The Committee

Lee Witzcak – Chairperso

12046834_957116431015831_4126229681091110663_nAfter 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!



Sam Charles – Secretary 

I love collecting movies that make me laugh, cry and have sentimental value. A few of my favourites are Space Jam, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and Looney Tunes: Back in Action. Whether films make you feel sad, or happy; they get you away from reality- that’s what I love most.

I am the creative force behind our festival logo! I wanted people to take notice of us- to sit down, shutup and WATCH! We want to encourage people to listen and watch films made by people like us, people with a learning disability, as we have stories to tell from a whole new perspective. We believe that anything is possible and the success of our first film festival is proof of that!


ryanRyan Thomas– Steering Committee Member and Location Scout

I’m an active member of River Road Studios, based in Nuriootpa, South Australia. I’m the location scout and gaffer. My favourite movie is “My Life in Ruins.” It’s a really terrific movie. I love the Greek architecture and humour.

I joined the SDSW Steering Committee in 2011. Sometimes I take the minutes at our Committee Meetings. I love being involved in our film making workshops. We are planning on running some more in 2016 in the lead up to our second film festival.

I hope we will have more films submitted for our second film festival from around the world – especially Greece, Finland, Norway and Afghanistan.



Aileen Pomeroy- Steering Committee Member

As a person with my own troubles with learning new things, I still find the challenge of learning something new rewarding (in this case, I’m new to film making). I encourage others, no matter what they struggle with, to try something new; such as filmmaking. Why? Because it helps you get in touch with your creative side, it keeps your mind active, you learn to communicate better with people and as a result you feel more confident in yourself. Also for those who find learning difficult, just learn at your own pace and do not be afraid to ask for help, don’t give up.

“Rome wasn’t built in a day” – John Heywood.


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James Kurtze- Award Winning Filmmaker and Steering Committee Member

I 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

I 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.

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