Award-winning, emerging filmmaker in an ongoing process of developing and redefining her art.
Though she has worked on commercial cinema film and TV and facilitated innovative industry programs for film festivals, Beverley’s own work as a film director is her primary focus.
The combination of a vibrant artistic family ancestry and growing up in regional South East Queensland shaped Beverley’s future path. Her great, great, grandfather Professor Frederick Augustus Brookes was a blood brother of the Sioux tribe, peacemaker for the US Army and photographer in the late 1800’s in Victoria. Her grandfather, R.E. Lord was Melbourne-based cinematographer and photographer in the early days of Australian television. He instilled in Beverley a love of cameras and the visual image. Her father, a scientist and musician who played in a rock band in the sixties, and also an opera singer, musical director, church choir leader, acapella leader, barbershop singer and swing band bass saxophonist, enrolled her in private speech and drama lessons from an early age.
Seven years of weekly speech and drama classes gave Beverley an education in plays and poetry she could not have received at her QLD public school and introduced her to diverse literature from William Shakespeare to local Aboriginal poet Oodgeroo Noonuccal, also known as Kath Walker. Throughout her high school years, she wrote plays with her best friend, writer D.M. Cameron which they performed and produced at school. After completing year 12, 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 shifting her focus from playing a character, to sharing vision from behind the camera.
After an extended period of healing, Beverley discovered filmmaking as a way to consolidate her skills and tell stylised experimental dramas with themes like domestic violence, addiction, homelessness and male suicide. She studied at TAFE, 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 community spirits of the land, was symbolic for her own journey. As tribute to the area she lived, Bouddi, which means “heart” in Darkinjung, Beverley made 17-minute silent film, Love Buttons, a quirky, silent film about a travelling button salesman who rode the countryside on his pink bicycle searching for love. Love Buttons received an Honourable Mention from judges, Margaret Pomeranz and acclaimed Director of Photography, Don McAlpine at Coasties Film Festival 2009.
In 2010, while studying film, developing new plays with emerging writers and actors and directing play-readings and plays in Sydney’s emerging theatre maker’s 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 make the film version of The Salt Maiden by D.M. Cameron, 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 she moved to Melbourne to base herself in the film offices of renown Australian producers, Sue Maslin and Melanie Coombes while making the film in Queensland. 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 from 2015-2017. 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 and had its world premiere at Cyprus International Film Festival. Hate Dance screens at Byron Bay International film Festival in October 2020 and at Demakijaż -Women’s Film Festival, Poland in November 2020, in the competition titled Let’s Start A Revolution, showcasing the work of 50 female directors from around the globe.
From 2017-2019, Beverley worked to help free refugees on Manus Island arbitrarily detained by Australia. New to advocacy, her efforts were productive, but the emotional work was taxing on her health. In 2018, she created Tall Stories Film Festival at the Townsville Cultural Festival, a micro-documentary mobile phone project to encourage and facilitate refugee and Indigenous communities in North Queensland to tell tall, but true stories.
In 2018, Beverley relocated to Byron Bay to find a more sustainable way of living and creating. Now she lives on a historic rural property and runs her own company Lillypilly Films. Beverley produces talks and panels for Byron Bay International Film Festival and is collaborating on her first 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
Honorable Mention, Best Performance – Kashmir International Film & Cultural Festival, 2020
Official selection – Demakijaż – Women’s Film Festival, Poland, 2020
Official selection – Byron Bay International Film Festival, 2020
Official selection – Cyprus International Film Festival, 2019
Gold winner, Australian Cinematographer’s 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, 2015 – Best 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
The Heist (2020) (SUFF Take 48) Director
Emma’s Farm (2020) Director
Generation Intervention (2020) Director
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
Blue Murder: Killer Cop (2016) Production Attachment
Hacksaw Ridge (2015-2016) Production Secretary 2nd Unit
Australian Director’s Guild
Women in Film and Television New South Wales (2015-2016) – Committee Member
Women in Film and Television Victoria (2011-2013) – Board Member