meet our people.


brett thornquest (director) -

Founder and principal is Brett Thornquest (CPA, Registered Tax Agent), one of Australia’s leading film & television production incentives experts and specialist tax advisor to touring international cast, crew and musicians.


Before creating Contrarian Tax Unit (CTU), Brett was a senior executive within the Moneypenny Group ( from 2000 to 2008. His career to date has seen Brett develop a unique combination of experience at the coalface of the entertainment industry, initially working as an on-set production and live music tour accountant before transitioning to high level film and television project tax advisory and compliance after the formation of CTU.


In conjunction with his team at CTU, Brett also still provides tax planning advice and compliance to touring musicians and international film & television production cast/crew working in Australia.


emma dewhurst (office & pdv account manager | production accounts) -

Emma joined Contrarian in 2012 where she assisted the group with its music artists tax services. Now, Emma predominately works with Brett on finalising the accounts and tax incentive claims for Contrarian's ever-expanding international clients undertaking production/ post production in Australia.


While also assisting with the day to day running of Contrarian’s office (in particular its Brand & Marketing activities), Emma is also involved in the production accounting and investment distributions of films produced by related companies Storm Vision Entertainment/Eclectik Vision.


Emma has a B.A Arts degree from Sydney University and previously worked for the Moneypenny Group where she assisted the Production Accounting and (former) Business & Tax and teams.



jessica mcinnes (office & artist services | production accounts) -

Jessica re-joined Contrarian as the Office Manager in 2013. Jessica has worked in the Film & Entertainment industry for the past 8 years supporting Contrarian group, Moneypenny Production Accountanting Services and Generate (formerly Moneypenny Business and Taxation).


In addition to overseeing Contrarian's Australian production company and individual musician and actor tax clients, Jessica also actively oversees and supports the production accounting team on the films produced by related companies Storm Vision Entertainment/Eclectik Vision.


Jess has a Certificate IV in Financial Services and is a registered BAS Agent.