We are hoping to have our 2018 Judges return again for the 2019 Benalla Shorts – we will keep you informed…..and…. Tony Bonner has agreed to Judge this year as well and John and Tony will attend the Festival screening.
John Orcsik is one of Australia’s high profile actor/writer/directors. In a professional career spanning over thirty years he has performed, written and directed in all mediums. In film & television he has performed in most Australian productions with major sustaining roles in series and has compiled probably more than 1000 hours of television drama. He has also directed television commercials, corporate videos, telemovies and episodic television. On screen probably is best known for his role as Mike Georgiou in the smash success police series – Cop Shop. John recently performed in the Doctor Blake series. He has written, directed, and taught, sharing his insights into the film and television industry with students across Australia for over twenty years. John possesses an enviable wealth of practical experience that he is keen to share with his students.
John Orcsik, started The Australian Film and Television Academy (TAFTA) on the Gold Coast in 1994 and has been sharing his insights into the film and television industry with students across Australia for over twenty years.
Tom Long was born in the United States as his Australian parents were there at the time, and on their return to Australia he grew up on a farm near Benalla. He worked as a jackaroo and shearer after high school, before heading overseas. After returning to Australia, Tom successfully auditioned for a place at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), graduating in 1994. Tom Long has appeared in several Australian television series, most notably the ABC hit Sea Change (1998–2000) and the Nine Network police drama ‘Young Lions’ (2002). He appeared in the Australian films ‘Two Hands’ (1999); ‘The Dish’; played Brenden Abbott in the 2003 telemovie ‘The Postcard Bandit’; appeared in the film ‘The Book of Revelation’; ‘Woodley’ (2012, TV series). He also appeared in East of Everything’ (2008–2009, miniseries). Tom is still busy writing.
Tony is one of Australia’s most successful working actors with a career spanning over forty years. In recent years Tony has used the skills gained during his career to train and motivate young actors and models through privately held workshops and classes and he regularly teaches film, television and theatre for the actor and has conducted classes in Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast and LA and at the Australian Stunt Academy. Some of his students are now enjoying world wide success on television, in film and on the stage.
Tony’s work can be seen in The Anzacs, The Man From Snowy River, The Lighthorseman, Power Without Glory, Skippy, Cop Shop, Skyways, Home and Away and Neighbors. These are but a few of the award winning roles Tony has played. Tony’s Stage work includes the productions of Love Letters, Only When I Laugh, The Sentimental Bloke, The Cellophane Ceiling, Are your being served and The Three Musketeers, while his last play he directed was ‘One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest’.
THE LATEST……….Tony has just won the ‘Best Support Actor’ award at the recent International Melbourne Film Festival Awards