Directing Film Actors Masterclass with Alkinos Tsilimidos


Learn the fine art of directing actors for short and feature films with Alkinos Tsilimidos, the ‘Actor’s Director’, and a cast of professional screen actors.

Said Director Anthony Minghella of great performance, “There is no lens, no trick, that will ever approximate one moment of intimacy that an actor will offer you, that glimpse into their heart and mind”.

You might feel comfortable behind the camera, but if you are an emerging film Director, you need to develop the skills to confidently direct both experienced and untrained actors.

Learn how to work closely with professional cast to develop a truth to performance, understand the language of actors, and achieve memorable performances on screen.

This year’s professional Cast includes a range of television and film actors, including DAME HILL, writer and actor in the hit indie film, Pawno.


Emerging Directors with some prior experience wishing to develop their skills in working with professional actors.

Participants should be prepared to discuss their own projects and ideas in a collaborative workshop environment.


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Alkinos has directed many of Australia’s finest screen Actors in his six feature films and is rightly considered one of Australia’s most important contemporary directors. He is widely known as ‘the Actor’s Director’ and for his uncompromising approach to telling stories of social relevance with honesty and integrity. A 1988 graduate of Swinburne School of Film and Television, his 1994 debut feature film Everynight…Everynight, starring Bill Hunter and David Field, won critical acclaim internationally and was selected for the prestigious Venice Film Festival. His 2001 film, Silent Partner (with David Field and Syd Brisbane) was nominated for the Australian Film Institute Awards and screened at several film festivals around the world including Toronto International Film Festival. In 2004 Tom White (with Colin Friels, Rachael Blake and Dan Spielman) was nominated for numerous awards, with Colin Friels receiving the IF Award for Best Actor. His 2008 film Em4Jay (with Laura Gordon and Nick Barkla in the title roles) screened at numerous international film festivals. Variety magazine, the screen industry bible, said, “(its) authenticity makes Em4Jay a down under low budget triumph”. In 2009, Alkinos joined forces again with Colin Friels and Nick Barkla for the haunting Blind Company, whose performances Margaret Pomeranz (of ABC TV’s At The Movies) described as ‘excellent’ and ‘truly arresting’. Of Alkinos, she said, ‘(he is a ) talented, compassionate filmmaker…He’s got a heart (…) and it shows.” Acclaimed Writer/Director Larry Clark (Kids, Bully, Ken Park) said “This is film at its best. A must see. Colin Friels and Nick Barkla wreak naked, embarrassing, honest emotional havoc. Blind Company is a major work.” Recently, Alkinos has been working extensively in theatre and opera, and is returning to film projects in 2016.


“ I’ve learned more from this short course than I have from an entire year at film school”

“I couldn’t be more delighted with the Open Channel course ‘Directing Actors’. Alkinos cut through the muddling haze surrounding the art and craft of directing with a philosophy of integrity and honesty. Through the .. workshop we got a clear, precise insight into the role and responsibility in a Director’s hands. Without fuss, without gloss and without hype. This was truly a wonderful experience. One I doubt will be equalled. All thanks to Alkinos.”

“You can talk all you like about the theories of directing, but to be given the space, the teaching and the Actors who can help realise what works and what doesn’t in live situations is the best way to learn. Not everyone can spend years doing a degree course in filmmaking, and with several film courses already teaching all angles of the filmmaking process, it’s been a privilege to spend (an intensive amount of time) honing in on directing alone. Highly recommended!”


Daniel Schultheis
t. 03 8327 2009