Sandra Thong
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Sandra Thong
Dame Joan Sutherland Fund recipient, Film Producer

Sandra is an aspiring film producer from Melbourne, Australia who recently relocated to Los Angeles, California to undertake a Masters of Fine Arts in The Peter Stark Producing Program at the University of Southern California. This highly selective program offers students the opportunity to learn directly from working Hollywood industry professionals with a focus on the relationship between business and the creative arts. The program is chaired by Larry Turman (The Graduate, American History X).

After completing her undergraduate degree at Monash University with majors in Drama and Theatre, and Visual Culture and Film Theory, Sandra spent a year researching Ideology of Northern Vietnamese Cinema of the last half of the 20th Century.  During her time as a student she performed in a number of stage productions including Manfred Karge’s Man to Man and produced student short films before focusing on a career as a creative producer.

Sandra is attracted to projects surrounding exploration of social issues and challenging existing cultural paradigms. She has Production Managed Victorian College of the Arts films, most recently Michael McKenzie’s Alone Together - a short that explores youth culture through romanticism of ideas and locations, and worked at the National Tertiary Education Union developing web video to promote their campaigns and agenda for equality in the University workplace. Her other work includes low budget music videos for Melbourne based bands and editing video for political community panel discussions.

In her two years in Los Angeles, Sandra aims to navigate her way through the industry landscape to identify opportunities to pursue producing co-productions between different nations and help invigorate new wave independent cinema as a cultural phenomena.

Sandra is gratefully a recipient of the Dame Joan Sutherland Fund and the Muller Family Scholarship.

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