About Sue Milliken

Sue Milliken began her career in film at the ABC in the late 1960’s. After working as a
continuity girl on ABC drama productions and later freelancing as continuity and production
manager on productions such as Skippy and The Picture Show Man, she began producing in
the late 1970’s with Tom Jeffrey. Together they produced Weekend of Shadows (1977), The
Odd Angry Shot (1978) and Fighting Back (1981).
In 1985 she produced Bruce Beresford’s The Fringe Dwellers, Australia’s official entry at the
1986 Cannes Film Festival. In 1990/91 she worked again with Bruce Beresford, as Australian
producer of Black Robe, the first official Australia/Canada feature film co-production. Black
Robe was nominated for ten AFI Awards and won Best Film, Best Director and several other
major awards at the 1992 Candian Genies.
In 1994 Sue produced the feature film Sirens with UK co-producer Sarah Radclyffe. Sirens
starred Sam Neill, Elle Macpherson, Portia di Rossi and Hugh Grant and was directed by
John Duigan. In 1995 she produced Dating The Enemy starring Claudia Karvan and Guy
Pearce, directed by Megan Simpson Huberman. In 1996 with Greg Coote she produced
Paradise Road starring Cate Blanchett and Glenn Close, directed by Bruce Beresford. In
1999 she produced the Imax documentary Sydney Story of a City and in 2001 the television
production My Brother Jack, winner of the Best Mini Series at the 2002 AFI Awards. She was
producer or executive producer for three series (sixty six episodes) of the US Sci-Fi TV series
Farscape for the Jim Henson Company. In 2005 she was an executive producer for the
Project Greenlight Australian million dollar movie, Solo and in 2006 she produced the short
drama Crocodile Dreaming starring David Gulpilil, for director Darlene Johnson. In 2014 she
produced the documentary The Redfern Story with director Darlene Johnson, for ABC TV.
From 1980 to 2009 through her company Samson Productions, Sue represented the
completion guarantor Film Finances in Australia. Film Finances is the world’s leading
completion guarantor and during this time Film Finances successfully delivered over two
billion dollars’ worth of Australian feature films and television productions.
Sue is a former Chair of the Australian Film Commission, and she served for five years on the
board of Screen West and for five years as a member of the Film and Literature Censorship
Board of Review. She is a past President and Vice President of Screen Producers Australia
(SPA) and is a life member of the association. She is a recipient of the Australian Film
Institute’s Raymond Longford Award. In 2004 she presented the National Film and Sound
Archive’s fourth Longford Lyell Lecture, and in 2013 she served as National President of the
Cinema Pioneers association. She has recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from
the Australian International Movie Convention. She is a recipient of the Centenary Medal and
the Order of Australia (AO) for service to the film industry.
Sue has published three books, Dogs in the City about living with dogs in the urban
environment , available on line at Amazon through Globe Vista; a memoir, Selective Memory
about life in the Australian fllm industry, published by Hybrid publishers and available in
paperback and online. Her book of correspondence with the director Bruce Beresford, There’s
A Fax From Bruce was published in June 2016 through Currency Press.
In 2017 she is co-producing “Ladies In Black” with Allanah Zitserman, for director Bruce
Beresford.

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