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Our Award-Winning professional team is committed to the best creative resolve across all projects. With many years of tight producing and handling contingencies we stay on budget every time with absolute efficiency. This is what experience brings.

TEAM

Malinda Rutter

Co-founder + Head of Non-Scripted

BA (Comm) MA (Comm)

Bio

A Trailblazer, Malinda was the youngest Indigenous director to be employed, and the first to direct an all-female crew. With a background in journalism, she is an internationally award-winning writer, director, producer and published author. A creative problem solver and storyteller, her 34 years in film and communications has formed a stellar catalogue of broadcast work in Australia and the APAC region, US and Europe, as well as acclaimed documentaries and government commissioned work for which she has written, directed and produced video and social media content. Malinda currently has a number of feature film scripts in development.

Rodrigo Vidal Dawson

Co-founder + Executive Producer + Head of Scripted

Bio

A graduate of The Australian Film Television & Radio School. His experience encompasses a wide range of narrative, commercial, art and documentary projects. Having Produced Feature films, documentaries and countless hours of Content for brands such as Adidas, Sony, Destination NSW to count as a few major clients. In his work Rodrigo seeks to discover the dramatic and personal ‘spirit’ of a story and tell this story through emotive imagery. Rodrigo has prodded feature films Observance & Indigo Lake, as well as shooting many more. Rodrigo spent 13 years working his way up the ranks in the camera & production departments, undergoing an intensive apprenticeship on feature films, television, documentary series and commercials under the guidance of some of the world’s top cinematographers and Producers, both here and Abroad. Rodrigo studied Literature (story & poetry) at the Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile 

Jeremy Perrott

Executive Creative Director

Bio

With his decades-long experience at the top of his field as a global advertising/marketing executive and creative director, Jeremy is an award-winning creative and has won a long list of awards including Cannes Lions, Andys, Mobius, Clios, Clio Health, Globals, RX awards and others. Jeremy hired, mentored, directed and led the creative leaders of the network powerhouses of McCann Worldgroup, building the reputations of multi award- winning consumer agencies and creating McCann Health as the most awarded Healthcare network in the world. His long advertising journey with McCann has been a full life experience in countries, cultures, business and categories, its experiences fed by two successful career challenges, Consumer and Healthcare. Jeremy joined Blackfisch in 2020, inspired and excited by what he sees as a very unique and special group of people who offer up so much more than a standard production company or creative agency. Jeremy’s goal is to add value to Blackfisch content in a more commercial sense, and to that end has created Message Sticks, the Indigenous talent pool – first project launching soon.

Shauna Wallace LLM

Legal Counsel

Bio

Shauna was one of the first female managing partners in a Sydney legal firm. She specialises in contract and commercial litigation.

Matt Priestly

Co Founder + Cultural Advisor

Bio

Matt is a proud Mehi Murri man from Moree, NSW, a member of the Terry Hie Hie clan of the Gomilaroi Nation.

Matt has a long history of working with  contemporary and traditional Indigenous media.

Matt was principal artist of CCD organisation BigHart (1989-99) and AFI Laureat for his short film Hurt in 1991.

Acclaimed in both the Indigenous and non-Indigenous arts industry as a traditional and visual artist, Matt works across media platforms to communicate a powerful message of Indigenous cultural sustainability and development. He sees education as an important tool for empowerment and self-determination.

Matt is a visual artist, film maker, traditional dancer, song writer and theatre-maker.

Adam Williams

Public Officer

Bio

After attending NIDA, Adam’s first acting role was with the Sydney Theatre Company. He has since performed in, written and directed a number of regional productions. As well as holding a number of curatorial and administrative roles for various community arts and cultural productions (including curating the first NAIDOC assembly performance for Armidale Schools), Adam also worked with NSW Fair Trading as a negotiator and licencing officer. His respect for the arts and indigenous culture, from the artistic to the administrative, brings unique insight to Adam’s position of Public Officer –  supporting the Directors in the operation, fundraising and development work in community for Blackfisch – a registered indigenous entity and arts and cultural development organisation.

