CASTING GUILD of AUSTRALIA
Established 2013
Aeshlie Wheeler
Alex Souvlis
Alison Telford
Amanda Mitchell
Amy Mete
Angela Heesom
Annie Murtagh-Monks
(Treasurer/Executive Committee)
Anousha Zarkesh
(Executive Committee)
Antonia Murphy
Ben Parkinson
Cinzia Coassin
(Associate)
Daniella Friedman
Danny Long
David Newman
(President)
Emma Fleming
(Associate)
Fiona Dann
Gemma Brown
Greg Apps
Jane Norris
Janine Snape
(Executive Committee)
Joseph Wijangco
Josh Algie
(Associate)
Kate Leonard
Kathryn Courtney-Prior
(Secretary)
Kirsty Mcgregor
(Executive Committee)
Leon Fryer
(Executive Committee)
Lucky Price
Maria Efthytmiopoulos
Megan Carpenter
Megan D'Arcy
Melanie Mackintosh
Michelle Clancy
Natalie Jane Harvie
Nathan Lloyd
(Executive Committee)
Nick Hamon
(Executive Committee)
Peta Einberg
Peter Rasmussen
Rosie Traynor
Sarah Alekna
Stevie Ray
Sue Manger
Susie Maizels
Susie McLean
Thea McLeod
(Vice President)
Tom McSweeney
Will Pearce
(Associate)
Zoe Maye

About Us.


The Casting Guild of Australia provides a central forum for casting professionals working in film, television, and theatre. The CGA is a unified voice within the industry, and highlights members’ contributions and achievements. To become a member, please complete the Membership Application form and send it to admin@castingguild.com.au.

The membership form will require the signatures of four current CGA members. Full membership requires applicants to have a minimum of four years professional experience as a Casting Director. Associate Membership requires applicants to have a minimum of two years as an assistant to a Casting Director.
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CGA Self Tape Library.

CGA Self Tape Library

 

The CGA is thrilled to be launching the Casting Guild Self Tape Library. To make the most of this time and be productive, the CGA are joining forces with Casting Networks® in calling for Australian and New Zealand Actors to send us a self tape, helping us create a unique 2020 Library that all CGA members can use as a reference moving forward as the industry re-opens in coming months. We are calling for Self Tapes over a 3 week period – divided into age groups.


Week 1
– Monday 11th May – Ages 16-19 & 20-29 years old (Deadline Sunday 17th May)


Week 2
– Monday 18th May – Ages 30 – 39 & 40 – 49 years old (Deadline Sunday 24th May)


Week 3
 – Monday 25th May – Ages 50 – 59 & 60 and over (Deadline Sunday 31st May)


Each week a tape will be chosen at random to win a Casting Networks 12 Month Premium Membership & a 12 Month TheBizBook membership. Prize winners will be announced Monday 8th June.


At the end of the process all CGA members will receive a link to the Casting Networks Library to use as a reference for future projects.


FOR FURTHER DETAILS AND TO SUBMIT, SIMPLY CLICK ON CGA SELF TAPE LIBRARY GUIDE


Please be careful re your scene choice, make sure you only use scenes from projects that have already gone to air and that you haven’t previously signed a non disclosure agreement for.

Awards.

The CGA Awards seek to acknowledge and support the critical role casting directors play in bringing together great casting opportunities for the stories we tell, both on a national and international stage.

 

After on-going consultation with the CGA, AACTA have introduced a casting award for film and television in 2018, however the CGA Awards is the only casting awards ceremony in the southern hemisphere that celebrates and recognises casting across all mediums including film, television, advertising, theatre and online content.

2019 CGA AWARDS

Hosted by Zahra Newman and Mark Coles Smith with special guest Todd Abbott

BEST CASTING IN A FEATURE FILM
Hearts and Bones - Kirsty McGregor & Gemma Brown
Judy & Punch - Kirsty McGregor
The Nightingale - Nikki Barrett
Unsound - Cinzia Coassin
BEST CASTING IN A TV COMEDY
Mr Inbetween Series 2 - Kirsty McGregor
Get Krackin’ Series 2 - Alison Telford & Kate Leonard (Original Casting Nathan Lloyd)
The Family Law Series 3 - Tom McSweeney and David Newman
Utopia Series 4 - Alison Telford and Kate Leonard (Original Casting Jane Kennedy)
BEST CASTING IN A TV DRAMA
The Heights Series 1 - Annie Murtagh-Monks
Diary of an Uber Driver - Kirsty McGregor & Stevie Ray
Total Control - Anousha Zarkesh
Wentworth Series 7 - Nathan Lloyd
BEST CASTING IN A TV MINISERIES & TELEMOVIE
The Hunting - Heesom Casting
Lambs of God - Kirsty McGregor
On the Ropes - Amanda Mitchell
Secret Bridesmaids Business - Alison Telford & Kate Leonard
BEST CASTING IN A SHORT FILM
Strangers - Stevie Ray
Beverly - Danny Long
Chicken - Stevie Ray
Way Out Assistance - Daisy Hicks
ACHIEVEMENT IN CASTING
The Unlisted - Kirsty McGregor & Gemma Brown
Mastermind - Lucky Price
The Block 2019 - Lucky Price
The InBESTigators - Nathan Lloyd
BEST CASTING IN A THEATRE PRODUCTION
Harry Potter & the Cursed Child - Janine Snape
Golden Shield - Janine Snape
Hair The Musical - Anniversary Tour - Tom McSweeney & David Newman
The Dismissal - Musical - Daisy Hicks
BEST CASTING IN A TVC - COMMUNITY
Kellogg’s - My Perfect Bowl - Lucky Price
Belong - Together We Are Different - Natalie Jane Harvie
Dollar Shave Club - Natalie Jane Harvie
Dylan Alcott Foundation “Remove the Barrier” - Alison Telford and Kate Leonard
Great Northern Brewing Co- ‘The Great ReCamp’ - Stevie Ray
RSL Queensland - Michelle Clancy
BEST CASTING IN A TVC
Westpac 'Beirut' - Peta Einberg
AAMI - Danny Long
Dolly’s Dream - Sarah Alekna
Meat & Livestock Australia. Lamb “New Australia-Land” - Joseph Wijangco Co Casting with: Nick Hamon and Catch Casting
NAB Mini Legends - Daniella Friedman
Westpac - ‘Ari - Kirsty McGregor & Gemma Brown
2018 CGA AWARDS

