Team

Partners

Angie Fielder - Producer Angie is a producer and partner in Aquarius Films. She produced the Golden Globe and Academy Award nominated feature film Lion, directed Garth Davis (Top of the Lake) and written for the screen by Luke Davies (Candy) alongside Academy Award-winning producers Emile Sherman and Iain Canning of See-Saw Films.  Other recent projects Angie has produced include twice Archibald Prize-winner Del Kathryn Barton’s film RED starring Cate Blanchett, and Berlin Syndrome (which Angie EP’d) directed by Cate Shortland, written by Shaun Grant and starring Teresa Palmer and Max Riemelt. Angie is also exec-producing Roller Dreams – a feature doc about the iconic roller dancing scene in LA’s Venice Beach, directed by Girls editor Kate Hickey. Her animated short Oscar Wilde’s The Nightingale and the Rose, adapted from the paintings Del Kathryn Barton and co-directed by Barton and Brendan Fletcher (Mad Bastards), premiered at the Berlinale in 2015 and won Best Australian Short at Melbourne International Film Festival. The film features the voices of Mia Wasikowska, Geoffrey Rush and David Wenham. Angie’s feature film Wish You Were Here, starring Joel Edgerton, Felicity Price and Teresa Palmer and directed by Kieran Darcy-Smith of Blue-Tongue Films opened the Sundance Film Festival in 2012 in the prestigious World Cinema Dramatic competition, and won numerous awards including the AACTA Award for Best Screenplay and the Film Critic’s Circle Award for Best Film. Her short films Crossbow, Netherland Dwarf (written and directed by David Michod) and I Love Sarah Jane (written by Michod and directed by Spencer Susser) have screened at high profile international film festivals including Venice, Sundance, Berlin and Telluride and have won numerous awards including the AACTA for Best Short Screenplay and the Prix Canal at Clermont Ferrand. Angie is a graduate of Griffith Film School and received their Alumni of the Year Award in 2012.

Angie Fielder - Producer

Angie is a producer and partner in Aquarius Films. She produced the Golden Globe and Academy Award nominated feature film Lion, directed Garth Davis (Top of the Lake) and written for the screen by Luke Davies (Candy) alongside Academy Award-winning producers Emile Sherman and Iain Canning of See-Saw Films. 

Other recent projects Angie has produced include twice Archibald Prize-winner Del Kathryn Barton’s film RED starring Cate Blanchett, and Berlin Syndrome (which Angie EP’d) directed by Cate Shortland, written by Shaun Grant and starring Teresa Palmer and Max Riemelt. Angie is also exec-producing Roller Dreams – a feature doc about the iconic roller dancing scene in LA’s Venice Beach, directed by Girls editor Kate Hickey.

Her animated short Oscar Wilde’s The Nightingale and the Rose, adapted from the paintings Del Kathryn Barton and co-directed by Barton and Brendan Fletcher (Mad Bastards), premiered at the Berlinale in 2015 and won Best Australian Short at Melbourne International Film Festival. The film features the voices of Mia Wasikowska, Geoffrey Rush and David Wenham.

Angie’s feature film Wish You Were Here, starring Joel Edgerton, Felicity Price and Teresa Palmer and directed by Kieran Darcy-Smith of Blue-Tongue Films opened the Sundance Film Festival in 2012 in the prestigious World Cinema Dramatic competition, and won numerous awards including the AACTA Award for Best Screenplay and the Film Critic’s Circle Award for Best Film.

Her short films CrossbowNetherland Dwarf (written and directed by David Michod) and I Love Sarah Jane (written by Michod and directed by Spencer Susser) have screened at high profile international film festivals including Venice, Sundance, Berlin and Telluride and have won numerous awards including the AACTA for Best Short Screenplay and the Prix Canal at Clermont Ferrand.

Angie is a graduate of Griffith Film School and received their Alumni of the Year Award in 2012.

