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Alex Sangston

Executive Manager


Alex joined Screen Tasmania in February 2016. He previously headed up the Producer Offset and Co-production Unit at Screen Australia from Screen Australia's inception in July 2008 and ran the Producer Offset section at the then Film Finance Corporation Australia (FFC) for a couple of months before that. In that role, Alex was responsible for certifying films for the producer offset and approving projects as Official Co-productions under Australia's 12 Co-production Arrangements.

Before joining the FFC, Alex worked at the Commonwealth Arts Department in Canberra on international screen production policy, working on the Australian Government's major 2006 review of film support measures, which ultimately led to Screen Australia and the creation of the Producer, Location and PDV Offsets. This included preparing the legislation enabling the offsets and running the Location and PDV Offsets.

From 2002-2005, he worked in Broadcasting policy at the Commonwealth Communications Department. He had experience across content regulation, media ownership reform, interactive gambling regulation and the anti-siphoning regime. He was also seconded to a specialist team developing the content regulation regime for mobile phones and other convergent devices.

Alex grew up in Launceston and studied Arts/Law at the University of Tasmania before moving to Canberra and was an avid actor on the Hobart stage through the late 90s and early 00s.

Andrew McPhail

Business and Production Investment Manager

AndrewAndrew joined the Screen Tasmania team with over 25 years experience in the industry as an Executive Producer, Producer and Writer.

Having been responsible for launching the international careers of numerous directors including Alex Proyas (iRobot, Dark City and Knowing), Alan White (Erskinville Kings) and Jeff Darling, Andrew has helmed and worked with some of the world's most innovative and successful commercial production companies.

Andrew produced some of the most acclaimed music videos of the 1980s and Alex Proyas' debut cult feature film Spirits of The Air - Gremlins of the Clouds. In 2001 Andrew co-produced the award winning feature film He Died With a Felafel in his Hand, directed by Richard Lowenstein and based on the best-selling book by John Birmingham.

Andrew has also developed a variety of projects, writing several film treatments and screenplays including co-writing the feature film adaptation of the book Leftovers, which was selected for the prestigious scriptwriting workshop Aurora 2005 working with Gus van Sant and John Sayles.

In 2007, sensing that there was a shift in both the advertising and media industries and the subsequent need for a different approach to production and creative management, Andrew moved back to Sydney and opened Arithmetic.

More recently Andrew has been CEO and Executive Producer of Arithmetic, representing and producing TVCs for Australia and SE Asia with acclaimed SFX director, Kimble Rendall and real people director, Diana Leach. Andrew also has experience developing and launching a variety of digital start up web businesses.

Always passionate about the screen industry, Andrew continues to relish the opportunities for innovation in this exciting and ever changing field.

Evan Maloney

Development Manager


Evan studied Literature at Deakin University and worked as a journalist and art critic in Australia before moving to London in 1997, where he worked at Tony Kaye Films.

He also wrote for the theatre and reviewed art, film and literature for print media and on television.

In 2002 he married and moved to Poland where he worked for a number of film production companies, including Arcadia Moving Pictures (Inheritance, Men for Hire), and in Portugal with Utopia Films (The Crimes of Father Almadre, Second Life).

In 2010 his novel Tofu Landing was published in the UK by Quartet Books.

Jane Stapleton

Industry Development Manager


Jane started her working life as a teacher but diverted into a media career by gaining a Graduate Diploma in Applied Film and Television through Swinburne University of Technology's Film School (now VCA). She then worked as a Producer/Director for ABC TV and Radio in their Education Department for 11 years. After the ABC made her production unit redundant, she set up her own educational media business with her late partner, Roger Penny.

In 1997, she worked on contract for ABC International Development as a consultant to the South African Broadcasting Corporation and was, for six of her 12 months in Johannesburg, the Executive Producer of the newly-formed SABC TV Education Service, controlling nine production teams and two hours of live TV per day.

As Producer of ABC Education Radio National in Hobart, Jane's team won Silver and Bronze medals at the New York International Radio Festival, and she has continued her association with Radio National through producing and presenting the 11-part series, A Walk in the Park. These programs and their accompanying DVD/CD sets featured National Parks in Tasmania, NSW, South Australia, Queensland and Victoria.

Jane is also a photographer and has her works available at various outlets throughout the state.