Owen Johnston is a film and television producer and director, teacher, industrial negotiator, and policy consultant. A graduate of Swinburne Film School (now VCA), he began his career as an editor on a variety of television programs including The Flying Doctors and Neighbours. Owen went on to direct television commercials and teach film and television production in the Griffith Film School’s post graduate program after which he became the Senior Project Manager and Acting Director of Film Development and Marketing at the Australian Film Commission. He has produced drama and documentary programs for several Australian television networks, and the feature film Subdivision released by Disney.
Owen was the founding president of the Queensland Documentary Association (QDOX), a founding board member of QPIX Ltd, and the Chair of the 5th Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC). He has been the Manager of Policy, Industrial Relations, and Commercial Affairs at the Screen Producers Association of Australia (SPA) and is currently the Programmer of SCREEN FOREVER, Australia’s peak screen industry conference.
We acknowledge and pay respects to the Yugambeh people of the Gold Coast and all their descendants both past and present. We also acknowledge the many Aboriginal people from other regions as well as Torres Strait and South Sea Islander people who now live in the local area and have made an important contribution to the community.