Our Advisory Board
Experienced industry advisors
The Newcastle Film Festival Advisors include seasoned and highly accomplished professionals from the entertainment industry
Producer/Director, Fox Studios, Sydney Australia
Anupam is a film maker, speaker and author
with a Bachelor and Masters in Film Theatre as well as a Post Graduate Thesis in cinema of NSW. Listed as one of the 50 most powerful
and influential Australian Film professionals by Encore magazine, he is the founding head of films and casting TEMPLE, one of the most prolific award winning Australian film production and consultancy firms based out of Fox Studios – Sydney. Anupam launched an Australian Film Initiative with support from Hugh Jackman in the first year and Baz Luhrmann in the second year and is the founder of DIVERSCREENS. He has directed Australian romcom unINDIAN (starring cricket legend Brett Lee), and is in post of his current film The Run. Anupam is currently developing a slate of high profile Australian film projects, some with development investment from Screen Australia and Screen NSW.
STEVE D McMELLON
Music director, producer, arrangement and licensing, Goldfinch Music Limited
Steve is a Co-Founder of Goldfinch Music Limited (“GFM”) and a Co-Founder of Nashville and UK based Southern Crossroads Music.
He assesses music for film/TV and other audio-visual projects or events and their subsequent production; generally working closely alongside any 3rd party composers, musicians and arrangers in conjunction with the production company.
He was previously a founding shareholder and CEO of Double Grammy and multi R.I.A.A. Award winning music publisher and producer, S1 Songs Group (and its main trading subsidiary S1 Songs (America) Inc.) that was sold to Chrysalis Music in 2010.
Caroline has starred in some of the most recognisable blockbusters of all time, including Moira in Hook and Emilie in Schindler’s List for Steven Spielberg, Krystal in Cliffhanger with Sylvester Stallone, Dr. Alice, in Ridley Scott‘s White Squall, Susan Hendler opposite Michael Douglas in Disclosure and Anne Hathaway‘s royal artist mum in Princess Diaries 1 & 2. Recent films include, The Dressmaker, with Kate Winslet, A Street Cat Named Bob, The Cold Light of Day opposite Bruce Willis and Mental with Tony Collette. In addition to over 35 films, Caroline has starred in many TV series such as The Sculptress, Trust, Me and Mrs Jones with Robson Greene, Berlin Station and as Duchess Cecily of York in The White Queen and The White Princess. Caroline is a former member of the RSC and NT. A member of BAFTA, SAG AFTRA, AEAA, British and US Equity, she has twice served on the BAFTA TV jury.
Actor/Producer BB88 & Goldfinch Entertainment
Craig is a British born actor, film producer and director of creativity in BB88 as well as Goldfinch Entertainment. This provides him with valuable experience both in front of and behind the camera. Craig has worked alongside some leading film producers and directors from Neil Marshall to Mike Leigh. Credits include Dog Soldiers, The Descent, Doomsday and many more. His own recent film producing credits include Devil’s Playground, Four, The Ghost Writer and more recently The Estranged. He is currently preparing his directorial debut on the psychological thriller/horror The Kruger.