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Indigenous Masterclasses

Still from ‘Black Comedy’ | Dir. Beck Cole, Craig Anderson, Erica Glynn

AFTRS Indigenous Masterclasses is a series of fortnightly one-hour talks for emerging and current Indigenous students and practitioners to join online.

Each edition will feature special guests sharing industry tips and tricks, and include a Q&A session for participants.

The classes will be held live on Zoom from 12pm, every second Thursday. Each session is limited to 100 people.

Upcoming events

28 May w/ Daniel Browning

This edition features special guest, writer, journalist, radio producer and presenter, Daniel Browning, who will be sharing his insights of 26 years’ experience in the broadcast industry and will participate in a Q&A.

Daniel Browning is an Aboriginal journalist, radio broadcaster, sound artist and writer. Currently, he is produces and presents Awaye!, the Indigenous art and culture program on the ABC’s specialist journalism and arts network Radio National. Awaye! surveys contemporary Indigenous cultural practice across the arts spectrum.

A visual arts graduate, Daniel is also a widely published freelance writer on the arts and culture. He is a former guest editor of Artlink Indigenous, an occasional series of the quarterly Australian contemporary arts journal. He is the inaugural curator of Blak Box, an award-winning, architect-designed sound pavilion commissioned by Urban Theatre Projects, the performing arts company based in western Sydney. Daniel is a descendant of the Bundjalung and Kullilli peoples of far northern New South Wales and south-western Queensland.

To access the masterclass, please join the Zoom URL below from 12.30pm on Thursday 28 May.

Zoom URL: https://aftrs.zoom.us/j/93855457093

Past Events

15 May w/ Shari Sebbens

This session features special guest and actress, Shari Sebbens, discussing tips and tricks for working with actors, followed by a Q&A for participants.

Shari is a proud Bardi, Jabirr-Jabirr woman born and raised in Darwin and a graduate of Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and NIDA. She has starred in numerous productions for theatre, television and film.

In 2011, Shari was cast in her first film role for the international hit, The Sapphires. Her other feature film credits include, The DarksideTeenage Kicks and more recently, Thor: Ragnarok and Foxtel’s Australia Day.

She starred in the world premiere of La Boite and Griffin Theatre’s production of Rick Viede’s A Hoax, and has since performed in theatre productions for Belvoir Street Theatre, Sydney Theatre Company, Griffin Theatre and Queensland Theatre Company.

Shari has also played significant roles for ABC series’ Redfern Now , The Gods of Wheat Street8MMM Aboriginal Radio, and The Heights.

Shari is the recipient of the Graham Kennedy Logie Award for Outstanding New Talent (2012) and in 2020, she won the Sydney Theatre Awards for best female actor in a supporting role for City of Gold.

To access the masterclass, please join the Zoom URL below from 12 noon on Friday 15 May.

Zoom URL: https://aftrs.zoom.us/j/93519456329

Moderated by Joseph Cardona.

30 April w/ Adrian Russell Wills

This edition features special guest, writer, director and AFTRS alumni, Adrian Russell Wills. This masterclass will be discussing tips and tricks of the industry and will also include a Q&A for participants.

Adrian recently directed exclusive Jessica Mauboy content for Sony to sit beside the launch of her new album, Hilda. In 2018, Adrian directed the documentary Black Divaz, produced by Adrian’s company Kalori Productions with Pursekey Productions. The film debuted at Queer Screen as part of the Sydney Mardi Gras 2018 Film Festival and went on to screen at NITV and SBS on Demand in Australia.

Adrian is currently writing and directing a new drama show for the Seven Network and Endemol Shine titled RFDS (Royal Flying Doctors).

To access the masterclass, please join the Zoom URL below from 12pm: https://aftrs.zoom.us/j/92489562192

16 April w/ Beck Cole

The first edition of AFTRS Indigenous’ Masterclasses featured screenwriter, director and alumnus Beck Cole (Here I am, Black Comedy, Grace Beside Me, Little J Big Cuz, The Warriors, Redfern Now and the multi-award-winning TV drama Wentworth). Beck gave industry tips and the session will include a Q&A for participants.