Rikki Lea Bestall is Head of Development & Production at Screenwest and is responsible for the management of Screenwest’s development & production funding programs; leading the design, development and implementation of Screenwest’s project and practitioner development, digital and Indigenous programs to ensure they are industry relevant and achieve Screenwest’s strategic priorities; and providing high-level advice to industry and applicants on the creative development of teams and projects.
Rikki Lea grew up in Perth and graduated from the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts. She spent several years working in various production capacities in Australian film and television industry before moving to Los Angeles to further her career.
In 2005, she joined Sony Studio’s based film and television production company, Krasnoff/Foster Entertainment, as their Director of Feature Development. During her time in Los Angeles she developed numerous feature and television projects and co-produced two studio feature films The Soloist (Dreamworks) and When in Rome (Disney) and left the company as Vice President of Development. She joined Screenwest in October 2011.
Matthew Horrocks is Scripted Executive at Screenwest.
Matthew manages the development and production of all scripted projects and related initiatives. Matt has produced short films, documentaries and feature films in New Zealand, most recently BEYOND THE KNOWN WORLD. In the UK he worked in production roles on 28 DAYS LATER and CALENDAR GIRLS.
Matt was a Development Executive, and Industry Training Executive for the New Zealand Film Commission during a highly successful period for the NZ film industry. He also guest lectures, played a key role in setting up Script-to-Screen and designed and instigated the “Big Screen Symposium,” New Zealands’s leading annual event for film and tv makers.
Nathan’s previous roles include Executive Producer at Seven Network, International Group Head of Format Acquisitions at Zodiak Media International, Head of Development at Endemol Australia and Head of Development at Fox World (Fox TV Studios Australia).
Vikki Barr is the Production Attraction & Services Executive within the Screenwest Production team.
Vikki’s key responsibilities are to manage the day to day operations of Screenwest’s infrastructure strategy, locations and film friendly services activities; provide support and advice to productions shooting or intending to shoot in Western Australia; and oversee the marketing and promotion of Screenwest funding programs, locations, crew, WA screen businesses and infrastructure.
Vikki has over 25 years’ experience in all facets of the production process. Prior to her tenure at Screenwest, she worked in a number of production roles, most notably as the producer on the long running Channel 9 series McLeod’s Daughters.
Devina McPherson, Screenwest Indigenous Program Manager
Devina is a descendant of Yamatji and Noongar, from the Murchison, Gascoyne and the southwest Boojarah and Gnaala Karla Booja country of Western Australia.
Devina is responsible for Screenwest development and production programs involving Indigenous practitioners and content.
Her previous experience includes seven years at the Film and Television Institute as a Producer and Production manager, where Devina brought Indigenous Western Australian stories to the screen through the archival and factual program Indigenous Community Stories. Devina has also previously worked on the Deadly Yarns series for the ABC, and on Bran Nue Dae, Straight Shootin and various other short films. Prior to that Devina worked freelance as an editor, photographer, event manager and camera operator.
Wendy Simmons is Development & Production Coordinator in the Development Team. She works closely with the Indigenous Manager on the provision of Screenwest’s Indigenous, Digital and short form development and production programs.
Wendy joined Screenwest in August 2010,as a Development Administration Officer in the Production Team. Since then has gained lots of agency experience and industry insight, having also worked as Manager, Projects and Programs and Digital Development Manager. She has a background in government, ESL (English as a Second Language) teaching and retail management and has studied Film and TV and Graphic Design.
Tamara Bardas is the Senior Marketing & Partnerships Coordinator in the Communications Team and manages the Screen Culture Fund, sponsorships, events and the Screenwest newsletter.
Tamara commenced at Screenwest in July 2015 as part of the Development Team. Prior to this she held Marketing, Project Manager, Account Manager and Product Development positions in the product design and fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) industries.
She enjoys working with the screen industry and wider community and is excited about Western Australian projects and events which showcase the richness of the State’s diverse culture. Her passion for creativity, organisation and communications comes through at Screenwest.
Caroline Middleton is the Business Support Officer.
Caroline provides administrative support for SuperDoc, Screen Business Development Fund, Industry Enhancement Fund, Drama and Documentary Production related funding initiatives, including funding deliverables and acquittals. She also provides administrative support to Director Production Investment and Screenwest’s Locations and Film Friendly initiatives and can also provide updates about the status of production related funding and projects.