Open Channel Success Stories – Tamasin Simpkin


Tamasin has worked in the film and television industry for the last 7 years, predominantly in Production but also in Casting and Locations. Projects she has worked on cover a wide range of genres and formats, from dark features like Van Diemen’s Land and The Loved Ones to light hearted TV like House Husbands and It’s a Date.

She has also Produced several independent projects which have screened at festivals worldwide, such as E Arioi Vahine (Winner Best Editing Flickerfest and Best Student Film International Film Festival Ireland), With My Little Eye (Nominated ATOM Award Best Short Film and Craft Award St Kilda Film Festival), Snapshot (Nominated Best Short Film at Montreal Film Festival) and Bread and Butter (which opened the Williamsburg International Film Festival in New York).

In 2013 she undertook the Open Channel short course Screen Producing: The Dark Art where she was taught by the entertaining and informative Stephen Luby. After years of making her own short form content and working in a crewing capacity on bigger productions, this course gave her the opportunity to learn about what it would mean to be a Producer in the ‘real world’. It gave her the overview she needed about the realities of Producing and equipped her with knowledge and methodologies which have since proved invaluable.

After years of working with Princess Pictures she was asked to Produce Bleak: The Web Series, which has since gone on to screen at festivals such as the New York TV Festival, Miami Webfest, Vancouver Webfest, and the First Glance Film Festival, and has taken out the Outstanding Ensemble Award at LA Webfest and Best Screenwriting, Best Actor and the iView Award at Melbourne Webfest.

In 2014 she was selected to take part in the SPAA Ones to Watch Program for emerging producers, where she was lucky enough to be mentored by Amanda Higgs. The same year she also received Multi Platform Funding from Screen Australia to make the independent web series The Katering Show, on which she worked again with the creators behind Bleak, Kate McCartney and Kate McLennon.

The series was released on YouTube earlier this year and received over 2 million views in its first week online. With almost 60 thousand subscribers signing up to the Lead Balloon TV channel since the series was released, the global fan base includes viewers from North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Tamasin will be visiting Open Channel for a Framed Seminar on Friday 1st May 2015.