Sebastian is an award-winning Australian content creator. He works as a screen and theatre director, producer, video editor, screenwriter and actor. He writes and directs across a variety of genres, and finds himself drawn to work with strong female leads, unconventional characters and stories that shine light into the dark corners of the human soul.

He holds a 2006 BA (Acting) from Ballarat Arts Academy and a 2017 Masters (Film & Television) from the Victorian College of the Arts. For the last 15 years he has acted professionally worldwide. He is passionate about creating fresh, authentic and original Australian content.

Sebastian has directed a dozen films that have screened internationally on a variety of different formats including 16mm, smartphones and digital cameras.

The Happiest Of My Life (2015) was awarded Best Ozploitation Short Film at the American Grindhouse Film Festival and queer erotic thriller Candy Cravings (2013) was been embraced by audiences in over two dozen festivals across the US, Europe and India.

The Significance Of Others (2017), his VCA graduate short, was his first foray into the world of improvised film, taking inspiration from the works and techniques used by acclaimed British filmmaker Mike Leigh.​

For the production of the short Dig (2016), which he wrote and directed, he was awarded the Jim Marks Postgraduate Scholarship.

In 2019 he was selected for the Directors Immersive program at CinefestOZ to pitch sci-fi feature film She Now Romeo, written by Jeni Bezuidenhout, in front of an industry panel.

In the same year Jeni and Sebastian were awarded development funding for six-part sci-fi anthology web series Flesh Bags, which they will direct and produce. Developed over a three month period in a writer's room, it is currently in production.

As a video editor he has extensive experience with both commercial and narrative content, creating content for promotional packages, festival submission, internal usage and social media.
Demonstrating his passion and skill for editing narrative shorts is Blue (2017), with 3 million YouTube views.

Jeni and Sebastian run film and theatre production company Panopticon Collective. They live in the western suburbs of Melbourne, Australia with two daughters and two cats.

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