Hosted by Toby Truslove and Michala Banas with special guest Alan Finney.

BEST CASTING IN A FEATURE FILM
Breath - Nikki Barrett
1% - Kirsty McGregor
Sweet Country - Anousha Zarkesh
The Merger - Faith Martin
BEST CASTING IN A TV COMEDY
Black Comedy Series 3 - Anousha Zarkesh
Back in Very Small Business - Series 1 - Nathan Lloyd
Mr Inbetween - Kirsty McGregor
True Story with Hamish & Andy - Series2 - Nathan Lloyd
BEST CASTING IN A TV DRAMA
Jack Irish - Series 2 - Nikki Barrett
Mystery Road - Anousha Zarkesh
Rake - Anousha Zarkesh
Wentworth - Series 6 - Nathan Lloyd
BEST CASTING IN A TV MINISERIES & TELEMOVIE
Picnic at Hanging Rock - Nikki Barrett
Fighting Season - Kirsty McGregor
Olivia Newton-John - Hopelessly Devoted to You - Nathan Lloyd
Underbelly Files Chopper - Anousha Zarkesh
BEST CASTING IN A SHORT FILM
An Act of Love - Megan D'Arcy
Drum Wave - Nathan Lloyd
Joy Boy - Stevie McGregor
Nursery Rhymes - Danny Long
ACHIEVEMENT IN CASTING
Wrong Kind of Black - Anousha Zarkesh
Deadlock - Danny Long
Homecoming Queens - Gemma Brown
The Bureau of Magical Things - Tom McSweeney & David Newman
BEST CASTING IN A TVC - COMMUNITY
Stand Up for the Spirit of Australia | Qantas - Antonia Murphy
NAB - Talk To Yourself More - Natalie Jane Harvie
Perfect Italiano - Amy Mete
Vic Health ‘This Girl Can’ - Daniella Friedman
WorkSafe - New Safety Campaign - Rosie Traynor
BEST CASTING IN A TVC
Bonds: 'Gotta Be Bonds' - Joseph Wijangco
MLA "Lamb Side Story" - Antonia Murphy
Movember - Anousha Zarkesh
NZ Lotto: Armoured Truck - Joseph Wijangco (w. Catch Casting NZ)
Powerball: 'The Powerball' - Leon Fryer & Daisy Hicks
Westpac - Help. It’s what Australian do - Stevie Ray
2017 CGA AWARDS

Hosted by Darren Gilshenan and Susie Youssef.

BEST CASTING FOR A FEATURE FILM
Lion – Kirsty Mcgregor - Winner
Don’t Tell – Ben Parkinson
Hacksaw Ridge – Nikki Barrett
Hounds of Love – Anousha Zarkesh
BEST CASTING FOR TV DRAMA, MINI SERIES OR TELEMOVIE
Seven Types of Ambiguity – Alison Telford – Winner
Glitch S2 – Alison Telford
Pulse – S1 – Amanda Mitchell
Top of the Lake China Girl – Kirsty Mcgregor
BEST CASTING FOR TV COMEDY
The Family Law – Tom McSweeney and David Newman – Winner
Here comes the Habibs – Stevie REay
The Other Guy – Kirsty Mcgregor
Utopia - Kate Leonard (original casting by Jane Kennedy)
BEST CASTING FOR A SHORT FILM
Banana Boy – David Newman – Winner
Dreamweaver – Daisy Hicks
Fysh – Danny Long
SOOP – Antonia Murphy
ACHIEVEMENT IN CASTING
Jasper Jones – Janine Snape - Winner
Event Zero – Antonia Murphy
High Life – Stevie Ray
Macbeth – Janine Snape
Testament – Emma Fleming
BEST CASTING FOR A TVC
Antonia Murphy - MLA “Australia Day” - WINNER
Carefree ‘You Know’ - Joseph Wijangco
Air BnB- “Until We All Belong” - Natalie Jane Harvie
Airtasker –‘Like a Boss’ - Danny Long
Audible - Stevie Ray
Commbank - Multicultural Australians - Antonia Murphy
Hungry Jacks “Keeping it real” - Nick Hamon
Foxtel - Foxtel Now - Natalie Jane Harvie
KFC - Danny Long
KFC “Shut Up and Take My Money” Series - Antonia Murphy
“The Big Deal” Marriage Equality - Joseph Wijangco
“The Next Steps” Recognise TVC - Daisy Hicks
2016 CGA AWARDS

Hosted by Danielle Cormack and Dave Eastgate.

