A young Julian Shaw at work on 'Darling! The Pieter-Dirk Uys Story.'


Julian Shaw is the acclaimed young director of the feature doco Darling! The Pieter-Dirk Uys Story, which won him a British Film Institute Award and IF Independent Spirit Award. Darling!, which Shaw commenced production on at the age of sixteen, was released theatrically in South Africa and won a Panorama Audience Award at the Berlin International Film Festival, as voted by 20,000 cinema-goers.

Shaw authored the groundbreaking photo novel Modern Odysseus.

Shaw wrote and directed the dramatic short Clearing the Air, starring AFI Winner Marcus Graham and AFI Nominee Rhys Wakefield. For this work he won the prestigious Best Young Australian Filmmaker of the Year Award, 2010 – bestowed by the BBIFF and Sydney International Film School. Shaw also stars as All Black legend John Kirwan in the biographical drama All Blacks Don’t Cry.

He is currently completing the feature documentary Cup of Dreams in association with Screen Australia. Four-years-in-the-making, the film is a highly personal and emotionally charged account of New Zealand’s national team The All Blacks in the build-up to the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

Shaw has been a professional film journalist since the age of 15, winning a 2002 Australian Film Institute Award for his work.

As a journalist he has interviewed some of the most famous, and infamous, names in showbiz including Jim Jarmusch, Richard Kelly, Anne Hathaway, Christina Ricci, Britney Spears, David Duchovney, Hugh Jackman, Eric Bana, Zac Efron, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, John Cena and David Cronenberg.



Jonathon’s wide ranging business interests currently include; artist management as Managing Director of EM Voices Pty Limited, retail property investments and management of his company Green Light Productions Pty Limited which has a long history in film and television production.

A film graduate of The University of NSW, The University of California, Los Angeles and the Australian Film Television and Radio School, Jonathon worked on dozens of films and television productions, including a three year stint producing Qantas Inflight Entertainment. Aside from projects with Julian Shaw, Jonathon’s producing credits include; the feature film Angst, the documentaries Family Business and Kosky in Paradise and a host of commercials, shorts and other filmed entertainment. Projects produced by Jonathon have won awards at events including; The Berlin Film Festival, IF Awards, Cork, British Film Institute, DocNZ, Tropfest and have been selected for dozens more. Jonathon is a recipient of an Australian Film Commission Fellowship Award. He also worked in the management of Tropfest from 1995 to 1997.

Jonathon has collaborated with Julian Shaw on most of his projects including producing the documentaries Darling! The Pieter-Dirk Uys Story and Cup of Dreams, as well as Julian’s short film Clearing the Air.

Jonathon is currently producing the upcoming feature film, Redd Inc.


Frans grew up in the Blue Mountains near Sydney. When he left school he went directly into film and television, working at Fontana Films, and then as a freelance assistant editor in the early 1970s.

During the late 70s and early 80s he worked collaboratively with directors such as Phillip Noyce, Gillian Armstrong and Philippe Mora researching as well as assistant editing. He has since worked with an impressive list of drama and documentary directors including Vincent Ward (Map Of The Human Heart), John Duigan (Romero, Fragments of War – The Damien Parer Story), Don Featherstone (The Beach, The Maitland Wonder, David Williamson, Right Said Fred, Tales Of Helpmann), Phillip Noyce (Echoes Of Paradise and the restoration of News front).

Frans has continued to develop his passion for the art and craft of creative editing by working on many and varied non fictional arts and socially relevant documentaries and dramatic work of many genres. With some of the finest first time directors as well as the very established.

His years of working with great actors and performers assisting them to maximize their endeavors continue to be a highlight and a much anticipated experience always.

Some of those players include: the late Raul Julia, Nicole Kidman, Jack Thompson, the Divinyls, Russell Crowe, Hugo Weaving, Phil Collins, Joel Edgerton, Kylie Minogue, Judy Davis, Silverchair, Chris Haywood, Tony Barry, Wendy Hughes, Crowded House, Bill Hunter.

In 1998 Frans collaborated with Sydney film festival director Paul Byrnes to organize a highly successful forum on Phillip Noyce’s film Newsfront to mark its 20th anniversary. Out of that came the decision to restore the print of Newsfront, and to produce a DVD version. Frans produced and directed the restoration process and DVD in consultation with Phillip Noyce. He directed and edited the DVD sound track of interviews with key cast and crew reminiscing on the film making process. He is a forthright supporter of the need of film history and culture preservation and is involved with one or more projects to ensure this at any time.

Frans has been a guest lecturer on editing at Sydney University, and has devised and delivered lectures at the Australian Film and Television School on editing and on the treatment of archival material in film. For two years he was the chairman of the pre-selection committee for the AFI Awards for editing and he has twice been a judge for the Byron Kennedy Award and a panel member for the ‘Golden Eye’ Awards. Since 2001, Frans has been one of the panel of judges for the ‘best editor of a feature film’ in the IF awards. In July 2004 Frans was given the highest accolade by the Australian Editors Guild when he was awarded the right to be credited as an ASE for his services to the art and craft of film and video editing. In 2006 he was a pre selection judge for the Sony Tropfest Film Festival in Sydney.

Frans also has always had a great interest in directing and is a long standing member of the Australian Screen Directors Association. He has been developing the documentary on Phillip Noyce, Better To Reign In Hell? with producer Helen Panckhurst.

Darling! The Pieter-Dirk Uys Story marks his first collaboration with writer/director Julian Shaw.


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