THISTLE PRODUCTIONS

Thistle Productions is the producers of the documentary miniseries FOR SCHOOL AND COUNTRY, collaborators with author Michael Veitch on the book BARNEY GREATREX, and the creators of the podcast LIFE ON THE LINE.

 Alex Lloyd at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

Alex Lloyd is a senior editor at book publisher Pan Macmillan Australia, a martial arts instructor and a passionate storyteller. He loves history and discovering the intimate, human stories that drive it. He is one of the co-founders of Thistle Productions, and the creator and host of LIFE ON THE LINE.

 Sharon Mascall-Dare.

Sharon Mascall-Dare is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster and author. Sharon has worked for the BBC, Radio France International and the ABC's Radio Australia, presenting news coverage of war and peacekeeping operations in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq. She has a PhD in communication and is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of South Australia. Her area of research is ethnographic journalism and journalistic ethics in regards to coverage of veterans' affairs and Anzac commemoration. Sharon is a Captain in the Australian Army Reserve, working now as a Public Affairs Officer with Headquarters 9th Brigade. She deployed to Iraq in 2016-17. Sharon began conducting veteran interviews for LIFE ON THE LINE in 2018.  

 Dr Brendan Nelson with Alex Lloyd, after  his interview  for LIFE ON THE LINE.

Dr Brendan Nelson with Alex Lloyd, after his interview for LIFE ON THE LINE.

 Angus Hordern in his office in Sydney.

Angus Hordern, co-founder, works in the finance industry, and runs his business Hordern Wealth Management on Sydney's North Shore. He is a former Intelligence Officer in the Royal Australian Naval Reserve and has served in the 1st Commando Regiment. His father, John, served in the Royal Australian Navy in World War II, inspiring Angus's love of history and all things military. 

 Thomas Kaye at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

Thomas Kaye is a producer at Channel Nine. He joined Thistle Productions in 2012. His interest in both the humanity of storytelling and the technical skills behind it form an invaluable part of the team. He has extensive military history in the family and is committed podcaster, on-mic and behind the scenes.

 Rohan Viswalingam at the premiere of FOR SCHOOL AND COUNTRY.

Rohan Viswalingam works at the ABC. He joined Thistle Productions in 2012 and was an editor on FOR SCHOOL AND COUNTRY. He's a passionate and creative storyteller, and deeply moved by the stories of our veterans.

Thistle Productions is indebted to its other contributors as well. Artwork for LIFE ON THE LINE is by Mark Thacker at Big Cat Design. The Thistle Productions logo is by Nicholas Hairs. The theme music for FOR SCHOOL AND COUNTRY and LIFE ON THE LINE is by Dan Van Werkhoven at Mark IV Multimedia.

Finally, we thank the support and endorsement of the Honourable Dr Brendan Nelson and the Australian War Memorial. Dr Nelson was interviewed for and launched FOR SCHOOL AND COUNTRY in 2015. He appeared on LIFE ON THE LINE to commemorate Remembrance Day in 2017.

 Thomas Kaye, Rohan Viswalingam, Alex Lloyd and Angus Hordern at  the premiere  of FOR SCHOOL AND COUNTRY, at Knox Grammar School on 5 May 2015.

Thomas Kaye, Rohan Viswalingam, Alex Lloyd and Angus Hordern at the premiere of FOR SCHOOL AND COUNTRY, at Knox Grammar School on 5 May 2015.

 Captain Sharon Mascall-Dare (left) interviews physiotherapist Captain Karmen Sampson for the Australian Army's  Training & Doctrine Podcast , on Exercise Hamel, 4 July 2016.

Captain Sharon Mascall-Dare (left) interviews physiotherapist Captain Karmen Sampson for the Australian Army's Training & Doctrine Podcast, on Exercise Hamel, 4 July 2016.

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