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Writer blasts sexism in casting

2 June 2015 3:33 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

One of Australia.s most experienced screenwriters has criticised sexism in casting which she says discriminates against women who aren.t deemed attractive and those from ethnic backgrounds.

Kristen Dunphy says this bias in casting often works against the stereotypes which writers are striving to avoid.

A screenwriter for 20 years, her extensive credits include Essential Media and Entertainment.s upcoming Sbs drama The Principal, Blackfella Films and Werner Film Productions. ABC3 indigenous teen drama Ready for This, Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, The Straits, East West 101, Wildside, Heartbreak High and G.P.

.Talented actresses who are overweight, unattractive, unusual looking or just plain ordinary are still rarely cast, unless the show.s a comedy,. she writes in the latest edition of Aftrs. Lumina, which is dedicated to gender equality in the screen industry.

.It seems there is no such thing as a vital female who is not also young, thin and beautiful. »

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