Speakers Profile - Jason Gann

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Jason is an exceptional actor, writer and comedic performer. In 2002 he co-created, co-wrote and starred in the 'Tropfest' winning short film Wilfred which also earned him the award for 'Best Male Actor', an award he was to win again in 2003 for Buried. Wilfred went on to screen and win awards at festivals around the world including 'Sundance' and 'Palm Springs'. The SBS spin-off series Wilfred has become an Australian 'cult' hit and has won numerous awards including an AFI for 'Best Comedy Series'. A second series of Wilfred is in pre-production.

Jason is also well known to Australian audiences as 'Mark Wary', the apologising sportsman on Network Ten's The Wedge. This character's switch on appeal lead Jason to develop a spin-off series about the private world of this affable sports star, and series one was broadcast nationally on Network Ten in 2008. The show was nominated for a Logie for Most Outstanding Comedy.

Jason graduated from the University of Southern Queensland with a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Acting Major) in 1998 and headed straight for the stage

appearing in productions such as Vertigo and the Virginia (Queensland Theatre Company), It Runs in the Family, A Passionate Woman, Picnic at Hanging Rock, Torch Song Trilogy, Hamlet(Twelfth Night Theatre), He Died with a Felafel in his Hand at La Boite Theatre and several seasons of Keep Everything You Love (for which he won Best Male Actor, Queensland Del Arte Awards).

In the feature films, Jason has filmed roles in Thunderstruck ,The Illustrated Family Doctor and Gettin' Square (opposite David Wenham). His television credits also include the role of 'Ditch' Kenny in two episodes of Blue Heelers and a cameo role in Kath and Kim for the ABC.

A prolific writer and creator of programs, Jason has his own production company with projects in development including Jason and the Residents,

which was picked up for development by Foxtel. The feature film he wrote and starred in, Rats and Cats, was released into Australian cinemas in 2008 and screened at the South By Southwest Film festival in the USA in 2009.