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Currently an independent filmmaker with Living Not Beige Films (LNBF), Peter is a retired corporate executive with Board experience across profit and not-for-profit organisations.Peter started his working life as a technician with the Royal Australian Air Force and after a BA with a focus on economics and filmmaking he entered the banking world which took him from Adelaide to Sydney for over 20 years.
Prior to being appointed to the SAFC, Peter stepped off the BankSA Board (Chair), the SA Museum Board and the Board of Jawun Indigenous Enterprise Partnerships. Peter remains on the Board of the Fleurieu Community Foundation (of which he was the founding Chair).
Peter has had a long interest in films and filmmaking but only began to take it seriously when he retired from full time work in 2015. His first film, the feature documentary Atlantis, Iceland (Producer, Writer, Director) was selected for the Adelaide Film Festival, the Reykjavik International Film Festival and Antenna Documentary Film Festival. Peter is also a Producer on the short film, Ursula, which is featured in the 2019 Fleurieu Film Festival. Peter and his company LNBF have several other film projects either in pre-production or post-production.
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Kate Croser is the Chief Executive Officer of the South Australian Film Corporation.
Formerly an award-winning film and television producer, Kate’s work has been nominated for and won Australian Academy Awards and screened at the world’s most prestigious international film festivals.
Kate has established successful independent production and distribution companies including Hedone Productions, nominated for Australian Screen Business of the Year at the 2015 Screen Producers Australia awards.
Kate is a member of the board of the South Australian Film Corporation and previously served for five years as a Councillor for Screen Producers Australia, the peak industry body for independent screen production in Australia.
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Ann-Maree Davies is the Head of School (Adelaide) for the Academy of Interactive Entertainment. Having completed a Degree in Computer Science with a Major in Pure Math, Ann-Maree started teaching Information Technology for TAFESA. This soon led to teaching at a secondary school after completing a Graduate Diploma in Education, while also delivering the AIE certificate courses through a VET in schools program and is currently finalising her Master’s in Education (Leadership).
After seeing the work being delivered on campus by some of her former students, Ann-Maree joined the Adelaide Campus in 2016 as the Deputy Head of School and soon became the Head of School. Being an avid gamer and seeing the value of real pathways in the sector, this seemed to be a natural progression to work in an amazing industry while still maintaining a strong connection with students.
Having implemented the Vocational Placement program for the Adelaide students, Ann-Maree also initiated the Digital Directions project – the first digital traineeship in collaboration with the Department of Industry and Skills, Skilling SA program. Connecting with industry partners and opening pathway opportunities for the AIE graduates has become a top priority and envisions a stronger support network for start-ups and Incubators across the creative industries
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Miriam Silva has more than 20 years’ experience managing large and geographically diverse teams across multiple industries including pharmaceuticals, banking and agriculture.
Miriam sits on a number of boards including TAFE SA Board, University of SA Council, SA Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission, Islamic Museum Board and Chairs Premier’s Council for Women (SA), Islamic College of SA School Board and CEDA SA&NT State Council. She volunteers with a number of organisations including the Muslim Women’s Association of SA Inc., International Women’s Day Committee (SA) and Rotary International.
Miriam is a member of the South Australian Women’s Honour roll 2011, one of the inaugural 100 Women of Influence, winner of the Governor’s Multicultural Award for the Private Sector 2012 and is the Multicultural Patron for the SA Police Academy.
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Rebecca Summerton is a producer and owner/director of Closer Productions.
Her work includes feature film Animals, an official Australian-Irish co-production which premiered at Sundance 2019 and SBS mini-series The Hunting which broke records to become the highest rating Australian drama series ever for SBS. Bec also produced the feature documentary Sam Klemke’s Time Machine which premiered at Sundance 2015 and the innovative low budget feature 52 Tuesdays which won the Directing Award, World Cinema Dramatic at Sundance Film Festival 2014 and the Crystal Bear for Best Film at Berlinale 2014.
Prior to joining Closer in 2011, Bec worked at the South Australian Film Corporation where she was instrumental in establishing low budget feature initiative FilmLab.
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Tony Ayres was one of the founding members of internationally renowned Australian production company Matchbox Pictures, responsible for an eclectic and globally celebrated slate of productions. In 2018 he established his own production company, Tony Ayres Productions, developing and producing feature films and television for global audiences and international marketplaces.
Most recently he co-created and was Executive Producer on hit Matchbox/ABC drama Stateless alongside Cate Blanchett and Elise McCredie. Stateless was filmed and produced in South Australia with the support of the SAFC, and stars Blanchett, Yvonne Strahovski, Jai Courtney, Dominic West and Asher Keddie.
Mr Ayres was the showrunner on International Emmy and BAFTA nominated series The Slap, and was Executive Producer on its US remake. He co-created and was Executive Producer on multi-award winning series Glitch (3 seasons), and was executive producer on International Emmy nominated Wanted (3 seasons) with the third season shot in South Australia. Other EP credits include multi-award-winning series The Devil’s Playground, Old School, Underground: The Julian Assange Story, The Straits, comedy series The Family Law (3 seasons), Bogan Pride and Maximum Choppage.
His producing credits include Barracuda and the multi award winning Seven Types of Ambiguity anddirected multi-award winning TV movie Saved. In children’s TV, Mr Ayres created and executive produced the International Emmy and BAFTA award-winning Nowhere Boys and the telemovie based on the series, Nowhere Boys: The Book of Shadows. The internationally acclaimed series also won the AACTA Award for Best Children’s Television Series, two Logies, three Kidscreen Awards, a Rockie, and a Prix Jeunesse Award.
In feature films, Mr Ayres directed Cut Snake (2015), The Home Song Stories (2007) which won 24 international and Australian awards, and Walking on Water (2002), which premiered at the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival. He also Executive Produced feature films Ali’s Wedding and Lou.
Currently Mr Ayres is the showrunner for upcoming US Netflix series Clickbait.
Board Meeting Dates 2020
Please note that South Australian Film Corporation board dates are subject to change at the SAFC’s discretion.
- Wednesday, 26 February
- Wednesday, 29 April
- Wednesday, 8 July
- Wednesday, 5 August (finance only)
- Wednesday, 9 September
- Wednesday, 18 November
Production Investment Application Deadline
- Wednesday, 15 January
Wednesday, 18 March
Friday, 27 March (deadline extended due to COVID-19)
- Wednesday, 27 May
- Wednesday, 29 July
- Wednesday, 7 October