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Bio - Sarah Snook

Golden Globe winner, Sarah Snook, is one of Australia’s most exciting actresses. Since graduating from the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) in 2008, Sarah has starred in a number of award-winning feature films, theatre productions and television series both locally and internationally. Sarah is best known for her work in the popular HBO drama series Succession opposite Brian Cox and Kieran Culkin, which earned her the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in 2022.

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Bio - Daniella Ortega

Daniella Ortega is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and screen professional dedicated to excellence in storytelling and communicating complex concepts in innovative ways.  Daniella is the originator, Writer and Co-Director of Carbon - the unauthorised biography, an unconventional documentary project responding to the climate emergency we are living in.

Focussed on high-end documentaries about science, history and natural history, Daniella’s work traverses subjects as diverse as archaeological discovery, colonial violence and the mysteries of the teenage brain.  An accomplished Series Producer, she has steered major complex projects for a variety of international broadcasters. Daniella has recently joined the documentary team at Screen Australia as a Development and Investment Manager, a role that allows her to draw on her experience to support the wider documentary industry.

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Bio - Niobe Thompson

The documentaries of anthropologist filmmaker Niobe Thompson reach back to our human origins, explore the mysteries of evolution, and tackle the environmental dilemmas of the Anthropocene.  As a science and adventure host, he makes a laboratory of his body and mind, a storytelling style the Globe & Mail calls “indescribable, but brilliant.”  As a verité director, he brings unique and powerful moments in the human experience to the screen, from Siberian reindeer herders, to ancient DNA laboratories, to the organ transplant surgeries.

Niobe’s work has won three Canadian Screen Awards for Best Science and Nature Documentary, wins at Sundance and Jackson Hole, and two Emmy nominations.  A long-time collaborator with Canadian-born composer Darren Fung, he presents select documentaries to live audiences as orchestral performances.  After co-directing and co-producing the feature documentary Carbon - the unauthorised biography, Niobe will start filming in 2022 on a new documentary for Tangled Bank Studios called Before the Ice, about the ancient DNA revolution.

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Bio - Sonya Pemberton

Sonya Pemberton is one of Australia’s leading documentary filmmakers; an Emmy Award recipient and record-breaking five-time winner of the prestigious Eureka Prize for Science Journalism. Her passion is creating quality science documentaries for international audiences.

Sonya has written, directed, and produced over 70 hours of broadcast documentary, her films winning over 80 international awards.  Previously Head of Specialist Factual at the ABC, Sonya created Genepool Productions to explore complex and polarised areas of science. Recent titles

include 'Vitamania' (SBS/Arte/CuriosityStream), ‘Uranium - Twisting the Dragon’s Tail’ (SBS/PBS/ ZDF/Arte), ‘Jabbed - love, fear and vaccines’ (SBS/Arte), and 'Vaccines Calling the Shots' (PBS NOVA, with Tangled Bank Studios). In 2021 Sonya directed the ABC feature documentary “Cracking COVID’, and co-produced the theatrical documentary, ‘Carbon - The Unauthorised Biography’ (ABC/CBC/Arte).