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John Harvey

First Nations Advisory Committee member John Harvey
SAFC First Nations Advisory Committee member John Harvey

“Our First Nations stories provide the foundation of storytelling in this country. The SAFC’s commitment and support of the First Nations screen sector provides a strong platform for First Nations storytellers to bring their rich and diverse stories to the screen.”

John Harvey is of Saibai Island (Torres Strait) and English descent and is a director, producer and writer across screen and stage.  He is the Creative Director of Brown Cabs.

John has written and directed the short drama Water (ABC, MIFF, Adelaide FF, ImagineNative – Toronto).  His second short drama Out of Range (SBS/Film Victoria) screened at MIFF and St Kilda Film Festival, winning Best Indigenous Short Film, and at Tampere Film Festival (Finland).  John is the director and co-producer of web series Kutcha’s Carpool Koorioke.

John produced Spear (TIFF, Adelaide Film Festival), and was a producer on ABC TV Series The Warriors (Arenamedia).  He produced the chapter Sand for the omnibus feature film The Turning (Berlinale, MIFF) along with several Indigenous short films.

In theatre, John wrote and produced the highly acclaimed Heart is a Wasteland (Brown Cabs/Malthouse Theatre, 2017). John co-wrote 2020 Sydney Festival hit Black Ties (Ilbijerri Theatre/Te Rehia Theatre) with the work selling out in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Auckland and Wellington, and directed A Little Piece of Heaven (Orana Arts) for the Yirramboi Festival. John is currently writing The Return for Malthouse Theatre. 

John is currently commissioned by ACMI (Australian Centre for Moving Image, Melbourne) to create a multi-channel video installation work for the new centre. He collaborated with Torres Strait Islander Ricardo Idagi creating the video element of Idagi’s 2011 New Media Telstra Award Winning work. 

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