Caleb Rozario

Post Production (Singapore)

Bio

Caleb Rozario is a Creative Technologist with seven years of professional experience in corporate and commercial video post-production. Following his completion of a Diploma in Digital Film Production at S.A.E, Caleb worked as an editor for several years on numerous projects for mainly corporate clients. Now based in Singapore, he manages post-production of video projects for financial, industrial, and commercial clients and is fully versed in 360°/VR video creation — from pre-production concepts and consultation, on-set operations, through to post-production for clients from JP Morgan to Air Asia.

Andrew Psarianos

Producer (Singapore)

Bio

Andrew has 30 years broadcast experience as DP, Director and Producer. His international career taking him from Sydney’s Channel Seven, to a leading figure in the production industries of the UK and Asia. During his time in the UK, he worked with many international TV networks and global corporate clients, from documentaries to general broadcasting across Europe and the Middle East. His move to Singapore has brought work with a corporate focus, working with heavyweight corporations and financial institutions. With a committed network across many key cities of Asia, Andrew has supplied full broadcast resources to international broadcasters for high profile news events. Commercials too, for high profile brands including Shiseido. Not content to rest on his vast experience, he continues to seek innovative and creative ways to help clients tell their unique stories via ever changing social media platforms. Andrew’s expertise also extends to 360 VR and AR, recently delivering projects for the Singapore Formula One, a retail group in Australia and hotels across Thailand and Indonesia.

Joseph Mayers

Head of Photo Media

Bio

Joseph is Photographer & Photojournalist specialising in Editorial, Music, Fashion, Sport, and Portraits. “Try shooting photos out of a light aircraft while controlling an intense fear of flying; or being the only Aboriginal Photographer in the village when US President Barack Obama visited in 2011 and trying to recover from being completely awestruck by his presence. For me, this has all been part of my exciting career in photography.”Joseph has been a professional freelance photographer since 2006 and has photographed many live events including music festivals like the Byron Bay Blues Festival and Groovin’ the Moo. He is currently the official photographer for both. Joseph has captured sporting events including the Indigenous All Stars rugby league matches and the Aboriginal Knockout, and has toured with the Matildas, capturing their awesome on field moments as well as behind the scenes shots for the past three FIFA Women’s World Cups in China, Germany and recently Canada. He has also had regular work photographing for the Koori Mail, and they have given him some of his biggest jobs including photographing US President Barack Obama on his 2011 visit. “Not many media organisations got in there. That was really exciting. There were only about 20 photographers and the Koori Mail had an Indigenous photographer and that was me.” Another assignment for the Koori Mail that has taken Joseph’s breath away was when he went up to Thursday Island for the celebration of 30 years since Eddie Mabo spoke at the Land Rights Conference at James Cook University.

Jamie Robertson

Account + Project Management

Bio

Jamie brings with him a wealth of experience in advertising and production. In the communications sector he has worked across multiple businesses and organisations, including business-to-consumer companies, government and not-for-profit. He is a committed account manager with impeccable project management skills, always focussed on delivering outstanding results to his clients. At Blackfisch, Jamie has contributed to and managed campaigns for an array of clients including Destination NSW, the ATO, the Department of Human Services, and the NSW Department of Education. Throughout his career, he has gained valuable skills and experience in digital marketing, communications, project management, social media marketing, media relations, and brand and management. He brings the team together with his deep knowledge and skills and proven reputation in project management, traffic management, TV production and event coordination for clients. Solution-driven with a no-stress and no-fuss manner, Jamie most importantly has an in-depth understanding of each of the disciplines from which Blackfish’s collection of extraordinary people are drawn. He supports his team with ease to create groundbreaking work for our clients and thinks outside the box to make a real difference.

