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Screen Queensland Presents: In Conversation with the Creator and Producer of Irreverent

Screen Queensland is proud to present an online “in conversation” with Irreverent’s Tom Hoffie (Producer) and Paddy Macrae (Creator, Executive Producer, Showrunner, Writer) on Wednesday 23 November from 2pm.

Having filmed in Far North Queensland, practitioners will gain valuable insights into local production processes and working behind-the-scenes on an international production of this scale. Tom and Paddy will also discuss filming in the state and highlights from set, along with career advice for Queensland filmmakers.   

Secured by Screen Queensland’s Production Attraction Strategy, Irreverent is a ten-part drama series produced by Universal International Studios’ Matchbox Pictures, for streamers Peacock US and Netflix ANZ . The series follows criminal mediator Paulo Keegan as he flees the United States after a mediation gone wrong, and assumes the identity of Reverend Mackenzie “Mack” Boyd.


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Tom Hoffie’s production career in the international and domestic film industry has spanned four decades during which time he has been engaged in a wide range of projects extending from local independent productions to international productions. Between 1986 and 1992 he worked alongside Fred Schepisi as one of three company directors at Film House, a Melbourne based production company that produced a range of programmes including international award-winning TVCs, documentaries, long form television and features including Evil Angels, Roxanne and The Russia House. Since his return to Queensland in 1994 Hoffie has utilised and extended the extensive network and skills gained during this experience to further develop his career as an independent practitioner. He has produced work for a range of clients including Disney, HBO, MGM, Warners, Universal, Peacock and Netflix. 

Hoffie has brought his international experience and networks to a domestic focus on industry support roles that include adjudication at film festivals, external assessment for Griffith University, tertiary guest lecturing, roles on industry advisory committees and mentorships. 

In 2007 Hoffie’s producing role on Unfinished Sky was rewarded with high acclaim and recognition with numerous awards and solid box office. Flipper was a highly successful franchise that launched the career of Jessica Alba. Love Child, a high concept returning series for the Nine Network was recognised with high viewership and numerous industry awards and started the career of a number of now-prominent young actors. His most recently released production, Clickbait for Netflix was the most watched SVOD programme internationally for a significant period. 

Hoffie’s independent stance in the industry allows him to maintain a unique perspective of the need to attract international productions while growing a vital local industry. Future projects for Hoffie will continue to use a Queensland base as a means by which to develop local industry alongside international productions. 




Paddy Macrae has held multiple roles in scripted development at Matchbox Pictures (The Slap, Clickbait, Stateless) since 2015 and has worked across projects including Barracuda, Glitch, Nowhere Boys,Seven Types of Ambiguity and all three seasons of Wanted for Channel Seven & Netflix. Paddy holds a BA of Film & TV from Swinburne and an MA in Screenwriting from the Victorian College of the Arts. He recently completed production on his first original series, 10 x 1 hour drama Irreverent, for Netflix and NBC Peacock as Executive Producer, writer & creator. 

Upon registering for this free online event, participants will receive an automatic email and pdf e-ticket containing a zoom link. Please check your junk mail if you do not receive this link. If your email does not arrive, please contact Screen Queensland Events Manager, Melanie Jefcoate via mjefcoate@screenqld.com.au.