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Gender Matters: Screen Australia pledges $3 million to female-helmed projects

12 July 2016 4:25 AM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

The 58 recipients of Screen Australia's Gender Matters: Brilliant Stories and Brilliant Careers.funding, designed to address.the gender imbalance.in the screen industry, have been unveiled..

$3 million.will be shared.among 45 female-helmed film, TV and online projects and 13 career boosting initiatives. The announcement marked the largest cohort of projects funded in a single.day in Screen Australia's history. ..

Screen Australia started the Gender Matters program.late last year in response to the industry.s gender inequity.in key creative roles..In film, women make up around 32 per cent of producers, 23 per cent of writers and 16 per cent of directors. .

Screen Australia chief operating officer Fiona Cameron said Gender Matters was unashamedly providing .express lane. access to female business ideas and stories...

.The funding boost provided by Screen Australia has been a game-changer, providing the industry with an opportunity to get behind some very commercial and creative prospects. It.s now time for action, »

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Mia Freedman, Claudia Karvan and Nakkiah Lui win Screen Australia support

11 July 2016 7:35 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Announcement of $3m for female-led screen projects marks biggest cash injection in a single day in the agency’s history

The stories of a young Germaine Greer, the Melbourne Cup winner Michelle Payne and the suffragette Vida Goldstein will be brought to the screen by female producers, directors and writers after a record $3m grant from government funding body Screen Australia.

The Brilliant Stories program awarded 45 women-led story ideas for film, TV and online as well as 13 industry projects as part of sweeping reform to ensure at least half of Screen Australia’s funding goes to women by the end of 2018.

Related: Gender matters in Australian film and equality can't come soon enough | Stephanie Van Schilt

Related: Being Mia Freedman: 'The idea you’re doing feminism wrong I find laughable'

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- Amanda Meade

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Mia Freedman, Claudia Karvan and Nakkiah Lui win Screen Australia support

11 July 2016 7:35 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Announcement of $3m for female-led screen projects marks biggest cash injection in a single day in the agency’s history

The stories of a young Germaine Greer, the Melbourne Cup winner Michelle Payne and the suffragette Vida Goldstein will be brought to the screen by female producers, directors and writers after a record $3m grant from government funding body Screen Australia.

The Brilliant Stories program awarded 45 women-led story ideas for film, TV and online as well as 13 industry projects as part of sweeping reform to ensure at least half of Screen Australia’s funding goes to women by the end of 2018.

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- Amanda Meade

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Joan Bakewell: no-platforming is a step towards book burning

2 February 2016 1:17 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Banning speakers from university campuses is the wrong way to achieve change, says the broadcaster and peer

Joan Bakewell, former broadcaster and Labour peer, has said that attempts to ban controversial speakers at universities are an assault on free speech and a dangerous step towards “taking out the books and burning them”.

Her comments came after a spate of student bodies decided to “no-platform” speakers. Late last year an online petition was launched seeking to prevent Germaine Greer from giving a lecture at Cardiff University on the grounds that she has expressed transphobic views, and Brunel University students turned their backs and walked out on controversial Mail Online columnist Katie Hopkins.

Related: Is free speech in British universities under threat?

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