New Realms Films is an independent film production company founded on the Central Coast of New South Wales Australia.
Formed in 2004 by Greg Buchanan, an experienced business executive, and Lliam Worthington, an emerging film director with a strong background in theatre and performance, New Realms holds the firm belief that there is a great wealth of untapped as well as existing talent within Australia. We are determined to find, support, and marry that talent with local and international partners in order to both help nurture the future of the Australian industry, and produce powerful, relevant and compelling cinema that can genuinely compete on the global stage.
We care about our audience. We care about story. We care about people and relationships. The journey matters to us...yet so does the destination.
We are keenly focused on quality over quantity, substance over perception.
We are very proud to have brought our first feature film ‘One Less God' through to post production and excited by the future projects and opportunities that lie ahead.
Lliam Worthington | Co-Founder, Company Director
Lliam is a multi award winning writer, director and lead producer at New Realms Films and the current artist in residence at Regional Youth Support Services 2017/18.
His debut feature film ‘One Less God’ premiered at the Dances With Films festival in Los Angeles, and became the first film in the festivals twenty-year history to receive both the Grand Jury Prize and Industry Choice Awards. The film’s success continued with it’s Australian premiere at the Byron Bay International Film Festival in late 2017, beating out a slate of other star studded and acclaimed Sundance award winners to once again take home the award for Best Film. On the back of this success ‘One less God’ has secured an international and domestic theatrical release in 2018.
Lliam’s career began with the study of acting and directing at the Australian Theatre for Young People in 1992, followed by further studies at the University of Wollongong and the University of Western Sydney Nepean. Lliam went on to work as an actor and circus performer, receiving parts in TV drama, film and theatre, before co-founding and becoming the director of his own Theatre Company – Heartspace Theatre Co.
The company performed widely, working with the world health organisation and others to create meaningful works around mental health issues and conduct suicide prevention workshops. Lliam was then chosen as the recipient of ATYP’s Young Director Mentorship Scheme and went on to write and direct ‘Good Soul Blues’ for ATYP’s 1998 season at The Wharf in Sydney.
Lliam’s move into film occurred after being recruited by Central Coast Area Health to create a Star Wars fan film starring young people suffering from psychosis. Lliam fell in love with film, and began transferring his directing and writing skills, going on to study at AFTRS, Metro Screen and under many renowned international teachers such as Judith Weston.
On the back of his first award winning short film, Lliam co-founded the film production company ‘New Realms Films’ in 2003 and has since worked as a director, writer, editor and DOP, honing his skills on short films, music videos and theatre, while writing and co-developing a slate of film and TV properties.
Greg Buchanan | Co-Founder, Executive Producer
Greg co-founded New Realms Films with Lliam on the Central Coast of NSW. He’s worked in various roles in the information technology industry for over 40 years, including being a Director for Microsoft, and prior to this a Director at Apple Computer. In his time as a senior manager Greg has managed multi-million dollar profit centres and has owned and operated small businesses. He is a great lover of films, and as well as helping to develop numerous properties for New Realms, has executive produced the feature film One Less God, multiple short films and the documentary ‘The Power of Upper Cervical’ (2008) with Bill Barretta of Muppets fame. Greg has degrees in engineering, finance, and business.
Nelson Lau | Producer
Nelson Lau is a filmmaker, doctor and photographer who has written and directed several short films and documentaries, including producing ‘Upside Down’ (2002). He met Lliam Worthington while they were studying together at the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) together. Since joining New Realms Films, Nelson has worked together with Lliam as a co-writer and co-director on several feature film projects, winning second place in the national Australian Director's Guild pitching contest with their film ‘Riot-eous’, inspired by the explosive Cronulla Race riots in Sydney in 2005. Nelson created the story of ‘One Less God’ with Lliam almost 8 years ago after they were both rocked by the tragedy of the Mumbai terrorist attacks. His vision is to create compelling hard-hitting drama tackling controversial themes that are relevant for the global market.
Nelson is executive producer and co-producer on ‘One Less God’. His behind-the-scenes photos from the filming of "One Less God" was exhibited in Sydney's 2015 HeadOn Photo Festival. He is also currently involved in the development of films in VR.
Maren Smith | Producer
Maren is a film and broadcast producer who grew up on the Central Coast of NSW, Australia. She joined New Realms Films as production manager and producer of feature ‘One Less God’. Based out of Sydney, Maren has previously produced narrative short films ‘Window’ (Winner Best Film Olympus Challenge St. Kilda Film Festival 2016, BOFA Tasmania 2016, Dungog Film Festival 2016), ‘Qupid’ (No Gloss Film Festival Leeds 2016, Great Lakes International Film Festival 2016), ‘Yang’ (A Night Of Horror Film Festival, 2015, Runner Up Best in the West 2016) and strives to create visually stunning, performance-driven drama with a social conscience. For over four years, Maren has also produced and presented radio about cinema and the arts on Sydney’s Eastside Radio.
Maren is alumna of University of Technology Sydney (Media Arts Production & International Studies 2011), studied at Technische Universität Berlin on exchange in 2010, and received honours in Film Studies at University of Sydney 2012.
Joel Hagen | Producer
Joel Hagen graduated from the University of New South Wales with a Bachelor in Digital Media. From there he entered film festival production having worked for Tribeca Film Festival, Doha Film Festival and Los Angeles Film Festival.
Since his transition back to screen production he has produced feature film ‘One Less God’; music videos for Sony Music: Guy Sebastian ‘Set in Stone’ (2016), Cyrus ‘Keep Talking’ (2016), Tonight Alive ‘How Does it Feel’ (2015), Rival Fire ‘Riot’ (2016); Guineafowl ‘Little Fingers’ (2011); VICE documentary ‘Miro Dreams of Footy’ (2015); and short film ‘Jordan’ (2011). He collaborated on ‘Tension Sets’, Kusum Normoyle’s multimedia art piece at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art; and worked on content for Toyota, Toshiba, Roxy, Aldi and Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Joel has produced commercials, online and branded content for Netflix, Hasbro, Network Ten, MTV, CBS, Mamamia, ACON, IGEA, RIDBC, Microsoft and Samsung.
Georgina Veneziani | Producer
Georgina is a Sydney based film maker, performer and educator who joined New Realms Films to make One Less God in 2014. She has studied film production at Metroscreen (2012) with a focus on writing, directing and producing, completed a Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies at the University of Sydney (2013) and a Graduate Certificate in Directing at AFTRS (2016). She has written and directed two short films 'Art of Play' (2012) and 'Shadow’ (2016). Her production credits include 'Trojan'(2016), ‘The Death of Abel’ (2014) and the SBS webseries ‘Fully Furnished’ (2014). In addition to this, she is an educational content producer and mentors young learners in filmmaking programs at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney.
Cliff Innes| Financial Manager/Controller
Cliff Innes has over 30 years’ professional experience as a Chartered Accountant initially working as a partner in a Sydney-based firm before commencing his own practice on the Central Coast in August 2000.
Cliff is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Cliff is a Past President of a local Rotary Club and has held a number of positions at both Club and District level.
He has served on the Boards of Fairhaven Services Ltd, Coast Community Broadcasters Inc. and East Gosford & Districts Community Bank.
He is currently a Director of Pacific Link Housing Association Ltd, a community housing provider operating on the Central Coast, Hunter and Port Stephens areas. In addition to his Board position he is Chair of the Risk and Audit Committee and also a member of the Governance Committee.