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Inclusive storytelling

Authenticity and inclusivity is hard work, but, if done well, it makes a real difference.

It is now widely acknowledged that our screens don’t reflect the diversity of Australian society – which is limiting the range, relevance and reach of the stories we tell. The screen industry is making new efforts to be more inclusive both on screen and behind the camera. In taking on this challenge, practitioners are navigating new creative relationships and, often, unfamiliar approaches to storytelling. We need to acknowledge what we don’t know and find creative ways to engage with difference. We can all get better at this.

To help you along the way, we have developed this Inclusive Storytelling guide with answers, but also some very important questions.

Practising Inclusivity

In the following Top Tips episodes, two experienced screen practitioners offer insights on how they approach inclusive storytelling in their own projects and offer practical ways to help you follow suit.

Gary Paramanathan’s top tips on making inclusive screen content

Filmmaker, festival curator, and AFTRS’ Engagement Coordinator Gary Paramanathan has long had a passion for diversity and inclusion in the arts. Here are his top tips on making inclusive screen content.

Genevieve Clay-Smith’s top tips on being an inclusive filmmaker

CEO of Bus Stop Films, tireless multi-award winning writer/director and AFTRS alumna Genevieve Clay-Smith (Master of Screen Arts, 2013; Graduate Certificate in Screenwriting Fundamentals, 2014) lets us in on how to be an inclusive filmmaker.