Hey, I’m Dinusha.
I'm a Producer & Line Producer for Film and Commercials based in Sydney, Australia.
I was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka and spent my early years between there and Zambia before migrating to Sydney at 8 years of age. My interest in literature and film led me to undertake a Bachelor of Arts (Communications) degree which I completed in 2003. Following that, I spent time volunteering on various short film productions before my first official engagement came in the role of Production Assistant on Razzle Dazzle: A Journey Into Dance (2007) directed by Darren Ashton. Soon after, Darren employed me at his production company Republic Films as the inhouse Production and Directors Assistant where I stayed for two years.
During this time, I also produced my first short film Lullaby (2008) for director Raen Fraser through the support of Screen NSW's Emerging Filmmakers Fund. It went on to screen at various festivals including St Kilda Film Festival and Clemont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival.
My first feature, the documentary Legacy: A Ride to Conquer Motor Neurone Disease took me on the road for a month with director Tony Prescott, starting in Brisbane and ending in Sydney, raising awareness and tens of thousands of dollars for MND (Motor Neurone Disease). The culmination of the project was a series of screenings in select theatres along the east coast of Australia during MND Awareness Week in 2016.
In 2018, we completed our second collaboration, the magic realist drama feature The Pretend One starring Geraldine Hakewill and David Field. The film placed in Cinema Australia's Top 5 Films of 2018 list, played in various international film festivals and was distributed by Shoreline Films internationally, and Bonsai films domestically. The film is now available on Stan Australia and other streaming platforms.
I currently work as a freelance Producer, most often with Spinnaker Films, the GPN accredited partner for the Australasian region facilitating international production. In between Commercial production, I do stints in longform as a freelance Production Manager while developing my own projects.