Farmhand Films is an independent production company based in Melbourne, Australia. We are committed to bold, imaginative screen stories.
Zac Gillam (LLB/BA) (Grad. Dip. - Film and TV)
Zac is a Graduate of the University of Western Australia Law School, and the Victorian College of the Arts, where he completed a Graduate Diploma in Film and Television (Narrative) in 2008.
Zac has a background in University and independent theatre, radio drama, and has also written, directed and produced several short films. These can be found at his Vimeo page, here.
Career highlights include being shortlisted for the 2005 INSITE Australian Writers Guild (AWG)/Adelaide Film Festival Unproduced Feature Screenplay Competition (The End of Work), and the 2006 Western Australian Screen Award for Best Unproduced Feature Screenplay (Tough Love). In 2011, Zac was shortlisted for both the Edward Albee International Playwriting Residency (New York) (Moon Unit) and the prestigious AWG Kit Denton Disfellowship (The Coalface). Zac was also selected for the 2014 AWG Platform X Development Lab (Corrosive Zone). On the basis of Corrosive Zone, Zac was accepted into the AWG's Pathways program.
In 2011 Zac’s satirical office comedy, The End of Work was formally optioned by Melbourne based White Hot Productions. Zac was engaged to develop the script, which was produced in 2015 as The Menkoff Method, directed by David Parker and starring Noah Taylor, Catherine McClements, Lachlan Woods and Jessica Clarke.
The Menkoff Method is a loopy and insightful satire of office life, pitting introverted manga nerd David Cork (Lachlan Woods) against the evil HR consultant, Max Menkoff (Noah Taylor). When Menkoff arrives at Endobank's Data Processing Centre to improve productivity, David unites with corporate high-flyer Ruby Jackson (Jessica Clarke) to thwart his evil plans.
Soolin Ong-Tan (LLB/BA)
With a Bachelor of Arts (Linguistics), a Bachelor of Law and currently studying towards her Masters in Business Management, Soolin has extensive experience in the entertainment industry, and spent four years as Workplace Relations Advisor for the Australian Entertainment Industry Association.
A former professional actress with experience in film, television and musical theatre, Soolin has an extensive background in dance (Victorian Premier’s Award, 2000), and currently teaches pilates.
Soolin’s theatre credits include the Australian tour of Cameron Mackintosh’s Miss Saigon, the role of Liat in South Pacific as well as The King and I with The Production Company. Screen credits include Any Questions for Ben?, Neighbours and Winners and Losers as well as various commercials.
Soolin brings a keen organisational sense to Farmhand, in addition to strong story-telling instincts and an unwavering commitment to distinctive screen content, with exceptional entertainment value.