The Actor, Producer and the Director: In Conversation with Sian Davies, Andy Walker and Chika Ikogwe
Sian DaviesSian Davies is an accomplished director and writer of television and film. Sian’s work includes directing Surviving Summer (Netflix), The Gloaming and Bloom (Stan), Wentworth (Foxtel), and Shaun Micallef’s The Ex PM (ABC). Sian was set-up director for Playing For Keeps, which received a TV Tonight Award for Best New Series. In 2016, she directed the third series of the International Emmy® Award-winning series Nowhere Boys, for which she received a 2017 ADG Award nomination for Best Direction in a Children’s Drama Series. Sian directed all episodes of the first season of Shaun Micallef’s The Ex-PM, which earned her an ADG Award nomination for Best Direction of a Comedy Series as did her work on True Story with Hamish and Andy. Her other credits include episodes of the internationally-acclaimed ABC drama series Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Offspring, Rush, Mr and Mrs Murder and Satisfaction. Sian has written and directed several short films that have enjoyed extensive festival play worldwide. Her debut film Poetry premiered at MIFF in 2007, and Piñata had its world premiere in competition at MIFF in 2009. Her VCA graduate film Blackout screened at Forum Cannes and Clermont Ferrand.
Andy WalkerAndy Walker has produced over 125 hours of drama and narrative comedy for Australian and international audiences – most recently SPREADSHEET (Northern Pictures/Paramount+) , Season 2 of FIVE BEDROOMS (Hoodlum/Paramount+) and all five seasons of Celia Pacquola & Luke McGregor’s hit comedy series ROSEHAVEN (Guesswork Television/ABC-TV). Walker is also the Casting Director for ROSEHAVEN. Since 2015 his drama and comedy credits include TRUE STORY WITH HAMISH & ANDY (Radio Karate/Nine Network), Season 1 of WANTED (Matchbox Pictures/Seven Network) and Anne Edmonds’ THE EDGE OF THE BUSH (Guesswork Television/ABC-TV). Walker co-produced Seasons 1 and 2 of THE FAMILY LAW (Matchbox Pictures/SBS) and was one of the producers of the multi-award winning THE KETTERING INCIDENT (Porchlight Films/FOXTEL/BBC Worldwide). Other credits include drama series WONDERLAND and MR & MRS MURDER (both for FremantleMedia/Network TEN) and SATISFACTION (LoneHand/FOXTEL). Narrative comedy credits include A MOODY CHRISTMAS (Jungle/ABC-TV), LAID Season 2 (Porchlight Films/ABC-TV) and WOODLEY (Guesswork Television/ABC-TV).
Chika IkogweChika Ikogwe is an award-winning Nigerian-Australian Actor, Writer and graduate of The National Institute of Dramatic Art (2018). As an Actor, Chika has worked extensively in the industry on shows such as Fangirls dir. Paige Rattray, Dance Nation dir. Imara Savage & The Wolves dir. Jessica Arthur. She made her television debut in the titular role of Mikki in ABC’s Mikki vs the World in 2021 and will play the role of Jojo in Netflix’s Heartbreak High in 2022. As a writer, Chika co-wrote a play called The House at Boundary Road Liverpool and has a number of upcoming works in development, including stage play Chioma’s Party & TV series Just Chidi Things, which was the winner of the Screen Makers Conference Pitch-o-rama competition in 2020. Chika was the recipient of the 2018 BBM Youth Support Award in Drama, the 2018 Leslie Walford AM Award, winner of ‘Best Newcomer’ at the Sydney Theatre Awards in 2019, winner of the inaugural Spark Fund Award and recipient of The 2020 ATYP Rose Byrne Emerging Female Leader in the Arts scholarship. She’s incredibly passionate about diversity and representation, and strives to bring authentic Afrocentric stories to the forefront of Australian stages and screens.
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