White Hot Productions is the production arm of The White Hot Group and has extensive experience within the Film, Television and Entertainment industry.
White Hot Productions has won 35 Australian and International Film Industry Awards and has been Nominated for over 100 more.
The company’s ongoing focus is on feature film and television series production.

Our Latest Projects

  1. Never Too Late (2020)

    A group of seniors plan to break out of their retirement home.


    Primary Production Companies: White Hot Productions, F.G. Film Productions, Screen Australia, The South Australian Film Corporation
    Executive Producers: Ian Kirk, Jack Christian
    Producers: Antony I. Ginnane, David Lightfoot
    Director: Mark Lamprell
    Editor: Alan Bennett
    Colorist: Brett Manson
    Post Production Editorial Department: Steve Cooper
    Writers: Luke Preston, Grant Carter
    Cast: James Cromwell, Dennis Waterman, Roy Billing, Shane Jacobson, Jack Thompson, Jacki Weaver
    Format: Feature Film
    Genres: Comedy, Drama
    Distributors: Blue Fox Entertainment, Pacific Northwest Pictures, R&R Films


  2. Cargo (2017)

    After an epidemic spreads all over Australia, a father searches for someone willing to protect his daughter.


    Primary Production Companies: White Hot Productions, Addictive Pictures, Causeway Films, Head Gear Films
    Executive Producers: Ian Kirk, Zak Brilliant, Jeff Harrison, Craig Deeker
    Producers: Russell Ackerman, Kristina Ceyton, Samantha Jennings, Sally Clarke
    Director: Ben Howling
    Editor: Cory Augustyn
    Post Production Editorial Department: Craig Deeker
    Writers: Yolanda Ramke, Tom Forrest
    Cast: Simone Landers, Martin Freeman, Marlee Jane McPherson-Dobbins, Lily Anne McPherson-Dobbins, Finlay Sjoberg, Nova Sjoberg
    Format: Feature Film
    Genres: Drama, Horror
    Distributors: Icon Film Distribution, Umbrella Entertainment, Bankside Films


  3. Measure for Measure (2019)

    The lives of inhabitants of a housing commission tower whose paths cross after a shocking event occurs on their front doorstep.


    Primary Production Companies: White Hot Productions, Toothless Pictures, Harvest Pictures Group, Roar Film
    Executive Producers: Ian Kirk, John Kearney
    Producers: Damian Hill, Paul Ireland
    Director: Paul Ireland
    Editor: Gary Woodyard
    Editor's Assistant: Sarah Camerota
    Colorist: Charlie Ellis
    Visual / SFX: John Fox
    Post Production Editorial Department: Sarah Camerota
    Writers: Damian Hill, Paul Ireland
    Cast: Hugo Weaving, Harrison Gilbertson, Daniel Henshall, Doris Younane, Mark Leonard Winter, Gerald Lepkowski
    Format: Feature Film
    Genre: Drama
    Services: Colour Grading, Editing, Mastering - Prep for Cinema, DVD, Blu-Ray, NetFlix & VOD, OnLine Editing, Post Production Supervision
    Distributors: Bankside Films, Samuel Goldwyn Films, Umbrella Entertainment


  4. The Dressmaker (2015)

    А bittersweet comedy about love, revenge and haute couture. Set in the 1950’s, The Dressmaker is about a glamorous young woman who, after many years in Europe, returns to her small home town in rural Australia to right some wrongs from her past. When Tilly (played by Kate Winslet) comes home, she not only reconciles with her ailing mother, Molly (played by Judy Davis) but, with her sewing machine. With her haute couture style, she transforms the women of the town and, simultaneously, gets sweet revenge on those who did her wrong. Also, unexpectedly, she falls in love – which leads to her greatest loss and her most destructive deed. Written by Jocelyn Moorhouse and P.J. Hogan, directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse and based on the best-selling novel by Rosalie Ham, The Dressmaker brings together a highly acclaimed cast ( Kate Winslet, Judy Davies, Liam Hemsworth and Hugo Weaving) along with and an outstanding team. On the day of the premiere of its record Australian box office season, The Dressmaker received twelve nominations for this year’s AACTA Awards. It won 5 including Best Lead Actress and the People’s Choice Award. It is now in international release.


