Andrew has over 25 years’ experience as a writer, producer and director for film, television and digital media. He is the co-ordinator LCI Melbourne’s Filmmaking & Photography major, with a passion for keeping the course contemporary and cutting edge in an ever-evolving environment.
Andrew is a passionate filmmaker and educator, and melds the theory and practice of the filmmaking process into a contemporary and accessible framework for students. He is a passionate advocate for approaching digital technology through the lense of storytelling, empowering graduates to use digital mediums to tell powerful and emotive stories that connect with diverse audiences.
Originally born and raised in rural New Zealand, Andrew is living proof that you can come from the most isolated of upbringings and still make an impact on the international stage! He discovered his passion for visual storytelling at age seven, rounding up all the neighbourhood children to star in his short films. After graduating from South Seas Film and Television School in 1993, he spent several years working in radio as a copywriter, before writing children’s television for two years. He migrated to Australia in 2000 and developed content for a variety of start-up companies based in Australia and the US. For the next fifteen years he worked across the creative industries and academia, teaching at tertiary institutes in both Australia and New Zealand.
Andrew enjoys a successful career in the industry, and has forged genuine connections with industry players, from studio producers to actors. In 2013, his screenplay to SWEETWATER was produced by a US production company and had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. He actively develops projects for film and television for the US market, and recently sold his feature length screenplay BLOOD ROSE to Brazilian director David Schurmann, whose last film was the Brazilian entry for the 2017 Oscars. Andrew integrates his contacts and real-world projects into the learning experience of students at LCI Melbourne, to give them unique access to the world of film and television.