FilmLife is pleased to announce our 2013 judging panel – Jonathon Gillis, Anita Belgiorno-Nettis and Sally Cockburn.
Dr Jonathon Gillis is returning to our FilmLife judging panel in 2013.
Associate Professor Jonathan Gillis is the National Medical Director for the Organ and Tissue Authority. Prior to taking up this position in 2011, Jonathan was the State Medical Director for New South Wales, with DonateLife NSW in 2010.
Before joining the DonateLife network, Jonathan had a long career in Paediatric Intensive Care. He trained in paediatrics and paediatric intensive care in Sydney and Toronto, Canada and for more than 14 years held the position of Director of the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at the Children’s Hospital at Camperdown and then at Westmead.
He is also qualified as a palliative care physician and worked with the palliative care team at the Children’s Hospital and at Bear Cottage. He is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Sydney and has a PhD in the History and Philosophy of Science from the University of New South Wales.
Widely published, Jonathan has been an invited speaker at international conferences on intensive care issues, end of life care and ethics. Jonathan is a Visiting Scholar at the Plunkett Centre of Ethics at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney.
Born and raised in Italy, Anita developed an early interest in foreign cultures starting at 17, when she won a scholarship to the US with the American Field Service (AFS) program; then lived for six years in Canada, moved back to Italy and then, upon marrying, moved to Australia in 1987 and then Malaysia in 1992. When she returned with her family to Sydney in 1999 she completed a Bachelor of Arts at the University of New England, trained as a yoga teacher and became an active volunteer in the community sector.
In 2007 at the Benevolent Society, Australia’s oldest charity, Anita completed a one year “social Leadership” Program. She currently helps with fundraising events and volunteers’ program. Anita is a director of the Anita & Luca Belgiorno-Nettis Foundation. The family has been very involved with contemporary art, being a major donor to the Biennale of Sydney and the Art Gallery of New South Wales; and also supporting the redevelopment of the Sydney Museum of Contemporary Art.
Anita has been a member of the Benefactors & Events Committee of The Biennale of Sydney Board since 2004 Anita was appointed member of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection Advisory Board in 2011 and has been supporting Australia’s participation at the Venice Biennale for the last 10 years. In 2008 Anita was the Executive Producer of the film The Black Balloon, Winner of the Crystal Bear at the 2008 Berlin Film Festival and Winner of Best Picture at the Australian Film Industry (AFI) awards.
In 2011 Anita founded the production company Alagna Films, which produced The Last Race an half an hour drama on organ donation. The film was broadcasted on ABC1 in February 2012 and was selected in 12 International Film Festivals and won four. The Last Race also received the 2012 ATOM Award for best short drama. Her most recent project is Helping Hands a ten minutes promotional video for The Benevolent Society which Anita scripted, directed and produced.She is also a director of “Sydney Theatre” at Walsh Bay, a 800 seat multipurpose venue which co-operates closely with the Sydney Theatre Company.
Dr Sally Cockburn
Dr Sally Cockburn is a practising GP and health advocate. She is possibly better known by through her 20 years in the media often as Dr Feelgood where she talked with us about sex and relationships she has been a long time champion of sensitive issues.
Organ Donation Education has been one of her pet interests since medical school. In 2002 she was the Chair of the National Communication Strategy for Organ Donation. Sally has a keen interest in film and describes herself as a gunna-doco maker – it’s her dream to make one !