Sylvia produced The Rocket, by writer/director Kim Mordaunt, which won over 45 awards including three at Berlin (including Best Debut Feature and the Crystal Bear), three at Tribeca (Best Narrative Feature, Best Actor, the Audience Award), the Audience Award at over a dozen film festivals including Sydney, Melbourne and AFI Fest LA and the Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Film.
It was selected for Sundance Film Forward, has 97% “Fresh” critics’ score on Rotten Tomatoes and has sold to over 40 countries including theatrical release in US, Canada, UK and Australia.
She produced the feature documentary Bomb Harvest, also directed by Kim, which screened five times on ABC TV, was theatrically released around Australia and was called “absolutely stunning”, “wildly entertaining, breathlessly tense”, “incredibly powerful” and “the best movie I’ve seen this year” by Australia’s film critics. It has sold to TV in over 35 countries including Discovery.
Her early projects as producer include producing long-form documentary for SBS such as Speed City and short films such as the Young Filmmakers Fund film Mongrel’s Ghost. Sylvia is a graduate of the screen production degree at UTS (University of Technology, Sydney) and began her career working on long-form fiction and documentary for BBC and Channel 4 in the UK, and ABC and SBS in Australia. She has over 25 years experience in the film and television industry, including working extensively in Southeast Asia.
Sylvia is developing the following features as producer:
- thriller romance Land at the End of the World, in development with Screen NSW and Screen Australia, writers Kim Mordaunt and John Collee (the Oscar-winning Master and Commander);
- war drama One Crowded Hour, based on the best-selling book by Tim Bowden about legendary combat cameraman Neil Davis, writers Kim Mordaunt, Andy Cox and John Collee, with Screen Australia;
- adventure thriller The Politics of Heroin, with producer David Styne, based on the ground-breaking book by Alfred W McCoy;
- family/fantasy film Monster Nanny based on the best-selling Finnish book by Tuutikki Tolonen, with Animal Logic Entertainment (Peter Rabbit) and Ridley Scott’s company Scott Free;
- and a 8 x 1-hour TV drama series with Goalpost Pictures (Australia/UK).
She has been an assessor for Screen NSW, a judge at film festivals including the Sydney Film Festival, has taught Screen Business/Producing at AFTRS (Australian Film, Television and Radio School) and her company Red Lamp Films was a recipient of Screen Australia’s Feature Enterprise Scheme to develop her feature film slate.