Tony Ayres is Australia’s most prolific award-winning showrunner, writer and director working across film and television. He is one of the founding members of Matchbox Pictures, now owned by NBCU.
Tony was Executive Producer on the recent thriller series Glitch (ABC), the live action series Nowhere Boys (ABC3) – which is now entering its third season with a telemovie in post-production – and the upcoming comedy series The Family Law (SBS). He was also Executive Producer on the crime/comedy series Old School (ABC) starring Sam Neill and Bryan Brown and the contemporary reimagining of the film of the same name, The Devil’s Playground (Foxtel).
Tony created Nowhere Boys, which won the Australian Academy Award for Best Children’s Television Series, a Logie Award, and a Prix Jeunesse International Award. He was the showrunner and director on The Slap, which won a multitude of awards – including five Australian Academy Awards and received nominations for a BAFTA and an International Emmy – and was remade in the US with a cast that included Uma Thurman and Peter Sarsgaard. Tony’s other television credits include producing the comedy series Bogan Pride (created by and starring Rebel Wilson), directing the telemovie Saved, and Executive Producing the comedy series Maximum Choppage and the telemovie Underground which follows Julian Assange’s life as a teenager.
His first feature, Walking on Water, won the “Teddy Award” at Berlin in 2002 and won five AFI awards. Tony’s second feature film, The Home Song Stories, inspired by his own childhood, also premiered at Berlin and won 24 Australian and international awards including eight AFI Awards. His third feature film, Cut Snake, stars Sullivan Stapleton and Alex Russell and premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2014 and recently screened at Edinburgh International Film Festival.