Belinda Duarte and Tony Briggs announced as MediaRING guests

Returning to SCREEN FOREVER for the third consecutive year, the Annual MediaRING Breakfast is sure to provide an inspirational start to the second day of Australia’s largest media conference. This year, The MediaRING is excited to announce CEO of Culture is Life, Belinda Duarte, and acclaimed writer, director, producer and actor, Tony Briggs, as the MediaRING Breakfast guest speakers.

Duarte is a descendant of the Wotjobaluk people with Celtic and Polish origins. Duarte was the inaugural director of the Korin Gamadji Institute and the first female executive at Richmond Football Club. She holds positions on a range of boards, including as co-chair of Reconciliation Victoria, advisory board member of the Koori Youth Council, and panel member of the Premier’s Jobs and Investment Panel. In her current role at Culture is Life she activates Aboriginal-led solutions for the prevention of Aboriginal youth suicide.

Part of the Yorta Yorta/Wurundjeri (Woiwuurung) people, Briggs many acting credits include roles in Redfern NowCleverman, Wentworth, Nowhere Boys, The Warriors and Rake. Briggs’ feature film, The Sapphires, which he co-wrote for the screen, was adapted from his award-winning theatre production and grossed over $14.4 million at the box office in Australia, making it the most successful Australian film of 2012. The Sapphires won 11 AACTA Awards, including Best Adapted Screenplay, and Briggs also received AWGIE Awards for Most Outstanding Script and Best Feature Film Adaptation.

Interviewing Duarte and Briggs will be NITV’s Rachael Hocking, herself a proud Warlpiri woman. Hocking, as co-host of NITV’s The Point, has dedicated much of her career to reporting on the disproportionate rate of domestic violence among Indigenous Australians, black feminism, land rights and the mental health of young people.

“The MediaRING is looking forward to providing an opportunity to network and be inspired by talented speakers who openly share their personal stories and culture along with insights into their success and obstacles they’ve overcome.” said Tanya Orman, Chair of The MediaRING.

“We are honoured to welcome The MediaRING back to SCREEN FOREVER this year to continue their great work of developing and enhancing career opportunities for Indigenous Australians in the media. Belinda and Tony are both trailblazers in their fields and we look forward to hearing them share their insights,” stated Screen Producers Australia CEO, Matthew Deaner.

The MediaRING Breakfast takes place at the Crown Conference Centre, Melbourne at 7:15AM on 21 November 2018. Entry is exclusive to SCREEN FOREVER Gold Pass holders and invited guests.

Briggs is also speaking on the panel “The next generation of Indigenous story telling: meet the new voices” at 1:30PM – 2:30PM on Thursday, 22 November. Joining Briggs on the panel is Majhid Heath, Karla Hart and Viviana Petyarre, with Aaron Fa’aso moderating.

With new sessions being released daily, keep up to date with the SCREEN FOREVER 2018 program here.