We check in with some of the recipients of Gender Matters to see how their projects or initiatives have been progressing.
Geena Davis has a pretty straightforward answer for how to make more money in film and television – and you’ll be doing the world a service too.
Film critic David Stratton lists his top five Australian films ahead of the release of documentary David Stratton: A Cinematic Life.
To celebrate the imminent release of A Few Less Men, we take a look at nine Aussie films that hit the road.
David Stratton reflects on the evolution of the Aussie film industry since the 60s, ahead of the release of documentary David Stratton: A Cinematic Life.
Geena Davis is intent on highlighting sexism in Hollywood, as are these allies.
We asked Jasper Jones actors Hugo Weaving and Aaron McGrath to name their top Australian films – here’s what they answered when put on the spot.
Writer/director/producer Rolf de Heer on the evolution of the Australian screen industry, his advice for aspiring filmmakers and his unique writing process.
Channel Seven’s Head of Drama Julie McGauran talks about the network’s latest biopic Hoges and why Australian audiences are lapping up local content.
With Newton’s Law set to air, we look at nine times Australia’s legal system has been Exhibit-A on screens.
Toni Collette talks from Sundance about working on Fun Mom Dinner with Australian director Alethea Jones, Jasper Jones and why Gender Matters.
From Miss Fisher to Newton’s Law: why Every Cloud Productions wants to see more women in front and behind the camera – and what they’re doing about it.
Australian films are enjoying a strong international presence already this year, with six generating considerable heat at Sundance Film Festival.
Academy Award-winning costume and production designer Catherine Martin reflects on her career, gender equality and G’Day USA’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Screen Currency report for the first time measures the value of Australian screen content as a magnet for international tourism.
Independent of Screen Australia, Don Groves talks Screen Currency with industry heavyweights.
From the lead roles in the US, to the new audiences from Poland to Mexico – we check in with our local talent taking on the world.
We take a look at 13 times actors who weren’t Australian attempted the notoriously difficult accent – with varying degrees of success.
Director Garth Davis, producer Emile Sherman and stars Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel on working in Australia and taking Saroo Brierley’s story to the screen.
We’re seeing Aussie video content gaining impressive traction at Webfests, the International Emmy awards, and on streaming platforms worldwide. Here’s how.
Producer Nelson Woss is hoping the latest Red Dog film, a family-friendly origin story, travels as much as the beloved first movie and the dog itself.
Tourism Australia’s John O’Sullivan looks at how film, TV and Aussie stars such as Paul Hogan have helped put Australia on the map and keep it there.
Two fresh, distinct voices from the comedy world have blasted their way onto our TV screens – and they should come with a warning.
RED DOG: True Blue director Kriv Stenders hopes Australian kids continue to embrace locally made films and television.
At the heart of First Contact series 2 is a desire to elevate the national conversation on Australia’s First Peoples, says Blackfella Films’ Jacob Hickey.
After the success of Tales From Tinder, filmmaker Emma Watts and her team were able to put some money behind their next series, No Strings Attached.
Writer/director Dena Curtis on the sometimes spooky, always fascinating ride that was investigating traditional spirits for NITV series Shadow Trackers.
Nowhere Boys producer Beth Frey reveals the unique challenges the creators of children’s TV face – and why we’ll be seeing a new cast in the third season.
Toby Wallace says it’s important for young Aussies to see themselves reflected, whether it’s in films like Boys in the Trees or TV shows like Puberty Blues.
Triple M’s Gus Worland, gonzo journalism and making Australian men Man Up by digging deep.
One of the most common questions Screen Australia is asked by everyone from the general public to politicians is: how is the screen industry doing?
Beast co-writer/co-director Sam McKeith on the pros and cons of creating an Australian film in the Philippines.
Joe Cinque’s Consolation director, co-producer and co-writer Sotiris Dounoukos on adapting Helen Garner’s book for the screen in his native Canberra.
Rosehaven’s Luke McGregor on his increased admiration for Rob Sitch and why Tasmania is the next Hollywood.
