Friday on My Mind

AFTRS Eric Bana Friday On My Mind Host Sandra Sdraulig talks to actor Eric Bana in Melbourne
AFTRS Jan Chapman Producer Jan Chapman joins Sandra Sdraulig for Friday On My Mind
AFTRS Alex Proyas Friday On My Mind Host Giles Hardie with guest director/screenwriting/producer Alex Proyas
AFTRS Melinda Doring Friday On My Mind Production designer and costume designer Melinda Doring with host Jason Di Rosso


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 early March to the end of October 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    




The Versatile Director: Matthew Saville

Matthew Saville is a multi-award winning film and television writer and director who works across film, television, drama and comedy with his most recent projects including; A Month of Sundays, Felony, The Slap, Cloudstreet and Please Like Me. Matthew's feature film debut, Noise, premiered internationally at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival and then went on to win numerous awards locally.

He has also directed landmark television programs including The King; The Secret Life of Us; Tangle and We Can Be Heroes. Diverse in his practice and projects he takes on Matthew is equally adept at adapting novels for the screen, such as Tim Winton's Cloudstreet and Christos Tsioklas's The Slap, and then turning his hand and mind to directing comedy collaborating with the likes of Stephen Curry, Chris Lilley and Shaun Micallef.

Matt will share his ideas about the craft of directing and creating compelling screen stories with host James Hewison.

Guest: Matthew Saville

TIME: 6pm
ACMI Federation Square
Tickets can be collected from the box office from 10am the day of.


Writing New Australian Drama The Principal's Kristen Dunphy & Alice Addison

What makes a great screenplay? How do you write great drama for film and television?

Two of Australia's most established screenwriters, Kristen Dunphy and Alice Addison recently penned the gritty four-part drama for Essential Media which was nominated for an AWGIE this year in the Television Mini-Series Original category with the first episode of the murder mystery airing this Wednesday on SBS. Created by Ian Collie, Rachael Turk and Kristen Dunphy the series was inspired by several real-life Sydney School principals in what has been described as an inspirational-teacher genre story fused with the murder mystery. Directed by Kriv Stenders (Red Dog, Kill Me Three Times), his first TV drama, the look and feel is Australian suburban noir. Alex Dimitriades plays the title character which revolves around a high school in Sydney’s tough, multicultural south west.

With experienced and credentialed writers on board who worked closely with the creators and the director The Principal was described after its premiere at this year's Melbourne International Film Festival as a "don't miss" show by The Weekly Review who also called it "gripping," "tightly written" and "stylishly directed".

Kristen Dunphy has 25 years experience writing, producing and script editing Australian television drama including episodes of Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, The Straits, East West 101, Water Rats, All Saints, Wildside and Heartbreak High (and three AWGIE awards and nominations for numerous writing awards). Alice Addison adapted the  2011 feature film The Hunter, starring Willem Dafoe (which was nominated for 13 AACTA awards including Best Adapted Screenplay), the TV movie The Silence, a murder investigation thriller directed by Cate Shortland starring Richard Roxburgh and Esse Davis, was part of the writing team on the acclaimed mini-series The Devil's Playground and is working on the upcoming TV adaptation of Tomorrow When the War Began.

Kristen and Alice will share their experiences writing for Australian drama which is currently, according to the producer of The Principal Ian Collie, in a "healthy state".

Guests: Kristen Dunphy & Alice Addison

TIME: 5.30pm
AFTRS Theatre 1
FREE. First in best dressed.

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*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.

Last updated August 31, 2015

Image attribution: Friday on My Mind sessions in Melbourne and Sydney.

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