Film-maker Peter Hegedus grew up in socialist Hungary and overdosed on American movies and the values he thought they promoted: truth, justice, and hope for a safer world.  But twenty years later, he wonders whether the America of his dreams ever existed.  From the streets of Tehran to Tiananmen Square and from the refugee camps of Africa to the White House, MY AMERICA follows Peter on a six-year quest to find out what happened to the America of his childhood.

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The Team:

Jane Jeffes

Producer, Co-Writer

Jane Jeffes

Firefly Productions principal Jane Jeffes is an award-winning producer, writer and director with more than 20 years' experience in print, TV, radio and film.  She has dual citizenship in the UK and Australia, family in the USA and Austria, has worked extensively on the Indian sub-continent and to a lesser degree in Africa and has travelled widely.

Trish Lake

Executive Producer, Co-Writer

Trish Lake

Independent Producer and former ABC Television journalist Trish Lake is principal of Freshwater Pictures which she established in 2001 to pursue commercial and creative interests in film, TV, new media and publishing.

Andras Muhi

Hungarian Co-Producer, Inforg

Inforg was founded in 1999 be producer Andras Muhi.  The studio's film production activities include features, short films, documentaries and animation.  Over the past ten years the company has produced 20 feature films, 80 shorts and 70 documentaries, most of which won prizes at national and international festivals.

Caitlin Yeo

Screen Composer

Caitlin Yeo

Caitlin Yeo is a unique and versatile film composer.  Since graduating with a Graduate Diploma of Screen Composition at AFTRS in 2003, Caitlin has scored 4 feature films, including All My Friends are Leaving Brisbane and the recently released Jucy, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival to sell-out audiences.  She has also scored 18 TV documentaries including Feral Peril, Footy Chicks and The Matilda Cadidate, 2 documentary series and many short films.

 

Mark O'Toole

Co-Writer

Mark O'Toole began his career on the Melbourne stand-up comedy circuit.  By the mid-nineties he was writing on projects such as Full Frontal and Eric (with Eric Bana) for Artist Services before becoming Head Writer (with Dave O'Neil) of  Totally Full Frontal for the Ten Network.  Mark ans Dave went on to co-write the feature films Take Away and You and Your Stupid Mate.

Shing Fung Cheung

Director of Photogaphy

Shing Fung Cheung

Fung moved from Hong Kong to Australia in 1986.

He completed his Bachelor of Film and Television at the Queensland College of Art and his Masters of Arts in Cinematography at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS).  His graduating short drama film Danya was the first prize winner of the Kodak Filmschool World Competition for the Asia-Pacific Region and showcased at Cannes Film Festival 2006.

Peter Hegedus

Writer, Director, Producer

Peter Hegedus

Peter Hegedus is an accomplished and award-winning writer, director and producer of both documentary and drama films.  Since 1999, he has attended numerous conference, markets and film festivals and he has also participated in various panel discussions around the world concerning international financing, documentary ethics and directing documentary.  In addition he has also taught film-making at Tertiary level and conducted various courses for film-makers over the years.

Agnes Bodnar

Hungarian Co-Producer, Big Turtle

Agnes Bodnar

Agnes started in the film industry in a film distribution company in 1994, where she worked as film and television program buyer in close connection with the various Hungarian television networks.

Axel Grigor

Film Editor

Axel Grigor

Born in Sweden, Axel Grigor is an award-winning film editor, producer and proud father  of two boys.  Specialising in long-form documentaries, his work has been broadcast in over 20 countries and featured in competition at some of the world's most prestigious film festivals, including the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam and The Tribeca Film Festival in the USA.  He was awarded the Independent Spirit Award at the Australian IF Awards in 2004.

Kathryn Milliss

Director of Photography

Kathryn Milliss is a cinematographer with over 20 years experience, shooting both drama and documentary on film, digital cinema formats and recently in 3D.

Mikos Falvay

Director of Animation

Mikos Falvay

Miklos Falvay was born in Szekesfehervar, Hungary.  He studies Art and Media design at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in Budapest.  Since graduation Miklos has worked for several television, animation and film post-production studios.  Over the years he has found his niche in animation and documentary productions.  Miklos has also acted as production designer, compositor, animator, project manager and director on various films. 

SCREEN AUSTRALIA & SCREEN QUEENSLAND PRESENT A SOUL VISION FILMS PRODUCTION A FIREFLY PRODUCTIONS production IN ASSOCIATION WITH FRESH WATER PICTURES & SBS
Written & Directed by PETER HEGEDUS Produced by JANE JEFFES Executive Producer TRISH LAKE Co-writers MARK O’TOOLE, JANE JEFFES, TRISH LAKE, AXEL GRIGOR, ROBERT PERRIER Film Editor AXEL GRIGOR Original Music CAITLIN YEO
Co-Producers AGNES BODNAR for BIG TURTLE, ANDRAS MUHI for INFORG STUDIO Animation MIKOS FALVAY, KEDD ANIMATION STUDIOS, BUDAPEST Producers PETER HEGEDUS, JANE JEFFES, TRISH LAKE

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