Eight talented regional practitioners have been selected to participate in Screenworks’ three Career Pathway Programs for 2022. Delivered each year with support from Screen NSW, Screenworks’ Inside the Writers Room is also being supported by Matchbox Pictures, EQ Media and Wooden Horse. The Director Pathways Program is being supported by the Australian Directors’ Guild, with Screen Producers Australia supporting the Regional Producer Elevator Program.
“We had a record number of submissions to all three programs this year, reflecting the increasing screen talent we’re seeing here in regional NSW,” said Screenworks CEO Ken Crouch. “We’re delighted to be supporting these eight talented regional practitioners in 2022 and assisting them in advancing their careers. We really appreciate the involvement of the production companies and guilds who partner with us for these programs – in doing so, they support the progress of individual practitioners’ careers and projects as well as the growth of the screen industry in regional NSW.”
Nick Bolton from the Illawarra and Alexandra Doering from North West NSW have been selected for Screenworks’ Regional Producer Elevator Program. They will each receive $3,500 to support their professional and career development, plus attendance at the Screenworks Regional to Global Screen Forum in May 2022 and support from Screen Producers Australia.
For Screenworks’ Director Pathways Program, the calibre of applicants was so high that three participants were selected. These were Katie Tonkin, an Indigenous woman from Wiradjuri Country living on Bundjalung land in the Northern Rivers, Morgan Healy, also from the Northern Rivers, and Angharad (Harry) Lloyd from the Central Coast. Each of these selected participants will receive $3,500 to implement their unique career development programs and be supported by the Australian Directors’ Guild with guidance, advice and industry introductions.
Screenworks’ Inside the Writers Room program will place three early career regional screenwriters in the writers rooms of some of Australia’s most respected drama production companies. Iris Huizinga from the Illawarra has been selected to observe a writers room at Matchbox Pictures, Elisa Cristallo from the South Coast of NSW will go to Wooden Horse, and James Mayson from the Northern Rivers will attend a writers room at EQ Media.
The selection panels for the three programs were made up of representatives from program partners, industry bodies and guilds and independent assessors.
Screenworks’ Career Pathways Programs are funded by Screen NSW and supported by Fremantle Media, Screen Producers Australia, the Australian Directors’ Guild, Matchbox Pictures, EQ Media and Wooden Horse.