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Producer
David Jowsey
In 2009 David Jowsey formed BUNYA Productions with award winning filmmaker Ivan Sen. Their first film was Ivan Sen’s ultra low budget feature "Dreamland". This was followed by "Toomelah" which was selected for the 2011 Cannes Film Festival in Un Certain Regard. David also Produced the 2011 Sundance selected feature film "Mad Bastards" by Brendan Fletcher and “Satellite Boy” by Catriona McKenzie which premiered at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival and 2013 Berlin Film Festival. David then produced Ivan Sen's "Mystery Road" which received a Special Presentation at the 2013 Toronto Festival. In 2015 David produced “Jasper Jones” based on the best selling novel and Ivan Sen’s latest film “Goldstone”. Until 2009, David Jowsey was Commissioning Editor of Documentaries at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC TV) in Sydney and an Executive Producer at ABC TV. Before joining the ABC, David was the Executive Producer at CAAMA Productions in Alice Springs.
Director
Steven McGregor
Steven McGregor is an Indigenous writer/director from Darwin. A directing graduate of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, Steven has worked on numerous documentary projects as a writer, director and/or producer, as well as the 50-minute drama, Cold Turkey, for which he received two AFI nominations. His documentaries include, 5 Seasons, My Brother Vinnie, which was nominated for a Logie and an IF Award and the award winning feature documentary Croker Island Exodus. In 2007 Steven spent ten months on the Baz Luhrmann epic Australia, as script adviser and acting tutor for the Indigenous cast. Steven has also written episodes for both series of the acclaimed drama series, Redfern Now which saw him win the 2013 AACTA for Best Screenplay in Television for Pretty Boy Blue. Steven also wrote the screenplay for the telemovie Redfern Now: Promise Me which was nominated for an AWGIE Award.
Producer
Greer Simpkin
Greer Simpkin has recently produced the Ivan Sen feature Goldstone and is Executive Producer on the film Jasper Jones based on the best selling Australian novel. Greer is also producing the documentary series The Shadowland for ABC TV. Prior to this, Greer Simpkin was Deputy Head of Fiction at ABC Television. Greer commissioned a large slate of new dramas and narrative comedies including; The Code, The Slap, Rake, The Time of Our Lives, Paper Giants, Cliffy, Jack Irish, Please Like Me, Upper Middle Bogan, It’s a Date,  A Moody Christmas, Devil’s Dust and Mabo. As well as overseeing the entire TV Fiction slate for the last 5 years alongside Head of Fiction, Carole Sklan, Greer was an Executive Producer of The Code, Hiding, Parer’s War, Serangoon Road and The Secret River. 
Producer
Aaron Fa'Aoso
Aaron Fa’Aoso first came to prominence in 2004 with his performance as ‘Eddie’ in the critically-acclaimed SBS mini-series, R.A.N., for which he received nominations for an AFI Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Television Drama and a LOGIE Award for Most Outstanding New Talent.  Aaron had a leading role in the multi award winning SBS series East West 101 which recently had its third season go to air.. In 2012 he was nominated for an AACTA Award for Best Supporting Actor.  His other television credits include City Homicide,Sea Patrol, Bikie Wars: Brothers in Arms and Black Comedy. In 2012, Aaron Associate Produced and starred opposite UK actor Brian Cox in the ABC crime drama, The Straits. The series is based on his original idea. Aaron also wrote and directed the short film, Sharp Eye, as part of the SBS Television series Bit of Black Business. Blue Water Empire is his original concept.