Werner Film Productions is an award-winning film and television production company.

Who We Are

We’re an Australian film and television production company, independently owned and independently minded. We work with the cleverest creative minds to develop live action drama across a wide range of genres, for a wide variety of audiences – young, old, old-but-young-at-heart, and everyone in between.

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What We’ve Won

When you make good work, awards are a nice side effect. Here are a few we’re especially proud of.

Nomination, Most Outstanding Actor, 2018

Nomination, Most Outstanding Actress, 2018

Secret City
Winner, Most Outstanding Actress, 2017

Secret City
Winner, Most Outstanding Supporting Actor, 2017

Ready For This
Nomination, Children and Young People, 2017

Ready For This
Winner, Most Outstanding Children’s Television Series, 2016

Ready For This
Winner, Best Children’s Television Series, 2015

Dance Academy Season 2
Winner, Most Outstanding Children’s Program, 2012

Dance Academy Season 2
Winner, Children’s Television Producer of the Year, 2012

Dance Academy Season 2
Nomination, Children and Young People, 2011

Dance Academy Season 1
Nomination, Children and Young People, 2010

Dance Academy Season 1
Winner, Most Outstanding Children’s Program, 2010

Our Team

Our team is small but mighty. Collectively, we have decades of experience and passion.

Joanna Werner


Joanna is the Werner behind Werner Film Productions. With over 18 years in the film and television industry, she has produced over 88 hours and 163 episodes of television along with two feature films, all of which have sold extensively around the world. Joanna’s work has been defined by consistent acclaim, beginning with an AACTA award for her very first work as a television producer (The Elephant Princess) and three Emmy Nominations. Since then, she’s amassed production credits on an array of internationally acclaimed work – most recently Riot, as well as the two time Emmy-nominated Dance Academy. She has also taken a leading role in the industry itself, as a Board member of Screen Australia and chair of Screen Australia’s Gender Matters Taskforce.

Gemma Crofts


Gemma specialises in nurturing scripts from concept to completion. Her fifteen years of industry experience spans continents and genres, with stints at Dynamic Television in LA, Mushroom Pictures in Melbourne and Working Title Films in Sydney, as well as the prestigious Binger Film Lab in Amsterdam.

Kate Darrigan


Kate completed her Masters of Screenwriting at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2016, after graduating from a Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing and Art History). Her career history includes stints in galleries in the UK and Italy, as well as communications work in the not-for-profit, arts and government sectors. Her role at Werner Film Productions encompasses creative work and online content in particular.

Bryony McLachlan


Since completing postgraduate studies at the Victorian College of the Arts, Bryony has amassed an extensive list of production credits and awards, joining Werner Film Productions in 2013. Outside of the company, she further indulges her love for film as Producer and joint Company Director at Pirate Size Productions, a Melbourne based production company specialising in content for young audiences.