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Toni Higginbotham

Toni Higginbotham is recognized as one of Australia’s leading casting directors.

Toni Higginbotham founded her eponymous casting business over 25 years ago and operates from Sydney, Melbourne and the Gold Coast. She is recognized as one of Australia’s leading casting directors. Toni possesses a breadth of experience across all platforms – reality TV, series, short films, commercials and feature films. She personally cast Cate Blanchett in her break through role in ‘Heartland’, Simon Baker in ‘E Street’, and Geoffrey Rush and Sam Neil in ‘Frontier’.

Toni has cast for countless advertising campaigns that have been highly awarded, including at Cannes, AWARD, Clio and Caxton. She won AWARD’s first and only Gold Pencil for Casting, for her work on Droga5’s “The Regulars” for Victoria Bitter. Toni cast the groundbreaking Samsung VR experience, showcased at Cannes Lions 2016. Another highlight for Toni was casting Apple’s uplifting marriage equality TVC ‘First Dance’, featuring the weddings of real couples and shot entirely on the iPhone X. Recent film projects include the Netflix Original Sweet River and Cruel Hands in post production, currently in preproduction in Australia and LA Toni is casting a $9m budgetFeature Film ‘Call My Mommy’ with A list Actors.

Bede Smith

Bede Smith specializes in teaching how to break down stories and embody them on a meaningful level within the constraints of the fast turnaround Screen Industry, that is now expected from any current working actor. His acting background is in Story Structure and a form of the Meisner Technique, graduating from The Actors Pulse in 2019. He has been teaching his knowledge and experience for over 4 years, from one-day TVC intensives to 8-week ongoing Story and Acting courses, at schools such as The Actors Pulse and Toni Higginbotham Workshops.

Bede has been part of numerous TVC campaigns, working with big brands such as Nintendo, Toyota, and Arnott’s Biscuits.

He has also been part of multiple short films. Such as Beautiful People, E>A, Lifeline. He has also wrote, directed, and acted in my own short films, such as Goodbye, Underwater.