Warwick Ross - Producer, Co-director, Co-Writer
Born and educated in Hong Kong, Warwick Ross moved to Australia as a teenager. After attending film school at the University of Southern California he worked on Columbia Pictures, The Blue Lagoon.
Upon his return to Australia he was involved in the production of a number of feature films including the super-hero spoof, The Return of Captain Invincible, starring Alan Arkin and Christopher Lee.
In 1988 he co-produced the comedy, Young Einstein, the most successful film ever released by Village Roadshow and Warner Bros in Australia. It went on to achieve international success attaining number one at the French, German and UK box offices.
Warwick has since produced two more feature films with the same team; Reckless Kelly, distributed internationally by Warner Bros. and again number one at the Australian box office and Mr Accident released internationally by MGM. The combined Australian theatrical box office of over $25 million makes the production team one of the most successful in Australian history.
His current projects include the WWII drama Escape from Hong Kong once again, collaborating with friend and scriptwriter, David Roach. Warwick is also producing and directing the accompanying documentary of the same name.
Other projects being developed under the Lion Rock films banner include the The Untitled Bulgarian Project and One Bad Thing.
Apart from heading up Lion Rock Films, Warwick Ross is also a vigneron. His winery, Portsea Estate Wines, is situated on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula on the south coast of Victoria, Australia. His estate grown Chardonnay and Pinot Noir have won national and international awards.
David Roach - Co-director, Co-Writer
David Roach is best known as a screenwriter, producer and director. His most recent feature film project as writer & producer is the hit Australian WWI movie, Beneath Hill 60 for Paramount/Transmission. Nominated for 12 Australian Film Institute Awards including best original screenplay, Beneath Hill 60 has been described by Sir Peter Jackson as, “the best World War One movie since Peter Weir’s Gallipoli.”
Beneath Hill 60 has received numerous international awards including the prestigious Sloan Foundation Prize at the Hamptons International Film Festival in New York and Best Film at the Savannah International Film Festival.
David’s current projects include the feature film, Banjo & Matilda, a German/Australian production for Lucky Country Productions Australia. As well as developing RED OBSESSION for Lion Rock Films, David is also working on Escape from Hong Kong, a WW2 drama set in Hong Kong for and mainland China and Drift, a feature film due to start shooting in June 2011. It stars Sam Worthington.
Past feature film credits as writer/co-producer include Warner Bros, Young Einstein which he also edited. Young Einstein was Nominated for an AWGIE award for best original screenplay and went on to gross over $100 million internationally. David co-wrote and co-produced Reckless Kelly also for Warner Brothers and Mr. Accident for MGM/UA.
David wrote and co-produced the critically acclaimed ABC/BBC documentary, Singer, A Dangerous Mind about controversial philosopher Peter Singer. It was described by the Sydney Morning Herald as, “television dynamite”. David also wrote and co-directed Writers on Writing which was nominated for an ATOM award.
David lives in Wombarra on the coast just south of Sydney, Australia with his wife, journalist, broadcaster and producer, Caroline Baum.
Andrew Caillard MW – Associate Producer
Andrew Caillard MW, is a specialist wine auctioneer and co-founder of Langton’s, (Australia's leading wine auction house.) He is the fine wine principal of Woolworths Liquor Group, (the country's largest wine retailer). Andrew is Australia’s foremost authority on the highly lucrative secondary wine market, where Bordeaux plays such an influential role. His expertise on Bordeaux is second to none in Australia.
He is widely published. Andrew's commentary on the Australian wine investment and ultra-fine wine market is renowned. He is a columnist and tasting panelist for Gourmet Traveller WINE Magazine (Australia) and he writes freelance for several international publications. He is the author of Penfolds Rewards of Patience 6th Edition (Allen & Unwin, 2008) and co-author of A Taste of the World of Wine (2009 Patrick Iland, 2009).
Andrew has strong family links with the Australian wine industry beginning with his great (x4) grandfather, John Reynell, who brought some of the first grape vines to South Australia. English born and educated, Andrew began his career in wine in Bordeaux, Germany and the United Kingdom.
He is a Roseworthy graduate in Wine Marketing (1984) and became a Master of Wine in 1993. Andrew is a recipient of the Madame Bollinger Foundation Medal for excellence in wine tasting. He is a former Chair of the Institute of Master of Wine (Australasia), a member of the Australian Wine Industry's ‘Wine Australia – Directions to 2025' task force, an occasional wine judge and a part-time painter!
Robert Coe – Executive Producer
Rob is a Sydney based producer. Having a background in finance and law, he joined the team at Lion Rock Films in 2011 as Executive Producer of the feature length documentary, RED OBSESSION.
Rob is also a co-founder of Australian production company Boulevard Film. His current projects include the feature film, BOXER, an Australian production that has been selected for Screen NSW’s Aurora Script Workshop. Other projects being developed under the Boulevard Film banner include the sci-fi drama, GENESIS 6, and the short, LIGHT.
Earlier in his career Rob worked as an Investment Advisor at Minerva Capital Advisors. Prior to joining Minerva, Rob was an analyst with Independent Corporate Advisory Firm BKK Partners Limited in Sydney where he worked for the former Treasurer of Australia, the Honourable Peter Costello MP. He also spent time at Macquarie Capital Advisors, (a subsidiary of Macquarie Group) where he worked in the Equity Capital Markets division.
Rob has degrees in Commerce and Law (Hons) from the University of Sydney.
Lee Pulbrook - Cinematographer
Lee Pulbrook has been a Director of Photography for 30 years. In 2007 he won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography for China Atlas: China Revealed made for Discovery HD Theatre.
In 2008 Lee was Director of Photography on the acclaimed BBC 1 series, Britain from Above presented by Andrew Marr. Other recent projects include On Tour with the Queen for Channel 4 as well as HOLY WARRIORS for BBC/Discovery and MARTIN LUTHER for Lion TV.
Lee Pulbrook’s other awards include an IVCA Gold award for cinematography for The British Legion and an IVCA Silver Award for Bacteria Bites. Lee worked on the successful London Olympic bid film made by New Moon Television and also on the bid film for the Sochi Winter Olympics.
STEVE ARNOLD – Cinematographer
Steve Arnold is an internationally award winning cinematographer for features, television and shorts.
Steve was one of the DOPs on MAD BASTARDS which premiered in competition for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, won the IF Independent Spirit Award and received 5 AACTA Nominations. Other feature credits include DISGRACE starring John Malkovich (won FIPRESCI International Critics Award at Toronto) and LA SPAGNOLA (13 AFI Nominations, including Best Cinematography). Steve shot TERRA NOVA for which he won an ACS Gold Award. He also received an ACS Award of Distinction for TURNING APRIL and shot fantasy sci-fi HIGHLANDER: THE SOURCE
Steve received an Emmy Nomination for Cinematography for feature documentary THE NATURAL HISTORY OF THE CHICKEN, which screened in official competition at Toronto and Sundance.
PAUL MURPHY – Editor
Paul Murphy is a film editor and motion graphics designer who works across film, television and advertising.
His previous projects include the short documentary ESCAPE FROM HONG KONG and RE-LIVING OFF THE LAND, a 45-minute film that screened at the 2009 Dungog Film Festival. In Australia and overseas, he is well known for his “book trailers” – short trailer-style videos used to promote such high profile authors as Matthew Reilly, Tara Moss and Wilbur Smith.
Apart from editing RED OBSESSION for Lion Rock Films, Paul is currently directing and editing a music video for internationally acclaimed Australian artist Gotye.