In 2004, at the young age of 20, she was accepted as a student at the prestigious Stella Adler Academy of Acting in Los Angeles graduated in 2007.
Following graduation, Nicole was fortunate to work with some of the world’s most talented actors including Rutger Hauer, as well as director Peter Yates. She worked and lived in Holland, Spain, United Kingdom and the United States of America, gaining invaluable experience from a range of talented actors and directors all over the globe.
Nicole is also a talented writer and is currently working on a feature film and a short film script to be made in Australia this year.
She will also be seen in the TV Series “Wolf Creek” on ‘Stan’ with John Jarratt and Lucy Fry this year, as Helma.
Since graduating from the National Institute of Dramatic Art, Ben has worked as a professional actor on television, film and stage.
He received further training at the Ecole Philippe Gaulier in Paris, has studied Shakespeare with the vocal coach, Cicely Berry, and acting for screen with Sandra Lee Patterson.
As well as working for all the major theatre companies in Sydney, he recently appeared in ‘Cloudstreet’, and has had regular roles in ‘McLeod’s Daughters’ and ‘Home & Away’.
He has also appeared in films such as ‘Lantana’, ‘Drift’, ‘Foreshadow’, and in late 2013 he acted in the feature film ‘Pinch’.
Ross Metcalf is a highly talented and experienced cinematographer who is extremely passionate about his art form.
His extensive industry experience includes television, narrative feature films, fashion and music videos.
Ross’s client list is long and includes Nova 93.7, SARC, The Heart Foundation, Adam & Selina and Youth Focus.
Ross not only produces fantastic content for Perth Film School students but also provides them with an insight into how he uses lighting and lensing to assist the story-telling process and capture the true emotion of a scene.
(FILM MAKING TEACHER)
Rusty Geller discovered his love for movies as a film fan.
In the early ’80’s he was trained as a Steadicam operator and
spent 30 years working on major feature films, TV series, commercials and music videos in
both Hollywood and Australia.
He has over 400 film credits on IMDB!
Rusty spent 8 years shooting VFX for Universal, Coppola
He studied at
the University of California (BA Telecommunications) and Columbia College
Hollywood (MA Cinema).
Mahesh Jadu just completed shooting on the latest “Pirates of the Caribbean”. Perth Film School is very proud to have him as our guest teacher in between his very busy schedule. Mahesh started off as a composer for an Australian show, “Byte Me”. He auditioned for a small role in an Indian film, “Sorry Bhai!” and was subsequently cast. He was later cast in one of Australia’s longest running soaps, “Neighbours” as Doug Harris. He played poker to cover rent and living expenses until he was called for an audition by the casting director, Lou Mitchell.
In 2011, he was cast in an Australian drama, “Taj” which was presented at the 16th Busan International Film Festival.
He then worked on “The Three Ages of Sasha”. He got his big break when he was cast in Roland Joffé’s period drama, “Singularity”, which was later renamed “The Lovers”. The film got delayed for 2 years. He then auditioned multiple times for “I, Frankenstein” in which he plays the Gargoyle Ophir. He was later cast in Netflixs’, “Marco Polo” as Ahmad.
Nadia Duca is a freelance makeup artist and Educator who is passionate about empowering individuals through her love and passion for all things makeup. Nadia has been in the industry for over 9 years and has completed a Diploma in Specialist Makeup. Nadia has also been trained internationally in Los Angeles with the prestigious, Donna Mee and has recently returned from Hollywood where she spent time working on a James Franco short film.
(Film Making Teacher)
Simon Akkerman ACS is a highly experienced award winning Cinematographer with a career spanning over 40 years and has worked across a variety of fields in Film and Television.
With an extensive resume that covers nearly every corner of the globe Simon has developed the skills needed to effectively relate on screen a wide and varying depiction of cultures, social backgrounds and art’s genres.
He is a fully accredited member of the Australian Cinematographer’s Society (ACS) where he is also President of the Western Australian Branch. Simon was one of the original instigators of Professional Film Crew WA where he is also still actively involved on the committee.
Roz Hammond is a highly accomplished actor, writer and director whose credits include performing in hit Aussie movies Muriel’s Wedding and The Dish together with 3 series of the cult satire The Micallef Programme, three series of the black comedy The Librarians and has just completed the 7th series of Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell (winner of Most Outstanding Comedy Logie) where she has been core cast member for all series.
Drama roles include her critically hailed performance as Sue Shields in the three-part Jack Irish telemovie in 2016.
Her own theatre shows have toured internationally with Roz receiving a Best Female Performance nomination at the Dublin Fringe and best show at the Glasgow Comedy Festival for Full Blown Rose and nominated for The Golden Gibbo at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Her second show Gym and Tonic toured nationally and was nominated for the Best Theatre Award at the Perth Fringe Festival 2014.
She has performed for both the Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and Sydney theatre companies.
Her writing credits include her own plays, and for television, Home and Away, It’s a Date, Little Lunch, Polly Flowers, Skithouse and short film (currently in post production) Busting Out the Bells.
As a director her theatre credits include the Greg Fleet biopic These Things Happen, This is Not a Love Song and Footy Chicks. Her TV directing includes the pilot, Shine Bright and recently completed short film Busting Out The Bells.
As a producer, awards include Best Show at Adelaide Fringe Festival 2017 and Critics Circle Award Winner at Adelaide Fringe 2017.
(VOICE and Dialect TEACHER)
James is a highly regarded teacher of voice. He is a committed and passionate teacher with a great ability to inspire his students and to support them from his wealth of professional experience. James is dedicated to persevere with students.
He has coached Hollywood Actress “Angourie Rice” from “The Nice Guys” and Mahesh Jadu from “Marco Polo” on Netflix in their American Accents and many more.