Monster Pictures champions, promotes and propagates genre cinema through education, production, exhibition, distribution and marketing with a particular emphasis on supporting emerging Australian talent.
Monster Pictures is a film distribution company based in Melbourne Australia, specialising in genre cinema. The company launched in 2010 with the ANZ and UK release of Tom Six’s controversial horror masterpiece THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE. Since its foundation Monster has acquired over one hundred titles, releasing them on multiple platforms in the territories of Australia/NZ and UK/EIRE. Amongst Monsters more well know titles are THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE franchise, MANIAC, THE WOMAN, AMERICAN MARY, EXCISION, GRABBERS, INBRED, STARRY EYES, KISS OF THE DEAD, THE ABCs OF DEATH 1 & 2 to name only a few. In 2011 Monster founded Monster Fest which has emerged in the period since as Australia’s premiere genre film festival, and as such, has been the recipient of funding support from Australia’s Federal Government screen agency Screen Australia since 2014, and more recently from the Victorian Government screen agency Film Victoria for its 2016 festival. In 2016 Monster returned from the Marché du film in Cannes with a number of high profile titles that will see the company expand its theatrical distribution activities significantly through its Monster Fest Presents, national event based, theatrical strategy – among these are Julia Ducournau’s Cannes Critic Week sensation RAW, Anurag Kashyap’s Cannes Directors Fortnight smash hit PSYCHO RAMAN, and Sundance Midnight favourite THE EYES OF MY MOTHER. 2016 also sees Monster launch its Cult of Monster website, the online flagship of the Monster brand, a content rich site for genre fans by genre fans.
Company Director / Head of Acquisitions / Creative Director
Neil has worked in the Australian film industry for the last 20 years in various roles including production, distribution and acting. Neil and his long time friend and collaborator, Grant Hardie started hatching a plan in 2010 to start a distribution label specialising in genre cinema late that year, Monster Pictures was born.
Since the birth of Monster, Neil has been its Creative Director, Head of Acquisitions, regular mouthpiece and as is the way in small business, general roustabout and occasional dogsbody. Neil lives in Melbourne with his whippet Wilma, is a fanatical supporter of the St Kilda Football Club and enjoys robust conversations about any number of topics.
Company Director / Head of Business / Director of Sales
Grant Hardie, an RMIT film graduate, has worked within the Australian film industry for over twenty years in roles ranging from production through distribution. Since Monster Pictures inception in 2010, Grant has worked in various capacities within the company and is now Business Manager & Head of Sales. Grant’s passion for film harks back to late nights as a child, waiting for his parents to fall asleep before he would sneak out to the living room to catch a Hammer Horror film on television. This enthusiasm for genre cinema carried through Grant’s adult life and has proved a driving force behind co-founding Monster Pictures.
Director of Home Entertainment & Marketing
Ben has worked in all aspects of film distribution for over half a decade, from acquisitions to product development, production, design and everything in-between, including curatorial duties on ‘Monster Masters’ a sub-label dedicated to preserving genre classics for collectors who spurn digital and salivate over physical media. Outside of Monster Pictures, Ben is the co-founder of a boutique VHS distribution label, Celluloid Apocalypse, and has taken over producing and directing duties on the hit Channel 31 show Running On Empty with fellow Monsterite Jarret Gahan.
Director of Online Content & Marketing
A university film graduate, Jarret Gahan has been toiling away in visual storytelling for well over a decade, producing award-winning films, music videos and supplemental features for home entertainment releases. Jarret has worked in a combination of the home entertainment, theatrical and gaming industries for the past eighteen years. His passion from infancy has been cinema, christened on VHS, his education started early with his first filmic memories being awash of exploding heads, flying spheres and fallen AT-ATs.
Artistic Director Monster Fest
Kier-La Janisse is a film writer and programmer based in Canada. She is the Editor-in-Chief of Spectacular Optical Publications, founding director of The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies. Amongst many other credentials she has also been a programmer for the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas. Kier-La is the author of a number of books including the bestselling memoir ‘House of Psychotic Women. Kier-La is the Artistic Director of Monster Fest Melbourne.
Wilma is a whippet and the youngest member of the Monster team. She loves the park, her blanket, running at great speeds, her ball and pulling greasy things from the bin and dragging them around the office. Wilma sleeps for upwards of 15 hours per day and is much loved by all. Wilma has little interest in cinema but is available for photo shoots and other promotional activities. Please note: Wilma does not use email nor does she have a phone, and can only be contacted in person at the Monster Pictures office is Melbourne.