"Finding Joy" -- An Independent Autralian Feature Film

Life Wasn't Quite A Melody . . . Until She Met a Dog

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The Filmmakers

Billie Dean (Executive Producer, Writer, Director)
Andrew Einspruch (Producer, Executive Producer)
Martin Guinness (Producer)
Anthony Jennings (Director of Photography)
Martin Thorne (Editor)

Billie Dean and Andrew Einspruch
Principals, Laughing Owl Productions

Billie (executive producer, writer, director ) and Andrew (producer)  are a husband and wife team who have produced theatre, music videos, docu dramas, documentaries, and programming for cable and experimental television. Finding Joy is their first feature production.

Billie’s background was as an actress and stand-up comic during the 1980s, performing both in Australia and overseas.  As the comedy duo Einspruch and Dean, Billie and Andrew performed their successful show Random Thoughts in Australia and the USA. Billie has directed theatre, corporate videos, docu-drama and documentaries, including Mamay Ourmore Shushima, (All Life is Precious) (1993). Billie is often in front of the camera as well as behind it.

Billie is also a professional writer, beginning her working life as a journalist, writing about everything from movie and music reviews to natural therapies and personality profiles.  Billie has written for theatre, including revues, her play The Reluctant Soul, and stand up and sketch comedy material.

The Einspruch and Dean team has also written extensively for television and the print media. They have published 25 children’s books and more recently wrote for the Aria and Logie Award winning children’s show Hi-5 and another children’s show, Cushion Kids for Australia's Nine Network.

Martin Guinness

Martin has produced and executive produced numerous film and television projects, including the award-winning A Glorious Way to Die and Saturday Night.

Anthony Jennings
Directory of Photography

Tony studied Cinematography at the AFTRS in 1993, winning the Fuji Film award for the short film “Falling”. On graduating he stayed in Sydney working on a variety of productions. In 1995 he was accepted as one of three Cinematographers in the Camera Operators Encouragement Awards run by Panavision and Kodak. Since then, he has shot many productions including music clips, documentaries and television commercials.

Tony has lost count of the number of short films he has shot and worked on, but in the last decade he has won seven awards for his work, including three Australian Cinematographers Society Gold awards. He was  a finalist in the PanaVISIONS awards and won first prize in “The Competition”, a Kodak run National competition. Finding Joy was his second low budget feature.  

Martin Thorne

Martin has worked in the film and television industry for many years, starting as a camera assistant on news and late night tape operation. He is also an active filmmaker, involved in many independent productions local to Sydney. From 1996-99 he helped run an association of filmmakers, IndyFilms, that educated and encouraged community film productions. In 2000, Martin’s short film Habirth was a finalist in the national film competition Nescafe Film Awards.

As well as writing and directing, Martin edits and in 2001, he completed post production on two television pilots. Finding Joy is his first feature film.


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