Bitten by the film making bug while working for a regional television station, film tutor Patrick Gillies originally trained as a camera man and video editor for television news and current affairs.
Since his career-changing decision, he hasn’t looked back, delving into both short and long-form comedy for the big and small screen.
Over the past two decades, Patrick’s comedic short films have been selected for over 40 international film festivals. His credits include two feature films with international distribution and three broadcast television comedies.
Patrick has been part of the team at the Southern Institute of Technology School of Film and Animation for the almost three years and in this time he has developed a real passion for teaching.
“The most enjoyable aspect of my role is interfacing with the students and being able to make a difference to their work,” he says.
“Helping them through those early developmental stages and finally seeing them through to completion – that is, projected up onto the big screen at our end of year Flicks Film and Animation showcase.”
In his leisure time Patrick enjoys spending time with his children at the skate park.
“One of my goals is to resurrect my long dormant skateboarding abilities,” he says.
And when his children have gone to bed, Patrick and his wife enjoy a good TV comedy.
“Larry David or Ricky Gervais come top of the list.”