Bio

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Director, Lillypilly Films (2020)
XR Workshops Producer, Byron Bay International Film Festival (2018, 2019)
Graduate BA Screen, Australian Film Television & Radio School AFTRS (2015-2017)

Beverley is an eclectic, award-winning filmmaker who defies categorisation. Though her work includes commercial cinema film and TV and facilitation of mould-breaking industry programs, in her own work, she is detached from the mainstream, and chooses to live in remote locations, in an ongoing redefining of her life purpose and art.

The combination of a vibrant artistic family ancestry and growing up in regional Queensland shaped Beverley’s future path. Her great, great, grandfather Professor Frederick Augustus Brookes was a performer with Buffalo Bill, a peacemaker for the US Army and photographer in the late 1800’s in Victoria. Her grandfather was Melbourne-based cinematographer and photographer, R.E. Lord. He instilled in Beverley a fascination with cameras and the visual image. Her father, who played in a rock band in the sixties and was an opera singer, musical director, church choir leader, acapella leader, barbershop singer and swing band saxophonist, enrolled her in speech and drama lessons from an early age. It was here she was exposed to the diverse writings of Queensland poet Oodgeroo Noonuccal and William Shakespeare. These continued like clockwork for the next seven years and gave Beverley an education in literature, plays and poetry she could not receive in the QLD education system. Throughout her high school years, she wrote plays with her best friend novelist D.M. Cameron, which they performed and produced at school. Beverley studied acting at University of Southern Queensland, worked as an actor on stage and screen in QLD, NSW and SA, and was a drama tutor for young people for 10 years before becoming a film director.

After an extended period of healing and recovery from relationships with abusive men, Beverley discovered filmmaking as a way to consolidate her skills and tell constructed dramas with socially inspired-themes of domestic violence, addiction, homelessness and male suicide. She studied and practised her technique at NSW technical colleges, learning skills of producing, writing, editing and sound engineering. Her first film, about a shipwrecked child on a beach who was nurtured back to life by the spirits of the land was symbolic for her own journey in Bouddi, the community which supported her as brought up her daughter. As tribute to Bouddi, which means “heart” in Darkinjung, Beverley collaborated with mime artist James Daley and saxophonist Lee Hardisty to make 17-minute silent film, Love Buttons, a quirky, silent film about a travelling button salesman who rode the countryside on his pink bicycle stealing women’s hearts. Love Buttons received an Honourable Mention from judges, Margaret Pomeranz and acclaimed Director of Photography, Don McAlpine at Coasties Film Festival 2009.

In 2010, still studying, developing new plays with emerging writers and actors and directing play-readings and short plays in Sydney’s emerging theatre scene, Beverley produced Happy Anniversary, a short, mobile phone film about child sexual abuse by a priest, which won awards in Australia and Spain and screened in more than 70 cities internationally. The film also screened at NSW Parliament House in a campaign for sexual abuse victims receive fairer compensation from the Catholic Church.

In 2011, Beverley returned to her childhood home in regional Queensland to spend time with her father and to make the film version of The Salt Maiden, which she had directed as a play in Sydney. She received funding from a QLD Government RADF grant to develop the play into a screenplay, with the writer and actors. At the same time, she was selected to participate in Screen Producer’s Australia’s Emerging Producer’s Scheme, and from there she moved to Melbourne and based herself in the film offices of Australian producers Sue Maslin and Melanie Coombes while making the film on the island in Queensland where the story originated. The Salt Maiden screened internationally and won Best Film, Best Screenplay and Best Cinematography at Port Stephens Film Festival 2014 and Best Film at Coasties Film Festival 2015.

Beverley returned to Sydney to study at the Australian Film Television & Radio School in 2015. During that time, she worked with the producers of Hacksaw Ridge, Blue Murder and Tropfest and produced the Tropfest Craft Awards. Her graduation film, Hate Dance, about racism employed all female heads of departments, won Gold in the student category at the Australian Cinematographer’s Society NSW Awards, 2018, had its world premiere at Cyprus International Film Festival and will screen in Demakijaż -Women’s Film festival, Poland in October, 2020.

Between 2017 and 2019, Beverley worked to help free refugees detained indefinitely on Manus Island. New to advocacy, her efforts were surprisingly successful, but the emotional work was taxing and detrimental to her health. In 2018, Beverley relocated to Byron Bay to regenerate and find a more whole and sustainable way of creating. Now she lives on a historic property in a rural valley, works at the Byron Bay International Film Festival as the XR Producer, makes film and content for her own company Lillypilly Films and is collaborating on a feature film.

Hate Dance (2018) 15 mins | drama 

written and directed by Beverley Callow, produced by Eero Heinonen, acted by Renee Lim and Taylor Wiese

a film about racism and dance

Official selection – Demakijaż – Women’s Film Festival, Poland, 2020
Official selectionCyprus International Film Festival, 2019
Gold winner, Australian Cinematographers Society NSW – Student, 2018

 
Man Shark (2017) 20 secs | noir 

written and directed by Beverley Callow, for #killthefintrade campaign with 72andsunny, Sea Shepherd and AFTRS

screened at Semi-Permanent Design, Carriageworks, Sydney

 
Leaving Bartholomew (2016) 7 mins | monologue

written and directed by Beverley Callow, acted by Imogen Sage

a woman ends her relationship with a bath

 
Windchime (2015) 5 mins | experimental | audio

written, directed, cinematography, sound recorded and edited by Beverley Callow, acted by Marilyn Gotlieb, Charmaine Bingwa & Steven Cornish

an attack experienced through the eyes and ears of a very old woman

 
The Salt Maiden (2014) 15 mins | mystery

written by Donna Cameron, produced and directed by Beverley Callow, acted by Renee Lim, Cameron Sowden and Sandra Campbell

filmed on Coochiemudlo Island, Moreton Bay, Queensland

a woman moves to an island to overcome her fear of drowning, but to cross the strait she must put her life in the hands of the ferryman

Cannes Court Métrage, 2014
Lines In the Sand Festival, Minjerribah, 2014
Actors Anonymous Film Festival, Sydney, 2014
Girls Together Outrageously, Melbourne, 2014
Trispace Gallery Film, London, 2014
Port Stephens Film Festival, 2014 – Best Short Film, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography
Coasties Film Festival, 2015Best Film
Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival, France 2015

 
Happy Anniversary (2010) 4 mins | mobile phone | drama

writer Nicky Davis, director Stephen Carnell, producer Beverley Callow, actor Kate Buchanan

a women films a video message to explain why she isn’t at her parents 50th wedding anniversary

screened at a forum at the NSW Parliament House to change legislation to allow victims of sexual abuse to receive fairer compensation from the Catholic Church, 2012

Official Selection Mobile Screenfest Sydney, 2010 – Best Actress
Official Selection, Movil Film Fest Spain 2010 – Best Script & Best Actress Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Market France, 2012
Official Selection, Festival International des Très Courts in Paris, 2012 and screened in 70 cities internationally
Official Selection, Best Film Festival, 2016

Other recent

The Heist (2020) Director
Emma’s Farm (2020) Director
Descent (2019) documentary Line Producer (pre-production only)
Newkind Festival (2019) Interview Director
Tall Stories Film Festival (2018) Creator
Escape By Sea (2018) Line Producer
Yellow Spit Fish or: How I Learned To Dog Whistle (2018) Producer
The Investment Series (2017) Editor Intern

Australian Director’s Guild
Screenworks
WIFT NSW (2015-2016) – Committee Member
WIFT VIC (2011-2013) – Board Member