BLOW S#!T UP
Collaborating with like minded go-getters across film, TV and theatre MESS MAKER work to contribute to the landscape of the industry by creating original, forward thinking content that explores stories of their generation (and beyond) with humour and heart.
After years spent abroad training and working in the entertainment industry best friends Kristina and Vanessa found themselves in the same city again for the first time since high school. Driven to generate more opportunity for creatives and broaden the scope of how Millennial women were being portrayed on Australian screens led them to create FAKE IT and launch MESS MAKER productions.
A 2008 graduate of The Victorian College of the Arts Kristina has appeared in numerous television programs, commercials and short films including The Doctor Blake Mysteries, Winners and Losers, Vigilant! Healthy! Wholesome! and Side by Side. Kristina’s theatrical credits include The Seagull, The Taming of the Shrew, The Season at Sarsaparilla, Fear and Misery in the Third Reich, The Fan, Crossfire and The Masque of the Red Death. Kristina is an Associate with The Artisan Collective and played Beth in their acclaimed production of Self Torture and Strenuous Exercise and Marie in Pains of Youth for the Collectives’ Malthouse debut. The Collective staged Kristina's adaptation of the John Fowles classic The Collector in 2013 of which she also played the title role of Miranda. Kristina appeared in Daniel Keene’s Australian premiere of Life Without Me for the Melbourne Theatre Company and The Kitchen Sink for Red Stitch Actors Theatre. She is also a recipient of the Queensland Theatre Company’s Young Playwrights award and is the co-writer of Life Lessons with Liv and Zoe and FAKE IT.
Following studies in Law and Arts at Griffith University, Vanessa received a scholarship to train at one of the UK's leading performing art schools East 15 where she played title roles in such productions as Once in a Lifetime, A Mouthful of Birds, A Month in the Country, The Wonderful World of Dissocia and the Shakespeare Classic Macbeth at the Globe Theatre. Upon her return to Australia, Vanessa appeared in numerous television programs and short films including Home and Away, Doctor Doctor, The Paul Hogan Story, A Place to Call Home, House of Hancock, Rescue Special Ops and the Tropfest Finalist Film Simon. Vanessa has worked in production for Fremantle Media and is the co-writer of Life Lessons with Liv and Zoe and FAKE IT
In House Collaborators
KIRBY BURGESS / STYLIST
With an overflow of seams, sequins and silly hats, the role of 'stylist' has been a itch Kirby Burgess has wanted to scratch for many years. Often being asked "Are you heading to a costume party?" in her every day life, Kirby believes that fashion should have personality and even jeans and a T should be an 'outfit'. Kirby is also a working actor of the stage and screen with a professional career spanning 10 years, touring the world and she's not done yet! Kirby enjoys adding the title of 'stylist' to her string of talents. She will forever blur the lines of fashion and live by the impressionable words of Coco Chanel - "Dress Shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman."
KATHY LUU / PHOTOGRAPHER
Kathy Luu started her career in photography not at a young age, but she believes true love has no time limit. Born in Sydney to refugee parents who eloped for love and freedom, she is extremely fond of humanity, relationships, filmy things, tea, comedy, and women hearts -all hearts really.