As The Wrong Girl and Deep Water hit screens Twitter’s Tony Broderick talks about the Screen Australia initiative helping these TV dramas.
Jess Mauboy and producer Karl Zwicky on how the Channel Seven series came about – and why it’s a big moment for diversity.
As Electric Pictures brainstormed a way to expand its audience, they unearthed a gem of their own with Aussie Gold Hunters.
Take a look at the latest moves and news about those Aussies taking the world by storm, including Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne, Animal Logic and Iloura.
Spin Out co-director/writer Tim Ferguson on the next revolution in the screen industry: giving a voice to filmmakers and actors with a disability.
Spin Out is shining a spotlight on regional Australia – and it’s not the only one.
Claudia Karvan on producing Doctor Doctor with writer Tony McNamara and Ian ‘Jolly’ Collie, and returning to collaborate with Nine Network.
Girl Asleep director Rosemary Myers talks winning CinefestOZ and the challenges facing independent films when it comes to distribution.
Producer Bill Mechanic reveals why films like Hacksaw Ridge are “pretty impossible” to get made and the Australians that made it happen.
Australian producer Bruna Papandrea of Gone Girl and Wild reflects on her career trajectory, emphasising the importance of mentors for budding filmmakers.
Screen Australia launches a comprehensive report into diversity on Australian screens to inform the conversation and calls for real, long-lasting change.
From the Spierig brothers and Alethea Jones to Judy Davis and Ryan Kwanten, we take a look at Aussies who’ve been having huge success internationally.
For its 20th anniversary, Scott Hicks looks back on the “long, arduous” process that was developing and financing Shine and why it was worth every minute.
Shelley Birse talks about empowering writers from the set of Screen Australia-supported The Code series 2.
Three years ago, Taryn Brumfitt could never have thought she’d be a filmmaker, but when her personal story went viral, she realised Embrace was needed.
Down Under writer/director Abe Forsythe reveals the road he took to write and develop a comedy that revolves around a race riot.
Bleeding Steel actor Jackie Chan and Village Roadshow Asia CEO Ellen Eliasoph share their advice for Australian filmmakers wanting to work with China.
Nick Boshier on Soul Mates series 2 and how he and collaborators the Van Vuuren brothers have several feature films’ worth of ideas.
Internet royalty Sarah Bishop and Josiah Brooks share their top YouTube channels with us.
Robert Connolly talks about risk-taking as a business principle and how complex novels such as Barracuda have found the perfect home in four-part TV series.
Xavier Samuel was beckoned back by Belvoir Theatre. A year later, fortuitous timing has led to four features and a TV series shot almost back-to-back.
Co-owner of Pukeko Pictures and Weta Workshop, five-time Academy Award winner Richard Taylor found an opportunity too good to miss with ABC TV’s Cleverman.
Behind the eclectic concepts of Brilliant Stories is a myriad of female voices, some of which have yet to be heard at this level before.
Gender Matters aimed to create a surge of female stories through Brilliant Stories, but how do you ensure long-lasting change? Enter: Brilliant Careers.
Founders of Felix Media, John Maynard and Bridget Ikin on the convergence of art and the moving image and why they gravitate toward pushing the boundaries.
Vicki Madden’s enviable career encompasses police dramas in the 90s, running The Bill in the UK and co-creating The Kettering Incident back home in Tassie.
Matthew Le Nevez could never have imagined the direction Australian TV would go. Emerging from drama school some 17 years ago, reality TV was king.
Jessica Hobbs has directed more than 60 hours of TV drama, from The Slap to Broadchurch. Here she talks career progression.
Shot entirely in southern Tasmania, the landscape has a starring role in Foxtel’s new drama The Kettering Incident.
Orange is the New Black showrunner Jenji Kohan talks Wentworth, The Katering Show and why diversity needs to be the norm, not a trend.
It’s gripped audiences at film festivals in Melbourne and Toronto as well as the Mardi Gras Queer Film Festival and now Downriver is set for local release.
