TROY LUM (Executive Producer) was the head of distribution company Dendy Films from 1998-2002 where he acquired and released seminal titles such as Amelie, Buena Vista Social Club and The Blair WitchProject. In May 2002, alongside Frank Cox and Sandie Don, Troy launched Hopscotch Films, which went on to become Australia's leading independent distributor. In 2011, Hopscotch was acquired by global media group Entertainment One, one of the world's leading independent content and distribution businesses.
With Troy at the helm, Hopscotch releases have included the hits Bowling For Columbine, Touching The Void, Fahrenheit 9/11, Somersault, Downfall, Mrs Henderson Presents, The Lives Of Others, Pan's Labyrinth, Mongol, The Wrestler, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Mao's Last Dancer, Bright Star, The Kids Are All Right, Incendies and Midnight in Paris. Troy has helped develop local releases such as smash hit The Sapphires, Somersault, Bra Boys and Mao's Last Dancer, on which he also served as Executive Producer.
Troy is a founding member of Hopscotch Features, a joint venture with writer John Collee and producer Andrew Mason. This has enabled Troy to deepen his involvement in the Australian film landscape and to work with emerging and established filmmaking talent from as early as concept stage. The first films to emerge from this partnership are Two Mothers, gothic fantasy I, Frankenstein, and the eagerly anticipated Mary Poppins bio pic Saving Mr Banks starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson. Lum serves as Executive Producer on these projects.
In 2004, Lum was listed as one of the ‘Top 50 Young Film Executives in The World' by The Hollywood Reporter.
After having worked with Luc Besson, and at Warner Bros in Burbank, SIDONIE DUMAS (Executive Producer)joined Gaumont in 1991, as Head of Development. Ten years later, she was appointed VP of Production, and, in 2004, became Chairperson of the Gaumont Management Board.
It is in that capacity that she initiated a new and bold production policy, opening up to new directors
( including Mabrouk El Mechri, Isabelle Mergault, and Michel Hazanavicius, whose first attempt – the successful OSS 117 – led to his much celebrated The Artist), and to groundbreaking auteurs (such as Michel Gondry).
In May 2010, Sidonie Dumas took full responsibility as Gaumont Managing Director. Under her management, Gaumont has produced and distributed a number of critically and commercially acclaimed films, such as Les Lyonnais (Olivier Marchal), La Conquête (Xavier Durringer), La Rafle (Rose Bosch), A Bout Portant (Fred Cavayé), or, of course, Nakache and Toledano’s Intouchables, the second top-grossing French film of all time (US $ 200 M b.o. in France, and just as much abroad).
FRANCIS BOESPFLUG (Executive Producer)founded Pyramide Films (with Fabienne Vonier, Louis Malle and Michel Seydoux) in 1989, where he co-managed the production, distribution and sales of many films, notably films by Jim Jarmush, Nanni Moretti, Denys Arcand, Claire Denis, Louis Malle, James Ivory, Patrice Chéreau, Aki Kaurismäki, etc...
From 1993 to 1997, he was programming manager for Gaumont.
He then joined Warner Bros France as head of French production and distribution (working with filmmakers such as Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Merzak Allouache, Gilles Legrand, Patrice Leconte, Michele Placido, Josiane Balasko, Anne Fontaine, etc. ), and international distribution, in charge of the release of all Warner Bros. movies (Clint Eastwood / Stanley Kubrick / Steven Soderbergh / Tim Burton / Christopher Nolan, etc.)
In 2011, Francis Boespflug returned to Gaumont, as production and distribution adviser to Sidonie Dumas and Nicolas Seydoux.
Accepted to the Rue Blanche course (one of the best theatre masterclasses in France), DOMINIQUE BESNEHARD (Co-Producer)met Jacques Doillon, who hired him as his assistant on Un Sac De Billes. He became the head of casting, for children and non-professional actors. Very quickly, many other directors called him to look for new faces. His great sense of human relationships and his love for actors gave him a markedly different approach to the process of actors' selection.
Besnehard joined Artmedia talent agency soon bringing in the likes of Pialat, Godard, Beineix, Rappeneau, Annaud, Gavras, Miller, Oury, Sautet, Granier, Deferre, Rouffio, Polanski, Rider, Berri and Arcand. Along with actors such as Eva Green, Sophie Marceau, Jeanne Moreau and others.
In 2006, Besnehard decided to take a new direction in his career, founding Mon Voisin Productions, which has since produced or co-produced feature films by Denys Arcand, Jean-Miche Ribes, Caroline Botaro, Charlotte de Turckheim or Sandrine Bonnaire, among others.
He still takes pleasure in acting, and has appeared in about seventy films thus far...
CHRISTOPHE BEAUCARNE (Director of Photography)was born and raised in Belgium, where he still works on occasions.
After a relatively short period of time as assistant cinematographer, Beaucarne has established himself, from the early 2000’s, as one of the most sought after directors of photography among the new generation of European filmmakers. Comfortable both with classical approaches (his films with Cédric Klapisch or Bruno Podalydès) or more experimental ones (Jaco Van Dormael, Mathieu Amalric or Jaco Van Dormael), Beaucarne is particularly known for his deep understanding of the directors’ needs and his ability to create the exact style each film requires.
Like most of the younger directors of photography in Europe, he insists on operating the camera himself, which allows him to develop even further his complicity with directors.