Polly Staniford - Producer Polly is a creative producer and partner in Aquarius Films. She produced Berlin Syndrome, the third feature film from acclaimed filmmaker Cate Shortland (Lore, Somersault), written by Shaun Grant (Snowtown) and starring Teresa Palmer and Max Riemelt. The film premiered at Sundance Film Festival and will also screened in the Panorama section of Berlin International Film Festival. Berlin Syndrome was recently sold to Netflix and will have a worldwide theatrical release in 2017. Prior to establishing Aquarius, Polly spent three years as an in-house producer at Matchbox Pictures where she worked across a slate of film and TV projects. During this time, Polly produced four documentaries for ABC TV including Miss South Sudan Australia and the highly acclaimed Anatomy series. She also wrote and directed the documentary Brain (ABC), and was one of the writers on Nowhere Boys, Matchbox’s AACTA and Logie award-winning children’s drama series. With Renegade Films, she wrote a one-hour documentary for the ABC called The Diplomat, The Artist and The Suit about internationally acclaimed architecture firm Denton Corker Marshall. Polly has produced, written and directed over 10 short films, including David Michôd’s award-winning shorts, Crossbow and Netherland Dwarf and John Evagora’s Joey, which won the 2013 St Kilda Film Festival.   Polly has a Bachelors Degree in Film and TV and a Masters of Screenwriting, both from the Victorian College of the Arts School of Film & TV in Melbourne.

Polly Staniford - Producer

Polly is a creative producer and partner in Aquarius Films. She produced Berlin Syndrome, the third feature film from acclaimed filmmaker Cate Shortland (LoreSomersault), written by Shaun Grant (Snowtown) and starring Teresa Palmer and Max Riemelt. The film premiered at Sundance Film Festival and will also screened in the Panorama section of Berlin International Film Festival. Berlin Syndrome was recently sold to Netflix and will have a worldwide theatrical release in 2017.

Prior to establishing Aquarius, Polly spent three years as an in-house producer at Matchbox Pictures where she worked across a slate of film and TV projects. During this time, Polly produced four documentaries for ABC TV including Miss South Sudan Australia and the highly acclaimed Anatomy series. She also wrote and directed the documentary Brain (ABC), and was one of the writers on Nowhere Boys, Matchbox’s AACTA and Logie award-winning children’s drama series. With Renegade Films, she wrote a one-hour documentary for the ABC called The Diplomat, The Artist and The Suit about internationally acclaimed architecture firm Denton Corker Marshall.

Polly has produced, written and directed over 10 short films, including David Michôd’s award-winning shorts, Crossbow and Netherland Dwarf and John Evagora’s Joey, which won the 2013 St Kilda Film Festival.  

Polly has a Bachelors Degree in Film and TV and a Masters of Screenwriting, both from the Victorian College of the Arts School of Film & TV in Melbourne.

Cecilia Ritchie - Producer Cecilia is a creative producer and partner in Aquarius Films. She is currently in post-production on Roller Dreams, a crowd-pleasing feature documentary set in 1980s and 90s Venice Beach, California, which features the music of James Brown, the Gap Band and Prince. Cecilia’s executive producer credits include Cate Shortland’s upcoming feature film Berlin Syndrome, which had its world premiere at Sundance 2017; Del Kathryn Barton’s live action film RED, which stars Cate Blanchett; and the three short dramas selected for Screen NSW’s 2017 Generator: Emerging Filmmakers Fund, which are currently in pre-production. As an in-house producer for Matchbox Pictures, Cecilia was series producer on the ABC TV series Next Stop Hollywood, a six-parter following young Aussie actors to LA for pilot season. She also previously produced the critically acclaimed indie Searching 4 Sandeep, which premiered internationally at Hot Docs, won the audience award at the Sydney Film Festival and sold to broadcasters all over the world. Cecilia's drama credits include the short film Tender, which premiered internationally at Clermont-Ferrand 2013 and won the Australian Directors’ Guild Award for Best Short Film and Pop, which was nominated for a Dendy Award for Australian Short Drama. Cecilia is a graduate of the University of Sydney and has a Masters from the Australian Film, Television and Radio School. She spent the six months to March 2015 working with the San Francisco Film Society as part of a professional development grant from Screen Australia.

Cecilia Ritchie - Producer

Cecilia is a creative producer and partner in Aquarius Films. She is currently in post-production on Roller Dreams, a crowd-pleasing feature documentary set in 1980s and 90s Venice Beach, California, which features the music of James Brown, the Gap Band and Prince.

