Open Captions Australia Inc.
Deaf Cinema Club was established February 2012 by two founders; Anthony Sammons and Bryn Davies in Melbourne.
After some successful negotiations with distributors and cinemas, Open Captions became available to Australia from November 2012 through major distributors. Deaf Cinema Club expanded to Perth, and Sydney, while couple of cinemas across Australia began showing OC sessions.
To attract a wider audience and broad appeal, the Deaf Cinema Club have changed the name to Open Captions Australia. Open Captions Australia was incorporated on 24th February 2015.
General Manager: Anthony Sammons
Anton is a co-founder of Open Captions Australia with Bryn Davies. He is also a keen brewer, mead maker, and bread baker, living a life within sustainable principles which he brings into Open Captions Australia's management. Anton won the Roma Wood Community Awards 2013 for his efforts in advocacy to make Open Captions available. Unfortunately to the staff's disappointment, Anton doesn't share beers, meads, breads, fruits and vegetables of the garden with them, he only shares the passion for Open Captioned movies, North Melbourne FC and talks a lot about beer.
Finance Officer: Bryn Davies
Bryn Davies is a long time supporter of community groups and it is no surprise to see him actively involved with Open Captions Australia from the start. He is also involved in deaf sports, currently as President of Deaf Basketball Australia and was appointed as Chef de Mission of the Australian Deaf Sports Team for the 2015 Asia Pacific Deaf Games and soon to be 2017 Deaflympics in Turkey, in between being a father of two beautiful girls, a husband and supporting the might Hawthorn Hawks in the AFL! His finance management background in the Victorian public service will hold OCA in good stead as the newly formed entity makes its splash in the community.
Secretary: Sarah Davies
Sarah Davies is a recent addition to Deaf Cinema Club, having only started with us in February 2015 for the Melbourne branch and she was appointed Secretary when OCA was established. Sarah has a friendly and caring nature, particularly with animals. She also has qualifications in administration and graphic design which will come in handy during her time with OCA. Above all else, she is a wife, mother to two beautiful girls and three fur-kids and enjoys her craft-making as a hobby
Susan lives in Perth, though was born and grew-up in a country town. She even lived in Canberra for three years and never worked for the Public Service whilst there! She is currently working in a school, providing educational support. Passionate about advocacy, Susan sees herself as a jillaroo, having done lots of different things in the deafness/disability field.. A movie that has stuck in her mind the most, is The Big Blue. And, she can't imagine life without open captions! Seeing The Hobbit; Battle of the Five Armies, with open captions on the big screen, is an experience she would like to share with everyone.
Thomas PellThomas is a self-confessed film buff and cannot imagine watching movies without open captions (OC) which is why he joined in this exciting venture to promote OC sessions. He was born in Canberra, grew up in Brisbane and currently living & working in sunny Perth although he will always be a Queenslander at heart. Such that, he is an avid supporter for Brisbane Lions (AFL) & Brisbane Broncos (NRL). He has a background in architectural drafting & building design and has been working on a number of freelance projects. In his spare time, he sees himself enjoying a variety of exercise which is not limited to running (a lot!), cycling, walking and body workouts - he considers Perth terrain as his exercise playground. Also, he has a keen interest in cooking up a storm and making delicious 'paleo' meals.
Curtis is friendly and adventurous. He enjoys going out and hitting the town but at the same time he is happy to sit down and watch a movie with family. Curtis have a wide variety of interests and love to do voluntary work for major organisations in Sydney. Mainly into tennis, movies and chilling with his friends. His goals in life is to stay healthy, meeting new people, experience everything and travel around the world. Curtis is responsible for promoting, marketing, getting feedbacks, sending out weekly newsletter and movie schedules, requests, and also attending movie sessions to check off tickets.
Our latest Constitution
First Version approved 18th February 2015.
Last revised 18th February 2015