Hayley Dinnison

Artist + Animator

Bio

For over a decade, Hayley’s work has graced screens across the world, big and small. A renowned comedy editor and writer, Hayley has worked across multiple award winning TV shows from The Checkout, Chris Lilley’s Lunatics and Playing For Keeps. In more recent years, Hayley has specialised in 2D animation, giving her the ability to bring all your stories to life, no matter how fantastical. Hayley is a post-production specialist, from ingest to export she has a vast experience in all facets of the pipeline. She also loves toast and a cuppa.

Antoinette Dyce

Production Lead + Writer

Bio

Antoinette is a producer and writer with over 15 years’ experience, mostly in senior production roles in network TV including 8 years as a series producer (factual, children’s), 4 as a post-production supervisor (lifestyle, children’s), and 3 as a senior writer (children’s, light entertainment). As a series producer, Antoinette has delivered over 3500 hours of broadcast television – all on or under budget, on deadline, and with high production values. She has also produced two independent documentaries, and worked as multimedia trainer and mentor with factory workers in Indonesia. Antoinette has an extensive and diverse set of writing credits. She has scripted many hours of television, including animation and educational segments, nationally broadcast on the 7 Network. Antoinette has also worked as a question writer and verifier for a number of quiz shows, including the top-rating offering The Chase Australia, Million Dollar Minute, and It’s Academic. Earlier on in her career, she worked in print media as an arts writer, reviewing music, theatre and art. With a Master of Human Rights (with Merit) from USYD, she also has highly developed academic writing skills.

Luke Agius

Audio Post

Bio

Luke Agius is a sound recordist, sound designer, writer and aspiring director. Having started making his own short films at just twelve years old, Luke has progressed steadily in his career to work with clients such as Woolworths, ING, and Buildsafe. Luke has worked on various feature films, short films and TVCS in the sound department, and in 2018 wrote and directed his debut feature film The Ferryman, which is currently on the festival circuit. He is now the in-house sound designer and mixer at Blkfsch

Aunty Margaret Campbell

Elder + Cultural Custodian

Bio

Margret is recognised as a Tourism Champion by Tourism Australia, Destination NSW, Indigenous Business Council, and endorsed by Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) Supply Nation, Indigenous Business Chamber of Commerce, and the former Governor of NSW, Her Excellency Professor The Honorable Dame Marie Bashir. In addition to translating her cultural knowledge into school curriculums with the AECG, Margret spent 6 years teaching Aboriginal Culture at the Sydney College of Advanced Education on Sydney’s University Campus. In 1993 Margret began her Cultural Tourism Business, Dreamtime Southern X. Margret’s life mission is to build a legacy for all children to see and inherit an Australian landscape as rich in the Dreamtime as it has always been and will always be.

Uncle Noel Butler

Elder + Cultural Custodian

Bio

Uncle Noel is a qualified teacher, educator, mentor, horticulturist, chef and historian. Alongside his wife, he has been teaching, delivering programs to and working with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal adults and children for over 35 years. He founded an Enrichment Program to nurture Aboriginal people still finding their way home and those who have been denied their traditional history and values. He is able to adapt his teaching methods, content and context to suit the needs of the participants, supported by his own resource materials and traditional Aboriginal artefacts. Uncle Noel’s knowledge and skills are taken from real life experiences. Having been brought up with both Western and Aboriginal Cultures, he contributes unparalleled insight into the differences between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal history, lifestyle and society.

Maddison Rutter-Malley

Creative Lead + Designer

Bio

Maddison Rutter-Malley (AKA Mads) is a creative and problem solver. A proud Bundjalung, Gidhabal and Galibal Woman. Maddison’s experience has led her to work in branding, marketing, illustration, animation, print and digital-design, product development, content production and strategy, for clients such as the Australian Federal Government, Woolworths, McDonalds, Brisbane International Tennis, Sandstone Technology, Hills & West, Many Rivers Australia, Education Perfect and SOMA Collection. Maddison in her spare time volunteers in transdisciplinary studios – most recently in Indonesia and Nepal with organisations and change-makers such as: Vital Strategies, Unbound, Abari and Fulbright. In these studios she has co-developed public health campaigns, eco-friendly transport vehicles and communications strategies. Her interests are in the fields of graphic design, design thinking, future scenario building and ideation, and she has a passion for projects with purpose.

