Today I presented on a diversity panel, ‘Creative Offroads’ for the ABC, to discuss the impact of stereotypes on screen in news and film.
Amazing co-presenters, including:
Jeremy Fernandez, Journalist, ABC (moderator)
Tasneem Chopra Author, Cross-Cultural Consultant, Curator & Activist
Tony Ayres, Director, Producer & Co-Founder, Matchbox Pictures,
Sally Riley, Executive-Screen content,
Dr Tim Soutphommasane- Race Discrimination Commissioner,
Michelle Fonesca- Head of Strategy & Staff Development, ABC News,
Matt Deaner CEO, SPA,
Rebecca Moystyn- Manager, Research, Screen Australia,
Phillipa McDermot- Head of Diversity, ABCNEWS.
Amazing people. Uncompromising messages. Delivered to a room full off ABC staff from producers, editors, marketing division- in scripted and non scripted production.
Tim Soutphommasane “Cultural diversity is in your ABC charter – don’t feel you have to justify it to critics- Go out there, deliver and own it!”
Tony Ayres ” we have to move past the belief that only White people have stories and that coloured people have issues”
Sally Riley “Just break the rules and take a punt on talent”
Me “Australian Muslims have way more to contribute beyond reactive commentary . Calling ‘1800 Muslim’, shortchanges both of us”
An intense and robust conversation that will hopefully inform admin, content and production targets for the coming years.