STUART O'ROURKE (BA, Grad Dip)
Director & Cinematographer (Owner/Operator of Escape Artists Pty Ltd)
Stuart began his career in London in 1999 as a freelancer in the television industry. Starting as a Videotape Operator, he then went on to work as a Production Assistant on the ITV drama series POIROT (2 x 2hr) for Carnival Films.
Returning to Sydney in 2002, he worked for 3 years at Crackerjack Productions in the role of Offline Editor, working on various TV shows including THE GREAT FOOTY DEBATES (ESPN) and three seasons of sketch comedy series COMEDY INC (over 36hrs of TV) for Channel 9.
As an independent he has filmed a five-part travel series INSIDE INDIA and, more recently, a 1-hour documentary about the heavy metal music culture in Finland, THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT METAL, which won the 2009 Mexico International Film Festival Silver Palm Award for Outstanding Achievement.
30 minute documentary IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE (set in outback NSW) screened on German TV network ZFneo in 2010 for which Stuart was credited as Director of Photography.
In 2012 short film JULIAN, directed by Matthew Moore and shot by Stuart, won the prestiguous Crystal Bear award for Best Short Film in its category at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival (Berlinale). JULIAN has also been awarded the Jury Prize at Flickerfest, Best Short Film at Tokyo Kinder Film Festival and the Audience Award at the Australian Film Festival.
Stuart has also produced video content for some of Australia's most well respected companies and brands.
Stuart holds a BA in Television Production from Charles Sturt University (1997) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism from the University of Technology, Sydney (2007).
Australian Cinematographers Society - Full Member
Senior First Aid & Emergency First Response Certification
PADI Advanced Open Water Diver
PADI Rescue Diver