By Lola Pinder
Antony Waddington is a lecturer in Producing and Business Management in Screen and Media at Metro Screen.
He began as an actor in Australian theatre and television having studied acting at the Sydney Theatre Company and The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art before earning his BA from UTS in film production and screen writing and an MA in Performance Studies from Sydney University. Waddington also attended the Australian Film, Television and Radio School during this time, completing supplementary courses in Script Editing and Cinema Studio. He has worked for companies like the State Theatre Company of South Australia, Sydney Theatre Company, New England Theatre Company and can be seen in numerous television series including Water Rats and A Country Practice. In conjunction with his acting career Waddington began working as an Associate Producer with Paper Bark Films in the late 80s. He helped develop several training films for the industry and worked on music videos for EMI, Sony Music, WEA and Mushroom Records, including clips for the Divinyls, Icehouse and Kate Ceberano.
Waddington is best known for his work as a producer. His film credits include Associate Producer on Photographers of Australia: Dupain, Sievers, Moore (1992), Executive producer on Tides of Passage (1994), Producer on Spirits of the Carnival (1996). In 2011 he developed and produced his first feature film, the adaptation of Patrick White’s novel The Eye of the Storm. Directed by Fred Schepisi and starring Charlotte Rampling, Judy Davis and Geoffrey Rush, the film was a critical success. This film went on to win the critics award at the Melbourne International Film Festival, several AACTA awards including Best Actress (Judy Davis), the Rome Film Festival Special Jury Prize and Vale Film Festival’s Best Film Award and was nominated for Inside Film Awards Best Feature Film and AFI Members’ Choice Award, Best Film.
Waddington continues to work on feature films and documentary projects, contributing to the wealth of Australian cinema.
This post is part of the Art Month event Creative Paddington taking place on March 7th in conjunction with Metro Screen and UNSW Art & Design.