The Committee

Lee Witzcak – Chairperson
A portrait photo of Lee WitczakAfter participating in the first film workshops run by the UK’s Oska Bright Film Festival, I joined the SDSW Steering Committee when it was set up back in 2011. The quality and creativity of the media produced were outstanding leading to my continued involvement in the adventure that has become and is Sit Down Shutup and Watch Film & New Media festival.

Developments in new technologies mean we [people with learning disability] can easily get involved in telling our own stories and be part of a social revolution- giving us a voice!

James Kurtze- Award Winning Filmmaker and Steering Committee Member
Photo of James Kurtze operating a cameraI started making films when I was still at school. I had the wonderful opportunity to work with Phillip Griffin and Pavlos Soteriou at Tutti Arts. Phillip and Pavlos helped me develop my filmmaking skills morphing my photos of my cat Dexter to create fantastical new media images.

I won my first award for Eye TV at the 2013 Oska Bright Film Festival. Since then I’ve won two more- SDSW 2014 and Picture This Canada 2015! I’m now working on Eye TV 2!

Matthew Wauchope – Workshop Facilitator and Steering Committee Member
Portrait photo of Matthew Wauchope wearing his trademark hatI have been interested in films and film making since I was very, very young – before I started primary school. I have always wanted to be involved in story telling and making films; I love the process and the creativity involved.

My favourite shows are Dr Who, Monty Python, Shanghai Knights, Arrow and Avengers.

New technology makes it possible for anyone to be involved. I want to encourage lots of people to get involved because is it a great way of being creative.

Lorcan Hopper– Steering Committee MemberPortrait black and white photo of Lorcan Hopper
I love movies and storytelling, my favourites are all eight Harry Potter movies….. I learn film and new media with Tutti and it’s great fun.  I am also an actor, dancer and choreographer and love putting music in my dance works and films.  I participated in a film making course with the crew from Oska Bright and then I was lucky enough to attend their international film festival in the UK in 2011. I was really inspired by so many great films made by people with disability and I met some of the film makers.   I am very proud and happy to be on the SDSW steering committee and I’m very excited for the next  festival.   SEE YOU THERE!

Sara Egarr – Steering Committee MemberPhoto of Sara Egarr wearing a red SDSW t-shirt
I like making films because it brings out the creative in me. I like writing films, I can get things out on paper and then communicate them to others. I have fun. I have made three short films: Games Night, Cookie Kidnap and Sara’s Film. I am currently making a film called Zombie Cowboy. I love getting behind the camera but more than anything I like directing, I like being in control.

I joined SDSW in early 2017. I am a female force on the committee and a presenter with the SDSW Roadshow. We need more women in the film industry and my voice is important. I am now studying for my Certificate 3 in Disability and with the support of Tutti Arts, I am training to be the assistant workshop leader for the Barossa Film Club.

Tyson Pienaar – Steering Committee MemberPortrait photo of Tyson Pienaar
Born in Clare, South Australia, I am 27 years old and my name is Tyson or Ty. I am new to Sit Down, Shutup & Watch. My dream is to be an actor. My favourite movie is the Fast And Furious, I love thrillers or anything to do with action and cars. Becoming involved with Sit Down, Shutup & Watch has been a great experience, it’s a nice way to see what others do when it comes to making or directing a movie.

It’s important that people with learning disabilities make films. We all have the right to do something great, use our heads and come up with something that we did ourselves. SDSW promotes the idea that anyone can make a film, you don’t need loads of equipment or studio lighting and my motto is ‘if you live in a tent, use a flash light’.

Joshua Wheeler – Steering Committee Member
Hi, I’m Josh and I’m from Whyalla, South Australia. I love action movies, especially Iron Man and like to stay active and strong by exercising in the basketball stadium and gym. I play the guitar, enjoy singing and dancing, being funny and dressing up in costume.

After being involved in the Sit Down Shut Up & Watch workshops I was inspired to be involved in music and film. The movie “The sheriff visits Whyalla” starred at the Whyalla Film Festival and I was directly involved in the script writing, acting and music production of this film.

Safety is very important to me and I show my leadership skills when I am around my peers by keeping them safe. I look forward to representing Whyalla in the committee by bringing my fun and uplifting energy to Sit Down Shut Up and Watch.

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