Seven Australian Indigenous display practitioners this week have been introduced as travelling to Los Angeles subsequent month for a collection of excessive degree networking alternatives.
The delegation consists of Caméra d’Or-winning director Warwick Thornton (Candy Nation, Samson & Delilah), powerhouse actor, author and director Leah Purcell (Wentworth, Cleverman), and acclaimed author and director Steven McGregor (Candy Nation, Thriller Street TV Collection).
The week-long (5-10 November) program will give attention to establishing enterprise connections for the delegates with US movie and tv business stakeholders, in addition to offering alternatives to study from established LA-based creators and selections makers.
“It is fantastic to be able to offer this incredible opportunity to luminaries of our industry, which will assist in opening new doors to expand their already successful careers in the US market,” stated Penny Smallacombe, Head of the Indigenous Division at Display Australia.
“This program is about fostering new relationships to ensure that our Indigenous stories can continue to find international audiences and possible financing beyond Australia. As we’ve seen recently with the Mystery Road series on Acorn TV, there is definitely an appetite for our stories in the US and interest in what our creators can deliver.”
This program has been supported with a grant from the Hollywood Overseas Press Affiliation to Australians in Movie Basis.
President of the Hollywood Overseas Press Affiliation, Meher Tatna stated, “The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is proud to support the first delegation of Australian Indigenous story-tellers coming to Los Angeles. We are thrilled to be able to enable a diverse group of filmmakers to meet the people who will help them tell those stories around the world.”
“The Australians in Film Foundation was established to provide opportunities for Australian screen creators to develop their craft in the US market, and we are excited to be working with Screen Australia’s highly-acclaimed Indigenous Department in bringing some of the top Indigenous Australian filmmakers to Los Angeles, along with the incredible support of the Hollywood Foreign Press Foundation,” stated President of Australians in Movie Basis, Kate Marks.
An AFTRS graduate, Glynn’s story-telling profession spans over 20 years. Erica developed her expertise working for the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Affiliation (CAAMA) in Alice Springs earlier than directing the award-winning brief movie My Mattress Your Mattress, which screened at over 14 movie festivals around the globe. Together with directing brief movie and documentary, Glynn’s tv works embrace working as an government producer on the AACTA Award profitable TV collection Redfern Now, and the ground-breaking Indigenous-led drama collection Gods of Wheat Road and 8MMM Aboriginal Radio. Erica additionally headed up the Indigenous Division at Display Australia, by which she developed quite a few function movies, and Indigenous filmmakers. Her credit additionally embrace writing for the Logie profitable animated collection Little J & Huge Cuz and directing the ABC Comedy collection Black Comedy. Erica is at present creating a function movie, and new drama collection.
A former Government Producer with the ABC, Jowsey has in depth expertise within the Australian tv business. In 2009, he transitioned into movie as he shaped the manufacturing firm BUNYA Productions alongside acclaimed director Ivan Sen. Jowsey has since gone on to supply a variety of award-winning movies, notably Toomelah, which was chosen for the Cannes Movie Pageant in 2011, and Candy Nation, which gained the Particular Jury Prize on the 2017 Venice Movie Pageant and the Platform Prize on the 2017 Toronto Movie Pageant. Jowsey additionally labored as a producer on Thriller Street and its sequel Goldstone together with the ABC collection of the identical identify (Thriller Street TV Collection), which has acquired worldwide acclaim because it has turn into out there on the BBC within the UK and Acorn TV within the US.
MacLean is an award profitable author, director and producer with an in depth vary of credit throughout movie, tv and documentary. She wrote and directed the drama Queen of Hearts, profitable the AFI Award for greatest non-feature screenplay. MacLean additionally gained an AWGIE for her writing on the youngsters’s TV collection Double Hassle, and wrote two episodes of the Logie profitable animated collection Little J & Huge Cuz, in addition to writing for NITV’s youngsters’s collection Grace Beside Me. Her 2014 ABC documentary to coincide with the 40th anniversary of Cyclone Tracy, Blown Away, was additionally nominated for an ADG Award. Danielle is a director of Tamarind Tree Productions together with Steven McGregor.
An award-winning author and director, McGregor co-wrote Candy Nation, which was chosen to display at quite a few worldwide movie festivals, taking residence the Particular Jury Prize on the 2017 Venice Movie Pageant and the Platform Prize on the 2017 Toronto Worldwide Movie Pageant. McGregor additionally labored as a author on Redfern Now, Prepared for This, and the Thriller Street TV Collection, which ranks as probably the most watched non-children’s collection of all time on the ABC’s iview platform. The collection was additionally chosen as a New York Occasions Critic’s Decide in August of 2018. Steven additionally directed the third collection of Black Comedy, and the drama collection The Warriors. He’s based mostly within the Northern Territory and is a director of Tamarind Tree Productions together with Danielle MacLean and Anna Grieve.
