Australia, it’s a special year. 2018 marks 25 years since the establishment of Screen Australia’s Indigenous Department, which has paved the way for some of the nation’s most iconic films, television shows and documentaries. To date the Department as funded over 160 distinctive, bold and diverse titles, including Sweet Country, Redfern Now, Mystery Road, Black Divaz and Little J and Big Cuz.
Be inspired at the MediaRING Breakfast
Swap your morning coffee for a dose of inspiration (or have both!) at the third annual MediaRING breakfast. Acclaimed actor, writer and director, Tony Briggs (The Sapphires, Cleverman, Wentworth) and Indigenous activist and executive, Belinda Duarte (CEO, Culture is Life) will speak with NITV’s Rachael Hocking about their personal journeys in the media, and you’ll leave with a better understanding of how to embrace positive change with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in the media sector.
Wednesday, 21 November, 7:15am
Discover Australia’s hidden skills, stories and talent
There is a groundswell of creative activity outside of Australia’s major production hubs and it’s making an impact on our screens. Join panellists Nara Wilson (Associate Production Development Attraction and Studios Executive, SAFC), Ken Crouch (CEO, Screenworks), Jennie Hughes (CEO, Screen Territory), and Helen Panckhurst (Head of Production, Matchbox Pictures) and moderator Lois Randall (Producer / Owner, Magpie Pictures) to look at the agencies, programs and producers that are tapping into our growing creative hotspots and bringing innovative new processes and content to fruition. Programs that will be covered include Screenworks Regional Script Lab X, SAFC strategies and incentives, and Screen Territory programs and opportunities.
Hidden Gems – Decentralising Skills, Stories and Talent
Thursday, 22 November 2018, 11:30am – 12:00pm
Celebrate an Australian icon
Actor, writer, director and producer – Leah Purcell wears all hats and does so with finesse and energy. Her outstanding performance in The Drover’s Wife heralded wins at the AWGIE Awards, Helpmann Awards, UNESCO City of Film Awards and Victorian Premier Literary Awards, and her recreation of the modern Australian classic has now been commissioned for a film, television series and novel.
Leah will trace her successes and struggles, from being the young Indigenous girl who dared to dream of a career in film, stage and television, to the Goa-Gunggari-Wakka Wakka Murri woman from the Queensland bush who has carved out a stellar career, taking control and steering the creation of her own intellectual property long before the term “showrunner” was part of the entertainment vernacular.
The Hector Crawford Memorial Lecture
Thursday, 22 November, 12pm – 2:30pm
Meet the new voices in Indigenous storytelling
Some of the most talented storytellers in Australia are Indigenous and the stories they tell are travelling. Thoughtful and promising filmmaker, writer and documentarian, Viviana Petyarre (Founder, Sandover Films), Deadly, AFI and Logie Award nominated actor and producer, Aaron Fa’aso (Founder, Lone Star Productions) and writer and text-based artist, Enoch Mailangi, will join Tony Briggs to showcase their work and discuss their vision for the future of Australian content.
The Next Level Of Indigenous Storytelling: Meet The New Voices
Thursday, 22 November, 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Learn about diversity and representation in kids content
Media is the primary driver for shaping children’s social and cultural beliefs, self esteem and increasingly, behaviour and unconscious bias. The role of television and digital media as educator and inductor into the ways of the world is more powerful and intrusive than any other time in the screen age. Hear trailblazers Lois Randall (Producer/Owner, Magpie Pictures), Aaron Fa’aso (Founder, Lone Star Productions), and Julie Kalceff (Writer/Director/Producer, Common Language Films) with moderator Sal Balharrie (Producer, Writer & Founder, Naked Emperor), share how they are shifting the spectrum of Australian kids content and Australian identity from homogeneous to authentic, rich and diverse with an accent on education and social inclusivity.
How can the media and entertainment industry work positively to fix gender and cultural representation imbalance, identify unconscious bias and creatively remodel content that remodels negative stereotypes? Attend SCREEN FOREVER to find out!
Diversity and Representation in Kids Content: Mirror or Mirage
Thursday, 22 November 2018, 3:30pm-4:30pm
Registration for SCREEN FOREVER is now open.