Mukul Kandara

Editor

Bio

Mukul worked for three years at Wyhldfisch Productions (now Blackfisch) as in-house video editor. Here he edited two TV half hour documentaries. The first, Dear Me: Dangers of Drugs, centred on a letter written by former Bali Nine ringleader Andrew Chan while on Death Row in Kerobokan Prison. The letter is aimed at Australian high school students and depicted Andrew’s life story, hoping to warn students about the perils of illicit drugs. The second film, Connecting to Community, told the story of the redevelopment of the Moree East Public School and the impact the new state-of-the-art school is having on the local community. He continues to work on many Blackfisch projects. Mukul also returned to SIFA to work on the first feature film made at the college, Blackout Bandits, as an Editor & Producer. Constructed from seven separate short stories that were inter-cut together to form one cohesive narrative, the film centres on one night when a blackout throws Sydney into darkness and explores how it dramatically impacts the lives of Sydneysiders. Mukul is experienced in using Adobe Premiere Pro and the Adobe Creative Suite as well as Final Cut Pro X . He also has some experience with DaVinci Resolve and Apple Motion 5. In addition to editing, Mukul can complete simple sound mixes, minor motion graphics and colour correction. He also has on-set experience in various roles along the production, camera and sound departments.

Bill Nelson

Artist + Product Designer

Bio

Bill Nelson is an Integrated Product Design graduate from the University of Technology. Bill’s interest lies in challenging the conventional in a playful and empathic manner with a focus on exploring the possibilities of analog objects in an increasingly digital age. Bill is also a talented illustrator thanks to his intrinsic understanding of scale, proportion, and 3D drafting. During his studies, Bill competed in the Democratic Design Days competition in collaboration with Ikea and was a finalist in the 2019 Industrial Design Graduate of the year award.

Matt Hermans

VFX + 3D+ VR

Bio

Matt Hermans has spent 16 years in the VFX industry, at Fuel VFX, Alt VFX and Weta, and providing bespoke and technically challenging VFX and VR to a variety of clients. Pulling from a history of photo-realistic and high end VFX disciplines, he is furthering the state of VR and Holographics by setting up a strong technical foundation for creativity to sprout from. The team he has built combine the best artists and technicians from across multiple disciplines, from film-making and gaming to the automotive industry. Their combined credits include films like Iron Man 2 & 3, Prometheus, Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. As Mixed Reality and VR continue to grow in market, Matt aims to collaborated with a wide gamut of artists to help support the next phase in human-centric, empathetic communication.

Mik Gojic

Head of Tech + Data

Bio

Mik is a self-proclaimed big nerd. From being the first kid in his school to find the chainsaw in Doom, to making a hackintosh out of a Dell ultraportable, just because he could. Mik has forged a career out of understanding high tech and making it accessible for everyone. With nearly two decades in high tech, including production, post-production and broadcast, it has always been about finding the latest and greatest solution. Mik’s very strong suit is making it work smarter, faster, better and stronger.

Todd Martin

Digital & Media Marketing

Bio

Todd is the type of digital thinker that every agency needs in order to stay competitive – and he brings a collaborative energy with spark to Blackfisch. When Todd Martin led Social@Ogilvy Malaysia, the team grew tremendously in terms of building client relationship. Todd has a character that definitely suits a robust digital team. He is definitely a team player, drives the team’s motivation up through the roof and most importantly, his vast amount of digital and social knowledge is definitely an asset to any company who wants to grow their business digitally, regardless of size.

BLACKFISCH SHOWREEL

Our awards:
New York Film Festival x 2 FACTS, Logies x 4 years, CLIO, Cannes x 2, Venice Film Festival & AFI. AEAF Bronze for CCTV10 ident, ChinaTelevision, Science and Culture Channel. Promax BDA Silver for CCTV10 rebrand, China Television, Science and Culture Channel.

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