As the views climb for Suspect Moustache and Traffic Jam the Musical, creators Ariel Waymouth and Shae-Lee Shackleford share their favourite YouTubers.
Ivan Sen talks Goldstone’s journey, from creating a town from scratch in remote Queensland, to bringing it to the big smoke for Sydney Film Festival.
Virtual reality technology offers a whole new immersive experience for audiences and exciting possibilities for filmmakers.
Having amassed millions of views with their car lipsync videos, SketchShe decided to take their work to the next level. Enter Traffic Jam the Musical.
We check in with the Australian creatives who are writing, directing and acting in high profile projects from across the globe.
Creator Ryan Griffen walks us through the densely layered world of Cleverman, brimming with creatures, culture and suspense.
Secret City co-creator Steve Lewis loves House of Cards, but he wants to see more Australian political thrillers on our screens.
Producer Ariel Waymouth was pulled back into the world of animation when she got wind of Suspect Moustache, a series that was as outrageous as it was funny.
Revolution School series producer Alex West talks about how he wrangled the ups and downs of an entire school year into just four episodes.
Australian creatives, stars and projects – and the stories they create – continue to be in high demand across the globe.
Rob Connolly explains his multipronged approach to tackling the worldwide decline in independent cinema.
Ernie Dingo, Ian Thorpe and Julia Zemiro trace their roots back 200,000 years in the new SBS series DNA Nation.
Shine director Scott Hicks reflects on his return to the world of music for the documentary Highly Strung.
Mick Taylor is back. John Jarratt on bringing his iconic sociopath back to screens for the new Stan series, and what SVOD is doing for Aussie storytelling.
Australian-made dramas, comedies, sci-fi series and reality TV were amongst the winners at LAWebfest this year.
Screen Australia CEO Graeme Mason and writer Benjamin Law take stock a year on from Miranda Tapsell’s rousing call for more diversity at the Logies.
Whether it’s film, TV, comedy or drama, Matthew Saville’s career is enviable. He takes a break from Seven Types of Ambiguity to talk A Month of Sundays.
Producer Dan Goldberg reveals how Mint Pictures was given unprecedented access inside an ultra-Orthodox Jewish sect in Melbourne for Strictly Jewish.
Audiences will have the power to get their favourite Comedy Showroom pilot off the ground in this Australian television first.
Producer Michael Boughen walks us through the Tomorrow When the War Began book, to film, to TV adaption and what fans can expect.
Producer Jennifer Cummins felt the ground shifting while filming in A Modern Mutiny, as what was a character-driven story quickly took on a political edge.
Freedom to take risks and ability to tap into mass audiences, online storytelling is becoming a key player – a trend set to continue with Skip Ahead #3.
Documentarian Sean Cousins and 360 Degree Films found high-stakes love and drama in the lives of Australian-Indians torn between two worlds.
Three self-obsessed Gen Y journalists tackle hot topics with limited success but tonnes of laughs in comedy web series DAFUQ? on ABC iview.
The Katering Show producer Tamasin Simpkin spills the beans on being part of an internet sensation, and how the Ones to Watch program helped with Season 2.
Violinist and composer Richard Tognetti talks about giving audiences a difference experience of music and movies with Cinemusica.
Sick of cat videos? From baking to puppets and dating, here’s part 2 of our guide to what you should be watching online.
Director Jennifer Peedom tells us how the Sherpa team managed when the deadly force of nature reared its head in the midst of filming on Everest.
Director Joseph Sims-Dennett channelled his own nightmares into Observance, a psychological horror that’s chilling audiences around the globe.
Nel Minchin delved into the family archives and turned the camera onto her brother Tim, her family and herself for Matilda & Me.
Every day across the country people are making life-changing decisions. We talk to executive producer Karen Dewey about Keeping Australia Alive.
For Hunter Page-Lochard, working on his father’s feature directorial debut Spear was like a rite of passage.
