Open Channel Success Stories – Corrie Chen


From Open Channel to Screen Australia’s Hot Shots!

Corrie Chen graduated from the VCA School of Film and Television in 2010 before making her short comedy Bruce Lee Played Badminton Too with the help of Screen Australia funds through Open Channel’s Raw Nerve program in 2011. The film was nominated for Best Short Fiction ATOM award and premiered on SBS in 2013 in addition to being shown at numerous festivals.

Corrie was then commissioned by the ABC to direct her first documentary Suicide and Me which won “2014 Best direction in a documentary stand-alone” ADG Award. She also made a short comedy called Bloomers receiving Screen Australia’s Short Film Completion Fund. The film screened at Flickerfest and the Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival and had its international premiere at the LA Shorts Fest.

In 2014 Corrie completed a funded attachment with Matchbox Pictures (ABC’s Nowhere Boys) organised through Open Channel and was invited to the Berlin Film Festival’s Berlinale Talents where she was mentored by several internationally acclaimed filmmakers.

Corrie was selected for Screen Australa’s Talent Escalator Program in 2015 with a directors attachment on Channel 7’s Peter Allen: No the Boy Next Door. This was followed by Screen Australia’s Hot Shots Program in which she directed Reg Makes Contact (a short sci-fi drama) – recently completed and set to appear in film festivals this year!


Directing Actors Masterclass July



Are you an emerging Director looking to develop your craft in working with Actors? We are running a three day intensive course with Director Alkinos Tsilimidos, on his unique process of working with actors that will help you develop your preparation and communication skills as you workshop your script with a professional cast.

You will learn how to:

  • Analyse a script
  • Cast and audition
  • Elicit performance
  • Find your directing style
  • Collaborate with actors
  • Work with casting Directors
  • Conduct auditions
  • Conduct rehearsals and block through on set
  • Create the right atmosphere on set
  • Affect performance in the edit

Acclaimed independent director, writer and producer Alkinos Tsilimidos has been critically acclaimed for his six feature films, has directed many of Australia’s finest screen actors and is rightly considered one of Australia’s most important contemporary directors. He is widely known as ‘the actor’s director’ for his ability to deliver striking performances of raw emotional intensity and for his uncompromising approach to telling stories of social relevance with honesty and integrity.

This is an intensely collaborative workshop where you will receive constructive criticism from the facilitator, from professional actors and your classmates.

The course is by selection and prior experience in Directing is recommended. There are only 8 places available, so get in quick!

“I’ve learned more from this short course than I have from an entire year at film school” – Amy, participant in Directing Actors 

Past actors have included:

John Brumpton (The Loved Ones, Red Hill, Dance me to my Song, Underbelly)

Brendan Cowell ( I Love You Too, The Slap, Howszat! Kerry Packer’s War)

Samuel Johnson (Secret Life of Us, Paper Giants: Magazine Wars, Underbelly)

Laura Gordon (Bed of Roses, Saw V, Em 4 Jay)

Sarah Hallam (Rush, City Homicide, Blind Company)

Georgia Bolton (Tangle, Knowing, Noise)

Daniel Frederiksen (Summer Coda, Stingers, Blue Heelers, Ghost Rider)

Wendy Bos (Hawke, McLeod’s Daughters)

Ashley Zukerman (Rush, The Slap, Lowdown, The Pacific)

“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.” – Marcella, participant in Directing Actors

More information can be found here

workshop participant directing actors

Workshop participant directing a scene




Samuel Johnson




Sarah Hallam and Brendan Cowell performing a tense scene.

Open Channel Trains Emerging Filmmakers Out Of Victoria’s Production Centre, Docklands Studios Melbourne

Docklands Studio -article-420x0Six months into its new home at Docklands Studios Melbourne, screen resource organisation OPEN CHANNEL is investing in creative and technical skills development for the State’s film, television and digital media industries.

Stage one of Open Channel’s new $350,000 facility comprising training room and edit facilities was funded through the Australian Government, and launched last August. Open Channel also receives organisational support from Screen Australia and Film Victoria to run an annual program of filmmaker initiatives including production funding, pitching competitions and conferences for its members.

Executive Director Marc Gracie notes that the 40-year old organisation is constantly evolving to meet the needs of industry, saying “40 years ago the ethos of Open Channel was about access to production equipment which was out of the reach of most people. Today, the tools to make content are in the hands of everyone, but what is needed are the skills to make the most of those tools. Some people will be looking to make better content for the web, others will be looking to develop those skills into a professional career. For those seeking a career we also offer industry-led training by leading practitioners, and also offer our production initiatives to help people take that next important step”.

Being based at the Docklands Studios Melbourne, Open Channel is able to place training in the heart of industry. Says Gracie, “We ran two successful conferences in 2013 in childrens entertainment and reality television, attracting over 500 attendees. We produced series for ABC2 and NITV. We have been actively placing graduates on productions, such as INXS: Never Tear Us Apart (mini series which will air on Channel Seven in 2014), House Husbands Season (which will air on Channel Nine in 2014), and Tony Ayres new feature film Cut Snake. The next major production shooting out of the studios will be fantasy film The Moon and the Sun. The film starring Pierce Brosnan, Fan Bing Bing and Bill Nighy is based on a novel from Vonda McIntyre and tells a story of King Louis XIV of France capturing a mermaid to steal its life force.

Open Channel’s 2014 training program includes full qualifications in documentary, drama or webseries filmmaking, intensive feature film and television series script development, and a range of short courses for people who want specific filmmaking skills such as camera, sound or editing. Qualification courses receive support from the Australian and Victorian Government, and are Austudy eligible.

The digital revolution has meant that unlike any time in history, the barriers to developing, making and distributing screen content across a variety of platforms have never been easier, and Open Channel is committed to building Victoria’s bold and innovative screen industries into the future.