Thomas Barrell

Thomas grew up in Mount Druitt and linked up with CuriousWorks in 2012, helping Mark Taylor with the Nepean Youth Channel project, and going on to work on numerous other projects including our first feature film, Riz.

He has a Bachelors degree in Communication with Honours and has ambitions to be a film industry professional and cultural leader guiding others to tell their stories, but in the meantime gets a lot of satisfaction from our community projects. He was recently the First Assistant Director on the productions of Tiger Cops and Las Rosas and hopes that he can learn even more from the film industry. 

He is always trying to learn new things within the film and media industry and is always happy to take up any challenge. He is also hoping to learn more about animation and create a some projects in the field of animation in the future but in the meantime is hoping to hone his video and photography skills and learn more about directing.

“The people and the community projects are what motivates me to create more stories. As for community projects, meeting new people and helping them tell their stories are a great thing to do and show the world, a real view from someone who doesn’t usually get noticed.”

Currently, he is freelancing and taking part in various projects both within the community and with interactive media. At times he is facilitating workshops and helping kids and others learn about film, photography and storytelling. Allowing them to tell their story and reflect on their own experiences. However, he aspires to one day direct a feature-length film of his own. He hopes that his experience can teach others that they can achieve their own dreams if they put their minds to it.


Makers Space

Las Rosas 

Beyond Refuge

Connecting to Country


Nepean Youth Channel 

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Our office is located on Tharawal country. Our work takes us across Tharawal, Dharug and Eora lands. We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we work, and pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.