As part of its commitment to support a screen industry that fairly reflects the diversity of the WA community on, and behind the screen, Screenwest has already engaged in a number of diversity driven initiatives
Screenwest partners with SBS for new off-screen diversity initiative
SBS has partnered with Screenwest, and other Australian screen agencies to launch a new national initiative to champion diversity within the television production sector. The SBS Diversity Talent Escalator initiative will provide not only practical training and professional development, but vital networking and up-skilling opportunities as well. SBS and Screenwest will partner to secure flexible, on-the-job paid learning for emerging screen practitioners from diverse backgrounds to assist them in taking the next step on their career paths, with at least one co-funded opportunity per financial year in an agreed, paid role on selected SBS programs.
The Natalie Miller Fellowship
The Natalie Miller Fellowship (NMF) supports the professional leadership of women in the screen industry through fellowships and programs. In 2017, the NMF will deliver the Brilliant Careers Leadership Program, supported by Screen Australia, inspiring women to develop their leadership skills. Screenwest is partnering with the NMF to ensure these opportunities are available for West Australian women.
The Athena Project
Earlier this year, Screenworks and Screenwest announced The Athena Project, a partnership and collaboration across the Australian screen industry, for a regionally-based female screenwriter and/or directors or teams of two – a writer and director.
In October, following a nation-wide call-out and assessment process, Screenworks announced the 12 female filmmakers from across regional Australia who were selected to participate. Jub Clerc, a Nyul Nyul/Yawuru director from WA’s Kimberley region, was the WA participant selected. Jub has already commenced her 12-month career development opportunity.
The Athena Project is one of 13 industry projects being supported by Screen Australia through its Genders Matters: Brilliant Careers program.
Supporting Miranda Edmonds as a Director’s Attachment on Scream Queens
WA’s Miranda Edmonds is currently engaged as a Director’s Attachment with Ian Brennan in Los Angeles, on Fox TV’s Scream Queens, where she is shadowing the director during production and part of post-production. Screenwest has supported Miranda, which has enabled her to undertake the two-week attachment, with her duties including directing a two-camera shoot, directing comedy through use of delivery, shot choice and dialogue and directing a big budget, studio production.
Miranda said it was brilliant to be on set, at the Paramount Pictures Lot.
“We are shooting on Stage 14 where they made Top Gun and Saturday Night Fever so there is film history everywhere,” Miranda said.
“The shoot is going well and Ian is very generous with his time as are the other members of the crew – Ian also wrote much of this episode so understands the tone and the timing of the comedy perfectly.
“The set is extensive and very detailed – it could almost be a working hospital! It gives the film makers a lot of freedom in how they block the actors through the scenes. It is also a thrill to see actors like Jamie Lee Curtis and Emma Roberts bringing the script to life.”