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OPTIMISM is a UK and Australian film production company headed by 3 award-winning creative producers who champion talent, push boundaries and enjoy the process: Mish Armstrong (Movie Mischief), Alicia Brown (Honeymooner) and Melanie Coombs (Melodrama Pictures). OPTIMISM = creative collaboration + inspired films

Mish Armstrong

Mish Armstrong is a Melbourne based producer who has produced short films, documentaries and for television. Mish has produced documentaries including OUT OF OUR MINDS (SBS), THE KOKODA TRAIL (SBS), BOWLING FOR GOLD and THE FITZROY STARS (Message Sticks, ABC). She also works as a television producer on factual shows including Family Footsteps (Ghana & Peru), Australia’s Got Talent, Project Runway, 7PM Project, Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation and The Recruit.

Alicia Brown

Alicia Brown started in media as a journalist and producer on documentary and music programmes for the ABC in Sydney and the BBC in London. Alicia produced her first feature HONEYMOONER. which premiered at the 2010 Edinburgh International Film Festival and was released in the UK through Soda Pictures in January 2011.  Alicia spent 2013 working with Ted Hope at the San Francisco Film Society as a Screen Australia fellow.  

Melanie Coombs

Melanie Coombs has produced award winning shorts, animation, documentaries and features since 1999 under her Melodrama Pictures banner. HARVIE KRUMPET won 2003 Academy Award ® for Best Short Animation. MARY AND MAX, opened 2009 Sundance, won Grand Cristal at Annecy and the Asia Pacific Screen Award APSA Best Animated Film 2009 and released worldwide. Melanie was awarded Screen Producers Association of Australia SPAA Feature Film Producer of 2009 Award.