Indianna Bell (writer/director) and Josiah Allen (director)
Indianna Bell and Josiah Allen graduated from Flinders University’s Screen Production program in 2016 and banded together to form the young filmmaking collective ‘Stakeout Films.’ Their short films have travelled to over 25 film festivals, garnered 17 festival awards and have 3 overall festival wins, including the Oscar-qualifying Austin Film Festival.
At the beginning of 2019 the team’s short film Safe Space was named a Tropfest finalist, as well as earning Indianna and Josiah ‘Best Director’ and the ‘Best Young Film Maker’ awards at the South Australian Screen Awards. Following this they were selected as one of the two recipients of the Tropfest Masterclass Program at Fox Studios, where Indianna and Josiah directed a new short film mentored by Australian director Nash Edgerton and American director Spencer Susser. Nash and Spencer have remained mentors to the team.
That same year they released Call Connect, a 16 minute one-take drama. After screening at festivals such as Vancouver International FF and Manchester FF, Indianna and Josiah were flown to the US to attend the Oscar-qualifying Austin FF, where Call Connect took out the ‘Jury Prize for Best Narrative Short’. It was recently publicly released by the YouTube channel Omeleto and has received over 400,000 views online. Indianna was also listed in Austin FF’s ’25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2020’ list.
In 2020 Stakeout produced their latest short film The Recordist, funded by Adelaide Film Festival (ADLFF), Carclew and Helpmann Academy. The film had its world premiere at the ADLFF in October and has already been selected for 9 International Film Festivals, including the BAFTA-qualifying London Short FF and Norwich FF, the Oscar-qualifying Hollyshorts FF, Manchester FF, and San Diego International FF. It recently won the ‘Jury Prize for Best Narrative Short’ at the Oscar-qualifying Austin FF, and is now eligible to be considered for an Academy Award in 2022. This is the second year in a row that the team has received this honour and the first back-to-back short film win at the festival in recent history. It also won Best Short Film at the Byron Bay FF and took out the Gold Award for Cinematography at the Australian Cinematography Society Awards.
Jordan Cowan (lead actor/producer)
Jordan Cowan is an award-winning actor and producer from South Australia. After graduating from Adelaide College of the Arts she landed a role in Wolf Creek 2 and the lead role in the State Theatre Company‘s production of The Dark Room where, for her performance, she received the ‘Emerging Artist of the Year Award’ and ‘Best Female Performance’ at the Adelaide Theatre Guide Awards (both the highest achievement for any actor in the state).
Jordan has produced over 5 short films and a one-woman theatre show. Her one woman show Bitch Boxer won best production at the South Australia Critics Circle Awards, the highest honour for any theatre production in South Australia. Jordan then toured the show interstate with a sell-out season in Sydney.
In 2018 Jordan received the ‘Emerging Film Maker Award’ and ‘Best Actress Award’ at the South Australia Screen Awards for her film Mutt. Jordan was then commissioned by SBS Australia to produce and star in the film Disco Dykes. Her films have been accepted in over 30 film festivals, the latest being Oscar-qualifying Palm Springs International.
Christine Williams (producer)
Writer and Producer Christine Williams has an extensive production background (production coordinator, production manager, line producer) having worked on over 25 Australian film, television, and online productions such as Red Dog, Wish You Were Here, The Pack, ABC iView Series Wastelander Panda, MasterChef and Mortal Kombat. Along the way she has written and/or produced several funded short films that have successfully screened at Australian and international festivals, most recently, a commissioned short for SBS On Demand.
Christine is a selected participant of the SPA Ones to Watch program, as well as the recipient of SAFC funded writing and producing programs and initiatives. She is now focused on a slate of TV, film, and online projects in development, partnering with leading executive producers and production companies in Australia and overseas.
As Producer, her first feature film, When Pomegranates Howl, premiered at Adelaide Film Festival in 2020 and will have its world premiere in 2021. As Writer/Producer, a web series and a feature film are currently slated for production late 2021/early 2022.
Maxx Corkindale (director of photography)
Maxx has shot two ARIA-nominated music videos for the Australian hip-hop group Hilltop Hoods; Cosby Sweater and Exit Sign. Maxx filmed the feature documentary My Name is Gulpilil (esteemed actor David Gulpilil’s life story), Getting Their Acts Together (a year in the life of the Adelaide Festival Directors), and Making a Mark (profiling nominees for Australia’s richest art prize).
In 2015, Maxx received the AACTA award for Best Cinematography in a Documentary for Sons and Mothers (shared with Co-Cinematographer Aaron Gully). Maxx won Best Cinematography two years in a row at the South Australian Screen awards, 2017/2018, and again in 2020.
Maxx’s short film work is highlighted by Welcome to Iron Knob, which won Best Cinematography at the St Kilda Film Festival and was nominated for an AACTA for Best Short Film, and recently won the AACTA Short Film of the Decade. His Cinematography on director Sean Lahiff’s Smashed, was rewarded with a Gold ACS award and the film screened at Berlinale, Sitges, and the Sydney and Adelaide Film Festivals.
Brendan Rock (actor)
Brendan graduated with honours from Flinders University Drama Centre in 2004. He has performed in many State Theatre Company productions including In The Next Room, Zoo Story, The things we do for Love, The Dumb Waiter, Ghosts, Central Park West, Hot Fudge and Death of a Salesman. Other roles include Ben Hur, Morph, Been so Long, Assassins (Flying penguin) and Dogfall for which he was nominated for Best Actor at the S.A. Theatre Guild Awards. Brendan also directed his brother David in Cold Comfort at the Bakehouse Theatre and Chapel off Chapel in Melbourne with their company Boomshanka! Productions.
Brendan won the SASA Best Performer Award in 2016 for his role in the S.A. film corporation short film Nuts. In 2019 he starred in Stakeout’s award-winning short film Call Connect, and worked with Stakeout again in 2020 on The Recordist (both Oscar-qualifying short films).
Brendan’s feature film roles include Snowtown, Storm Boy, Rabbit, The Places Between and Swerve, and has also appeared in Television roles including; Wanted, Jack Irish, Deadline Gallipoli, Rush, Danger 5, Plonk Season Two and Mcleod’s Daughters.