Talented screen industry practitioners from Southern NSW, the Riverina, Central Western NSW, the mid North Coast and the Northern Rivers are a step closer to achieving their career ambitions after being selected for Screenworks 2019 Career Pathway Programs that specifically target emerging screenwriters and directors in regional NSW. Screenworks’ Career Pathways Program is supported by Create NSW.
Create NSW Executive Director Create Investment & Engagement Elizabeth W. Scott said, “We are delighted that seven talented regional filmmakers are one step closer to achieving their career goals with this unique program designed to support regional stories. Working with industry-leading teams will provide these early-career screenwriters and directors with a rare opportunity to develop skills and networks that they will find invaluable.”
Screenworks’ Director Pathways Program, delivered in partnership with the Australian Directors Guild, assists two regional screen directors by providing $3,500 in funds as well as introductions and support to find a directing attachment and mentoring to progress their careers.
The selected participants for 2019 are Alison Plasto from Albury in Southern NSW and Clare Sladden from Broken Head in the Northern Rivers.
“Once again we are happy to partner with Screenworks on their Director Pathways Program,” said Kingston Anderson CEO of the Australian Directors Guild. “Screenworks have provided the opportunity for talented regional directors to pursue their career goals in the screen industry.”
Screenworks’ Inside the Writers Room will place five regional screenwriters in the writers rooms of some of Australia’s most successful drama production companies. The selected participants for 2019 and the companies they will be placed with are:
Fleur Ferris from Moama in the Riverina will go to Matchbox Pictures (Nowhere Boys, Safe Harbour)
Kimberley Lipschus from Ewingsdale in the Northern Rivers will go to Werner Film Productions (Riot, Dance Academy)
Thomas Baldwin from Nambucca Heads on the mid North Coast will go to Fremantle (Wentworth, Picnic at Hanging Rock)
Raen Fraser from Parkes in the central West will go to Goalpost Pictures (Upgrade, Fighting Season)
Tracey Richardson from Myocum in the Northern Rivers will go to Every Cloud Productions (Deadlock, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries)
“We are so fortunate to have the support of such outstanding production companies offering these highly sought after opportunities to early career regional screenwriters,” explained Screenworks’ CEO Ken Crouch.
“Fremantle are delighted to be involved in Inside the Writers Room, supporting our next generation of regionally-based storytellers to bring their life experience beyond the capital cities into our writers’ rooms. The program is a great opportunity to encourage new voices and fresh perspectives, and the rich contribution made by regional writers to our diverse Australian screen industry” said Jo Porter, Director of Scripted at Fremantle.
Kylie du Fresne of Goalpost Pictures said “Goalpost Pictures are delighted to be a part of Inside the Writers Room again in 2019. It’s a fantastic initiative that creates opportunities for regionally based early-career screenwriters and production companies alike, in creating new networks and supporting a diversity of voices in the Australian screen industry”
“Matchbox is proud to continue its partnership with Screenworks on the Inside the Writers Room program. Screenworks has an exceptional track record for supporting emerging writers to develop their careers and build connections with the industry and we look very much forward to welcoming award-winning author Fleur Ferris into the writers room in 2019”
said Debbie Lee, Director of Scripted at Matchbox Pictures.
All the participants are selected by an external assessment team of screen industry professionals and representatives from Create NSW.
Screenworks Career Pathway Programs, made possible with the support of the NSW state government through Create NSW is delivered annually to advance the career opportunities of regional screen practitioners in NSW.
Details on Screenworks Career Pathway Programs and each of the selected participants can be round on Screenworks website.
For more information or high res photos please contact Screenworks Programs and Operations Manager, Lisa O’Meara; e: firstname.lastname@example.org p: 02 6681 1188