Here Come the Habibs and Soul Mates producer Chloe Rickard talks about working at Jungle, taking risks with No Activity and tackling the tough topics.
Ten times Australian stage plays were transformed into films.
The Daughter director Simon Stone talks through the challenges of adapting Ibsen’s The Wild Duck for his feature film debut and its intense 30-day shoot.
With her history in women’s sport, aerial skier turned filmmaker Katie Bender became the perfect person to tell Lydia Lassila’s inspirational story.
Video on Demand (VOD) is providing docos with a global platform to get their films noticed and experts are calling it a “no-brainer” for Aussie filmmakers.
She’s one of the most accomplished women in film, but Laura Jones hates being the centre of attention. And so she says it’s a little daunting to get the AWG Lifetime Achievement Award.
From inspiring docos to silent films and audio portraits, filmmakers and actors are joining in the chorus of voices recognising International Women’s Day.
You’ve heard of the Bechdel test? Well, here are 11 films, TV series and online shows that not only pass the test, but were written or directed by a woman.
The Australia-China screen relationship is deepening in features, children’s programming and documentaries. Don Groves finds out why.
The creators have creative freedom, can engage with global audiences directly, and the content is free. No wonder web series are exploding in popularity.
Queer Screen’s Mardi Gras Film Festival Director Paul Struthers talks about the festival’s significance and what’s on offer from the Aussie contingent.
Sell-out live shows, viral videos and a new web series, Aunty Donna aren’t sticking to rules, but paving their own path to success.
With Looking for Grace and The Daughter both film festival darlings, Odessa Young is suddenly finding herself in the spotlight.
Producer Ian Collie looks at how Jack Irish has evolved as Guy Pearce’s private eye shifts from telemovies to his own ABC TV series.
Never underestimate the intern. That’s one take-home message from Cleverman, the series that premieres at Berlinale before its ABC TV debut later this year.
Producer John Molloy talks about tapping into the nation’s nostalgia with Channel 7’s new miniseries Molly.
Written and wrapped at breakneck speed, script producer Timothy Hobart talks about the ride that has been Wanted and why we need more shows like it.
When Molly airs, it will kick off another year of miniseries based on the lives of Australian personalities – a trend that isn’t showing signs of slowing.
Step inside the gated home of Sydney’s new millionaires and see what all the fuss is about with Here Come the Habibs.
Here’s a dozen times Australian locations became their own pivotal characters in television.
Actor Radha Mitchell returns to her homeland for her first Australian film in half a decade with Looking for Grace.
Epic genre series Cleverman is selected for Berlinale, not only commending the quality of Indigenous storytelling, but changing attitudes toward TV too.
A new generation of Aussies are flocking to the web to create fearless, gut-busting comedy, and grabbing the attention of decision-makers and fans alike.
Diversity shouldn’t be the central focus of a series, but simply exist within a moving, engaging and universal story, says Tony Ayres.
Upcoming Aussie horror flick, Bloodlands is set in Albania and it’s about blood feuds, witches and coming-of-age. We chat to director Steven Kastrissios.
Academy award winner Quentin Tarantino talks about his long love affair with Aussie film and dubs Fury Road “the most amazing movie I’ve seen this year”.
YouTube star Michael Shanks takes the leap to TV with pop-culture infused comedy The Wizards of Aus. We talk everything from orcs to an Australian Hot Fuzz.
Ben Law’s memoir is the basis for new TV series, The Family Law, which follows 14-year-old Ben over one particular summer when his parents separate.
Comedian Lawrence Leung has turned his one man show, Sucker, into a feature film starring YouTube sensation John Luc and veteran actor Timothy Spall.
Nowhere Boys: Book of Shadows director David Caesar sees the film as a rock n’ roll story about a broken up band that’s back together for one last gig.
As the cost and risk of creating home-grown TV increases, Screen Australia’s role in supporting locally-made series is more vital than ever.
Actor and writer Maria Angelico is tackling the ups and downs of her 20s and finding her groove in new comedy web series, Movement.