BEST CASTING FOR A FEATURE FILM
Down Under - Stevie Ray & Kirsty McGregor WINNER
The Dressmaker - Christine King
Alex & Eve - Anousha Zarkesh
The Daughter - Nikki Barrett
BEST CASTING FOR TV DRAMA
Cleverman - Anousha Zarkesh WINNER
Ready For This - Anousha Zarkesh
Jack Irish - Nikki Barrett
Doctor Doctor - Kirsty McGregor
BEST CASTING FOR TV COMEDY
The Family Law - David Newman & Tom McSweeney *WINNER
Rake (Season 4) - Anousha Zarkesh
Black Comedy (Season 2) - Anousha Zarkesh
The Letdown - Kirsty McGregor
BEST CASTING FOR A TELEMOVIE
The Principal - Anousha Zarkesh *WINNER
The Kettering Incident - Kirsty McGregor
The Divorce - Nick Hamon
Secret City - Kirsty McGregor
BEST CASTING FOR A SHORT FILM
Dream Baby - Danny Long *WINNER
St Kilda Film Festival Trailer - Nick Hamon
Problem Play - Stevie Ray & Kirsty McGregor
The Mother Situation - Anousha Zarkesh
BEST CASTING FOR A TVC
Foxtel Campaign - Anousha Zarkesh & Megan D’Arcy *WINNERS
MLA Lamb - Antonia Murphy
Omo ‘Dirt Erases Differences' - Leon Fryer
Girls Make Your Move - Melanie Mackintosh
Domestic Violence - Stevie Ray
Qantas - Stevie Ray
HCF - Natalie Jane Harvie
NAB Auskick - Daniella Friedman
Ancestory.com ‘Come Fine Me’ - Joseph Wijangco
Samsung Campaign - Susie McLean
2015 CGA AWARDS

Hosted by Ewen Leslie and Sarah Snook. Special Guest George Miller AO.

BEST FILM CASTING
Last Cab to Darwin - Kirsty McGregor *WINNER
Holding The Man - Nikki Barrett
Mad Max Fury - Nikki Barrett
BEST TELEVISION CASTING (up to 6 hours)
Redfern Now - Anousha Zarkesh *WINNER
The Code - Christine King
Glitch - Alison Telford
Peter Allen – Not the Boy Next Door - Christine King & Anousha Zarkesh
BEST TELEVISION CASTING (More than 6 hours)
Please Like Me - Alison Telford *WINNER
Rake - Anousha Zarkesh
Hiding - Christine King
The Moodys - Kirsty McGregor
BEST TVC CASTING
UWS ‘Deng Adut’ - Natalie Jane Harvie *WINNER
Qantas ‘Feels Like Home' - Stevie Ray & Kirsty McGregor *WINNER
RACGP - Nick Hamon
Play Sport Australia - Antonia Murphy

Rising Stars.

Each year, the members of the CGA come together to identify a group of up to 10 extraordinary actors we believe have the potential to break out on the world stage; The CGA Rising Stars.

2019 Rising Stars
2018 Rising Stars
2017 Rising Stars
2016 Rising Stars
2015 Rising Stars

Policies.

Covid-Safe Guidelines
Workshop Guidelines

CGA members strongly believe in a code of conduct by the workshop providers in order to protect the reputation and standing of Casting Directors in the actor community. Many members of the CGA are happy to participate in organised workshops for the development of actors. We require that Workshop Producers abide by our guidelines as drawn up by the CGA and outlined in our letter of agreement. These guidelines were created to support an instructional environment taught by experienced professionals. Members should be contacted individually via the information available on this site.

Code of Conduct Policy - COMING SOON
PDF Download (Coming Soon)

The Casting Guild of Australia is currently developing a Code of Conduct policy for all auditions and screen tests. Encompassing Screen and Live Performance, the CGA hopes through our collective research, including developing policies of other industry organisations that a uniform policy can be adopted across the country. Casting Directors are in a unique position between the performer and production, whereby Casting Directors could be a witness to, or have incidents reported to us. It is vital that Casting Directors have the tools and reporting procedures to appropriately respond to such situations. CGA also aims to help find ways to extend these policies into non-professional areas such as Independent/Short Film and Co-Op Theatre productions (often without a casting professional) as the CGA recognises this area of the industry can be a vulnerable arena for emerging artists.

CGA Guidelines For Additional Media
Deal Memo Template
TVC Statement