Who We Are

We’re a team of teachers, film makers, clinical psychologists, counsellors and takeout critics, working around the clock to make the most engaging film-making course in NSW schools.



Josh Mawby, Primary Teacher NSW DEC

Enthusiastic and committed teacher acting as Unit of Work designer and consultant. Has experience working with Low SES and disengaged students, in lecturing other teachers in Smartboard application, fully experienced in film-making and teaching film-making.

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Greg Smith, Filmmaker

Award winning short film maker, director of Forster Film Festival. Philosophy/Psychology Newcastle/ Macquarie Universities. Editing MetroScreen. Teaching experience in Primary, Junior and Senior secondary, University and TAFE.



Leah New, Community Engagement Officer

Trained Health Professional. “I love seeing the personal growth and self confidence develop in each child as they work together as part of a filmmaking team. It’s wonderful to watch the caterpillar emerge as a butterfly! The result is higher self esteem plus a film to keep for life.”



Peter Johnson, Principal Taree Public

Taree Public School piloted the Collecting Smiles project and Peter was so impressed with the benefits that he has agreed to act as ambassador.
“I genuinely believe the project to be worthwhile, for individual students and the school as a whole, and I highly recommend it.”


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Annette Gleeson, Learning & Support Teacher, Taree Public & High Schools

“The project is valuable for increasing student’s self confidence and self esteem, and for building social skills and teamwork skills. We have seen a marked increase in engagement and attendance from students taking part in the project.”



 Michelle Kodaly, Early Childhood Teacher

Michelle has a 30 year career in education as early childhood and early intervention teacher.
Owner/manager of Melaleuca Music and Sit-A-While Stories, she is currently completing post graduate studies in Inclusive Education.





Glenn Robinson, Admin Manager

Forster Films is a project of Great Lakes Community Resources. Glenn’s role includes overseeing all of Great Lakes Community Resources’ administration tasks including payroll, accounts, workers compensation, insurance, motor vehicle fleet control, taxation obligations, government regulations, compliance and risk management.

Great Lakes Community Resources Incorporated is a not for profit community development Association.Incorporated in 1987. Employs 70 staff, 25% of permanent staff are Aboriginal. Annual turnover exceeds $4 million (2014-2015).

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Greg Golden, Webmaster

Director of Golden Age Media, passionate about innovative website design and development.





The Hon. Jan Barham MLC, Parliament House, Sydney

The Hon. Linda Burney HonDEd, Dip Ed, MP, Parliament House, Sydney

Associate Professor Stephen Jurd, Clinical Psychiatry, Sydney University 


(shown here at NSW Parliament House following a meeting with Attorney-General Greg Smith, representing Forster Films’  film making course for at-risk teenagers on the Mid North Coast; fellow supporters include representatives from Dept Aboriginal Affairs, CEOs of Birpai and Forster Land Councils, Biripi Medical Centre Chair, Taree Indigenous Development & Employment, & Dept Corrective Services)