Troy Lum - Managing Director
Troy was the head of distribution company Dendy Films from 1998-2002 where he acquired and released seminal titles such as Amelie, Buena Vista Social Club and The Blair Witch Project. In May 2002, alongside Frank Cox and Sandie Don, Troy launched Hopscotch Films, which went on to become Australia's leading independent distributor. With Troy at the helm, releases have included the hits Bowling For Columbine, Touching The Void, Fahrenheit 9/11, Somersault, Downfall, Mrs Henderson Presents, The Lives Of Others, Pan's Labyrinth, Mongol, The Wrestler, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Mao's Last Dancer, Bright Star, The Kids Are All Right, Incendies, Midnight in Paris, A Separation, The Sapphires, Now You See Me, Blue Jasmine and Philomena. In 2011, Hopscotch was acquired by global media group Entertainment One, one of the world's leading independent content and distribution businesses.
In 2004, Troy was listed as one of the ‘Top 50 Young Film Executives in The World' by The Hollywood Reporter.
Troy has helped develop local releases such as Somersault, Bra Boys, Mao's Last Dancer and Saving Mr Banks on which he also served as Executive Producer.
Troy is Managing Director and active board member of Hopscotch Features, a joint venture with writer John Collee and producer Andrew Mason. A ‘one-stop shop' for film finance, development, production and distribution, Hopscotch Features has enabled Troy to deepen his involvement in the Australian film landscape and to work with emerging and established filmmaking talent from as early as concept stage. The first films to emerge from this partnership are Australian/French coproduction Adoration starring Naomi Watts and Robin Wright, gothic fantasy I, Frankenstein starring Aaron Eckhart and Bill Nighy, Disney production Saving Mr. Banks with Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson and Russell Crowe’s directorial debut The Water Diviner.
MAEVA GATINEAU - SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF PRODUCTION
Maeva brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and international connections to Hopscotch Features. Maeva’s previous roles include Co-Head of Worldwide Acquisitions and Co-Productions The Weinstein Co (TWC), and French consultant for TWC on such films as The Artist, Untouchables, Silver Lining Playbooks and Philomena.
Maeva is also an independent producer through her partnerships with Source Films in France and M&A in Brazil, where she is developing local productions.
Andrew Mason - PRODUCER
Andrew began his film industry career in the early 1970s as an editor, before moving to producing and heading a successful commercial production company. He managed Atlab film laboratory for two years and was then co-founder of Australia's first visual effects company in 1983. He worked as Visual Effects Supervisor on a number of Australian films and in 1993 Mason served as visual effects supervisor and second unit director on the dark and iconic The Crow.
Mason produced Alex Proyas' kafkaesque thriller Dark City, released in the U.S. in early ‘98 by New Line. That was followed in the period 1998-2003 with Producing or Executive Producing a string of US studio pictures including the Wachowskis’ The Matrix and its sequels, Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions, as well as Red Planet, Scooby Doo, Queen of the Damned, and Kangaroo Jack.
He established City Productions to develop and produce Australian films, including Swimming Upstream (2001) and Danny Deckchair (2003). Mason spent 2004 in Romania producing Bruce Hunt's horror thriller Cave and 2005 in Canada for French director Christophe Gans' film Silent Hill.
Returning to Australia in early 2009 after an extended period in Paris, Mason produced for Omnilab the highly successful screen adaptation by writer turned Director Stuart Beattie of well-loved Australian novel Tomorrow When the War Began.
In 2009, Mason joined forces with Writer John Collee and Hopscotch Distribution principal Troy Lum to form development/production company Hopscotch Features.
Mason was a member of the board of the Macquarie Film Corporation, and spent a number of years as Deputy Chair on the board of the NSW Film and Television Office. He is currently a board member of the Sydney Film Festival and serves on the Council of Australian Film Television & Radio School.
John Collee - Creative Director
John studied Medicine in Edinburgh, Scotland, and subsequently worked as a doctor in the UK, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, the Solomon Islands and the former Soviet Union. From 1991-1996 he wrote a weekly column for The Observer newspaper, UK.
John's published novels include Kingsley's Touch, Paper Mask and The Rig, all published by Penguin in the UK and USA. Since marrying an Australian and becoming a full time Australian resident he has collaborated with Aussie directors Scott Hicks, Phil Noyce, George Miller and Peter Weir.
John has written acclaimed scripts including Happy Feet (2006), Master and Commander (2003), Creation (2009) and Walking with Dinosaurs (2013). Collaborators include Jean Jacques Annaud, Steven Spielberg, Zack Snyder and Guillermo del Toro.
John has acted as script consultant and writer on many lower budget projects, and advised on the Spark, Aurora and AFTRS Screenwriting and Project Greenlight programs.