The seven APDG founding members are active designers who have made significant contributions to the Australian industry and who have all set fine precedents for design on the world stage. With their financial assistance the steering committee was able to build this membership website and we applaud their support.
Michael Scott Mitchell
Michael Scott-Mitchell’s extensive credits include the set design for Der Ring Des Nibelungen-Adelaide 2004, The Olympic Cauldron for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, 26 productions for Sydney Theatre Company including Honour & Long Day’s Journey Into Night, La Fanciulla del West for Opera Conference, FIFA World Congress 2008 and the cauldron & ceremonial stages for the opening ceremony of the 2006 Asian Games. His awards include Helpmann Awards for best scenic design, best opera and best special event. Whilst maintaining his professional practice, Michael is Head of Design at NIDA.
Steven Jones Evans
Having studied philosophy, cinema studies, drama and fine art for too many years on the way to dropping out of university, drama & art school Steven Jones Evans believes production design was a kind of inevitability. He has extensive international experience designing films and TV commercials in the USA, England, Germany, China, Czechoslovakia, Ukraine & New Zealand. His credits include Romper Stomper, Love Serenade, Ned Kelly, Buffalo Soldiers, The Children of Huang Shi, Knowing and The Tree. His work has been nominated by the AFI & IF 6 times, 3 of which were won for Ned Kelly & Metal Skin in 1995 & 2002. He has a preference for personal & human films and believes great production design can only be achieved through collaboration and a shared vision.
George Liddle is is an internationally respected and accomplished costume and production designer. His film credits include Day Breakers, Dark City, Darkness Falls, Evil Angels, Rapa Nui, The Time Guardian and Playing Beattie Bow for which he won an AFI Award for best achievement in production design. He was costume designer on Daybreakers, Burke and Wills and Kangaroo Jack and has extensive production design credits in television including Track of Glory, Golden Fiddles and Grim Pickings.
Catherine Martin is globally renowned for her production and costume design. The film Moulin Rouge! earned her two Academy Awards: for best art direction and best costume design. Her set and costume designs for La Bohème won her a Tony Award for best scenic design of a musical and a nomination as best costume designer. She received Oscar nominations for her work on the films Australia and William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and has recently released a range of designer rugs, wallpapers and paints.
Ian Gracie is one of Australia’s most experienced Art Directors. He was the Supervising Art Director on Australia, The Chronicles of Narnia- The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe & The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Moulin Rouge, The Quiet American, and has extensive location experience in almost every corner of the globe. Ian’s long list of credits also include Star Wars: Episodes II and III, The Thin Red Line, and Ned Kelly. His awards include an Art Directors Guild award for excellence in production design for his work on Moulin Rouge! An AFI for Production Design on Australia and Golden Satellites for his work on Australia and Moulin Rouge!
Colin Gison has extensive experience in many different areas of design and production for both film and television. As a production designer for television his credits include episodes of Love My Way and Dangerous. As an art director on films his credits include Nim’s Island, Babe: Pig in the City, Welcome to Woop Woop, Babe, Power Rangers: The Movie and Young Einstein. He was associate producer on Babe: Pig in the City and was nominated for a BAFTA award for production design on The Adventures of Pricilla, Queen of the Desert.
Owen Paterson is internationally recognised as the production designer chiefly responsible for the design of The Matrix series of movies for which he won BAFTA and Sierra Awards. Other films designed by Owen include The Green Hornet, Speed Racer, Red Planet, Welcome to Woop Woop, Travelling North and V for Vendetta for which he won a San Diego Film Critics Society Award. He won an AFI award for his work on the film Pricilla Queen of the Desert and has designed numerous television series include Heartbreak High and The Story of Johnny O’Keefe.