who made her television debut at age nine in 1996. Since then her television credits include Underbelly, The Golden Mile (2009); Rake (2010); and Lessons from The Grave (2013/2014) which she also directed. She has both acted in and directed an impressive collection of short films How God Works (2010); Cocks(2011); and Am I OK (2011) which she also produced. In 2016 she Directed and stared in the Network Ten online series The Caravan as ‘Chloe’. Matilda can most recently be seen in the feature film The Life and Death of Otto Bloom playing ‘Young Ada’ released last year.