Shannon Meilak is an award winning Director who refuses to see boundaries. Where others see impossibility, Shannon sees opportunity to rise to the challenge. After dealing with an unjust welfare system in Australia, Shannon didn’t rock back and forth in a manner akin to ‘Ken Bruce’, but set out to write and direct her first short film ‘Flatline’ (FINALIST at 'Hollywood South Film Festival'); a satirical film about an ordinary man, who becomes zombified by his attempt to apply for welfare at CemeteryLink.
Whilst studying film and television at Swinburne University, Shannon travelled to India where she was mentored by respected Bollywood filmmakers and produced her first short documentary; 'Highlight and Contour' (OFFICIAL SELECTION 'UNO Film Festival' & 'Miami Indie Fest'), a film that looks at gender bias in the Bollywood film industry. She later followed this up with a tour of Italy, where she studied Italian neorealist film.
Shannon is a quirky and candid filmmaker and isn’t afraid to go where others fear to tread. In 2015, she began work on her documentary directorial debut; ‘Beyond the Pointy Hat’ (WINNER BEST STUDENT FILM; 'South Shore Film Festival' -New York, U.S.A, BRONZE AWARD WINNER; 'Virgin Spring Cinefest' -Kolkata, India and 10 times NOMINEE), a uniquely honest and personal look at witchcraft in Australia.
In addition to directing, Shannon’s other real passion is Production Design; she is nothing if not adaptable. Shannon has production designed short films and television shows, including the award winning film ‘The Forgotten Children’ (Gold Award Winner at 'Spotlight Horror Film Awards' 2017).
In 2018, Shannon rebranded her media production company 'Memory Lane' to 'Infinite Highway Productions' to better represent it's expansion into film and television. In 2019 Shannon also extended her work to music videos, joining the music video production collective FRAMEofSOUND. One thing is abundantly clear; Shannon brings passion and a quirky sense of candour and flair to all of her creative pursuits.
Shannon is a proud member of:
Australian's in Film (AiF)
Women In Film & Television (WIFT) Victorian Chapter
Women In Film & Television (WIFT) Australia
Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA)
Television by Harpling Productions Production Designer, Costume Designer This comedy mockumentary follows Robert Cooper, a sex addicts guidance counsellor and his unique approach to helping a group of eccentric sex addicts.
Beyond the Pointy Hat
Film (short) by Shannon Meilak (Documentary) Director/Producer/Production Designer/Unit Manager Witches are often portrayed a wart faced hags, riding around on broomsticks and adding eye of newt to their bubbling cauldron. But, have you ever met a real witch? Join four everyday Australians as they embark on a journey of truth, joining one very friendly witch and her coven, for a night of magick and ritual.
I Can't Even
Film Art department
Film (short) by Brennan Muccillo (Comedy) Production Designer, Costume Designer
Mad Max Exposed
Film by Daniel Peterson (Documentary) Publicity Manager/Social Media Team Mad Max - Myths and Facts is a True Blue Films Documentary about Mad Max 1 set for Release in 2017.
The Dark Clouds - MFP
Video by Richie Lewis (Music) Stills & BTS Photographer/Traffic Manager Music Video for MFP by The Dark Clouds.
Film Director, Editor An experimental Neo-realist film
The Forgotten Children
Film (short) by Jason Hooker (Sci-Fi and Thriller) Production Designer, Costume Designer When an orphan girl suddenly disappears from a foster care home in the middle of the night, the owners of the foster home venture out into the nearby woods to search for her, unaware of the impending extraterrestrial threat to their existence.
Film (short) by James Plant (Thriller) Production Designer Set in 80’s Melbourne, the film follows Cindy Lee, a cross-dressing sex worker who after killing one of her clients, finds herself fleeing the city with one of her regulars, Brian, both of them prepaing to start afresh and begin a new life together.
