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STONERUNNER is an animated story about family, and what Tyson Devany does to save his. It’s about friendship, a strange and powerful meeting of minds that occurs when Tyson re-energises the life of a sophisticated ancient war machine. It’s about choice, freedom and optimism in the face of all odds.
Tyson must learn the ancient craft of symbiotic bonding with war machines such as his robot, to buy freedom for his family clan through winning Arena Tournaments.
Along the way under the guardianship of Ocatavio, he must help thwart brutal assaults on Stonerunner caravans by vicious regional Wardens, scour ruins of abandoned cities to seek long-forgotten but desperately sought after super-tech military caches and meanwhile, stay out of the clutches of Delacorte, a brutal dictator leader of the coup and self-appointed head of the Triumvirate who wants to capture and control this machine for himself.
DIRECTOR: Steve Trenbirth
Steve Trenbirth is the first Australian Director to be given the opportunity to direct an animated Disney Feature Film. He began his 26 year animation career at Hanna Barbera in 1985 where he worked as in-betweener on series such as Snorks, Top Cat and Scooby Doo. He later joined Magpie Productions as an in-betweener on his first feature film, Footrot Flats in 1986. In 1988 he joined Walt Disney Animation Australia as clean-up artist on the Emmy Award winning television series Winnie the Pooh’s New Adventures. Promoted, he worked as an animator on other Walt Disney television series such as Timon and Pumbaa, Darkwing Duck, Gummi Bears and Winnie the Pooh. In 1989 Steve was promoted to Unit Director / Animation Director on Disney’s television series Timon and Pumbaa, Gargoyles, Jungle Cubs, Goof Troop and Bonkers. He was also Unit Director / Animation Director on the direct to video feature films – Annie Award Nominee Lady and The Tramp II, Annie Award Winner Lion King II, Aladdin and The King of Thieves and the Aladdin Sequel The Return of Jafar. He directed his first Walt Disney feature film and Annie Award winning The Jungle Book II in 1999. In 2002 Steve left Disney to form his own animation company Mad Cow Pictures.
PRODUCER: Anthony Ginnane
Antony I. Ginnane is a 42 year veteran of the film and television industry. Since 1970 Ginnane has produced or executive produced 64 films and mini-series in Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Canada, the Philippines and Eastern Europe including classics such as Patrick, High Tide and The Lighthorsemen, and more recently Screamers and Ten Dead Me.
Other productions include the 2009 Canada/Australia co-production Arctic Blast directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith; Surviving Georgia in 2010 starring Pia Miranda and Holly Valance; Metal Tornado and Last Dance (2011) with and in 2012 a re-imagining of his 1978 feature Patrick with Rachel Griffiths and Charles Dance.
He was a partner in distribution start-ups in Australia, NZ, the Philippines and Hong Kong through the ‘80’s and continues to advise various international film funding bodies.
His company, FG Film Productions (Australia), has offices in Melbourne and Los Angeles and has a slate of Australian productions in development including re-imaginings of Turkey Shoot and Thirst; Manic and the high budget feature Blowback along with the animated feature Stonerunner, Waltzing Matilda, a four hour TV mini-series is also on FG’s slate. Ginnane also oversees affiliate company IFM World Releasing’s activities in worldwide distribution, acquisition and financing. IFM has a 150 title catalogue.
With Robert Ward, he launched an Australian specialty distribution company in 2009 (IFM-Filmways) with Andrzej Wajda’s Katyn. Its most recent release is A Life In Ballet.
He was President of SPAA from 2008 – 2011 and is a member of the Producers Guild of America and BAFTA Los Angeles. He served on the Board of IFTA from 2004-2008. Ginnane is co-founder of SPAA’s digital film festival, DigiSPAA, now in its sixth year. He is an Honorary Councillor of the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts.
His memoir “Ginnane on Ginnane – Some Scenes Objectionable” is due for publication in 2014, and he featured prominently in the documentary Not Quite Hollywood (2008), a look at Australian exploitation movies of the 1970s and ‘80s. One of his biggest fans is Quentin Tarantino (“Not Quite Hollywood”, 2008). He remains an outspoken and iconic leader in the Australian film industry, and a well known and respected part of the international film community.
WRITER: Paul Western-Pittard
Writer and Screenwriter: Paul describes himself. “The first thing that I was ever proud of was writing a story. Then I went to school and after that got a real job. I've worked in and around film and television since 1995. I started in technical support for Silicon Graphics based special effects tools and very quickly thought that it'd be much more fun on the other side of things. Moving over to production, I worked with a number of animation companies, ending up in all sorts of director, script editor and writer roles for web and television. Which was like that very first thing I did, but with bigger budgets. And then somewhere in the middle of that I wrote the first part of a strange scifi comedy series, Jan and The Spooky Periscope Incident which was published early 2012. I've recently completed my first novel, a dark psychological thriller - Undreamed, which is available now. Two very different stories, but I'm a fan of contrast.”
SALES AGENTS: GFM Films
GFM Films is a London based film company whose principal aim is to develop, produce, finance and sell independent movies and television films & series.
Founded in March 2011 by former Handmade Films International principals Guy Collins, Fred Hedman and Michael Ryan, the company takes film & television projects from development through to completion and delivery to distributors. The 3 partners broadly divide their activities as follows: Fred Hedman – distribution sales & licensing; Michael Ryan – new project development & creative control; and Guy Collins – financing and management. In addition, a fourth corporate member, Hencohbla Ltd, joined the partnership last year as a financier/investor. They are supported by a close group of consultants who have previously worked extensively with the team.
Collins and Ryan have between them financed, sold and produced over 200 films, including The Wild Geese, The English Patient, The General, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, The Osterman Weekend, the Highlander series (4 feature films and 160 episodes in the 7 years TV series) and more recently, with Hedman, Fifty Dead Men Walking and Planet 51. Currently GFM is handling the world wide marketing and sales of Toei Animation’s Harlock: Space Pirate a $30m 3D Motion Capture feature film that Premiered at the Venice Film Festival on the 2nd September 2013. Avatar director James Cameron has described Harlock as ‘Mythic, Epic and Visually Unprecedented’.