19 July 2017

Paul Noonan

Acclaimed producer-director Sue Maslin, firebrand animator Mel Roach and the Astor Theatre’s Zak Hepburn will explore how to succeed in the global creative business, in the pilot of RMIT Alive.

RMIT Pro Vice-Chancellor Design and Social Context and Vice-President, Professor Paul Gough said that he was delighted to be hosting the live stream, to be broadcast from RMIT studios by RMITV and available through RMITV’s Facebook page.

“This is more than a showcase of our fantastic alumni and industry partners, it’s an opportunity for the RMIT community to join the discussion by Twitter.

“I hope we can build the initiative delving into ideas, insights and trends right across technology, design and enterprise endeavours,” Gough said.

RMITV content and development manager David Spencer said that students were working with industry, many of them alumni, to create RMIT Alive.

“RMITV is continually growing with passionate people from all around Melbourne getting involved.

“RMIT Alive’s talented producer Grace Cunningham is a current RMIT screen and media student.

"With the cutting edge RMIT media precinct to open soon, I'm looking forward to co-creating great content, but also fostering student and industry networks," Spencer said.

Kate Winslet as Tilly Dunnage in The Dressmaker, produced by Sue Maslin

Maslin is one of Australia’s most successful film, television and digital content producers with a track record of creating award-winning feature and documentary films.

Her most recent hit The Dressmaker, starring Kate Winslet and Judy Davis, grossed more than $20 million at the box office and won five awards at the 2015 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards. Maslin is also an RMIT Adjunct Professor.

Roach, who graduated just a few years ago from RMIT, has already carved out an impressive career in the animation world.

Since graduating from RMIT Bachelor of Arts (Animation and Interactive Media) with distinction, Roach has written, animated and directed shorts for Frederator Studios and Nickelodeon in Los Angeles.

Her award-winning works include Tonk’s Island for Nickelodeon and Rocket Dog for Frederator, which won best Australian comedy at the Melbourne International Animation Festival in 2014.

Hepburn is general manager of St Kilda’s Astor Theatre, owned by Palace Cinemas. The Astor is one of the world’s last remaining 1930s single screens with repertory movie programming, famous for its double bills, cult flicks and resident cat, Duke.

Hepburn is a passionate media, arts and culture advocate, having studied a Bachelor of Multimedia, Communication and Media Studies at RMIT. Some say he has a dream job, getting to play 70-millimetre film on a 19-metre-wide screen and hang out with Duke.

Rocket Dog by animator Mel Roach.