John Hipwell

John Hipwell

Producer at Hipwell International Production Services - HIPS
Producer, Creative Executive, Director and Screenwriter

Melbourne, Australia

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About John

John Hipwell, founder of Hipwell International Production Services (HIPS) is one of Australia’s leading film & TV producers with extensive credits on documentaries, feature films, corporate productions and international co-productions. HIPS offer collaborative, development, script writing, production & distribution services and facilities for Australian Film & TV productions and independent & official international Co-Productions. Trained at the VCA (Swinburne Campus) in film/TV production, his rites of passage were founded on the early iconic films such as “Alvin Purple”, “Snap Shot”, “Eliza Fraser” and “Mad Max”. As an executive producer, producer, director and writer/director John has completed literally hundreds of film and TV productions. He has received various film and TV awards for his documentary and feature film productions and his New Media work is collected by public institutions. John most recent credits include, the documentary “KoHoNas” (Producer) which screened on SBS TV in November 2009, Co Executive Producer on the Australian/Canadian, official, co-production, Sci Fi feature film, “Arctic Blast” (2010) and the documentary “Back to My Roots” (Producer) which screened globally on the BBC World News network in April 2010. In 2011 John Produced and Directed (with Simon Palomares) Passion To Profession a 13 part half hour TV interview series broadcast on C31 in June, July & August of 2011. In 2012/2013 john Produce the contemporary dramatic feature film "is This the Real World". In the he second half of 2013 John produced for krisfilms USA 4 x short documentaries on Austrailian wine. 2014 is look very good so far.

Unique traits: collaborative, creative, friendly, happy, social justice, environmentalists


  • Is This the Real World

    Is This the Real World (2015)
    Film (Drama) Producer In the real world you can't just do what you want. In the real world you have to compromise. Mark Blazey does not want to live in the real world. Living in a semi-industrial coastal town, seventeen-year old Mark is a smart kid from a chaotic family who has just thrown away a scholarship to a private school and found himself at the local high. At school Mark is zeroed in on by an overbearing principal who dominates everything around him. At home Mark is dealing with a jail-bound brother, his grandmother is fighting for her life, and a mum who's short fuse is kept doused with cask wine. His little sister is someone he wants to protect. When Mark finds his first real love he tries to escape all the forces in his life with her. But his love is with the daughter of his nemesis, the school principal. Simmering tensions boil over between the student and the teacher, between the son and his mother.

  • Passion to Profession

    Passion to Profession (2011)
    Television (Documentary) Producer In a relaxed, humorous atmosphere, Simon presents a collection of artists at varying states of their professional journeys. Not necessarily famous but people who have been forced to make choices to follow the fire that drives them to eventually make a happy comfortable living from their chosen. The interviews will explore a list of themes all relevant to following one's dreams so that instead of looking at their achievements we explore the mechanics and individual psychology that got them there. It will explore artist's journey in finding a balance between artistic integrity and making a living, or artistic integrity and being successful beyond their dreams. The troubles and tribulation of the artist within their family, were they supportive? Society... is it supportive? Is it easier to be an artist in Australia or abroad? And, if you were starting again, what would you do differently? Written by Anonymous

  • Back to My Roots

    Back to My Roots (2010)
    TV Movie (Documentary) Producer Together with his friend Jorjie Segura, Simon travels around Spain to enter the bloody gladiatorial arena of stand up comedy. A stand up routine, like a bullfight, can have tragic consequences at any given second and, like a bullfight, it is how the comic directs, dodges, and guides the audience that determine success. Simon is determined to be accepted in his birth country as funny. But does he have the balls to succeed? Against a backdrop of family chaos and constant personal challenges, the documentary follows Simon on enlightening journey of emotions, laughter and reconciliation with his roots. Written by Anonymous

  • Arctic Blast

    Arctic Blast (2010)
    Film (Sci-Fi and Thriller) Producer When a solar eclipse sends a colossal blast of super chilled air towards the earth, it then sets off a catastrophic chain of events that threatens to engulf the world in ice and begin a new Ice Age.

  • Cryptopticon

    Cryptopticon (2010)
    Film (Crime, Mystery, Sci-Fi and Thriller) Producer A leaked surveillance tape. Human experiments. Reality rebooted. A surrealist thriller where nothing is real and everything kills.

  • Ko Ho Nas (Cojones)

    Ko Ho Nas (Cojones) (2009)
    Cojone (Documentary) Producer KO HO NAS is a humorous examination of a cross cultural 'mid-life crisis'. Simon Palomares of 'Wogs Out of Work' fame, returns to Spain to visit his ailing father while also struggling to find out where he truly belongs. Is it Spain or Australia? In a bid to discover the answer, he enters the gladiatorial arena of Spanish stand up comedy and not unlike a bullfight, to succeed he must prove he has the KO HO NAS to see the journey through the very end. The story is about how he goes back to Spain and tries to find himself spiritually with the help of Jorge Segura. The documentary displays his struggle with himself and how he comes out as a winner. Written by Simon Palomares

  • Caterpillar Wish

    Caterpillar Wish (2006)
    Film (Drama) Producer A young girl's view on belonging and loss.