    Primary Production Companies: White Hot Productions, Screen Australia, Ingenious Senior Film Fund
    Executive Producers: Ian Kirk, PJ Hogan, Daryl Dellora, Karl Engeler
    Producers: Sue Maslin, Louisa Kors
    Director: Jocelyn Moorhouse
    Editor: Jill Bilcock
    Colorist: Trish Cahill
    Visual / SFX: Jeff Little
    Post Production Editorial Department: Victor Moyers
    Writers: Jocelyn Moorhouse, PJ Hogan
    Cast: Kate Winslet, Judy Davis, Liam Hemsworth, Hugo Weaving, Julia Blake, Shane Bourne
    Format: Feature Film
    Genres: Comedy, Drama
    Distributors: Embankment Films, Axinite Digicinema, Broad Green Pictures


  5. Pawno (2016)

    Pawno is a character driven ensemble film set in the diverse and multicultural suburb of Footscray in Melbourne, Australia. It revolves around one day in the lives of twelve characters. The film is set in an ageing Pawnbrokers and at the core of the story beats a romance, yet love is rarely simple. Within a day, lives intersect and motives are examined. It is a multi-layered story that celebrates the rawness of humanity and challenges audiences to see the world from a different view. Characters from various cultural backgrounds are reflected in the performances of some of Australia’s most dynamic actors. It is the Australia that we see when walking down the street and one rarely shown and often maligned in film. Pawno is a film that has garnered much hype amongst the film world in Australia. A brilliant soundtrack comprising Tom Waits, Astronomy Class and Vance Joy amongst others is married with an original score to take the viewer into the sanctuary of Les Underwood and his pawn store whilst catching the vulnerability of those on the street. Essentially, it is a left of centre Rom – Com, but don’t be surprised to shed a tear. Pawno is a film with a heart of gold about characters that won’t be forgotten.


    Primary Production Companies: ROAR Digital, Toothless Pictures
    Executive Producer: Ian Kirk
    Producers: Damian Hill, Paul Ireland, Mark Forytarz, Ray Montague
    Director: Paul Ireland
    Editor: Gary Woodyard
    Post Production Editorial Department: Charlie Ellis
    Writer: Damian Hill
    Cast: John Brumpton, Maeve Dermody, Malcolm Kennard, Mark Coles Smith, Damian Hill, Tony Ricards
    Format: Feature Film
    Genres: Comedy, Drama
    Services: Colour Grading, Editing, Mastering - Prep for Cinema, DVD, Blu-Ray, NetFlix & VOD, OnLine Editing, Post Production Supervision
    Distributors: Ascendant Releasing, Mind Blowing Films, 10 Bold



White Hot Productions develop, commission and produce an on-going slate of features.  We also develop television series with a unique approach and strong commercial appeal.  Our commitment is to working with outstanding creative talent to tell outstanding stories.

White Hot Productions collaborates as executive producer, co-producer or investor in selected features and television series initiated by other production companies.

White Hot Productions have been involved in numerous award winning features including “THE DRESSMAKER”, “NEVER TOO LATE”,  “MEASURE FOR MEASURE”, “PAWNO”, “ALI’S WEDDING”, “THE MENKOFF METHOD”, “BOYS IN THE TREES” and “SUNSET SIX”.

White Hot Productions have also been involved in several successful international productions including “BOILING POINT”, “VILLAIN” & “GENESIS”.

We bring passion, care and dedication to our projects, we enjoy the cut and thrust and teamwork associated with the successful creative process of project development and the subsequent production. The White Hot Group successfully merges the expertise of entertainment industry insiders with experienced commercial experts that together enable a vision and ability to deliver quality Australian & International films and television productions.

How We Work

What We Are Looking For

White Hot Productions is proactive in the projects it undertakes. We pursue our own initiatives and actively seek out or commission projects for our development portfolio and production slate from either experienced or emerging writers or production teams. We have a rigorous review and assessment process.

In our projects, we look for the different, the daring and the dynamic. We appreciate and nurture clever ideas, good writing and inspiring vision which can be translated into projects which have strong audience appeal and commercial marketability.

With television series in development, we take them from the hasty scrawl of promising ideas scribbled on a napkin to thoroughly developed exciting series concepts, storylines and pitch documents. We’re strong on an Australian slant and point of view and the track record of the principals.

The Development Process

A very important part of our development process is to put together a top notch development team working together with the original creators and project principals and others who can make a major contribution to a creative development process that ensures an outstanding series.

The story must be appealing and the subject matter either hasn’t been done before or has an exciting twist on what might be a familiar theme.  We’re looking for strong characterisation, compelling story telling, good writing mixed with a strong visual sense and a deft combination of images, action and dialogue which matches its genre and fulfils its intentions.

