Ray is currently President of the ADG, (Australian Directors Guild), a position he occupies while producing his own films. His latest work has been a return to making music video. Ray produced a clip with long time collaborator Rb Hirst for Joseph Roe called Joseph Roe Saving the Kimberley. Piccolo films has also produced a trilogy of clips for Reg Mombassa and Peter O'Doherty and their band Dog Trumpet. Buttons Undone, Great South Road and Manchester can be viewd on Vimea.
ONE OUT OF THE BAG is a feature length concert film of the SPLIT ENZ 2006 reunion tour. Ray worked with Sarah Watt as DOP for the box office success Look Both Ways, winner of the 2005 AFI award for best film and the Film Critics circle of Australia, and nominated for Best Non-European Film at the European Film Awards.
A graduate of the Australian Film Television and Radio School in 1980, Ray comes from a showbiz family. Both his parents are musicians and his sister is a TV director. His wife Lucinda is also a filmmaker and his children are already making films. His daughter Rachel is learning how to be a camera operator and his son Lewis hopes to become a writer.
Ray has enjoyed a colourful and productive presence in a filmmaking career spanning three decades. In that time he has directed short dramas, documentaries and features, and established a reputation as one of Australia's most innovative cinematographers through his work on features such as Wrong World, The Prisoner of St Petersberg and The Plains of Heaven.
Ray's first feature as writer and director, Return Home, received the 1990 AFI Award for best director, and the Film Critics circle of Australia Award for Best Director and Best Film. It screened at many festivals including Berlin, Edinburgh, Seattle and a retrospective in Cannes 1998. In 1991 Ray wrote and directed Eight Ball, produced by Timothy White and screened on ABC TV the following year.
In the 1980’s he produced forty odd music videos for MIDNIGHT OIL, CROWDED HOUSE and HOODOO GURU's among others. Ray has also been a lecturer at the Victorian College of Arts, teaching screen performance to the drama students and acting as supervising producer for the final year film students.
Ray has directed many hours of TV drama, and has specialised in setting up drama series such as MDA and SeaChange for ABC TV, the latter becoming the network’s highest rating drama to date.
Read more about Ray at Melbourne Independent Filmmakers