About the filmmakers

Director: Charlotte Roseby

Charlotte Roseby’s closely-observed work tells of the importance of watching and listening with intent – skills she has developed in her 15 years as a freelance writer and book editor in her hometown of Melbourne.

Charlotte’s first documentary, “Still Breathing”, was also about the end of life. In this lyrical film about facing and embracing mortality, Charlotte recorded her friend Rob as he faced a decision whether or not to have a lung transplant.

Made by the same team who made IN THE END, “ Still Breathing” was broadcast on SBS Television and the Al Jazeera documentary channel, as well as at film festivals around the world including Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic and DOXA in Canada. It was described by the Courier Mail as, “One of the few televisions shows you’d imagine wanting to record and save”.

Charlotte says about IN THE END

“When I first went into the ICU I was shocked to see that most of the patients lying there were old. I never lost that sense of surprise that this is where life now comes to an end for most of us.

“I thought Dr Charlie Corke was asking some pretty profound and confronting questions about the place he was in. But, by the end of the journey, I realised he was asking the most profound questions about the place we are all in.

“Charlie’s struggle for change is gentle and deeply philosophical at times, set against the inherent drama of intensive care, where we are all witnesses to great human tragedy.

“What struck me, is that everyone’s doing their best in the situation they’re in. The intent to save someone – to want every bit of technological intervention medicine can offer – is based on love.

“What gives this quiet film extra gravity and pathos, are the small moments captured with the restraint and distilled beauty of a still life.

“This film certainly addresses complex issues. But really, it’s simple. It’s about love, hope and how to
let go.”

Cinematographer: Michael Williams

Cinematographer Michael Williams brings an eloquent and singular vision to IN THE END.

Michael is an accomplished cinematographer and photographer with 25 years of television, advertising, music video and film experience, working with many Australian film luminaries.

In the rise and rise of Australian music in the 1980s, Michael filmed music videos for Hunters and Collectors, Black Sorrows, Paul Kelly, Ed Kuepper, and more.

He recently filmed “Vietnam Nurses” for television, and “My Favourite Australian” for the National Portrait Gallery. He also filmed the interactive projections “Eavesdrop” and the “Evolution of Fearlessness”.

Michael is a collected stills photographer with works in the National Gallery of Victoria, the Performing Arts Museum in Melbourne, and the Centre Nationale de Photographie, Paris. His photographic works have been displayed on many gallery walls, and published in Photofile, Dialogue, and Foto Italia.

Cinematographer: Jenni Meaney

Cinematographer Jenni Meaney has an extraordinary ability to gently capture the moment.

Using pictures to tell stories first attracted Jenni Meaney to the film industry. Her career began at the ABC where she spent 12 years filming everything from drama to news, travelling to many of the world’s worst trouble spots.

For the next 15 years, Jenni focused her attention on filming documentaries, which suited her natural curiosity about the world and the people who live within it. She filmed many award-winning Australian programs such as “Australian Biography”, “The Games”, and “The Bertram Wainer Story”. She also filmed Charlotte’s previous film, “Still Breathing.”

Her interest in telling stories has now taken her into the world of museums. For the last five years she has broadened the scope of her film work to produce multimedia for museum exhibitions. She is grateful that this still enables her to make short films.

Film Editor: Mark Atkin ASE

Mark Atkin is an established Melbourne filmmaker with a career that spans 25 years. His experience covers feature films, documentaries, television drama , commercials and theatre.

In July 2004, Mark was awarded accreditation by the Australian Screen Editors Guild. (To date, there are only 49 Australian editors accredited.) He is currently Chairperson for the ASE Victorian Committee.

Mark’s editing credits include more than 20 television productions including “John Safran vs God”, “Seachange”, “MDA” and tele-features such as “Saved”; and feature films such as: “Mallboy” and Ana Kokkinos’ award-winning, “Only the Brave”. His 40 documentaries include: “Jane Campion and The Portrait of a Lady”; the award-winning, “Pozieres” and “The Sounds of Aus”. He also edited Charlotte’s previous film “Still Breathing”.

He is a member of the internationally renowned performance group, “Not Yet It’s Difficult” (NYID) that brings together artists from various disciplines to collaborate on public performance events.

Sound Recordist: MarkTarpey

Mark has over thirty years’ experience in Australian film, television and documentary.

Considered by many as “the best in the business”, Mark has a long list of credits to his name including “Road to Nhill”, “Menzies & Churchill at War” and “The First Australians”.

Among his many awards are several Australian Film Institute (AFI) awards for Best Sound on documentary and drama productions, including the documentary “Vietnam Nurses” in 2006.

Mark also collaborated with Charlotte, Jenni and Mark Atkin on the documentary “Still Breathing”.

Original Music: Monique diMattina

Singer-songwriter and film composer Monique diMattina is inspired by Bach, the early jazz/blues/roots tradition, which her live performances echo, and the diverse soundscapes of modern life.

Moving between NYC and Melbourne, Monique worked with jazz greats Lew Soloff, Lewis Nash, James Carter. She also found time to establish indie record label Elwood Records.

Monique performs in clubs and festivals across Australia, Asia and Europe. She also teaches improvisation at Victorian College of the Arts, writes for film and is working on orchestral commissions for Ballet Orchestra of New York.

Alongside the beautiful music Monique composed especially for IN THE END, you will also hear music from Monique’s latest solo piano release “Senses”.

Sound Design: Gerald Mair

Gerald Mair is a sound designer and experimental composer. Originally based in Glasgow (UK), he ran a boutique sound design studio working in the independent film and television industry. In 2004 he relocated to Melbourne.

Some of his career highlights have included winning the prestigious European Union Nipkow Fellowship, where he spent four months working in Berlin with Martin Steyer a leading sound designer in the German film industry.

In 2007 he was nominated for a Green Room award for Best Original Sound Composition for the work “Structure and Sadness” (produced by Lucy Guerin) commissioned for the Melbourne International Arts Festival.

Currently Gerald is working with the City of Port Phillip to develop an interactive sound documentary and continues to specialise in film sound design and audio post-production.