SPA announces first speakers for Screen Forever
(L-R top): Charlotte Koh, Becky Read. (L-R bottom): Dan Jinks, Ursula Macfarlane.
Screen Producers Australia has unveiled the first set of international speakers for this year’s Screen Forever, and outlined that this year’s event will focus on various topics such as younger audience content; the potential to diversify content through podcasts and interactive media; and the ramifications of creating content in a post-#MeToo era, as well as celebrating trailblazing talent and shining a light on female-led production companies.
Among the speakers is director and executive producer Ursula Macfarlane, who will appear ‘in conversation’ to dissect her feature documentary Untouchable, which charts Harvey Weinstein’s fall from grace.
Three Identical Strangers, RICO, and Life and Death in Chicago producer Becky Read will take part in the conference’s ‘The Tricky Business of Ethics’ stream; an exploration of the parameters of ethically ambiguous situations in documentary, reality television and immersive technologies that occur both on and off screen.
Charlotte Koh, the head of digital and unscripted at Reece Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine, will also be in attendance as part of ‘Triple Threat’, a specially curated stream of sessions dedicated to female fronted production companies creating opportunities for and by women, and female game changers bringing new and distinctive voices to our screens. Koh manages six teams across the
company: unscripted TV development & production, short-form video, social media and editorial, Reese’s Book Club, Audible Originals/podcasting and art/design.
Dan Jinks, the Academy Award-winning feature film, television and Broadway producer of American Beauty, Milk, Big Fish, Nothing to Lose and Pushing Daisies will speak as part of ‘On the Shoulders of Giants’ – a collection of sessions that celebrate the achievements of the trailblazers who have gone before us and help us to acquire the skills and knowledge to build our future as a great storytelling nation.