Passionate Apprentices - Biographies

Roger Scholes – writer, director, cinematographer

Roger Scholes has been an independent film and television maker since 1983. He’s worked as a producer, director, writer, script editor, cinematographer and editor in drama and documentary projects for cinema and television. Roger graduated from the Swinburne Film and TV School [now the VCA Film School] in 1971 and worked at Fred Schepisi’s Film House in Melbourne. During the 70’s he worked in France, Switzerland, U.K. and USA. In 1982 he returned to Swinburne for the post-graduate course and awarded Best Director at his graduation.

During the 80’s he worked with his writer/ film producer partner, Katherine Scholes, on a number of documentaries before writing and directing his first feature film The tale of Ruby Rose. The film won four critics prizes at the Venice Film Festival in 1987 including Best Actress and Best Director.

In 1988 Roger and Katherine formed their production company, Edward Street Films. Together they produced numerous documentaries including The Valley, The Last Tall Forests and Home of the Brave which won First Prize at the International ITVA American Film Awards in 1993.

In 1996 Roger co-wrote and directed The Coolbaroo Club, a dramatized documentary for cinema and television release. It won the 1996 Human Rights Award for Media. In 1998 he co-wrote and directed The Human Journey a three hour documentary series for ABC TV and Discovery Channel, which won the 2000 Eureka Prize for Science Media. Since then he has written and directed a three hour tele-series Stories from the Stone Age for S4C UK and ABC TV, two documentaries – Last Port of Call and Future Shack – and a short feature film, Cable for Showtime and SBSi.

He is currently preparing two new projects for production – his new feature film Secret Cove and a feature documentary Cape Barren.

Lynda House - Producer

Lynda House has worked in the Australian film industry since 1981. Her first crew position was on Peter Weir’s The Year of Living Dangerously. In 1991 she produced one of Australia’s best known films, Proof directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse and starring Hugo Weaving and Russell Crowe opened the Directors Fortnight Section of the Cannes Film Festival.

Lynda produced Muriel’s Wedding directed by P.J. Hogan and starring Toni Collette and Rachel Griffiths which was also invited to screen at Directors Fortnight at Cannes. Lynda continues to develop and produce films in Australia. She produced the award winning documentary Pozieres, directed by Wain Fimeri. Secret Bridesmaid’s Business a telemovie directed by Lynn-Maree Danzey, which won many awards internationally, Ned Kelly (with Nelson Woss) starring Heath Ledger and Orlando Bloom for Working Title.

Lynda was executive producer on Kokoda and co-producer of the first Tropfest feature film September which will be released in November 2007.

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