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Australian TV is not diverse enough. For screenwriters like me, it's a relief to have proof | Niki Aken

24 August 2016 3:32 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

As someone who has fought hard for diversity from the inside, Screen Australia’s landmark study confirms a gulf exists between what we see in our day to day lives and what is depicted on-screen

“Every time an ethnic person comes on screen, 50,000 people change the channel.”

I was relatively new to the world of television when I heard an executive say that in a meeting. I was both stunned and acutely aware that I held the least amount of power in the room.

Related: Indigenous well-represented on Australian TV but diversity has ‘long way to go’ – report

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

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- Niki Aken

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

12 July 2016 4:25 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

The 58 recipients of Screen Australia's Gender Matters: Brilliant Stories and Brilliant Careers.funding, designed to address.the gender 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 in Screen Australia's history. ..

Screen Australia started the Gender Matters program.late last year in response to the industry.s gender 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, »

- Jackie Keast

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Criticism of Catalyst misses the point. No journalist should be in thrall to mainstream opinion | Michael Slezak

11 July 2016 10:52 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Maryanne Demasi may be guilty of poor judgment but seeking out dissenting voices shouldn’t be considered a crime in itself

The ABC’s Catalyst program has come under a lot of fire for the science reporting of Maryanne Demasi, who has been suspended from presenting until September. And rightly so – she’s produced some very bad journalism, which has the potential to have serious real-world effects.

But among the torrent of attack is an unreasonable line of criticism, which reveals a deeply held misconception about the very nature of science journalism. It’s symptomatic of a mindset where science journalism is treated as a special breed of journalism – one that has a different purpose and is held to different standards than the rest of the enterprise. I think that’s wrong.

Related: ABC Catalyst's future under review after episode linking Wi-Fi and cancer

But it’s not only »

- Michael Slezak

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Sony offers first look at romantic comedy Spin Out, starring Xavier Samuel

28 June 2016 8:41 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Sony has released the poster for Spin Out, its romantic comedy directed by Tim Ferguson and Marc Gracie slated for a domestic release on September 15 this year.

In a scenario not dissimilar to 1999's Paperback Hero, starring Hugh Jackman and Claudia Karvan, Spin Out is about Billy (played by Xavier Samuel) and Lucy (Morgan Griffin), two friends who have grown up together in a small country town..

The pair form one of the town's most formidable Ute driving teams, but when Billy takes one risky car stunt too far, Lucy declares she is moving to the city - sending Billy into a spin..

Amid the mayhem of the town.s annual "Bachelors and Spinsters" party, Billy only has one night to wake up to his true feelings for his best friend - or lose her forever..

Samuel and Griffin (who have just started shooting another film together, Sa thriller Bad Blood »

- Staff Writer

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Ausfilm’s Partner with Australia Week kicks off in Hollywood

15 June 2016 9:42 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Delegates have been participating in producer collaboration sessions

Fourteen Australians from across the film and television industry have headed to Hollywood this week to participate in Ausfilm.s annual Partner with Australia Week. The selected delegation features Australian producers and creative teams who will be connected to 34 leading Us development companies and internet television networks such as HBO, Pacific Standard, Amazon, Voltage and Netflix. Attendees will engage in targeted 1-2-1 producer collaboration sessions over two days, providing opportunities for the group to showcase their slate of film and television projects and attract interest from Us film and television production companies. .The group is garnering excellent interest from our Us friends. There.s a diversity of feature and high-end TV drama projects which are very creative opportunities for development with Us partners. two days in and there is great buzz from both sides of the table,. said Ausfilm CEO Debra Richards. The Ausfilm Partner with Australia program was established nine years ago to showcase Australia.s film and television producing talent and creative teams and to help them to foster international business relationships and partnerships with the aim to drive production and post-production to Australia. Australian attendees — Ausfilm Partner with Australia 2016:

Stephen Lance —. Antihero Films Sense Leanne Tonkes— Sense and Centsability Cecilia Ritchie and Polly StanifordAquarius Films Sarah Shaw and Anna McLeishCarver Films Jodi MattersonWild Eddie Rosemary Blight —. Goalpost Pictures Jannine Barnes — Happening Films Lauren Elliott — Mad Kids Josh Tanner —. Perception Pictures Claudia Karvan —. Rhubarb Rhubarb Productions Anna Vincent —. Southern Light Alliance Kristian Moliere —. Triptych Pictures . »

- Staff Writer

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Nine, Essential Media series Doctor Doctor in pre-production

7 March 2016 1:29 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Roger Corser.


Filming is set to start on Nine's new drama Doctor Doctor, starring Roger Corser.

