For all the pomp around the fancy name and branding, Flicker Theory is really just one guy. It represents the film, television and photojournalism portfolio of Vancouver-based media multi-hyphenate Austin Andrews.
About Flicker Theory
An Emmy Award-winning editor, Austin’s portfolio includes theatrical feature films, TV spots for major international clients, and over thirty hours of series television.
His latest theatrical feature, the adventure/horror Summer of 84, premiered at Sundance 2018. Previously, his 3D fantasy adventure film The Games Maker, starring Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love), was released by Disney on 1200 screens internationally after premiering at Sundance 2015, scoring Austin a nomination for Best Film Editing from Argentina’s Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.
Other features include the coming-of-age drama Anthem of a Teenage Prophet starring Juliette Lewis (Natural Born Killers), which he also co-produced, and the IFC-released thriller In Their Skin with Selma Blair (Hellboy). Series TV he has edited includes Netflix’s Julie and the Phantoms (2020), for which he won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Editing; and the upcoming Bron Animation series Fables starring Ricky Gervais and Jemaine Clement.
Austin’s second feature film, the supernatural mystery The Island Between Tides, is due to premiere in 2023. With an ensemble cast including Donal Logue and Golden Globe nominee Adam Beach, the film is based on a lost story from J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan) and was produced with XYZ Films (Mandy, The Raid) and Telefilm Canada.
Austin made his directing debut as a teenager with the acclaimed short How My Next Door Neighbour Discovered Life On Mars, which screened to festival audiences of two million on every continent and won over fifteen awards, including the prestigious Warner Roadshow Studios Queensland New Filmmaker of the Year award for Austin. His follow-ups include the candy-coloured short Kite Circuit, which was nominated for a top award at the Tribeca Film Festival, and Frog, starring Allison Mack, which premiered at the Vancouver International Film Festival.
Austin’s debut feature as director, the media satire Lord Jones is Dead, was filmed in Johannesburg as a Canadian-South African co-production. Released to select theatres and on Super Channel in 2018, it was called “the Office Space of print journalism” by Hollywood North Magazine and “fun and clever” by Toronto Film Scene.
His follow-up feature projects, the suspense thriller Trust/Fall and psychological horror Pyramiden, are currently in development with support from the Harold Greenberg Fund and Telefilm Canada.
On the television side, he has directed commercials for clients including Samsung, Globalstar Australia, Rand Merchant Bank and New Zealand Career College, and episodes of Hollywood’s 10 Best This Week.
Austin’s acclaimed photojournalism work includes spot news and feature reportage on six continents.
Based for a year in Johannesburg, Austin documented ethnic clashes, World Cup preparations and South Africa’s fourth democratic elections for The Times newspaper. He also undertook long-term projects for the governments of South Africa and the European Union, and NGOs including Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and the International Organization for Migration. Covering the war in Afghanistan, Austin profiled Canada’s role in the NATO-led ISAF military campaign in Kabul and Kandahar. He also provided additional on-the-ground reporting and correspondence for BBC World News during the 2011 siege on Kabul, and covered Afghanistan’s first-ever rock music festival for ABC Radio.
Other notable stories include the rebuilding of Burma after Cyclone Nargis, the plight of Zimbabwean refugees fleeing political and economic turmoil, and a portrait of North Korea at the height of nuclear tensions for The Globe and Mail. His photography has appeared in magazines including Time, Foreign Policy and Maclean’s, and in the online edition of National Geographic.
His debut photography book Shadow Hymns was released by UpRoute Books and is available in stores across Canada. His second photography book Red Star Utopia: Inside North Korea was lauded as “beautiful” and “eye-opening” by the National Post.
Austin’s VFX work includes stints on the feature films Final Destination 5 and Invictus; as VFX supervisor on the theatrical feature Summer of 84 and Lifetime TV movies including Drink Slay Love and Perfect High; and as supervisor for Flicker Theory alongside nine other vendors on The Games Maker.
A short list of clients for which Austin has designed branding and motion design includes Sony, LG, Flight Centre, Nescafé and HP, winning three Telly Awards.
- Stars on the Rise: Alberta’s Class of 2018
The Calgary Herald (2019)
- A Kingdom Revealed
The National Post (2018)
- Calgary-raised photojournalist leaves North Korea with trove of intimate images
CBC Books (2018)
- Exploring the World, One Story at a Time
CTV Alberta Primetime (2018)
- A Wonderful, Whimsical World
The Vancouver Sun (2017)
- Assembling The Games Maker [English] [Spanish]
Asociacion Argentina de Editores Audiovisuales (2014)
- Profile: Austin Andrews
The Lab Magazine (2010)
- “Hack Without Borders”
triple J Radio Interview (2009)