Television commercials are a well-worn path for directors wanting to get runs on board but it is not known as a level playing field for men and women. IF speaks with directors and screen guilds about what progress still needs to be made.
Preliminary findings of Screen Well and the Australian Directors Guild's work/life balance survey - to inform a webinar on the subject this coming Monday, World Mental Health Day - suggest directors are burnt out, fatigued, and see industry pressures as contributing to poor mental health outcomes for both themselves and their colleagues.
The Australian Directors' Guild and Screen Well are currently running a survey to better understand work/life balance for directors.
Directors working in the streaming landscape and alongside showrunners must take a “humility pill” or “move to the exit”, according to Rachel Ward, who opened the Australian Directors' Guild conference.
The Australian Director's Guild has revealed the program for its conference Director's Cut later this month, with the theme 'Cutting Through the Noise'.