Two Mothers is his second collaboration with Anne Fontaine, after the much-acclaimed Coco Avant Chanel (2009).
The Mothers is ANNIE BEAUCHAMP’s (Production Design)fifth feature as production designer. Most recently she worked on Goddess and Sleeping Beauty, which screened in competition at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for Best Production Design at the recent 2011 AACTA Awards.
She also designed Disgrace, which won an award from critics at the Toronto International Film Festival. Annie has been an art director on many films and won the Art Directors Guild of America award and Golden Satellite award for her work on Baz Luhrmann’s box office hit Moulin Rouge.
She has art directed films with other high-profile directors too including Alex Proyas (on Garage Days) and Phillip Noyce (The Quiet American). She works on a broad range of jobs, including television commercials and restaurant interiors.
LUC BARNIER (Editor) edited over 100 movies in 30 years, and is regarded today as one of the main creative pillars of the French film community. A remarkably versatile talent, Barnier contributed to all kinds of genres, working simultaneously on challenging art house gems such as Frederick Wiseman’s The Last Letter and mainstream comedies, like Dany Boon’s Welcome to the Shticks (the top-grossing film in the history of French box-office).
Far more than a mere technical contributor, he became the collaborator of choice to several of the top French filmmakers, such as Olivier Assayas (on every single film of his), Valérie Lemercier (ditto), Benoit Jacquot (7 films in a row) and Anne Fontaine (9 times overall).
Generous and passionate, Luc Barnier will also be remembered for having trained a number of young editors, who are now proud to keep his professional legacy alive.
He passed away on September 16th, 2012, just a few days after having completed his work on Two Mothers (which is dedicated to him), and a week away from his 58th birthday.
CEINWEN BERRY (Editor) completed a Masters in Film and Television, specialising in Drama Editing in 2006. After graduating, she has continued working on features, television and documentaries as an assistant editor, assembly editor, and more recently as an editor. She has worked in Australia, the USA and France.
Ceinwen edited the short film Franswa Sharl that won the Crystal Bear at Berlin Film Festival in 2010. She edited the film Redd Inc in 2011 and did additional editing on Tomorrow When The War Began 2010 and Drift 2011
CHRISTOPHER GORDON (Composer)is based in Sydney. His recent concert commissions include Lightfall for Horn and Orchestra and Concerto for Bass Trombone and Orchestra (Sydney Symphony), Freefall (Sydney Omega Ensemble), Chaconne (Australian Chamber Orchestra), Loose Canon (Tucana Flute Quartet), Night Is What Remains and a number works for choir and orchestra including pieces for Gondwana Voices and Sydney Children’s Choir.
Gordon has composed for many of Australia’s major celebrations, including the Opening Ceremonies of the Commonwealth Games 2006 and the Rugby World Cup Sydney 2003; the Centenary of Federation of Australia 2001; an orchestral score for a National Museum of Australia installation; and co-composed music for the Millennium Eve international telecast. In 2006 he was commissioned by the Prime Minister of Australia to arrange the official version of the Australian National Anthem.
Christopher Gordon has written a number of scores for film and television, including Two Mothers, Mao’s Last Dancer, Daybreakers, Crawl, the EMMY-nominated score for Salem’s Lot, Sanctuary, Moby Dick, Sydney, A Story of a City, On the Beach, When Good Ghouls Go Bad, Much Ado About Something, and Ward 13. He also co-composed the score to Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. His scores have received wide international acclaim and many Australian Screen Music Awards.
As an orchestral arranger Gordon has written for such diverse artists as Augie March, Kate Ceberano, Cello Diva, The Church, Judi Connelli, Iva Davies, Diana Doherty, John Farnham, Neil Finn, Delta Goodrem, Ben Lee, The Panics, Sydney Children’s Choir, Australian Chamber Orchestra, and most of the major Australian Orchestras.
PETER MILLER (Sound Designer)is an Australian music composer and sound designer widely acclaimed for his work in film, music and theatre.
His standalone music recordings such as ‘Love vs Gravity’, ‘Houdini’ and ‘Strangeness + Charm’ have received critical praise in Australia and internationally, as has his sound design for feature films such as Gore Verbinski’s The Ring (Dreamworks), Jane Campion’s In The Cut (Pathé), Ray Lawrence’s Jindabyne (April Films) and recently the Paramount Pictures’ animated Western epic Rango, also directed by Gore Verbinski.
JOANNA PARK (Costume Designer) is a costume designer for feature films, shorts and television commercials.
She was recently costume designer on Kieran Darcy Smith’s Wish You Were Here (starringJoel Edgerton and Teresa Palmer) which opened this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Joanna also costume designed AFI nominated The Treedirected by Julie Bertuccelli.
She has extensive short credits that include 2011 AACTA nominated short The Telegram Man.Also in 2011, she worked on the 30-minute short film The Last Race, directed by Jeremy Cumpston and Cryofrom director Luke Doolan.
Other shorts Joanna has designed costumes for include China Dolls(dir. Tony Ayres), What’s Going On, Frank?(dir. John Polson), God’s Bones (dir. Samantha Lang) and A Bit of A Tiff with the Lord(dir. Peter Duncan).
Joanna also worked on Revolver/Glue Society’s series Watch with Mother, six twenty minute episodes to be released later this year.