Australian film, TV and multiplatform soared to new heights in 2015 and we look back on the year that was, as well as casting our eyes to exciting times ahead.
Find out what the top-rating Australian TV dramas were across the free-to-air networks in 2015.
Documentaries like Tyke Elephant Outlaw are finding new life after they leave the cinemas and film festivals thanks to streaming platforms.
Screen Forever 2015 is done and dusted, but the impact of SPA’s Ones to Watch program is ongoing for this year’s 14 emerging producers.
An overwhelming wave of positivity has met Screen Australia’s Gender Matters initiatives, but as many acknowledge, these are just the first steps.
Alongside growing momentum and calls for change, Screen Australia has launched a new initiative to tackle gender inequality in the local film industry.
Utopia star Celia Pacquola is throwing herself in the deep end again by co-writing and starring in upcoming ABC comedy series Rosehaven.
Talented creatives behind Mad Max: Fury Road, The Dressmaker, That Sugar Film and many more, were among the AACTA Screen Craft Excellence Award winners.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop considers raising the Location Offset in 2016 budget as Sir Ridley Scott’s next Alien film is welcomed to Sydney.
This year, five Aussie films will battle it out to win the first People’s Choice Award for Favourite Australian Film at the AACTAs. Vote now!
Behind the counters of ubiquitous Australian kebab shops, a treasure trove of drama and heart was just waiting to be discovered for SBS doco Kebab Kings.
A brave Australian filmmaker is tackling the issue of domestic violence from a different perspective in new ABC documentary Call Me Dad.
The Screen Australia/Australian Directors Guild Director’s Attachment Scheme is proving to be a valuable springboard for emerging directors, with an increasing emphasis on gender equality and cultural diversity.
Australian audiences are embracing local content in droves but industry needs to continue rallying behind local production, with challenging times ahead.
Australian actress Sarah Snook continues to soar on Australian film and television, capping off a stellar year with a double whammy of The Dressmaker and The Beautiful Lie.
Australian impact producer Alex Kelly reveals how she’s bringing grassroots climate change movements together with the documentary This Changes Everything.
Brisbane-born journalist Michael Ware explains how he turned his Handycam footage from the Iraq War into chilling documentary Only the Dead.
Aussie actor Liam Hemsworth had been searching for a movie to make back home in Australia when he finally came across The Dressmaker. By Caris Bizzaca.
It took a trip to geek mecca San Diego Comic-Con for Robert Mond to realise what his first feature needed to be.
Whether it’s welcoming Bollywood crews to Australia or casting fast-bowler Brett Lee as his leading man, director Anupam Sharma has always gotten a kick out of pushing boundaries. And with his latest flick unINDIAN, he may have hit a six.
Me and My Mates Vs. the Zombie Apocalypse was one of six Aussie films selected for the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival (9 to 18 October 2015), the world’s leading fantasy and horror film festival.
Initially inspired by his own kids’ experiences at the end of high school, producer Ian Collie chats to us about miniseries The Principal, which is a both a compelling look at issues faced in the school system and a gripping crime drama.
When Robert Connolly picked Bangarra Artistic Director Stephen Page to direct Sand – one of the episodes of the film adaptation of Tim Winton’s The Turning – he brokered a marriage between an established dance talent and another medium.
Ready For This is Australia’s first Indigenous teen drama and it’s a collaboration between two of our top production houses: Werner Film Productions, known for teen and kids drama like the hugely successful Dance Academy, and Blackfella Films, behind some of the best adult drama in recent years, such as Redfern Now.
Go behind the scenes on upcoming Aussie short film Lorne, starring Guy Pearce, about a man in oppressive isolation, who’s confronted by a stranger.
Aussie animation studio Bogan Entertainment Solutions were onto a winner in 2012 when they created and produced telemovie Exchange Student Zero. From this weekend, Exchange Student Zero is back as a 13-part animated series for global kids TV channel, Cartoon Network. Exchange Student Zero is a unique combination of two traditional animation styles: anime and western cartoons.
