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Session

Papua New Guinean Women in Screen; the Rising Tide

Screen Industry

Papua New Guinean Women in Screen; the Rising Tide

About

Papua New Guinea is Australia’s closest neighbour, but we do not see much PNG content on Australian screens. Let me rephrase that, we do not see ANY PNG content on our screens. Name one narrative TV show about Papua New Guinean people doing Papua New Guinean things, on any major platform. I’ll wait. No please, pull out your phone, Google it.

It’s not there.

Well that’s about to change. These three women (plus me) are making major inroads into the screen industry, despite being historically underrepresented in front of and behind the camera, we are creating the content that embodies the diasporic communities we represent.

The discussion will range from how we forged our pathways as individual creators, leveraging our unique voice to create an edge in our own personal story making, to where we see ourselves and other Pasifika creatives in the future. From Natasha Henry’s deep research into cultural script development, and the dedicated advocacy of Mel Ree, to Gemma Bird Matheson building a TV empire - I, as an award winning filmmaker, will facilitate a nuanced discussion on how our respective journeys of belonging inform our commitment to the growth of PNG creatives in the screen industry.

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