Purcell is certainly one of Australia’s most revered and admired actors, writers, producers and administrators, most well-known for her position within the worldwide hit TV drama Wentworth. She is an AACTA, Helpmann, ADG, AWGIE, Logie award-winning and nominated artist for her excellent work in numerous roles on iconic function movie and TV together with Cate Shortland’s Somersault, John Hillcoat’s The Proposition, Final Cab to Darwin, Redfern Now, Cleverman and The Secret Daughter. In 2017, Purcell was positioned within the Australian Monetary Evaluation’s 10 most culturally influential Australians. In 2017, Purcell was awarded with the E-book of the Yr on the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards for her stage play of The Drover’s Spouse. Just lately, she signed the publishing deal to ship The Drover’s Spouse: The Legend of Molly Johnson novel, and can quickly start filming The Drover’s Spouse: The Legend of Molly Johnson function movie the place she is going to write, direct and star. Purcell can also be at present creating a TV collection of the identical identify.
An AFTRS filmmaking graduate, Sen is certainly one of Australia’s main filmmakers having written, directed and composed all of his works. A recipient of the Greatest Director Award on the AFI Awards, Sen’s first function movie Beneath Clouds screened at Sundance Movie Pageant and gained the Premiere First Film Award at Berlin Movie Pageant. His second function Toomelah was chosen for the 2011 Cannes Movie Pageant – Un Sure Regard. In 2013, Sen wrote, directed and composed the function movie Thriller Street, which had its worldwide premiere with a particular presentation on the Toronto Movie Pageant. He has additionally acquired the distinguished Byron Kennedy Award on the AACTA Awards in 2011 for his distinctive inventive imaginative and prescient and multidisciplinary filmmaking.
A recipient of the Kenneth Myer Fellowship for Producing, Seymour boasts over 20 years of display business expertise. Having labored as an Government Producer on the ABC, her producing credit now span throughout documentary and TV drama, together with a function movie at present in improvement with author/director Erica Glynn. Seymour was the producer on the AFI-winning brief function Queen of Hearts for SBS and just lately produced the dramedy net collection Different Individuals’s Issues for ABC TV, which was invited to display on the 2018 Berlin Movie Pageant. Seymour and Glynn have a eager curiosity in creating works with robust Indigenous feminine characters.
With in depth expertise working in manufacturing in each Australia and the UK with the likes of ABC and Channel four, Simpkin joined BUNYA Productions as Producer and Head of Tv in March 2015 after 12 years of working on the ABC. Since becoming a member of BUNYA, Simpkin produced the Thriller Street TV Collection, which is at present the very best rating non-children’s present in ABC iview historical past. She has additionally produced award profitable movies Goldstone and Candy Nation, which was awarded the Particular Jury Prize on the 2017 Venice Movie Pageant. She additionally labored as an government producer on the AWGIE profitable function movie Jasper Jones.
An arts producer working within the areas of movie, TV, theatre, visible arts and publishing, Stewart is a seasoned storyteller. Together with Leah Purcell, Stewart based Oombarra Productions, an Australian unbiased manufacturing firm in 2011. He’s the originating producer of the extremely anticipated movie The Drover’s Spouse, which he just lately acquired funding to go in the direction of constructing a marketing strategy for the movie. His different manufacturing credit embrace award-winning brief movies Aunty Maggie and the Womba Wakgun and She. Say., in addition to the documentary Black Chicks Speaking, which was chosen for the Tribeca Movie Pageant and gained the viewers award on the Brisbane Worldwide Movie Pageant.
Thornton is an internationally-recognised director, screenwriter and cinematographer. One in every of Australia’s most acclaimed administrators, he was named on the Australian Monetary Evaluation’s 10 most culturally influential Australians for 2018 for his work in projecting the story of Australian tradition on the worldwide stage. Thornton shortly gained worldwide success, together with his brief Nana profitable the Crystal Bear for Greatest Brief Movie at Berlinale. Thornton then went on to make his first function Samson & Delilah, which premiered on the Cannes Movie Pageant and gained the distinguished Caméra d’Or. His most up-to-date function, Candy Nation, gained Thornton additional worldwide success because it was awarded the Particular Jury Prize on the 2017 Venice Movie Pageant together with the Platform Prize on the 2017 Toronto Movie Pageant.
*Non-Indigenous artistic associate