Arielle Thomas is a lot of things, so we’ll settle on ‘creative’. In chronological order, she is an actress, producer, director, show runner, photographer and entrepreneur. Arielle graduated from the illustrious Atlantic Acting School, a part of the New York University in 2014. She returned to Australia to establish her own production company Patch Adams Productions with fellow rising actor Nicholas Denton. The pair’s first short film Rabbit premiered at MIFF, was awarded a Vimeo Staff Pick and quickly climbed to one million+ views online. Continuing with stage and film successes, the Patch Adams team have produced three shorts, coining them as “MIFF Darlings” and “Exactly what the next-gen are about”.
Soon after dipping her toe into the commercial world, Arielle produced short film ‘Bite with a Kick’ for Ford Motors, and with a new found industry independence, she was hooked. In 2016, her namesake company, Thom was formed. The female driven production company opened its doors and quickly accumulated praise for their first short film Meat and Potatoes, a finalist in Tropfest25, taking home three trophies. Their first fashion film Genade, featuring Bassike’s Resort 16’ Collection was selected to feature in the VAMFF Film Series and premiered on russh.com.
Now with a wide slate of clients Arielle and her team at Thom create content for the likes of Vogue Australia, Russh, Scanlan Theodore, Jac & Jack, Ford Australia, Chevrolet, Serena & Venus Williams; Arielle is the Victorian recipient of the inaugural Australian Directors Guild Women in Commercial and Content Mentorship.
At the 2017 Cannes Lions, Arielle taught content creation to American college students with a US foundation called Creative Minds. In 2018, Arielle has been invited back to run the program.
With a strong passion for where it all began, Arielle is still heavily involved in Australian film & television. She has two television series in development with our leading networks, her writing teams are mostly women and Arielle has pledged to run at least 50/50 production sets to honor more women in film – always.