Lure Biographies

Denise Hayward (director) trained as a theatre actor and director in Perth, Western Australia. She is a co-founder of Collective Unconscious, and directed I Might Be Edgar Allan Poe which received rave reviews at the Edinburgh, West Australian, Melbourne and Adelaide Fringe Festivals. Lure is her first film.

David Hayward (writer/producer) was born and raised in Toronto, Canada before setting off to travel the world. He eventually ended up in Perth, Western Australia where he trained as a theatre actor.

David has performed in a number of productions including I Might Be Edgar Allan Poe, a one-man show that received rave reviews at the Edinburgh, West Australian, Melbourne, and Adelaide Fringe Festivals. He is a co-founder of Collective Unconscious and has written two short plays, Chastity and Nice Eyes, both of which were included in recent seasons of Emerging from the Collective Unconscious at The Blue Room and at the 2002 West Australian Fringe Festival. Lure is his first film.

Des Hicowe (Man) trained at Kaff Theatre Skills in 1990 and following his graduation, worked briefly as an extra in Film and Television. From 1992-95, he studied Film and Television production at Perth TAFE. While there, he directed a short drama, Mere Mortals, which won several major awards at the 1996 WA Film & Video Festival. In 1997 he worked as an actor at the WA Police Academy; playing criminals to help train police recruits.

Des first became involved in amateur theatre on the Gold Coast in 1980, when he played Ruckly in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Since then he has enjoyed periodic association, playing a variety of roles. He is currently rehearsing the part of the 12th Century philosopher, Peter Abelard, in Stirling Theatre’s production of Abelard & Heloise.

Gabrielle Johns (Woman) has been in many TV commercials and is a featured extra in Shark Net, an ABC three-part mini T.V. series due out in June 2003. Her first short film was Shadow World, which won an award for best film at the Great Shave. Lure is her second short film.

Stephen Black (Cask Man) is a latecomer to the acting experience. Having begun with a small part in Tunnelvision for Artrage 2000. He has since appeared in over 20 short films and theatre productions including the award winning shows: The Black Ladder (WA Fringe 2000), Smoke (WA Fringe 2002), and Out Of Order (ABC Awards 2002).

Bob Thompson (cameraman) is a photographer/cinematographer who began his career in medical imaging. Preferring to immortalise live subjects, Bob decided to study Communications and Cultural studies at Curtin University, where he majored in Film and Television, and directed the short film "Boobalooba Beach". After analysing potential career paths in the commercial media in Perth, Bob moved to country WA, where he became involved with occupational safety and training and emergency response in the mining industry. Upon returning to Perth, Bob founded Hot Sands Productions, a company supplying interactive multimedia to safety and training professionals, thus neatly combining both prior career choices. He is now bored, broke, and looking for creative projects.