Michael Condon is an award-winning director, screenwriter and creator of Hot Valley Nights.
He is a co-recipient of the 2012 Peabody Award for the On Location video series for Global Post; and the 2011 and 2012 Edward R Murrow awards, also for the On Location video series.
He has written and directed scripted digital content for brands in Australia and Asia and was a finalist in the Brisbane Advertising and Design Club’s 2015 directing category.
Michael has worked extensively in documentary filmmaking, covering the 2011 Japanese tsunami for The Guardian Newspaper and Global Post and the Korean peninsula tensions for Global Post, PBS Newshour and other news outlets.
Before making his mark as a director, Michael worked as a newspaper reporter and editor working at the New York Times’ international newspaper The International Herald Tribune in Tokyo.
He studied directing at the world-renowned Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS), the top film school in Australia, and currently divides his time between his three favourite creative melting pots, Brisbane, Sydney and Tokyo.
Cameron Hurry joins Hot Valley Nights as John, an over-worked, under-paid advertising creative who might just have lost his will to live.
As a household name on the Brisbane arts & theatre scene, Cameron has starred in a number of short films, tv series and commercials and have toured nationally three times with Tashi (Imaginary Ltd.) and throughout Queensland in The Park Cleaners, Waiting for Godot (Artslink/Backbone), Thoughts have feelings too, and The Spirit of the Mask (Homunculus/QMF).
His film work includes The F Word, Ignition, No one’s own, The Alpha, and Terrence. On the tv side, he has worked on Channel 7’s Wanted and Hoges and starred in several commercials.
Cameron is a graduate of both USQ (Acting) and Griffith University (Applied Theatre).
Kevin is an accomplished stage and screen actor. He learnt his craft practically; collaborating with local companies and then onto the main stage for the Queensland theatre company. He made his debut working with international director Michael Attenborough.
Productions that Kevin has played a part in have won Qld theatre awards and have been Helpman nominated, critically acclaimed and played throughout Australia. Kevin won the best actor at the Griffith film school screenings for playing the lead in “A new you”, a short film that screened at Palm Springs and throughout Australia as a part of Flickerfest. “The Bus Knight” made in association with Screen Queensland was apart of the St Kilda Film festival this year and won the audience choice awards at the Capricorn and West End film festival. “Photo Booth” which Kevin played the lead in was a Tropfest finalist and placed third.
Melanie Zanetti is an award winning actress who has worked consistently in film and theatre both in Australia and internationally. Last year she was cast in HBO’s The Leisure Class, a film created for The TV series Project Greenlight, produced by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. Her other feature film credits include, Battle of the Damned, The Contents, What if it Works? And Tracks with Adam Driver and Mia Wasikowska. Melanie’s main stage theatre credits include Wuthering Heights, Romeo and Juliet, The Crucible and her Matilda award winning performances As Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion and Ellen in The Little Dog Laughed (Both with Queensland Theatre Company). Melanie divides her time between Australia and LA and has just finished filming on season two of SBS series The Family Law.
Ack Kinmonth is a multi-instrumental composer from Brisbane, who works across film, television, and advertising.
Prior to the completion of a Bachelor of Music at QUT in 2008, Ack set out on a path to use his skills in being a flexible, inquisitive, well-researched and technically proficient composer to create musical narratives for brands, characters and productions of all sizes, and today services a broad range of creatives both locally and abroad.
Ack’s advertising portfolio includes campaigns for Coca-Cola, Toyota, Hewlett-Packard, Subway, RACQ and Michael Hill. Amongst television composition credits for Texas Rising: The Lost Soldier (History) and Vikings: Athelstan’s Journal (History), Ack was the first Australian composer to create a featured song on Sesame Street (Five Kangaroos featuring Jessica Mauboy, followed by 1-10 Hoedown). With over 24 million hits for the 31-episode animated web series Shopkins, Ack has been commissioned to continue to provide composition, sound design and production for the forthcoming second series.