ADG launches shadow directing initiative for female directors in TV drama
Corrie Chen on a Film Vic attachment with director Nicole Kassel during the shoot for 'The Leftovers' season three.
The Australian Directors’ Guild (ADG) is offering up shadow directing opportunities for female directors on Australian TV dramas.
Thanks to funding given to the organisation through Screen Australia’s Gender Matters: Brilliant Careers initiative, up to six female directors over the next year will have the opportunity to direct an episode of a show while being ‘shadowed’ by an experienced TV drama director.
The first two shows to participate will be Playmaker Media’s Love Child and Seven Productions’ Home and Away in early 2017.
ADG CEO Kingston Anderson said this was the first time a scheme of this type – directly targeting female television directors – had been developed.
“It will provide real job opportunities for experienced female directors to enter the television industry,” he said.
Screen Australia’s head of production Sally Caplan said it was thrilling to see the ADG already putting their Gender Matters: Brilliant Career funding to work to offer high-profile opportunities to the next generation of female directors.
“We congratulate the ADG and all the partner production companies involved in shaping this program, and encourage those applying for the Shadow Directing roles to give it their all."
Other shadow directing opportunities with participating production companies and shows will be announced in 2017.
To be eligible, potential applicants need to:
• Have directed TWO short drama films that have been selected for public screening or ONE feature or short drama film that has screened at Sundance, Berlin, Venice, Cannes, Clermont-Ferrand, Busan, Rotterdam, SXSW or Telluride.
• Have completed a directors’ attachment on a feature film or TV drama show or have significant experience in the film or television industry in a related field, for instance as a First AD or editor or have significant experience as a director in other media such as documentary or commercial content.
Applications close December 16. For more information and an application form, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (02) 9555 7045.