Born and raised in Australia, Tearlach Hutcheson moved to the United States in the early nineties to earn a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Humanities in film theory from the University of Colorado. Following some world travel he arrived in Dallas in 1997 to run the local arthouse - the Inwood Theatre. In 1999 he became director of publicity & promotions for Landmark Theatres, overseeing the regional field and Oscar publicity campaigns for many independent films including Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Amores Perros, and Memento.
He left Landmark in October 2001 to team up with Magnolia Pictures and create the Magnolia Theatre, located in the West Village. In 2003 Magnolia Pictures was successfully sold to Todd Wagner’s and Mark Cuban’s 2929 Entertainment company. Tearlach worked for 2929 holding various positions until 2006. In 2007, as the managing director for AFI Dallas, he oversaw the execution and operations of the first annual AFI Dallas Film Festival, an exciting addition to the arts calendar of the city. He currently works as the director of marketing for Studio Movie Grill based in Dallas.
Tearlach has also spent the last ten years exploring new forms of film exhibition, male images in cinema and Australian national identity in film. He has taught as adjunct faculty at SMU since 2002.