Friday on My Mind


Friday on My Mind is a series of FREE talks* curated and hosted by AFTRS where cinephiles, industry, students and film-lovers alike can soak up some creative mind fuel - supplied by some of the best and brightest in the screen arts and broadcast industries. 

Friday on My Mind has been running since 2008 at AFTRS Sydney, with a Melbourne edition, held at ACMI, introduced in 2012.

  • The Friday on My Mind season generally runs from late February to the end of October-early-November each year.
  • All past sessions can be reviewed in the "Previous Guests' tab, at the bottom of this page.
  • Edited transcripts of many Friday on My Mind sessions are available in the School's self-published journal LUMINA and here on the AFTRS website to review.
Go to the LUMINA section of this site to search the article list for published Friday on My Mind interviews

Top of His Game: Multi-Award Winning Director Garth Davis

A sought-after commercials director Garth Davis is obsessive in his commitment, cinematic sensibility and deep appreciation of the actor-director relationship.
Having directed episodes of the award-winning Australian series, Love My Way and the classic 2008 Schweppes Burst TVC which won a prized ‘Gold Lion’ at Cannes. Garth also co-directed the critically acclaimed and chilling six-hour mini series Top of the Lake along side Jane Campion (The Piano), who recruited him after seeing his impressive body of work. The stunning series has gone on to captivate audiences across the globe.
Currently he is in pre-production on his debut feature film, Lion, adapted from Saroo Brierley’s extraordinary yet-to-be-published autobiography. Garth will join host James Hewison to talk about his cinematic sensibilities and the intriguing upcoming debut feature.

Guest: Garth Davis

Doors open 5pm
ACMI (Federation Square, Melbourne)

* Tickets can be picked up from 10am at the ACMI ticket office.
Places are limited. First in best dressed.


After seven years the Sydney sessions are on a little break. Full details of future Sydney sessions will be posted here.


Review all Friday on My Mind past guests in the
'Previous Guests' tab below ...


*Attendees of Friday on My Mind must be aged 16 and up. Generally material shown and discussed is 15+ and if on the occasion R rated content is shown warnings will be given in advance.