Archipelago Productions has a development slate that spans feature film, television, and works for stage and festivals.
We aim to develop and create work locally, in collaboration with interstate and international partners, that brings the world to us, and the work to the world; projects that are born of place, but which reach far beyond our perceived isolation.
Through our stories we aspire to
1. Connect artists and organisations,
2. Bring exceptional thinkers to our shores,
3. Create opportunities for local creatives, and
4. Export artistic and cultural projects that paint Tasmania as a viable and exciting place to create new work, extending our ambition, thinking and reach.
Through quality, supported work driven by passion, we can simultaneously:
-engage with pressing social issues,
-nurture new talent,
-strengthen industry standards,
-and develop products that travel the world.
Archipelago Productions has its sights set on promoting Tasmania as the most exciting corner of the country. A place in which to risk, innovate, and inspire.
In recognition of the deep history and culture of this island, we wish to acknowledge the Tasmanian Aboriginal community, who are the traditional owners and continued custodians of the land and waters of lutruwita (Tasmania).
Who we are
Award-winning actress Marta Dusseldorp has worked extensively in theatre, film and television and is one of Australia’s most recognised actresses.
Marta received the AACTA Award for Best Lead Actress in a TV Drama for ABC’s Janet King in which she plays the title role and is also an Associate Producer. She stars in the popular series A Place to Call Home for Foxtel and in the ABC series Jack Irish opposite Guy Pearce. Marta has been nominated multiple times for AACTA and TV Week Logie Awards in Lead Actress categories for her work in these productions. Marta was most recently nominated for Most Popular Actress at the 2019 Logie Awards.
Her numerous other television credits include the six-part Blackjack telemovies opposite Colin Friels, Devil’s Dust, and the award-winning mini-series After the Deluge. Marta has just finished filming the ABC mini-series Stateless opposite Cate Blanchett.
Marta has a wealth of experience on stage including being a member of Sydney Theatre Company’s Actor’s Company where she received a Helpmann Award for her role in Shakespeare’s War of the Roses. Other STC highlights include Victory, The Lost Echo, Mother Courage, Company B’s international tour of Cloudstreet. Most recently she starred to great acclaim in Melbourne Theatre Company’s A Doll’s House: Part 2, Gloria for the Griffin Theatre and Scenes from a Marriage at Queensland Theatre. Her next leading role is playing Hester in The Deep Blue Sea by Terrance Rattigan for the STC opening Feb 4th 2020.
Her film credits include Paul Cox’s award-winning Innocence, John Curran’s Praise, Bruce Beresford’s Paradise Road opposite Glenn Close, Francis McDormand and Cate Blanchett, Jonathan Teplitzky’s Burning Man and the forthcoming Ellie & Abbie directed by Monica Zanetti.
Marta and her husband, Ben Winspear have started their own production company Archipelago productions in Tasmania, where they now live. They have many upcoming theatre productions confirmed they are producing in Hobart 2020 and one that is part of Ten Days on the Island in 2021. Marta is also in her second year of an exclusive development deal with Fremantle Australia developing television for the national and international television markets. She is also Co-producing a feature film with Dragonet Films.
As a director Ben has steered a number of new productions for Sydney Theatre Company, where he was Resident Director for three years including Morph, These People, This Little Piggy, Metamorphosis and Thyestes. He also co-directed Victory for STC, ran numerous play readings and developments and judged for the Patrick White Award and Young Writers Award.
Other productions include Saved (NIDA), Insect!, Pantagleize, and Monkey (UNSW), Macbeth, King Lear, The Tempest (STC Education) and Monkey (Big Monkey), The Gardens of Paradise (Ten Days on the Island), The Bluebird (Cranbrook School) and Silver (Downstairs Belvoir).
As Associate Artist for Griffin Theatre he was Associate Director on Gloria, and for three years was responsible for running the artist development programmes there.
As assistant director, Ben has worked with Barrie Kosky (on three productions, Oedipus, Women of Troy and La Grand Macabre), Robyn Nevin (Don Parties On), Howard Davies (The Cherry Orchard), Garry McDonald (Stones in His Pockets), and Jean Piere Mignon (The Miser). Most recently he directed Twelve Times He Spoke for Blue Cow, and The Feather in the Web for Griffin Theatre and Gruesome Playground Injuries for Tas Theatre Co.