  • Rainbow's End

    Rainbow's End (1995)
    Film (Family) Producer Jack and Terri decide to run away from their foster parents to find their real dad, Tom, a merchant seaman. Their journey takes them through adventures and mishaps. Written by Anonymous

  • Point of No Return

    Point of No Return (1994)
    Film (Thriller) Producer An ex-soldier whose life has been disrupted and his emotions disturbed by his experiences at war and in prison, escapes from olive custody after attending the burial of his murdered brother.

  • Girl

    Girl (1994)
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  • Kokoda Crescent

    Kokoda Crescent (1989)
    Film (Drama) Producer The grandson of a war veteran is found dead from an overdose of heroin. He and his old army buddies swing into action and stake out the drug dealer, only to discover a web of police corruption surrounding the drug dealing. Given police complicity in the matter, they take the law into their own hands. Written by Fryingham

  • First Tuesday in November

    First Tuesday in November (1989)
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  • Beyond Innocence

    Beyond Innocence (1989)
    Film (Drama and Romance) Production manager The sensual story of innocence lost, desire found and an obsession that would change their lives forever... She was a married woman, tone apart from her husband. He was an innocent schoolboy on the verge of manhood. While the world was at war, they found comfort in each others arms and shared an impossible love that couldn't possibly continue... and an uncontrollable passion that they could not resist. Written by cinnamon7 <>

  • Two Brothers Running

    Two Brothers Running (1988)
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  • The Flying Doctors

    The Flying Doctors (1986)
    Television (Drama) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director This series chronicles the events surrounding the activities of the Royal Flying Doctors Service, which operates its own aircraft -in this case from the base at Coopers Crossing, an otherwise hardly notable town- to fly its medical staff throughout the Australian outback, where roads are too scarce and distances too immense to reach patients for medical care or get them to hospital by car in time. Doctors, nurses, pilots and base staff change throughout the seasons, often coming from the city and finding it difficult to adapt to life in the godforsaken countryside and be accepted by the isolated local community; there are of course the usual colleague stories. In most episodes they make one or more flights for routine medical examination sessions and/or emergency help, sometimes continued on board and/or in the hospital. Furthermore there are various sidelines, mainly concerning the local characters such as bar-owners Vic and Nancy, who also provide the only rooms, and some of their ... Written by KGF Vissers

  • Spytrap: The True Story of Petrov and Philby

    Spytrap: The True Story of Petrov and Philby (1985)
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  • Brothers

    Brothers (1982)
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  • Lady Stay Dead

    Lady Stay Dead (1981)
    Film (Drama, Horror and Thriller) Producer A Young woman is looking after her sister's house, unaware that her sister and neighbor have been murdered by their handyman who also happens to be a serial killer.

  • Thirst

    Thirst (1979)
    Film (Horror, Romance, Sci-Fi and Thriller) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director The descendant of Elizabeth Bathory is abducted by a cult of self-proclaimed supermen who achieve this state of superiority by drinking from the "blood cows" (read: people) kept at the "dairy farm", and they try to get her to join them.

  • One More Minute

    One More Minute (1979)
    Film (Horror, Drama and Thriller) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Angela is a young hairdresser thrown out of home by her puritantical mother after too many nights out. She quickly falls in with the modeling crowd and does some modeling work herself, while it seems she is being stalked by a mysterious figure driving an ice-cream van. Written by R Lindsay

  • Mad Max

    Mad Max (1979)
    Film (Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi and Thriller) Production manager Taking place in a dystopian Australia in the near future, Mad Max tells the story of a highway patrolman cruising the squalid back roads that have become the breeding ground of criminals foraging for gasoline and scraps. When his wife and child meet a grisly end at the hands of a motorcycle gang, Max sets out across the barren wastelands in search of revenge. Written by Cole Matthews

  • The Mango Tree

    The Mango Tree (1977)
    Film (Drama) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Jamie is a young man growing up in the small Australian town of Bundaberg during the early 1940's. Jamie loves his tranquil life, surrounded by the friendly locals, and being brought up by his warm caring grandmother. But when a local preacher goes nutty, all hell breaks loose for the community, and Jamie leaves Bundaberg for the city. Written by Peter Denzler

  • The Getting of Wisdom

    The Getting of Wisdom (1977)
    Film (Drama) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Oscar-nominated director Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy, Tender Mercies) crafts a tender coming-of-age tale that introduces one of Australian literature's most beloved characters to the screen, Laura Tweedle Rambotham (Susannah Fowle). Written by Anonymous

  • Eliza Fraser

    Eliza Fraser (1976)
    Film (Adventure, Comedy and Drama) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director An old captain & his young wife share a lot of adventures after they're shipwrecked and captured by Aborigines on an island near Australia.

  • End Play

    End Play (1976)
    Film (Thriller) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Add a Plot »

  • Homicide

    Homicide (1975)
    Television (Action, Crime and Drama) Art department The show was about crimes and cases actioned by the Victorian (Australia) homicide squad, with many cases based of real cases.

  • The Sex Therapist

    The Sex Therapist (1973)
    Film (Comedy) Miscellaneous Crew Australian waterbed salesman Alvin Sees a psychiatrist about his irresistibilty to women

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