About

Starting in 2015, the Castlemaine Documentary Film Festival  is an annual three day event held in July at the iconic Theatre Royal Castlemaine, central Victoria, mainland Australia’s oldest continuously operating cinema.

The Castlemaine Documentary Film Festival offers a curated program showcasing the very best in Australian and international non-fiction films. It features a world-class program films introducing audiences to a series of fascinating worlds populated by even more fascinating characters.

The festival provides a deep and enriching experience by connecting audiences with many of the film directors and key contributors by way of live in venue and live via Skype Q&A sessions.

Castlemaine Documentary Film Festival Board of Directors

L-R: Alex Kelly, Geoffrey Smith, Tony Nagle, Denise Button, Derek Guille (back), Kylie Pascoe, Cindy Moussi, Marylou Verberne

C I N D Y   M O U S S I | Chair
Cindy is a management consultant with expertise in delivering personal and organisational transformation. Cindy brings a specialist mix of organisational development experience and over a decade of facilitation and executive coaching practice to the Board.

Cindy’s experience includes designing and developing strategic business planning processes and then translating them into clear actions and accountabilities for delivery in organisations. Her commitment is to consistently deliver improved levels of capability which leverage the potential to meet strategic and financial outcomes.

M A R Y L O U   V E R B E R N E | Deputy Chair
Marylou has been working in the area of social change for over two decades and is passionate about human rights, diversity and equity. She is also deeply curious about Australia’s spirit of innovation, the science of social change and how these two collide. Marylou started her career in law, which took her to Hong Kong, Japan and the UK and has also experienced work life in the offices of State and Federal members of parliament.

Her professional experience extends to the not for profit and philanthropic sectors, which includes roles such as Victorian Director of Social Ventures Australia, running her own start-up NFP and holding numerous board positions.  More recently her focus has been on providing strategy consulting advice to corporate and philanthropic organisations on their For Purpose agendas and developing a theory of change for their work.

She is currently a partner with GoodWolf Partners in Melbourne and has also been a philanthropy adviser to the Myer Family Company and Mutual Trust.

She is also….a part-time documentary film-maker, part-time hobby farmer at her rural property near Castlemaine, a wannabee-painter and an avid horse rider.

The fine print:  BA (Japanese), LLB (Monash), Grad Dip Arts Management (University of Melb), UK Bar Admission (Cambridge), Accredited Partnership Broker, Partnership Brokers Accreditation Scheme (IBLF / ODI)

T O N Y   N A G L E | Secretary/Finance Manager
Tony started working in the film industry in 1996. Since then he has worked on over 500 film and television projects. He also manages the taxation work for local and international producers, actors and writers.

In 1995, Tony established Nagle Accounting Pty Ltd – a fully integrated tax accounting company that specialises in providing taxation and production accounting services to the film industry. Since then, Tony has worked in various roles from production accountant, tax accountant and in recent times, executive producer. Nagle Accounting has over 3,000 active tax clients and a staff of 12. Nagle Accounting is recognised by film offset lenders and bond companies as a trusted provider of production, taxation and financial services to the film industry.

G E O F F R E Y   S M I T H |  Artistic Director/C-Doc founder
Geoffrey has been making documentaries for over 25 years. He spent 13 years at the BBC In London, made 25 films for all the major UK broadcasters, directed two feature documentaries which both won Emmy Awards and garnered huge critical and commercial success.

Since returning to Australia in 2014 for family reasons, Geoffrey has programmed the Castlemaine Documentary Film Festival across the last 4 years, and is in demand as an Executive producer, script consultant and mentor on a wide range of Australian documentaries.

D E R E K   G U I L L E | Board member
Derek was a radio presenter with ABC Radio for almost 25 years, broadcasting from Horsham, Bendigo and Southbank. Before joining the ABC, he presented programs at 3HA Hamilton. Since leaving the ABC Derek has continued in his role as Ambassador for the Port Fairy Folk Festival and has worked as an MC at various events. For the past three years Derek has chaired peer review panels formed to provide grants to musicians, organised through Creative Victoria.

While living in Warrnambool from 2012 to 2017, Derek was involved in an artist-run initiative called F Project. He was President of the committee for one year and, with a few other locals, was involved in creating a film society as an aspect of the F Project. He was also the President of that committee for two years.

Derek has been a member of an eight-piece folk/jazz band, The Ugly Uncles, since its inception in 1995.

D E N I S E   B U T T O N | Board member
Denise is a freelance public relations, marketing and events specialist with a passion for people, stories and the arts.  Denise has relationships with both traditional and digital media and fosters connectivity with influencers, stakeholders and the broader community.

Having spent 25 years in corporate communications and events management with a multi-national ASX100 company, Denise now applies that experience predominantly to clients in regional Victoria – partnering with a number of festivals, performers, writers, small businesses and the occasional corporate, to bring their vision to fruition. Denise has been the General Manager of the Castlemaine Documentary Film Festival since 2016 and was a board member for the Castlemaine State Festival from 2002-2007.

A L E X   K E L L Y | Board member
Alex Kelly is a filmmaker, artist and communications and campaign strategist committed to social justice. Alex worked for ten years with Big hART as Creative Producer of Ngapartji Ngapartji and was National Producer from 2012-2014.

Alex’s documentary credits include producing Island of the Hungry Ghosts, THE ISLAND, Nothing Rhymes with Ngapartji and co-producing The Namatjira Project production managing Coniston: Telling it True and directing Queen of the Desert. Alex was the Global Impact & Distribution Producer on Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything project. She is currently working on Maya Newell’s forthcoming film In My Blood It Runs as Associate Producer & Impact Producer.

In 2013 she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship and explored at models for social change documentary impact and engagement in UK, Canada and USA. Alex Directed and co-founded the Something Somewhere Film Festival in Alice Springs, Central Australia and was a 2016-2017 Sidney Myer Creative Fellow.

K Y L I E   P A S C O E | Board member
Kylie Pascoe is a producer with 20 years’ experience in strategic film and TV marketing. Breaking new ground in subscription television, creating innovative campaigns alongside several Hollywood Studios,  in 1996 she moved into film and has been behind the release of 20 feature films – from Samson & Delilah to Paranormal Activity. Kylie spent two years as the director of Queensland’s largest film festival, and still produces their major events today. She was invited to sit on the judging panels for the prestigious Bond University film scholarship program, and student script assessment.

In 2016 Kylie redefined her career as a producer and has been involved with several NITV documentary projects in various capacities. She is currently collaborating with film practitioners around the country on various projects and has two projects of her own in development.