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Wayne Coles-Janess
Wayne Coles-Janess is an internationally Award winning Producer, Writer and Director of Drama and Documentary programs. The International Award-Winning Feature – In the Shadow of the Palms – Iraq is the only documentary shot during the last weeks of Saddam’s Government as it follows the characters into the War and returns to Iraq to document life with their new found freedom, the First Australian film in International Competition for more than 12 Years. – It is only the 3rd time an Australian Film has been selected in past 15 years for the Highly Competitive Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival.

In Australia, In the Shadow of the Palms has Won the Independent Spirit Award and received a nomination for Best Feature Documentary at the Inside Film, IF Awards. Screening at over 35 international film festivals, Bougainville - "Our Island, Our Fight" has won numerous International Awards including; Best Documentary, Best Video Production and Audience Awards. His documentary “Life at the End of the Rainbow” gives an honest and authentic account of life for people living on the land. Screening in ABC Prestigious True Stories Documentary slot Life at the end of the Rainbow has gone onto the International Festival Circuit Winning a number of Awards.

His Drama, "On the Border of Hopetown" received an AFI (Australian Film Institute) Nomination. It screened at over 30 International Film Festivals and the Golden Gate Awards at San Francisco International Film Festival. Wayne has worked as Producer - Director for the highest rating programs on Australian television. The Nine Network’s 60 Minutes, ABC’s Flagship program - Foreign Correspondent, SBS’s 13 part series front up, and The Movie Show.

He holds three Post Graduate Awards in Media Studies (Hons), Visual and Performing Arts (Hons) and Education. He is a graduate from the Film School at the Queensland College of Art. He has been a guest and speaker and a judge at International Film Festivals.



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