Changing the Story: Diversity in Today's Industry


  • 2 September 2021
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Applications Open 18 August 2021 9:00 am
Applications Close 2 September 2021 12:00 pm
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The Australian screen industry has made huge progress in recent years in becoming a more inclusive and culturally secure place for historically underrepresented communities. Despite this progress some of the industry's most structural barriers remain intact, preventing us from achieving equal representation on screens. What is the current state of diversity in today's industry, and where do we go next? Why are diverse stories so important for our society, culture and economy? Please join moderator Pearl Tan and guest speakers Lena Nahlous, Michelle Law and Kate Hood for our first 2021 Screen Diversity Showcase panel discussion about how diverse stories are changing the game for the screen industry. This panel discussion will take place via Zoom, Thursday September 2 at 6:00pm AEST.


  • Pearl Tan

    Pearl Tan is a screen content maker and educator. She is currently in development as a Director on the web series Return to Sender, which won Screen Australia's inaugural Pitcher Perfect competition. She is the Senior Lecturer in Directing at the Australian Film Television and Radio School and is completing her PhD in Creative Practice at the University of NSW, exploring the experience of diversity workers in the Australian Screen Industry.
  • Lena Nahlous

    Lena Nahlous is an experienced CEO, producer, curator, artistic director and facilitator with a long-term commitment to equity in the arts and creative sectors. Lena is currently the Executive Director of Diversity Arts Australia and host of The Colour Cycle podcast. She has over 20 years-experience in arts, cultural and media organisations where she has developed artist brokerage and training programs focusing on artists, communities and creatives from culturally diverse, refugee and migrant backgrounds and young people.
  • Michelle Law

    Michelle Law is an award-winning writer of print, screen and theatre. Her works include the plays Single Asian Female and Miss Peony, and the SBS web series Homecoming Queens. Her first book Asian Girls are Going Places will be published in early 2022.
  • Kate Hood

    Kate Hood is a wheelchair-using actor, writer, theatre-maker and director. Her company, Raspberry Ripple Productions makes accessible theatre using able-bodied and disabled artists. She believes passionately that disabled artists should be seen across our mainstream stages and screens. She is a founding member of Actors Equity's Diversity Committee, served as Deputy Chair for its first five years, and is Co-Chair of the Performers With Disabilities committee.


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