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Screenworks: Results For Emerging Filmmakers
[Fri 14/09/2012 10:08:42]
Press Release from Lisa O'Meara
One of Australia’s top drama writer/producers got a few pages into Sophie Hexters screen play, immediately recognised her talent and arranged a follow up meeting to discuss future screen writing opportunities. Which is the type of results Screenworks was looking for in their Regional to Global Screen program held in Byron Bay this month.
Byron Bay based writer and stylist Sophie Hexter has arranged a follow up meeting with one of Australia’s top drama producers “I found the Development Lab to be very empowering” explained Sophie, who moved to Byron Bay three years ago to raise her family and spend some time developing her creative writing skills, “it opened doors for me that I never expected.”
Sophie was among nine teams of regional filmmakers who have come closer to getting their career dreams and productions realised through Screenworks three day Regional to Global Screen Development Lab. Bangalow based documentary director Poppy Walker is talking to a Sydney based multimedia production company about co producing her series on sex and ageing. Mullumbimby based producer Jane Hanckel will be following up with a Melbourne distributor to secure international broadcast interest and funding for her series on kids behaving badly.
The Development Lab was preceded by Screenworks Regional to Global Screen Forum which saw more than one hundred regional filmmakers, producers and film students gather to hear from some of Australia’s leading screen industry professionals on the business of filmmaking and how to get on to international screens. Guest speakers included Greg Haddrick head of drama at Screentime (Underbelly, Crownies,), Jamie Hilton – film producer and co head of See Pictures (Waiting City, Sleeping Beauty), Sally Ingleton - documentary producer, founder and CEO of 360 Degree Films (Australia's Great Flood) Nhua-Uyen Chau - founder and director of Looking Glass International an independent production and distribution company Justin Donoghue – development manager Screen NSW and Dr Cathy Hanckel – writer, producer and director Virgo Films (The Burning Season). Visiting guest speakers were joined by local film professionals John Weiley, David Bradbury, Vanessa Gorman and Cate McQuillen.
“It was like four years of film school crammed into 4 days,” says screenwriter and Lab participant Sarah Ford, one of 2 participants that were awarded a ticket to the Screen Producers of Australia’s Fringe conference being held in Sydney in Oct. Along with the other recipient Poppy Walker, the two received the SPAA Fringe tickets as they were nominated by the Development Lab mentors as film makers most likely to benefit from the networking and professional development opportunities offered at the popular screen industry conference.
Screenworks is the Northern Rivers film, television and multiplatform office, responsible for attracting and fostering production in the region, for more information visit www.screenworks.com.au
Screenworks Regional to Global Screen Forum and Lab were funded by Enterprise connect. Enterprise Connect is an Australian Government initiative backed by industry that offers comprehensive advice and support to eligible Australian small and medium businesses to help them transform and reach their full potential. Our experienced, independent Business Advisers provide confidential, unbiased business advice at no charge. For more information visit www.enterpriseconnect.gov.au or call 131 791.