ALEX HOLMES - Writer/Director



Kristina Ceyton produced the critically acclaimed and award-winning psychological thriller The Babadook that premiered in the ‘Park City at Midnight’ section at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews. The film went on to win many Best Film and Best Actress Awards, including the 2015 AACTA award for Best Film (shared with The Water Diviner), as well as the 2014 New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best First Film, and receiving a British Independent Film Awards Nomination. Other producing credits include award-winning shorts Small Boxes (2006) and The Ground Beneath (2008). Both films have received great international success, winning over 40 awards collectively. The Ground Beneath was short-listed for nomination for the 2010 Academy Awards as Best Live Action Short. Kristina is developing a select slate of features, including Jennifer Kent’s highly anticipated second feature THE NIGHTINGALE, and CARGO, a post-apocalyptic thriller starring Martin Freeman. Her company, Causeway Films, was awarded the 2014/15 Screen Australia Feature Enterprise grant and the 2016/17 ‘Brilliant Careers’ business grant.

Alex is the writer and director of two award-winning short films. ALI & THE BALL (2008), was funded by Screen Australia and was selected to screen at the Berlin International Film Festival. In Australia it was awarded Best Short Film at the Sydney Film Festival Dendy Awards, Australia’s most prestigious short film award. It also won Best Director at Flickerfest Film Festival in Sydney and was nominated for an Australian Director’s Guild Award for best short film. Internationally, it won awards at festivals in Merida, Venezuela and Mumbai, India. The film has screened at countless international festivals including Dubai, Canada, Hamburg, Madrid, Venezuela and Cuba. Alex’s 1st short film, OUT ON THE TILES (2004) screened at Melbourne International Film Festival, Flickerfest, and the St Kilda Film Festival where it won Best Screenplay in a Short Film. OUT ON THE TILES also screened at a list of international festivals.


Alex studied painting at the NSW College of Fine Arts as well as the internationally acclaimed Glasgow School of Art in Scotland, and also completed a Masters in Production Design at AFTRS in 2004 where he was the winner of the Fox Award for best production design in his graduating year. In addition to writing and directing Alex has built an extensive list of credits as a production designer on feature films, short films and commercials, including the critically and commercially acclaimed psychological thriller THE BABADOOK (2012) directed by Jennifer Kent for which he was nominated for an AACTA Award and Critics Circle award for Best Production Design. In 2011, he designed the Australian feature film BEING VENICE directed by Milo Bilborough and WISH YOU WERE HERE directed by Kieran Darcy-Smith, which opened the Sundance Film Festival in 2012. In 2017 Alex production designed Jennifer Kent’s latest feature film THE NIGHTINGALE, due to be released in 2018.



Ella spent several years working for Hobart’s MONA Museum under creative director Leigh Carmichael as part of the programming team behind the Dark Mofo and MONA FOMA festivals, developing and producing large-scale arts events, and working alongside curators James Hewison (ACMI) and Nick Batzias (Madman) to produce the Dark Mofo Film Festival. In 2015 Ella was part of the social impact and distribution team for Good Pitch film and AACTA-nominated feature doc GAYBY BABY, and joined Causeway Films as Development & Production Executive, working with producers Kristina Ceyton (THE BABADOOK, THE NIGHTINGALE) and Sam Jennings (CARGO) to support the development of their slate of features and high end television projects. Ella is currently producing virtual reality short PREHISTORIC VR with director, writer and visual artist Samantha Lang, in collaboration with theatre company Erth Visual & Physical Inc, which has been commissioned by the Australian Centre of the Moving Image (ACMI), and is in development on two further VR works with this artist collective. She is also producing two new dramatic works with writer/director Charlotte Mars (GAYBY BABY) - short film GIRL AND BODY, and Charlotte’s debut dramatic feature SOMNIO, in development with Screen Australia.