Tom Burstall

Tom Burstall graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art at the University of New South Wales where he completed a course in Production in 1972. After directing several productions for theatre he joined Crawford Productions, working for several years as a First Assistant Director. Tom also acted as lst AD on TANDARRA for the Seven Network and WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE for Network Ten. Tom Produced the Advance Australia series of commercials for MDA. In 1976 Tom went freelance as an Assistant Director working on over a dozen features and several series and mini series shot throughout Australia. Tom has acted as a consultant for both the West Australian Film Corporation and Film Victoria. Producer or Co-Producer on DUET FOR FOUR, MIDNITE SPARES, NEIL LYNNE, DEVIL IN THE FLESH, SLATE WYN AND ME and GREAT EXPECTATIONS THE UNTOLD STORY. Tom devised and developed the idea of GREATEXPECTATIONS – THE UNTOLD STORY. This $6,000,000 – project was the first to involve the National broadcaster, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, in a local Co-Production. Tom was Story Editor on SLATE Y4YN AND ME and GREAT EXPECTATIONS – THE UNTOLD STORY. Both of the above projects have been sold to the Hemdale Corporation for world wide distribution. From 1988 – 1990 Tom was based in Los Angeles where he established Parasol Films Inc. During this period Tom prepared shooting schedules for several production companies including Village Roadshow. Tom also script edited several feature projects. Tom has worked as a Completion Guarantor Representative for Motion Picture Guarantors Ltd, on several Australian and OIS productions. Tom was appointed Vice President, Australia Pacific Rim, for a new joint venture between MPG and First Australian Completion Bond. MPG are now the second largest Guarantor worldwide. Tom is involved in risk management issues with AME. Tom was appointed last year to the Cinemedia board, the largest state film body in Australia Tom also acts as a production analyst for several Australian and International film companies. Australian Writers Guild.

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