Executive Producer – Distribution
Whilst studying law at Melbourne University during the 1960’s, Finney became heavily involved in the Film Society, Film Festival and film making activity. He also co-founded the La Mama Company and in 1969 he commissioned, co-directed and appeared in the theatrical production of David Williamson’s THE COMING OF STORK which director Tim Burstall filmed in 1970.
In 1971 he joined Roadshow Film Distributors and brought the movie STORK to Roadshow’s attention. This acquisition led to the formation of Hexagon Productions, the first ongoing joint venture between Production and Distribution entities in contemporary Australian history producing such movies as ALVIN PURPLE, ALVIN RIDES AGAIN, PETERSEN, END PLAY and ELIZA FRASER.
During his time with Roadshow Film Distributors, Finney supervised the release of many Australian titles including MAD MAX, BREAKER MORANT, PROOF, ROMPER STOMPER, BAD BOY BUBBY, THE PIANO, MURIEL’S WEDDING, PRISCILLA: QUEEN OF THE DESERT; THE CASTLE and THE MAN WHO SUED GOD.
He joined Buena Vista International (now Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures) in 1998 as Vice President and Managing Director of Buena Vista International (Australia and New Zealand). He left the Disney Company in April, 2010. He also served on the Board of the Australian Centre for the Moving Image and as a Board Member of The Australian Film Institute.
In the Australia Day Honours for 2002 he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for services to the Australian Film Industry – particularly in the areas of film distribution and promotion.
In 2010 at the Screen Producers of Australia Association Conference he was awarded the The Maura Fay Award for Services to the Industry. He is presently Chair of The Australian Film Institute.