Beverley is an emerging Australian film director and producer currently studying BA Screen at the Australian Film Television & Radio School in Sydney (2015-2017).
Acting | Writing
Beverley studied Acting at DDIAE (University of Southern Queensland) 1986-88 with secondary studies in Fine Arts. From 1989–2010, Beverley acted in TV, film and theatre in South Australia and New South Wales. She has a Diploma of Book Editing & Publishing from Macleay College, Sydney 1996 and has written for stage and screen including Melon Meets Botticelli, a stage play about anorexia, which toured with Troubadour Theatre Company to secondary schools to SA, ACT & NSW from 1993-1996.
Between 2000-2010, she taught drama to children and young people aged between 7 and 20. Her students received awards and grades of 100% for NSW HSC Drama Individual Performance.
Film | Sound Training
Beverley studied technical film, editing and sound studies at NSW TAFE, between 2005-2010. Student films include TOK (2007), an experimental 3min, one-shot film of domestic violence reflected in a clock and Tracks (2006), a short film about male suicide set on a high railway bridge. Her first short film Starflower (2005), set in Maitland Bay, NSW, told the story of a young girl shipwrecked on a beach who was protected by the local and indigenous spirits until she made her way back to the world.
In 2008, she received a trophy at Eora TAFE for nTrancing mBira, a compilation of mbira songs she composed, performed and produced.
Director | Producer
In 2009 Beverley collaborated with mime artist, James Daley and saxophone player, Lee Hardisty to make Love Buttons, a short, silent film about a pink bicycle-riding button salesman’s journey to find true love. The film premiered at Coasties Film Festival 2009 where it received an Honourable Mention from judges Margaret Pomeranz & cinematographer Don McAlpine.
In 2010, she produced Happy Anniversary written by Nicky Davis and directed by Stephen Carnell, a controversial 4-minute one-shot mobile film about a women’s sexual abuse by a priest when she was a child. Happy Anniversary won Best Actress at Mobile Screenfest Sydney 2010, Best Script & Best Actress at Movil Film Fest Spain 2010 and participated in the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Market France 2012. Happy Anniversary was then selected to screen at the Festival International des Très Courts in Paris in May 2012 and screened in 70 cities across the world. The film was presented at a forum at the NSW Parliament House in 2012 to change legislation to allow victims of sexual abuse to receive fairer compensation from the Catholic Church. It was invited to Filmvideo Montecatini Italy 2012 and selected for the Best Film Festival 2016.
In 2010, she directed theatre productions: Lifetime by Angie Farrow which won Best Production at Short+Sweet Sydney Top 100 and went on to the Short+Sweet Sydney 2010 Gala Finals at NIDA. This production also featured in a half-hour episode of the reality TV show, To Be Or Not To Be for Foxtel Movie Extra. In 2010 she directed performed play readings of Six Minutes and Counting & Tissue of Lies by Jackie Greenland & Scripted by Mark Hervey Levine at Playtime, World Bar Kings Cross. She directed Six Minutes and Counting for the Imagine Festival, ACTT, Cleveland St and directed new Australian play Ham and Eg by Joanna Erskine, a story of two locked up little children who survive through their imaginations for Brand Spanking New, New Theatre.
The Salt Maiden
In 2011, Beverley directed The Salt Maiden at Short+Sweet Sydney, Newtown Theatre, two new Australian comedies Oliver(with a) Twist by Kate Toon and Birdmonster for Not Quite Cabaret at Paddington Arms Sydney and – It’s Ok To Ask for Subtlenuance Theatre Company’s Bare Boards Brave Heart festival of solo performances – a conversation by a woman in a wheelchair. Together with actor Renee Lim and writer Carol Dance, the piece was developed into an acclaimed performance reviewed by Crikey as “insightful and significant”.
In 2011, Beverley received a Queensland Government Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) to adapt The Salt Maiden stage play into a screenplay. She held a development workshop on Coochiemudlo Island in Queensland where the play was written and set with the creative team and the support of council and community. The outcome was the screenplay and a teaser which Beverley used to crowdfund and acquire Government, corporate and private sponsorship to produce and direct The Salt Maiden film.
The cast, crew and sponsor screening was held on Coochiemudlo Island, QLD 2013, the film had its world premiere at the Cannes Court Métrage 2014 and its Australian première was at Lines In the Sand Festival 2014, North Stradbroke Island QLD. Other screenings include Actors Anonymous Film Festival 2014 Sydney, Girls Together Outrageously 2014 Melbourne, Trispace Gallery Film London, Port Stephens Film Festival 2014 where it won Best Short Film, Best Screenplay and Best Cinematography, Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival 2015 and Coasties Film Festival 2015 which won the award for Best Film.
In 2011, Beverley was selected to participate in the Emerging Producer’s Scheme at Screen Producers Australia (SPA), Sydney.
Beverley was a board member of WIFT VIC from 2011-2013 a committee member of WIFT NSW from 2014-2015 and WIFT NSW Social Media Coordinator from 2015-2016. She is a member of MEAA and a student member of the Australian Director’s Guild.
Recent positions include 2nd Unit Production Secretary on Hacksaw Ridge directed by Mel Gibson (Oct 2015 – Jan 2016), Runner and Production Attachment on Blue Murder: Killer Cop (June – July 2016) and Filmmaker and Industry Liaison at Tropfest (January – February 2017).