Inspiring Women and the Screen

For years, women have made positive contributions to the screen industry. But there’s still some way to go when it comes to diversity and gender equality. Data from Screen Australia revealed that women made up less than half of all producers, directors and writers of Australian titles in each format in 2011 – 2017, with the exception of producing in television drama (where women represented 52% of the workforce).

At these SCREEN FOREVER sessions you’ll hear from women leading the way, and have the chance to explore how the screen industry might do better when it comes to diversity and gender equality – both on and off screen. Registration is open now!

Natalie Miller Fellowship: Leading The Way

A new generation of women executives are leading the way in shaping what we see on our screens, large and small, and responding to the challenges and opportunities of a disrupted media landscape. You’ll hear from YouTube Originals’ Amanda Barclay, Film Art Media’s Sue Maslin and Sasha Close of Wallis Cinemas.

In this special session, the winner of the 2018 Natalie Miller Foundation Fellowship will be announced and take a seat at the table.

Natalie Miller Fellowship: Leading The Way
20 November, 11:30am – 12:30pm

Bitches, Fierce Femmes And Molls – In Praise Of Difficult Screen Women

“The point is, women have spent so many years girl-powering ourselves – to the point of almost parodic encouragement we’ve left no room to acknowledge our dark side. Dark sides are important. They should be nurtured like nasty black orchids.” – Gillian Flynn

Unlikeable, dark, self-destructive, brilliant. Authentic mavericks, TV is redesigning woman, subverting sexual politics, re-writing the patriarchy powerplay. Co-Executive Producer and Writer of GLOW Sascha RothchildNathan Ross of Crazyrose, Caroline Pitcher of Film Victoria and Writer and Producer Sarah Walker will explore what makes these anti-heroes compulsive viewing with those that helped create them.

Bitches, Fierce Femmes And Molls – In Praise Of Difficult Screen Women
22 November, 10:30am – 11:30am

Kickstarting Cultural Change – Are We Radical Enough?

The screen industry is rich with progressive initiatives that are shifting inequitable gender ratios but how far have we actually come in terms of smashing inequitable and unsustainable power structures and how far do we need to go?

Hear from Katrina Irawati Graham of WIFT NSW and NOW AUSTRALIA, Jasmin Tarasin from Free The Bid, Johanna Somerville of Jungle, Leanne Tonkes from Sense & Centsability, actor Brooke Satchwell and Patrick Abboud from The Feed on SBS Viceland.

Kickstarting Cultural Change – Are We Radical Enough?
21 November, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Debbie Liebling In Conversation With Nick Boshier

Debbie Liebling, Producer & Principal at Inner Child Productions and Pod 3, has been a significant comedy influencer in film and TV. She recently partnered with renowned director Sam Raimi in a new company, Skydance Media, with TV series and films in development for Amazon, Comedy Central and Studio 71 amongst others. She has produced films with Ben Stiller and at Universal Pictures she oversaw the development and production of hits including Bridesmaids, The Change-Up and Pitch Perfect. And the world has Debbie to thank for bringing those potty-mouthed kids of South Park to our screens when she was development and production executive for Comedy Central. Don’t miss Debbie at SCREEN FOREVER in conversation with Nick Boshier.

Debbie Liebling In Conversation With Nick Boshier
22 November, 11:30am – 12:00pm

When Seph Met Sascha

Boston, late 90’s: two young undergrads, a type-A goth and a type-A geek bonded over both having Hollywood dreams. We meet the them – Co-Executive Producer and Writer Sascha Rothchild, and Seph Mckenna of Screen Executive – and dissect how Los Angeles, a memoir, film deals, a hit TV series and a migration to Australia all happened.

When Seph Met Sascha
21 November, 10:30am – 11:30am

Keynote: In Conversation With Amit Shalev, Head Of VR Technology, IMAX Corporation

Amit Shalev is a VR pioneer who started her career as a virtual reality researcher at the US Naval Research Lab prior to taking on roles as a filmmaker, engineer, video-game producer, theme park designer and VR whisperer at Industrial Light & Magic, Lucasarts, Walt Disney Imagineering and Wevr.

She has merged multidisciplinary engineering, design and storytelling to create interactive stories and experiences. Today at IMAX, Amit helps drive experience and technology design to showcase “The IMAX Difference” at the company’s new VR Experience Centres while exploring how VR and mixed realities work as media for creative expression that inspire wonder, curiosity, and connection. Join Amit in conversation with Badfaith co-founder and ABC Executive Producer of Factual, Leo Faber.

Keynote: In Conversation With Amit Shalev, Head Of VR Technology, IMAX Corporation
22 November, 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Awavena – A Union Of Form And Story – Lynette Wallworth In Conversation With Magda Szubanski

Awavena is a tale of metamorphosis and the second in a series of mixed reality works by legendary artist and director Lynette Wallworth. Join Wallworth in conversation with actress and author Magda Szubanski at SCREEN FOREVER.

At its heart, Awavena is a collaboration between a community and an artist, melding technology and transcendent experience so that a vision can be shared and a story told of a people ascending from the edge of extinction. Explore the creation of this experience and hear from Lynette in conversation with Magda Szubanski about the origins of the work and why it exists in this form.

Awavena – A Union Of Form And Story – Lynette Wallworth In Conversation With Magda Szubanski
21 November, 5:00pm – 5:45pm

Registration for SCREEN FOREVER is open now.