Producer Barbi Taylor died March 24 in Australia. She was 59.
Taylor began with Hexagon Productions in Melbourne working as production secretary to Tim Burstall, David Bilcock and Robin Copping, on the production of “Alvin Purple,” one of the first Australian films to engage public interest in the 1970s.
She worked as unit manager on Tim Burstall’s later films including “End Play.”
In 1977, she worked as production manager for Melbourne producer Antony I. Ginnane’s joint venture with Bill Fayman and distributor Filmways, Australian Intl. Film Corp., which a year later became FG Film Productions.
She worked with Giannane from 1977 through 1980, overseeing the production of “Blue Fire Lady,” “Patrick,” “Snapshot” and “Thirst.”
In 1986, she produced children’s adventure film “Frog Dreaming,” starring Henry Thomas.
She served as associate or line producer on feature and television projects including “Heaven Tonight” with Guy Pearce and two of Jackie Chan’s films, “Mr. Nice Guy” and “Jackie Chan’s First Strike.” Her TV series as producer included “Chuck Finn,” “Fast Tracks” and “Ship to Shore.”
Her last film as producer was “Subterano.”
She is survived by a sister.