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Current project:


A mother takes her son’s education into her own hands.

Development stage: POST-PRODUCTION. 


In Festival submissions:


Based on a true story, Ghost is a dark re-imagining of convict William Buckley’s first contact with the indigenous Australians.

Development stage: COMPLETE, in Festival submissions.

Link To:

GHOST – Trailer

GHOST – Facebook

GHOST – Production Diary



Previous project:


What do you do, when you’re stuck in a hole with a pig tied to your back, forever?

Development stage: Completed script, seeking collaboration with animator(s)



Monday Feb 29th, 2016:

Principal photography on GHOST is wrapped, as of Friday last week in rugged NW Tasmania. Pickup shoots will continue in March and April.

What an intense, challenging yet rewarding week. We progress now to the edit with hopes high and nerves a plenty.

Huge thank you to my hardy crew, who pulled up their socks, got dirty and simply made it happen.

Eternal gratitude to my cast, Travis Jeffery, Clarence Ryan and Greg Fryer. All absolute guns, absolute professionals, under conditions verging on extreme. Travis in particular, not only lost 7-8kg in the 2 months leading into the film, but pushed the limits during the shoot for the role. He’s a star in the making.

What a ride.

JP O’Brien, Director.

To keep up to date with GHOST, please check out it’s Facebook page or IMDb:

GHOST Facebook Page



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CLARENCE RYAN is cast as Yawang

Casting is complete, very excited to announce the addition of one of Australia’s brightest young indigenous stars to the film — CLARENCE RYAN. Clarence is such a talent as an actor, he’s the perfect fit for this role.

Also, Clarence and Travis Jeffery have worked together before, so we’re intrigued to see what they bring to this film.

Not long now! 3 weeks time myself and my wife are in Tassie, this time 4 weeks is the final day of filming.

Truly humbled with the results of casting. Honestly didn’t see this coming.

Bring on the shoot!



Absolutely RAPT to welcome Mark to the production!

I’ve worked with Mark previously in the advertising space and he’s an excellent cinematographer. His tech knowledge is second to none, he thinks about shooting and story the right way, he’s very well studied and as each day goes by, he’s learning and improving. Mark is resourced, practical, gutsy and determined.

The addition of Mark is another vital piece of the puzzle in place. He joins us with a mutual ambition – to create the best fucking amazing film possible.

Roll on. 



12th of JAN 2016…

So we can confirm the following:

TRAVIS JEFFERY has been cast in the lead role of William Buckley.

GREG FRYER lands the co-lead role of Gillanda.

One more to come – and it’s a beauty!

Very exciting casting news…

DEC 24th, Christmas Eve:

William Buckley is – as of today – CAST! 

Totally blown away, to be honest, by the calibre of the talent we’ve secured. If you don’t know him now, you soon will.

All will be revealed soon.



Producer and Cultural Advisor attached to short film GHOST.

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Extremely pleased confirm Hayley Beveridge and Simon Rose in the below key roles for my short film, GHOST. It’s quite humbling to have the support and belief of your peers, and see people selflessly aligning for a common goal. It’s my job now to repay them – and indeed everyone who joins the film – with leadership, courage and vision.


Director, Writer: JP O’Brien (5A Films)

Producer: Hayley Beveridge (New Golden Age Productions)

Cultural Advisor: Simon Rose (Blackfella Films)



Tasmanian Location Scout for GHOST (Part 1)

POST DATE: 6th June, 2015


Here’s some pictures from our first location scout for the short film, Ghost.

The attached pictures come primarily from Bruny Island and the Tasman Peninsula, southern Tasmania.

We had a terrific weekend and although we didn’t find our location, it was a necessary step in the process. Development continues and we’re back in Tassie very soon. It was also a useful exercise in terms of knowing what’s on offer in the region, both for this film and future projects.

Thanks to my awesome fiance Ide for the stills. Hidden talents honey!