Pat Fiske of Bower Bird Films Pty. Ltd. has been producing and directing films since the early 1970s and has been a prominent member of Australia’s independent filmmaking community. In 2001, she was awarded the prestigious Stanley Hawes Award for her outstanding contribution to the documentary industry in Australia at the Australian Documentary Conference in Perth.
In the 1970s and 80s, she was on the boards of Filmnews and ASDA. In 2001-2002 Pat was a Documentary Consultant at SBS Independent for 18 months. And she was Co-Head of the Documentary Department at AFTRS with Mitzi Goldman from 2002 to 2008. The Documentary Department initiated Ozdox, the Australian Documentary Forum, which meets once a month and has been going since 2003. Ozdox is managed by a committee of filmmakers and supported by ADG and AFTRS. For many years she worked as a curator for Australian Screen Online.
Honouring the Amazing Life and Times of Pat Fiske – documentary director, producer, mentor and soundie extraordinaire. Featuring excerpts from her work, special guest speakers, insights into our common history, anecdotes you’ll never forget, a whole lot of mingling; never a dull moment.
A Salute to Pat Fiske: OzDox
Producer: Tiger on the Rocks (2022),When The Camera stopped Rolling (2021), Rosemary’s Way (2020), Oyster (2017), Footprints on our Land: Aunty Agnes, Ngunnawal Elder (2016), Love Marriage in Kabul (2014), Scarlet Road (2011), River of No Return (2008), Beats Across Borders (2006), Selling Sickness (2004), Business Behind Bars (2001), a two part series which won a 2001 Walkley Award.
Consultant Producer: From Bourke with Love (2022)
Director/Producer: Following the Fenceline (1996); Rocking the Foundations, a history of the NSW Builders Laborers’ Federation and the Green Bans (1985),An Artist in Eden (1992).
Director: ‘Doc’, a portrait of Herbert Vere Evatt (1995); For All the World to See, a portrait of Professor Fred Hollows (1985); Australia Daze (1989); Night Patrol(1997); Endo What? (1992)
Co-Director: Larrikin Lad (2012), Woolloomooloo (1978), Leaping off the Edge (2001)