TFA’s Ben Chessell Directs Giri/Haji for Sister Pictures/BBC/Netflix

TFA’s Ben Chessell Directs Giri/Haji for Sister Pictures/BBC/Netflix

The BBC will soon air Sister Pictures’ Giri/Haji directed by TFA’s Ben Chessell.

The crime thriller shot in the UK and Japan is a co-production between the BBC and Netflix, airing first in the UK in late 2019, and then streaming on Netflix in 2020.

Ben, pictured on the Giri/Haji set above, has commenced shooting in the UK on his next premium drama project for Hulu.

Sarah Bassiuoni writing on Season 2 of The Heights

TFA’s mutli-talented writer/director Sarah Bassiuoni is part of the new pool of writers on Season 2 of the hit series The Heights for ABC TV (Matchbox Pictures)

A recent recipient of Developing the Developer from Screen Australia, Sarah is also currently working with Fremantle Media and has recently directed a web series for ABC IVIEW – soon to be announced.


Clare Sladden wins best comedy web series at Gold Coast Film Festival for FREUDIAN SLIP

Clare Sladden wins best comedy web series at Gold Coast Film Festival for FREUDIAN SLIP

Congratulations to TFA’s acclaimed writer/director Clare Sladden on winning the Best Comedy Web Series Award for Freudian Slip at the Screen Industry Gala Awards!


Freudian Slip is a comedy web-series that uses Freud’s theory of the split self to externalise internal dilemmas around love, sex & pooping. Starring Caitlin Hill, Amy Ingram, Ngoc Phan, James Mason, Benjamin Law & Nick Simpson-Deeks.


This award-winning comedy will screen at the Gold Coast Film Festival ‪next Saturday 13 April, 4pm. Don’t miss it!


If you’re a GC local, or just visiting for the Festival, you can buy tickets to catch it on the big screen


If you can’t make it to the festival, watch it on youtube here:


Ben Chessell Directing Giri/Haji for Netflix and BBC

Ben Chessell Directing Giri/Haji for Netflix and BBC

Congratulations to Ben Chessell who will be helming upcoming Netflix/BBC drama Giri/Haji, shooting in the UK and Japan.

TFA’s acclaimed director, who was nominated for an Australian Directors’ Guild Award for his work on The Family Law Series 2 & 3, recently wrapped on Doctor Doctor before jetting off to the UK to join the Sister Pictures production.

Ben will be one of two directors on the series produced by Jane Featherstone and penned by Humans writer, Joe Barton. Giri/Haji follows a middle-aged Tokyo detective who travels to London in search of his wayward younger brother believed to be posing as a Yakuza gangster. The series is set to air on BBCOne while Netflix will stream globally outside of the UK.

TFA’s Ben Chessell Series Director for ‘The Family Law Season 2’

The Family Law season two will commence on SBS; Thursday the 15th of June at 8.30pm. The series was directed by The Fleming Agency’s Ben Chessell.

The Family Law is a coming-of-age story told through the eyes of teenager Benjamin as he navigates growing up amidst the chaos of his hilarious, heart-warming and dysfunctional family.

The show was developed and produced by Matchbox Pictures in association with Screen Queensland, Screen Australia and SBS.


Watch the trailer here:




Sean Byrne’s The Devil’s Candy at 2016 Sydney Film Festival & Melbourne International Film Festival

284629-the-devil-s-candy-0-250-0-375-cropThe Devil’s Candy has been one of the first films to be announced for this years Sydney Film Festival and the Melbourne International Film Festival. TFA’s Sean Byrne wrote and directed the feature which premiered at Midnight Madness in Toronto in 2015.

TFA’s Simon Chapman was Director of Photography.

Sean Byrne’s The Devil’s Candy wins at Gerardmer Film Festival

Sean-Byrne-01 Sean Byrne’s latest feature film, The Devil’s Candy, has won two awards at the Gerardmer International Film Festival in France.

The award-winning director’s latest offering won the Prix du Public – Audience Award along with Best Original Score award.

Congratulations to Sean who is currently in Australia developing his next feature film.

The Devil’s Candy applauded after opening at TIFF

Sean Byrne’s feature film received excellent reviews after it’s debut screening at MIFF.

The Devil’s Candy is the complete midnight movie package. It’s got characters to root for, a clever narrative, and a spot-on mix of scares–those that are brimming with energy and others that’ll seep in and mess with your head

For full review: >

Australian cinematographer, Simon Chapman’s work is also a highlight of The Devil’s Candy.

MIFF to screen feature film, Sucker – Saturday 15 August 4pm








Sucker is the debut feature film from director Ben Chessell and comedian Lawrence Leung.  Lawrence and Ben co-wrote the screenplay which stars legendary British actor, Timothy Spall.

MIFF is screening Sucker on Saturday 15 August at 4pm at Hoyts 11.

More details on their website.

“This polished feature film debut from MIFF Accelerator alumnus Ben Chessell is based on Leung’s critically acclaimed and award-winning solo stage show of the same name.”