Cecilia’s executive producer credits include Cate Shortland’s upcoming feature film Berlin Syndrome, which had its world premiere at Sundance 2017; Del Kathryn Barton’s live action film RED, which stars Cate Blanchett; and the three short dramas selected for Screen NSW’s 2017 Generator: Emerging Filmmakers Fund, which are currently in pre-production.

As an in-house producer for Matchbox Pictures, Cecilia was series producer on the ABC TV series Next Stop Hollywood, a six-parter following young Aussie actors to LA for pilot season. She also previously produced the critically acclaimed indie Searching 4 Sandeep, which premiered internationally at Hot Docs, won the audience award at the Sydney Film Festival and sold to broadcasters all over the world.

Cecilia's drama credits include the short film Tender, which premiered internationally at Clermont-Ferrand 2013 and won the Australian Directors’ Guild Award for Best Short Film and Pop, which was nominated for a Dendy Award for Australian Short Drama.

Cecilia is a graduate of the University of Sydney and has a Masters from the Australian Film, Television and Radio School. She spent the six months to March 2015 working with the San Francisco Film Society as part of a professional development grant from Screen Australia.

 

Staff

Alice Willison - Associate Producer Alice is an associate producer at Aquarius Films. She joined the team in 2015, assisting Polly Staniford on Cate Shortland’s third feature Berlin Syndrome. She is currently co-producing The Other Guy, a 6x30min comedy drama series for SVOD platform Stan, starring Australian comedian and former Triple J host Matt Okine, Valene Kane (The Fall) and Harriet Dyer (No Activity, Love Child). Previously she worked at TVC production company Exit Films as Production Coordinator, and was also Producer’s Assistant to Jane Liscombe (The Mule) at Strike Pictures. Alice has produced short films, Rupert and Trinkets, and several music videos for Warner Music Australia, including The Kite String Tangle’s Stone Cold and Illuminate, and Golden Features’ Tell Me. Alice has a bachelors degree in Film & Television from Bond University.

Alice Willison - Associate Producer

Alice is an associate producer at Aquarius Films. She joined the team in 2015, assisting Polly Staniford on Cate Shortland’s third feature Berlin Syndrome. She is currently co-producing The Other Guy, a 6x30min comedy drama series for SVOD platform Stan, starring Australian comedian and former Triple J host Matt Okine, Valene Kane (The Fall) and Harriet Dyer (No Activity, Love Child).

Previously she worked at TVC production company Exit Films as Production Coordinator, and was also Producer’s Assistant to Jane Liscombe (The Mule) at Strike Pictures.

Alice has produced short films, Rupert and Trinkets, and several music videos for Warner Music Australia, including The Kite String Tangle’s Stone Cold and Illuminate, and Golden Features’ Tell Me.

Alice has a bachelors degree in Film & Television from Bond University.

Tristram Baumber – In House Writer Tristram Baumber will be working full-time with Aquarius Films until 2018 in a role funded through Screen Australia’s Enterprise People program. He will be developing a variety of projects including his own original romantic comedy feature The Assistant.  Tristram’s credits include 2014 ABC comedy Timothy, created and written by Tristram and starring Stephen Curry and Denise Scott. Prior to that, in 2013, Tristram produced Season 1 of his short-form sitcom The Cleanists, successfully crowd-funding and releasing Season 2 in 2014. He was also part of the writing team for ABC1’s 2013 topical comedy Wednesday Night Fever. His short comedy plays have been performed across Australia, New Zealand and India. Tristram currently has a sitcom called Future Boy in development with Essential Media and ABCTV.

Tristram Baumber – In House Writer

Tristram Baumber will be working full-time with Aquarius Films until 2018 in a role funded through Screen Australia’s Enterprise People program. He will be developing a variety of projects including his own original romantic comedy feature The Assistant

Tristram’s credits include 2014 ABC comedy Timothy, created and written by Tristram and starring Stephen Curry and Denise Scott. Prior to that, in 2013, Tristram produced Season 1 of his short-form sitcom The Cleanists, successfully crowd-funding and releasing Season 2 in 2014. He was also part of the writing team for ABC1’s 2013 topical comedy Wednesday Night Fever. His short comedy plays have been performed across Australia, New Zealand and India. Tristram currently has a sitcom called Future Boy in development with Essential Media and ABCTV.