SPEAR is John’s debut feature film. John is of Saibai Island (Torres Strait Islands) and English descent. Although they’ve known each other for many years, John’s creative relationship with director Stephen Page began on the chapter SAND as part of THE TURNING (Prod. Robert Connolly & Maggie Miles). John has a background in producing theatre and since moving to film seeks out collaborations with bold and risk taking Indigenous artists.
John has produced several short films including: MAN REAL; UNDER SKIN IN BLOOD; YOU TURN; THE OYSTERMAN; THE HUNTER; and THE FARM. John has written and directed documentaries for ABC TV and Australia’s National Indigenous Television (NITV) as well as directing music videos. He runs Brown Cab Productions with his sister and co-collaborator, Margaret Harvey. Awarded a Malcolm Robertson Foundation writers residency at Footscray Community Arts Centre, John is collaborating with Margaret to create a new visual theatre work. John is a recipient of the Australian Film, Television and Radio Schools (AFTRS) AV Myer Award for Exceptional Indigenous Talent, and collaborated with Torres Strait Islander artist Ricardo Idargi on his award winning work for the 28th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award (New Media).