DIVERSITY: BUILDING A PLATFORM FOR CHANGE
AFTRS invites you to watch the live stream of our interim findings on best practice in diversity, followed by an industry panel and Q&A.
We’ve been here before: a lot of goodwill driven by an understanding that diversity is an issue that needs addressing. How do we turn this goodwill and focus into lasting change? Please join the discussion with the panel online. What we discover in the session will inform our research.
The live stream will be available on Thursday 1 September from 2.10pm via Facebook and our website.
Graeme Mason, CEO of Screen Australia will present insights into Screen Australia’s recent study of on-screen diversity, Seeing ourselves: Reflections on diversity in Australian TV drama. He will be followed by Mounira Almenoar, Senior Researcher at leading creative industry strategy consultants Olsberg·SPI, who will be presenting the emerging results from AFTRS research on diversity best practice.
The panel discussion Diversity: What do we do tomorrow? will be chaired by writer/journalist Benjamin Law with speakers: Courttia Newland, Darren Dale, Ade Djajamihardja, Rosemary Blight, and Monica Davidson.
Benjamin Law (Chair) is a journalist, columnist, TV screenwriter and author of two books –The Family Law (2010) and Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East (2012) – both of which have been nominated for Australian Book Industry Awards. The Family Law is now a major SBS TV series.
Courttia Newland is the author of seven works of fiction including his debut, The Scholar. His latest novel, The Gospel According to Cane, was published in 2013 and has been optioned by Cowboy Films. Courttia was part of the writer’s room for Steve McQueen’s forthcoming BBC TV drama series. His work has been nominated for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, The Frank O’ Conner Award, The CWA Dagger in the Library Award, The Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and The Theatre 503 Award for playwriting as well as numerous others. His short stories have appeared in many anthologies and broadcast on BBC Radio 4. He is associate lecturer in creative writing at the University of Westminster and is completing a PhD in creative writing. A speculative fiction story collection, Cosmogramma, will be published in Spring 2017.
Darren Dale is a company director and producer with Blackfella Films, one of Australia’s leading film and television production companies. In 2008 Darren, together with Blackfella Films’ Rachel Perkins, produced the landmark history series First Australians, receiving many accolades including AFI, TV Week Logie, AWGIE and Director's Guild Awards. In 2011, he produced the theatrically released feature documentary The Tall Man for SBS that received the inaugural Walkley Award for Documentary, and was selected for the Toronto International Film Festival and the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. Darren, along with Miranda Dear, produced the ABC telemovie Mabo and the series and telemovie Redfern Now, the first drama on Australian television written, produced and directed by Indigenous Australians that won the 2014 AACTA Award for Best Television Drama Series.
Ade Djajamihardja has been a screen media professional for nearly thirty years, at both national and international levels. He worked for iconic Australian programs: Countdown Revolution, The Big Gig, Salam Café, DAAS Kapital, The Late Show and Phoenix, and he co-produced the biggest historical epic film in Malaysia’s history: Puteri Gunung Ledang (A Legendary Love), the first Malaysian film to be short-listed for an Oscar nomination. With his wife and primary carer, Kate Stephens, Ade created A2K Media in 2007, which specialised in media collaborations with Asia and beyond. Ade is currently studying the Master of Screen Arts & Business at AFTRS and recovering from the effects of a major stroke.
Rosemary Blight is an Australian film producer, credited with films such as The Sapphires (world premiere at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and AACTA Award for Best Film), The Tree (closed the 2010 Cannes Film Festival), and Clubland (featured at the Sundance Film Festival). Her television work includes the Lockie Leonard series. She has been principal partner and company director with Goalpost Pictures since 1992, and a board member of Screen Australia since 2013.
Monica Davidson has been a journalist, writer, consultant and filmmaker. Her keynote essay in Lumina’s Women in Film edition highlighted the current issue of gender diversity and debunked the mythology that the inequity had been fixed. Monica regularly runs workshops and events about creativity and business, as well as mentoring individual practitioners and consulting to larger arts organisations. She is a regular guest lecturer at institutions including AFTRS, NIDA, NAVA and Ausdance. In 2013 Monica was appointed as the first Creative Industries Business Advisor by the NSW Small Business Commissioner, and the following year completed her Masters in Screen Arts and Business at AFTRS. Monica was recently named as one of the Westpac 100 Women of Influence and her company The Creative Plus Business Group was awarded a Cool Company Award by Anthill Magazine in 2015.
The Australian Film Television Radio and School would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, on whose land we meet, work, study and teach. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and extend our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from all nations of this land.