After failed careers in crocodile-wrestling and kangaroo-riding, I decided there were better ways to entertain mass audiences. So I turned to making movies, and learned what real work was.
I began my undergraduate training in film production back in Australia and sent three student films (2 shorts, 1 feature) to festivals. During this period I also produced and directed two comedy stage shows. I then moved to LA to further hone my craft and enter the American film industry.
My feature film, which was released online, has been viewed over 120,000 times. From successes like this, I've been awarded grants from the Helpmann Academy funding body in Australia, which I've has used to create another short film about a topic close to my heart – the preservation of Indigenous Australian culture - that is currently in post-production. My achievements have been widely published, including on BroadwayWorld.com and in FilmInk magazine (Australia’s biggest film publication).
The movies I write and are attracted to are uplifting stories about love, family, caring for strangers - they're about the importance of other people. I like my movies to be inspiring, funny, grand, otherworldly, and subtly magical. What I love to make sits somewhere amongst Groundhog Day, It's A Wonderful Life, Mary Poppins, The Matrix, Big Fish, Notting Hill, V For Vendetta, Moulin Rouge, Ghostbusters, Back To The Future, Jurassic Park, and Austin Powers. Plus anything Disney. Simple, right? I don't have a specific genre, I just get a compelling entertaining idea and I have to make it.
On top of those, the one extremely unique quality I bring is my uncompromising love of my homeland, Australia. Growing up with a Native Title lawyer for a father, I was always told stories of the Aboriginal Dreamtime, the significance of Sacred Sites, and our country's ancient culture. I love to tell stories of social justice in my country, often around Indigenous Australian culture or the current social climate.
In between directing/writing/producing projects, I also offer my skills as a producer to others. Most recently, I produced a Norwegian music video here in LA for Universal starring Danny Trejo that was the biggest Norwegian music video ever made.
I currently work in both LA and Australia, hoping to continue bouncing between the two.
When not making/writing/watching movies, I spend the other 2% of my time playing with my dog Zoe, seeing musicals, buying way too much merch from musicals but you can't prove that, following politics, ignoring sport, exercising less than I should but I'll get better next week, and realistically I'm probably thinking about movies anyway.
I love life. Help me show audiences how great life is?
Name: Tom Goodall
Lives in: Los Angeles, California
Occupation: Director, Producer and Screenwriter
Unique traits: Australian
The God Machine
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Fools for Gold
Film (Short, Adventure, Comedy and Western) Producer An aging bounty hunter and his rambunctious son search for buried treasure in the Wild West, but a gang of bandits appear to reclaim what's theirs.
The Angel in the Wings
Film (Short and Drama) Director Add a Plot »
Film (Short, Adventure, Drama and Fantasy) Director Nathan is a friendless 10-year-old boy and faces abuse and neglect from his family. Nathan lives mainly within his imagination until he meets a little girl, Emily, in the woods near his house. With dream of flying away to a better place, they begin building a toy plane to live out the fantasy; but Emily has bigger plans.
Film (Short, Drama and Mystery) Director A man crashes his car in the Australian outback at night and must walk the final 20 kilometers to his destination. As his memories return to him, he realises the importance of reaching the end of the road and the true purpose of his journey. Written by Anonymous
Film (Drama, Horror and Thriller) Director In 2012, a team of South Australian filmmakers sought to tell the story of the Ashman family - a missing persons case that was never solved. This film was supposed to help us uncover the truth surrounding the unusual circumstances of the Ashman family case. Unfortunately, we succeeded. Written by Anonymous
University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)