Polly Staniford / Aquarius Films
Polly is a creative producer, writer, director and a founding partner of Aquarius Films. She produced Berlin Syndrome, the third feature film from acclaimed filmmaker Cate Shortland, written by Shaun Grant and starring Teresa Palmer and Max Riemelt. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, sold in a seven-figure deal to Netflix and had a worldwide theatrical release in 2017. The film was nominated for eight AACTA awards.
Upcoming projects include 15 x half hour series, The Unlisted for ABC and Netflix, Dirt Music, a film adaptation of Tim Winton’s bestselling novel, and the second season of The Other Guy, a Stan original comedy series created by and starring Matt Okine.
Prior to establishing Aquarius, Polly spent three years as an in-house producer at Matchbox Pictures. During this time she wrote and directed the documentary Brain (ABC), and was one of the writers on Nowhere Boys, Matchbox's AACTA and Logie award-winning children's drama series.
Polly has produced, written and directed over 10 short dramas, including David Michôd’s award-winning shorts, Crossbow and Netherland Dwarf and John Evagora’s Joey, which won the 2013 St Kilda Film Festival. As a writer, Polly created an original TV series, which was selected as one of the 2017 Gateway LA "Aussie List" finalists.
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