ABOUT

 

We write. We produce. We create. 

Collaborating with like minded go-getters across film, TV and digital 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. 

Collectively the Mess Maker team have worked with likes of Qantas, Google, Tourism Tasmania and Valley Eyewear (to name a few), producing and advising on the creation and development of their campaigns. 

 

OUR CREATIVE DIRECTORS

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.

 


KRISTINA ROSS

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 LosersVigilant! 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.



 VANESSA BUCKLEY

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


TIM ROSS / DIRECTOR

orn and raised in Adelaide, Tim was working as a chippie for his old man when he fell down a well and realised the building industry wasn’t his cup of tea. With a new nose and a few less brain cells, Tim decided he might pursue a career in acting and was lured to Melbourne after being accepted into the prestigious Victorian College of the Arts (VCA). It was here he honed his stage skills, performing in a variety of plays including Our Country’s Good, Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme, Victory, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, King Lear, The Venetian Twins and The Perjured City. In his final year at VCA in 2007, Tim was awarded a Scholarship for demonstration of outstanding commitment to the course. In 2010 Tim became an ensemble member of Red Stitch Actor’s Theatre performing in On Ego, Oh Well Never Mind Bye, Howie the Rookie, The Kitchen Sink, Stop Rewind and 4000 Miles. During this time, Tim made his MTC debut playing Laertes in Simon Phillips’ production of Hamlet, followed by MTC’s world premiere of Return to Earth, directed by Aidan Fennessy. Tim then landed a lead on Channel 10’s Wonderland and moved to Sydney where he pulled out his old carpentry skills and absolutely NAILED the role of Steve Beaumont for 3 consecutive seasons. Other television credits include Neighbours, Rush, Underbelly, Mrs. Biggs, The Code 2 and most recently Home and Away. His skills for the screen were developed playing various leads in several short films and television commercials. In 2016 Tim teamed up with Ben Mingay to host Channel 7’s upcoming game show, Cannonball. It was this same year he also made his feature film debut starring in both Benefited and Cooped Up. 

Tim's talent as an actor gives him a unique perspective when stepping behind the lens. Tim has worked with the MESS MAKER team as first AD on Life Lessons with Liv and Zoe and directed all of their short form content for the digital sphere. 


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.