Meet POI speaker Benjamin Law

Posted Wednesday 21 Aug 2019

Benjamin Law


Meet Benjamin Law, an Australian journalist, columnist, screenwriter and quick-witted cultural commentator. He's an outspoken advocate for both the LGBTIQA and Australian-Chinese communities and regularly tweets to his almost 100,000 followers about issues in these areas. He adapted his book, The Family Law into a critically-acclaimed and award-winning comedy series, which was produced by Matchbox Pictures. The pilot's Facebook premiere gained 1.1 million views, and the first season was the most-watched comedy on SBS On Demand. The Family Law returned for two further seasons, winning two Equity Ensemble Awards (Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series), two Casting Guild Awards (Best Casting in a Comedy) a SPAA Award (Best Comedy Series). Benjamin also wrote for Netflix/Network Ten's Sisters. He recently developed and hosted documentary series Waltzing the Dragon with Benjamin Law, which sought to retrace his heritage, and has received rave reviews. You can get an insight into his experiences in his Guardian article. Benjamin is a strong advocate for inclusion in the screen sector, you can read his thoughts on the makeup of Australia's creative industry. Click follow on @benjaminlaw and you are guaranteed to receive thoughtful, articulate and often hilarious insights into culture, not just on the other side of the ditch but around the world.

 

 

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Meet POI speaker Hope Dickson Leach

Posted Wednesday 21 Aug 2019

Hope Dickson Leach


Meet Hope Dickson Leach, whose debut film The Levelling won her a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit award. The UK director is co-founder of Raising Films, an organisation geared toward making the film industry more parent- and carer-friendly. The Levelling had its world premiere at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, and was critically lauded. It won the BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Screenplay in 2017, which set Hope up to work on several feature film projects which are now in development. Hope struggled to get her first feature going, and she is candid about having to juggle parenthood while working in the film industry. Her experiences lead her to co-found Raising Films, an organisation which offers peer-to-peer support, crowd funds for child care, advises filmmakers and festivals on how to better serve parents and carers and delves deep into research to find new ways of challenging exclusion and discrimination at a systemic level. This year, Cannes Film Festival announced its initiative to support delegates attending with children, via advisement from Raising Films, marking the first time a major film festival anywhere in the world has offered a comprehensive package of family-friendly services to industry attendees. Raising Films also undertook research in the UK to better understand the screen industry for carers, with some insightful results.

The Levelling
is available via Amazon. Click here to watch the trailer