FIND & REPLACE FILMS was founded in 2015 by director/actor Ming-Zhu Hii.
Having worked in the Australian film, television and theatre industries for over 15 years as an actor, theatremaker and producer, Ming-Zhu's screen-based practice was born of the increasing urgency she felt to forge original, female-driven cinematic work that was at once as exquisite, subtle and intelligent, as it was mysterious, intriguing and poetic.
Believing deeply that the way we create screen-based worlds informs the culture we live in, it is Ming-Zhu's aim, along with creative producers, Nicholas Coghlan and Alexandra Curtis, to push cinematic storytelling into exciting, complex and formalistically challenging places - in a way that speaks to audiences who are drawn to layered, oneiric narrative, and an integral interrogation of the status quo.
Writer, Director, Producer
Ming-Zhu has an extensive and diverse body of work as an actor, a filmmaker, theatremaker, and multidisciplinary artist. Her directing, writing and artwork includes the forthcoming short film "Intrusion", the recent installation "Dead Drop", short film "Close Observations of a Single Subject", multimedia and performance hybrids, "Until Then, Then" and "This is Beautiful" and the critically acclaimed theatre and installation work, "Attract/Repel”. She has a 2002 Bachelor of Dramatic Art from the VCA and a 2015 Advanced Diploma of Screen Media in screenwriting and producing. As a writer/director, Ming-Zhu currently has several long-form narrative and experimental screen-based projects in varying stages of development.
Some of Ming-Zhu’s more recent acting work includes television series "The Ex-PM", "Sisters" and "Newton's Law", feature films, "That's Not Me", and 2018 releases "Peter Rabbit" and “Upgrade”, as well as leading her own 2018 short, "Intrusion.” Ming-Zhu has an extensive background on the main and independent stages of Australia, and has performed with Malthouse Theatre, MTC, STC, and both Adelaide and Melbourne International Arts Festivals, including in the intriguing and lauded performance work, "Lifeline" by German artist, Uwe Mengel. Ming-Zhu has written and spoken extensively on increased representation of women and culturally and linguistically diverse artists in the Australian performing arts sectors, and is a proud member of the MEAA Equity Diversity Committee.
To learn more about Ming-Zhu's practice and body of work, please visit her website.
Nicholas graduated from National Institute of Dramatic Art with a BDA, Acting, in 2002. As an actor he has worked extensively in film and television both in Australia and internationally, with leading roles in The Secret Life Of Us, Orange Roughies, Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War, House Husbands, Nowhere Boys and Neighbours. Nicholas has also produced numerous live performances, video art and narrative works for The Public Studio and Find & Replace Films.
Alexandra (Ally) joined the Find & Replace team in 2015, Associate Producing short film CLOSE OBSERVATIONS OF A SINGLE SUBJECT and then co-producing short film INTRUSION in 2016.
Additional credits include Producer’s Assistant on feature film STEM (a Blumhouse Productions / Goalpost Pictures co-production), as well as a range of Production Assistant / Production Manager credits across various series, music videos and web based projects.