The series is now in pre-production by Essential Media & Entertainment, with executive producers Andy Ryan and Jo Rooney from the Nine Network and producers Ian Collie, Claudia Karvan and Tony McNamara from Essential Media & Entertainment..

Filming will commence in April in Sydney and country Nsw.

Doctor Doctor will also star Nicole da Silva, Ryan Johnson, Hayley McElhinney, Shalom Brune-Franklin, Tina Bursill, Chloe Bayliss and Dave Eastgate..

The series follows Hugh Knight (Corser from Underbelly, Rush, Puberty Blues), a rising star in the heart surgery ranks..

He is gifted, charming, infallible, a hedonist who — due to his sheer talent — believes he can live outside the rules..

But his 'work hard, play harder' philosophy is about to come back and bite him. .

In a joint statement, Nine.s Heads of Drama, Jo Rooney and Andy Ryan, »

- Staff Writer

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Gold Coast Film Fest to screen Broke, A Month of Sundays, Observance, Spear

6 March 2016 4:16 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Steve Le Marquand in Broke.

The 14th annual Gold Coast Film Festival will screen Australian features Spear, Broke, A Month of Sundays, Girl Asleep, Crushed, Observance and The Hunters Club, and play host to guests including Reg Cribb, David Stratton, Claudia Karvan and Gracie Otto.

Director Stephen Page will also make his debut at the fest..

Page and his leading man (and son) Hunter Page-Lochard, star of the upcoming ABC-tv series Cleverman, will attend a screening of Spear, followed by a Q&A session.

The team behind Broke - director Heath Davis, producer Luke Graham and actors Steve Le Marquand and Max Cullen - will attend the film's Queensland premiere.

The film follows the story of disgraced rugby league star and gambling addict, Ben .Bk. Kelly, who attempts to turn his life around with the support of his two biggest fans..

Writer Reg Cribb (Last Cab to Darwin) will attend »

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Claudia Karvan to claim 2016 Chauvel Award

28 February 2016 6:35 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Australian actress Claudia Karvan is set to receive the 2016 Chauvel Award as part of the 14th annual Gold Coast Film Festival..

The Chauvel Award, named in honour of Charles Chauvel, commenced in 1993 and acknowledges an individual who has made significant contribution to Australian cinema.

On April 9, the Gold Coast Film Festival will welcome audiences to David Stratton In Conversation With Claudia Karvan..

The night will be an intimate look at Karvan.s career, accompanied by footage from her films and moderated by film critic and previous Chauvel Award recipient, David Stratton..

Stratton said he was looking forward to the event.

.I have known Claudia since she started acting and even appeared in a film with her once — something I.m certain will be referred to in our informal chat," he said. .

"Her career has gone from strength to strength, and she is unquestionably one of our finest actors..

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- Inside Film Correspondent

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Director James Ricketson's open letter on quotas in the Australian screen sector

21 February 2016 3:36 PM, PST | | See recent news »

James Ricketson.


Australian director, James Ricketson, has written an open letter to If on recent moves by Austrailan screen funding bodies and guilds to address the issue of gender diversity in the screen sector. It follows Australian actor Simone Ball's open letter on the subject of gender equity.

Read Simone's letter here


.Screen Australia is considering a radical push for a quota to ensure 50 per cent of the directors of funded films are women..

.- Sydney Morning Herald


Would such a quota result in better Australian films?

."It's ridiculous," says Gill Armstrong. "It's been 30 years since Jane Campion and I went through a glass ceiling and I feel there haven't been enough people following us."

Did Gill or Jane (Jocelyn Moorhouse should be on this list) rise to and break through the .glass ceiling. as a result of quotas or because they were talented directors?

A question worthy of discussion, »

- James Ricketson

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