Internet by Lilly Chang Director of Photography TsChitChat © is a web interview, blog & production dedicated to all transgender, their family, their partner, their friend & anybody who is trans-friendly...
Highlight and Contour
Film (short) by Carla Giurleo (Documentary) Producer/2nd Camera For the past 59 years, a trade union of the Bollywood film industry has enforced a ban that restricted women from working as make-up artists.
Sangraha: The Story of Bombay Talkies
Film Camera and Electrical Department
Film (short) by Shannon Meilak (Comedy) Director, Writer, Production & Costume Designer Spending a day in CemeteryLink is frustrating for anyone, even more so if you are a zombie who is increasingly getting hungry. The staff at CemeteryLink is unhelpful to say the least and is repeatedly boorish and obnoxious towardsand Sephtis the zombie. However, Sephtis persists in his quest to obtain welfare despite the exacerbating bureaucratic red tape and fighting his desire to eat the woman sitting opposite him.
Cooking Through the Ages
Television (Reality-TV) Director of Photography Pilot episode of a cooking show for celebrity chef Karl Winsborough.
Film by Nathan Barillaro Actress Metaflition tells the story of Anton, a student filmmaker who casts himself in the lead role of his movie and subsequently struggles to differentiate between reality and the fictional world he has created.
Television by Chris Lilley (Comedy) Actress A mockumentary exploring the issues faced by young males in the 21st century - their influences, their pressures, their dreams and ambitions.
The Wedding Party
Film by Amanda Jane (Comedy and Drama) Actress Steve Thompson, a lovable anti-hero, is the youngest son in the gloriously flawed Thompson family. In a bid to save himself from financial ruin, Steve does the unthinkable and agrees to marry Ana, a Russian woman seeking residency in exchange for a huge sum of cash. Behind closed doors the deal is done, a secret wedding is arranged & in no time life will be back to normal, or so Steve thinks... Until a nosy family friend gets wind of the wedding plans and before sundown the whole Thompson family is gripped by wedding fever. Although Steve's family could use some constructive therapy for their own relationships, they rally together to support Steve in preparation for the world's most farcical wedding. What was once a private registry affair is now a fully-fledged spectacle as Steve's lie takes on a life of it's own, and he is more and more consumed by the fear that he has ruined his chance to be with his true love, Jacqui, forever. Written by Producers
I Love You Too
Film by Daina Reid (Comedy) Actress A commitment-phobe and a New Ager buddy-up to win over the women of their respective dreams.
At the End of the Day
Film (short) by Amruta Nargundkar (Drama) Actress David is an ambitious photojournalist, a rookie in the cut throat game of opportunism in the news media. He is sent to cover the tragic case of a local politician who accidentally kills his own toddler grandson. At the accident site the media are cashing in on the story from every angle imaginable. Never one to be left out, David finds himself a brilliant photo opportunity - the politician and his own daughter, the mother of the dead toddler, sharing a private moment of grief. The photo could launch David's career, but he makes a moral choice in not exploiting this opportunity, and gains much more than he loses. Written by Amruta Nargundkar
Finalist; 'Beyond The Pointy Hat' (POP International Film Festival)
Best Student Film; 'Beyond The Pointy Hat' (South Shore Film Festival)
Bronze Award; 'Beyond The Pointy Hat' (Virgin Spring Cinefest)
Finalist; 'Flatline' (Hollywood South Film Festival)
Finalist; 'Beyond The Pointy Hat' (Cult Critic Movie Awards)
Semi-Finalist, 'Beyond The Pointy Hat' (Los Angeles Cinefest)
Semi-Finalist, 'Beyond The Pointy Hat' (Utah Film Festival & Awards)
Semi-Finalist, 'Beyond The Pointy Hat' (Small Axe @ Tolpuddle)
Nominee; 'Beyond The Pointy Hat' (Jean Luc Godard Awards)
Nominee; 'Beyond The Pointy Hat' (Golden Galaxy Awards)
Swinburne University of Technology