Some ideas are so obvious that everyone jumps on board at hello. That was the case with Mambo: Art Irritates Life, an irreverent playful high octane documentary about one of Australia’s most successful brands – an unlikely, subversive collision of music, art and zeitgeist that took on the world.
Kill Me Three Times is an Aussie crime caper that harks back to Ozploitation and heralds a new age for film marketing at the same time.
Justin Monjo has written for Rush, Paper Giants: Magazine Wars, INXS: Never Tear Us Apart, and more.
Maya Newell’s documentary feature Gayby Baby follows four children with gay parents – Ebony, Gus, Graham and Matt, on their tricky path through adolescence against the backdrop of a growing marriage equality debate.
Paul Cox is self described as being accused of always making films about his own life, to which he says, that’s the closest source of inspiration we have. Paul’s latest film, Force of Destiny, is arguably the most personal yet.
Aussie comedic duo Sammy J and Randy mark their TV sitcom debut with Sammy J and Randy in Ricketts Lane. Out 1 September on ABC iview and later on ABC TV, we chat to Sammy J and Randy ahead of the show’s release.
In the scheme of things, there really haven’t been that many operas written specifically for TV.
Fragments of Friday is a new Aussie web series about three friends trying to figure out what they’d done on their Friday nights.
While novels have been a longstanding staple of screen material, this year sees an unprecedented number of stage plays translated to film by some of the most established names in theatre.
When the documentaries and shorts AACTA awards nominations were announced a few weeks ago there were some delightful animated and short fiction films up for awards – plus during the Sydney Film Festival and now the Melbourne Film Festival, there were even more innovative short films screening in competition.
Aussie feature film Sucker has its world premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival in August.
Derek Muller’s three-part doco series Uranium: Twisting the Dragon’s Tail starts on SBS Sunday 9 August.
Sporting a dishevelled look of longer hair and a beard that sent his legion of admirers into a frenzy at Cannes recently, Baker shared some thoughts about his latest project Breath with The Screen Blog.
He is, without a doubt, having his moment: Patrick Brammall, 37 is on our big and small screens this month with both Ruben Guthrie and Glitch and Australian audiences can’t seem to get enough of him.
Airlock, the new online sci-fi series from the makers of The Tunnel may be set in a claustrophobic space station, but producer Enzo Tedeschi knows how to breathe fresh air into the sometimes stale atmosphere of film marketing.
We go behind the scenes with web series Footballer Wants a Wife, which wrapped filming in Toorak, Melbourne last week. It’s a spoof reality show that follows three professional sportsman on their journey to love.
The funniest wine show in town is back with a second season of vineyard misadventures.
You may not be aware, but across vast and remote parts of Australia, a film project has been underway for several years.
Who knew a Logie acceptance speech could have such impact? When Miranda Tapsell accepted her two awards for Love Child with comments urging broadcasters to ‘put more beautiful people of colour on TV and connect viewers in ways which transcend race and connect us’ she triggered a tidal wave of support across social media and the industry.
One of the new and original TV series we’ve seen so far this year is Hiding, part crime show, part family dramedy.
Jacquelin Perske on the challenges of Deadline Gallipoli.
The art of the seamstress requires perfectionism and patience. Qualities also required in a film producer.
Caroline Baum talks to Mad Max: Fury Road film editor Margaret Sixel about the practicalities of recreating George Miller’s famous dystopian world.
Michael Shanks’ (a.k.a timtimfed) The Wizards of Aus has just finished filming. Set in Melbourne, Australia, the web series follows a Gandalf-type wizard, having turned his back on the magical realm, as he goes about his every day business in Footscray.
Comedians Veronica Milsom and Steen Rasko are working on a pilot for iView in joint Screen Australia-ABC initiative, Fresh Blood.
Sketch comedy crew Aunty Donna are developing a TV pilot for iView in a joint Screen Australia-ABC initiative, Fresh Blood.