Founding Partner / Producer
After making his name in the early 2000’s producing hundreds of music videos, See Pictures’ Jamie Hilton is now one of Australia’s most prominent producers with an impressive slate including BREATH, FLAMMABLE CHILDREN and OTHERLIFE.
In 2007, Hilton took a chance and threw himself into producing his first film, WAITING CITY, starring Joel Edgerton, Radha Mitchell and directed by Claire McCarthy with an estimated budget of $3 million.
“Waiting City was the jump to film. We got it up and shot it. I had been working towards it for a long time. Same as it is now, you try and find the most talented people that you know and support them to tell their stories and tell stories with them. I just thought: ‘who is the most talented person I know that is likely to get a movie up?’ and Claire was the first phone call.”
When selecting a project, Hilton said there were a few things he looks for.
“In the first instance it’s qualitative. Is this material of a high quality and are the people involved, are they either the right emerging talent to support or are they experienced and would I like to work with them? The second is can I get this made?
“Story is also very important, as producers and anyone involved in film really, we are storytellers and we’re trying to get a sense of both qualitative and what the substance or the essence of the story is. Those are the three things that are important for me.”
Jamie was recently featured in Screen International's 'Future Leaders' showcase, has lectured production at the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) and the University of Technology Sydney, and runs a mentoring program for emerging producers.
Another recent release, BACKTRACK, directed by Michael Petroni, starring Adrien Brody and Sam Neill, was part of the Official Selection at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Partner / Producer
Sonia Borella is a partner/producer at See Pictures (BREATH, 1%, SWINGING SAFARI). She most recently produced the family feature film GO KARTS, co-developed with Roadshow Films, written by Steve Worland (PAPER PLANES) and directed by Owen Trevor (TOP GEAR). She has executive produced a number of See Pictures’ recent feature films. She has a diverse development slate including female-focused and family film and television projects.
Sonia has worked in the film and television industry for almost 20 years, where she has held a number of leadership positions, including formerly as a partner of the law firm Holding Redlich, a member of the advisory committees of each of Ausfilm and Screen Producers Australia (SPA), and a lecturer at the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS).
Sonia co-founded Women in Screen and Entertainment (WISE). In 2015 Sonia completed select film and television courses through the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and she is currently studying at The Writer's Studio.
In May 2017, Sonia was recognised in the Doyle’s Guide for Recommended Media & Entertainment Lawyers – New South Wales, 2017.
Head of Ticket to Ride / Producer
Michael has been with See Pictures since 2013. After studying a B.A. in Media Arts from UTS and an Adv. Dip. in Performance from Actors Centre Australia, Michael produced award winning shorts, TVCs, and viral campaigns. In 2011, while completing a Grad. Dip in Screen Business from AFTRS, Michael produced the online musical ANDY X for Jim Sharman. On graduation, Michael received the Screen Australia Talent Escalator Program Grant to work in Los Angeles. There he worked with Village Roadshow Pictures and The Gotham Group.
For See Pictures, Michael was a Co-Producer on THE LITTLE DEATH and an Associate Producer on BACKTRACK. Michael produced the Ticket to Ride feature films OTHERLIFE directed by Ben C Lucas, 1% directed by Stephen McCallum, STANDING UP FOR SUNNY for writer/director Steve Vidler, and the short MARTHA THE MONSTER for writer/director Chris Weekes.