Monday, 15 August 2016
6.30pm — 8.30pm
The Horse, Surry Hills
(formerly The White Horse Hotel)
Guest Speaker: Marc Furmie
Graduating from UNSW’s College of Fine Arts (COFA), Marc’s professional career began shooting music videos and commercials.
Then in 2003 he was invited into a mentorship program with Lucasfilm documentarian Tippy Bushkin which included a three-month screenwriting stint at Skywalker Ranch. Unlike most kids, Marc finally got to meet the man that influenced him the most: George Lucas.
In 2006 Marc received finance from the Australian Film Commission to create the 30-minute supernatural thriller Death’s Requiem, which screened at over 20 international film festivals. The film won awards at St Kilda Film Festival, Method Fest, Eerie Horror Film Festival and Shriekfest.
Marc also received a Screen NSW Emerging Filmmakers Fund grant for the 30-minute drama Dark Horse. The film screened at over 25 international festivals, including the Byron Bay International, St Kilda and Melbourne Underground film festivals, again winning awards.
Under the tutelage of TVC directing legend David Denneen at Filmgraphics Entertainment, Marc has directed commercials for Sony, McDonald’s, Telstra, Tourism NSW, Amnesty International, Volkswagen, and many others. He has also written and directed branded films for Volvo, Mercedes-Benz, and BRENTWILSON.
Marc’s extensive music video work includes cutting-edge clips for Rogue Traders, Dead Letter Circus, Stan Walker, Havana Brown, Samantha Jade, and Ricki-Lee. His videos for Timomatic and Justice Crew have earned ARIA nominations.
In the online space, Marc has directed two episodes of the award-winning “Event Zero” web series for Movie Extra and Distracted Media and three episodes of the Screen Australia–funded sci-fi series “Airlock” for Distracted Media and Deadhouse Films.
Marc’s first feature film, the ambitious sci-fi thriller Terminus, was released in 2015. As a writer, illustrator, and director of actors, his strength has always been balancing strong characterisation with a cinematic aesthetic. He is currently in development on his second feature film.