White Hot has been able to ensure the nurturing of its development slate free of external influences and time pressures.  The direct benefit is that each project has been given the necessary time so that it is presented to the market in the best possible shape.  Deadlines are bespoke, self imposed and in the best interests of the individual project.

Our Team

Ian Kirk

Executive Producer

One of the original founders of White Hot Productions, Ian, as Executive Producer, brings the same passion, dedication and business nous to White Hot and to film and television as he does to the successful management of his significant non-entertainment international assets.

Seeking an outlet for his film and television interest, he began with supporting the early stages of script development on several projects and investment in selected productions. He later acquired ROAR Digital a complete post production facility. ROAR Digital’s recent work includes “BEYOND THE WASTELAND”, “TRUST FRANK”, “MEASURE FOR MEASURE”, “THE VIPERS HEX”, “REFLECTIONS IN THE DUST”, MY CHERRY PIE”,  “CLOUDSTREET”, “SURVIVING GEORGIA” “THE MENKOFF METHOD” and “PAWNO”

Ian invested (Via White Hot Productions) in TML Enterprises theatre production of “Fiddler on the Roof’ (starring Topol). The production had successful seasons in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth as well as Wellington and Auckland.


Ian’s diverse body of works have won 35 Australian and International Film Industry Awards and have been Nominated for over 100 more.

John Kearney

Executive in Charge of Production

John has a significant pedigree within both the Australian and US Film Industries, working for Film Victoria, Crawford Productions, Burrowes Film Group, Keller Entertainment and Hallmark Productions.

John was in the industry when Film Victoria was born. He worked on the establishment and policy framework and later became Deputy Director. He left Film Victoria to work with the Burrowes Film Group raising finance for five features including MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER II.

At Crawfords Australia he was production head and later CEO. After leaving Crawfords, he moved to the L.A. based Keller Entertainment as development and production consultant. John was also Hallmark’s Australian representative. With the sportscaster Ron Casey, he introduced firstly harness racing then racing into Melbourne homes on Community Channel 31. He has been on many boards including the Melbourne International Film Festival, the Australian Children’s Television Foundation and Film Victoria. Most recently, he has been freelancing as a production and development consultant on several Australian features and television series.

His career credits as an executive producer and producer include the television series “FLYING DOCTORS”, “NEWLYWEDS”, “THE FEDS”, “STATE CORONER”, “THUNDERWITH” and, in film, “DOGS IN SPACE”, “GROUND ZERO”, “MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER II”, “UNDER A RED MOON”, “CIRCLE OF LIES” and “THE MENKOFF METHOD”.  This extensive body of work, delivering John 5 Wins & 10 Nominations within the Australian Film & TV industry.

Vann Fisher

Advisory Board Member

Vann draws on 40+ years of corporate, commercial and financial experience to provide The White Hot Group with robust strategic and related advices.

Vann is the founding Director of Wall Street Consulting Pty Ltd providing strategic and directional advices to private and corporate clients as well as being a Director of various private companies (representing his own and client interests) engaged in real estate and general investments.

Vann is also a co-founder of the Bowery Capital Mortgage and Investment Fund and has been a Consultant at Wisewould Mahony Lawyers since 2002.

Vann holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Economics from Monash University and is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria.

Charlie Ellis

Colourist and Technical Manager – ROAR Digital

Charlie brings broad industry experience to White Hot Productions.

Charlie in his current role of Colourist and Technical Manager ROAR Digital has the skillset and diverse experiences to provide White Hot Productions clients insights to post-production elements which may assist in their overall production requirements.

Charlie has over 30 years of Film & TV experience.  Initially, he worked as a video technician before progressing to a creative position in Telecine.  He then worked for several respected facilities throughout Australia, he designed and built the first DI (Digital Intermediate) theatre for digital film grading at Warner Roadshow Studios.  His diverse industry experience across Australia, South East Asia and China has enabled him to become an award-winning Senior Colourist, now based at ROAR Digital, Port Melbourne.


Charlie in his current role of Colourist and Technical Manager ROAR Digital has the skillset and diverse experiences to provide clients with the highest level of care and attention to detail required to produce best in class feature film and TV Series productions.

Under Charlie’s leadership ROAR Digital was the 2019 Winner of Screen Producers Australia – Services & Facilities Business of The Year.

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