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Profession: Writer, Director, Producer, Camera Department, Sound Department, Editor

Years Experience: 39

Biography: Born in Sydney, Leo moved to Melbourne with his family at the age of three and has lived here ever since. On leaving school in 1973, he became an obsessive film viewer, possibly as a way of avoiding having to deal with other people. He dropped out of two universities in his early twenties and spent the majority of his waking hours in cinemas for several years, before making the move into film-making.

His early films were ultra low-budget and often awkwardly pretentious productions made with a small group of patient and forgiving friends. Over time he made several short dramas on 16mm that gradually increased in scale and quality. This process culminated in the production of the low-budget feature 'Holidays on the River Yarra' in 1990, which was an official selection for the Cannes Film Festival the following year.

He is self-taught as a filmmaker and, at different times, has worked professionally as a writer, director, producer, sound recordist, camera operator and editor. From the mid-eighties onwards, he has taught film, television and video production at RMIT University, initially part-time, while working in the film and television industry the rest of the time. From 1998, he has taken on a full-time position as a lecturer in the School of Applied Communication.

He has also made educational videos ('Do Care', 'A Career in Social Work'), worked on television news (GTV 9 Melbourne, as a camera assistant and sound recordist), produced films for other people ('Park Street', directed by Nick Kavalieratos), and directed a series of the satirical puppet show "Rubbery Figures".

Since he made 'Holidays on the River Yarra' in 1990, he has written several further feature film scripts but in the crazy and highly speculative feature film business none of them have got financed. Frustration with this process led to the production of 'Stargazers,' a 300-minute fully-improvised experimental drama made between 1997-1999, shot on Super VHS and completed on DV.

Education: RMIT University.

Spoken Languages: English

Source: www.innersense.com.au

Leo Berkeley

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