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Directing Actors - Wyndham

Directing Actors for screen

Intensive workshop

Wyndham 2021

Cinespace are taking applications for our Directing Actors for Screen intensive workshop. This event will take place in February 2021, with a Covid-safe plan in place.

Learn how as a director you can inspire actors to own characters through the rehearsal process. The workshop also includes insights into casting, and how to direct actors for the screen.

The workshops is targeted at aspiring or emerging screen (film and television) directors, but we also welcome applications from theatre directors and actors who would like to participate and who will also benefit from the program.

As a Cinespace program, First Nations and culturally-diverse creatives are encouraged to apply and will be given priority for available places. The program may also give preference to people who live, work or study in Wyndham, as this program is funded by Wyndham city council. If you are outside Wyndham, you can still apply and may be offered a place subject to availability.


The workshop includes four days of training, followed by an opportunity to workshop an original script scene, or an adaptation of a provided sample scene, with a provided cast of actors. Participants will be awarded a certificate upon completion.


Wungurrwill Dhurrung Center, Cortland St, Wyndham Vale VIC 3024

* car pooling will be supported if people need assistance to access venue


Free thanks to grant support from Wyndham City Council, however places are limited and by application. Selected participants are required to commit to all days of the workshop.


Weekends, Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th, Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th February 2021

Four-day face-to-face group workshop, plus additional individual scene support from Alkinos subject to availability.

About the Facilitator



Born in Melbourne, Australia 1966.  Alkinos has been described as one of Australia’s most important contemporary film directors. He has a reputation for being an actor’s director and is renowned for his uncompromising approach to stories of social relevance.


He graduated from Swinburne School of Film and Television (now VCA) in 1988.  His début feature film, Everynight…Everynight (1994) won international critical acclaim.  It was awarded Best First Film (Prix D’Montreal) at the Montreal World Film Festival and was in Official Selection at the Venice International Film Festival. The film received two AFI nominations, including Best Director.


His second feature, Silent Partner (2001) was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay at the AFI and Film Critics Circle awards and was in Official Selection at Toronto, Montreal, Newport, US Arts Comedy, Athens, Singapore and Bangkok film festivals.


In 2004, Tom White was released to extensive critical acclaim.  It received thirty-one Australian feature film award nominations, Colin Friels winning the FCCA and the IF Award for Best Actor.  Tom White was invited to participate at many international film festivals including Montreal, Hof, Busan and Chennai.     


Em4Jay (2006), his fourth feature, participated at Melbourne, Brisbane, Athens, Mostra De Valencia – Spain and New Zealand film festivals.  Variety said: “Authenticity makes Em4Jay a Down Under low budget TRIUMPH.”


In 2010, Blind Company was released nationally after a successful international film festival campaign, including Montreal and Las Palmas. Larry Clark (Kids, Bully, Ken Park) said: “This is film at it’s best. A must see.”


Alkinos made his theatrical debt with John Logan’s Red for the Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC) in 2012. His production received major accolades, Colin Friels winning the Green Room Award for Best Male Actor for his portrayal of Mark Rothko. The show has since been reprised for the Queensland Theatre Company.


The Mountaintop in 2013 broke box office records for the MTC and was nominated for Green Room and Helpmann awards. In 2014, Alkinos directed the Pulitzer Prize winning, Glengarry Glen Ross for the MTC and made his international debut with Women In War, a European funded contemporary opera performed in the ancient Hephaistia Ampitheatre of Lemnos.


In 2018, Alkinos’ highly anticipated Australian production of Scaramouche Jones received rave reviews for Colin Friels’ performance. The following year the show was reprised for a successful national tour.


After ten years away from filmmaking, Alkinos returns to his indie roots to write and direct, The Taverna. Set over one night inside a Greek restaurant the film heralds a new collaboration between Alkinos and veteran Greek actor, Vangelis Mourikis.


Thank you for your interest in this program. All available places are now filled.


Please email us (click here) if you would like to stay on standby in the event that someone withdraws and more places become available.

A Cinespace Inc. project supported by Wyndham City Council.

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