Andrew Garton is an independent filmmaker, musician and writer with a background in community access media. He co-established Pegasus Networks, a pre-internet service provider throughout Australia, the Pacific Islands and Southeast Asia. Pegasus Networks, launched in 1989, provided the means to share information with some of the most marginalised communities in the region.
His work spans the genres of non-fiction film-making, short-format documentary, non-linear radio documentary drama, projected video and sound installations. His films include The Light Show, a history of psychedelic performance lighting in Melbourne, the unusually topical This Choir Sings Carols and Forged from Fire – The Making of the Blacksmiths’ Tree. His first feature Ocean in a Drop – broadband impacts rural India was launched at the Chennai Film Festival in December 2017 and screened on Indian national public television in May 2018.
Andrew’s career in the media arts is as diverse as it had been challenging. In 2001 he and his team at Toy Satellite were commissioned to produce Undercurrents for the opening of the Taipei International Arts Festival. In 2003 he conceived of and produced D3, one of the first large-scale digital media installations commissioned for Australian Centre for the Moving Image’s opening year.
From 2005 to 2007 Andrew was the inaugural Program Director at Open Channel after which he worked with EngageMedia as their first Operations Manager. Taking up an artists residency at Dunmoochin in 2009 he worked as Creative Producer of Bamiyarra – a mixed media arts program for young people with a refugee background. Andrew has since worked on numerous commissions within community health contexts and his own projects, too numerous to mention.
Andrew has a Master of Arts in Interactive Media, is an Adjunct Industry Fellow, Media and Communication, Swinburne University of Technology and is an independent member of the Association for Progressive Communications. He works out of his Secession Films post-production studios on the rural outskirts of Melbourne.
Photo by Jimmie James Wright, 2017