" If it's Acme, It's a gasser! "  - Chuck Jones

                    " If it's Acme, It's a gasser! " - Chuck Jones



The Acme Film Company

Tait has worked in a range of roles within the Australian film industry for more than 30 years and brings his collected expertise in creative development, marketing, distribution, producing, exhibition, curation and the international marketplace.

Tait is the principal of The Acme Film Company, a Melbourne-based production and consultancy company which he originally founded in 1988 as a distribution company. As a producer, over the last three years he has co-produced 4 projects and has others in active development, with collaborators including Jason Byrne, Richard Frankland, Stephen Amis, Rolf de Heer, Raquelle David  and Trish Lake.

In addition, Tait is a consultant to independent producers, distributors and film agencies on matters ranging from creative assessment and script development to marketing, publicity and festival strategies.  He has been a juror at Film Festivals and awards ranging from Namur in Belgium to St. Kilda, MIFF and Griffith University; and also regularly lectures on industry matters at AFTRS, VCA, Open Channel and elsewhere.

Tait entered the industry in the early 80s working in cinema management, publicity, programming and distribution. From 2004 to 2008 Tait was one of two Feature Film Evaluation Managers at the Film Finance Corporation Australia (FFC); and then transitioned into the newly formed Screen Australia, as Director of Marketing in 2009-10; before making the move into independent production.

Previously Tait was General Manager of the leading independent distribution company Palace Films (1996-2004), where his role included the management of acquisitions, marketing and distribution of over 120 international and Australian releases ranging from The Sweet Hereafter and Breaking The Waves to Chopper, Head On, Japanese Story and Lantana.  

Prior to joining Palace, Tait was Director of the Melbourne International Film Festival for 9 years (1988-96), a period in which he was widely credited for rebuilding the Festivals programming, identity and fortunes. This followed a stint as the National Exhibition Manager at the Australian Film Institute (1986-87), where he programmed the AFI’s Chauvel Cinema in Sydney, State Cinema in Hobart and a series of nationally touring film seasons. 

Tait is also the founder and Managing Director of the boutique distribution company, Label, based in Melbourne. Label’s releases include the feature doc James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge 3D, The Pervert’s Guide To Ideology by Sophie Fiennes, Rosie Jones' explosive feature documentary The Family and Ben Young's award winning debut feature Hounds of Love. 

Born in Melbourne, he has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Cinema Studies and Australian Media History from Griffith University, Brisbane.

FILMOGRAPHY: as Producer

Exec. Producer: Brothers' Nest (2018) Feature
Dir : Clayton Jacobson
Cast: Shane Jacobson, Clayton Jacobson, Kim Gyngell, Lynette Curran, Sarah Snook
In Cinemas June 2018

Producer: The BBQ (2018) Feature
Dir : Stephen Amis
Cast: Shane Jacobson, Magda Szubanski, Julia Zemiro
National Release May 2018

Exec. Producer: Little Acorns (2016) Webseries
Dir : Chris Benz, Trudy Hellier
Producer: Eyvonne Carfora
Launched September 2016 – Funded by Screen Australia
View now on Youtube.

Co-Producer: Tom Wills (2016)  DocuDrama
Dir: Chris Ferrazza & Maurice Dowd
Producer: Jason Byrne
In Post Production – Presold to TEN Network for 2016 broadcast

Producer: A Guide To Dating At The End Of The World (2016) Feature
Dir : Samuel Gay
Co- Producer: Raquelle David
Currently in Post-production

Producer: Healing (2014) Feature
Dir: Craig Monahan, w/ Hugo Weaving, Don Hany & Xavier Samuel
National release May 2014 via Pinnacle Films
International Sales : Lightning Entertainment, Los Angeles

Co-Producer: The 25th Reich (2012) Feature
Dir: Stephen Amis.  Producer: Lynne Wilson
Australian theatrical/DVD/VOD release 2013, via Label/Monster Pictures.
International Sales: Lightning Entertainment, Los Angeles

Co-Producer: The Last Days of Joe Blow (2014) Feature-Documentary
Dir: Richard Wolstencroft
Producers: Jason Byrne & Richard Wolstencroft