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Join us for a screening of this powerful documentary about the women's liberation movement in Australia, followed by a Q&A panel with women filmmakers and activists.

Q&A PANEL:

Moderator: Megan Riakos

Megan is a writer, director and producer with 18 years experience in the film industry, culminating in her debut feature Crushed. She combines this work with her role as a co-founder and board member of the not-for-profit organisation Women in Film and Television Australia, where she is a vocal advocate for women in the screen industries. She is also on the steering committee of NOW Australia. 

Through her work at WIFT, Megan successfully negotiated changes to the AACTA Awards selection process to ensure a more fair and transparent awards, established the Raising Films Australia initiative to address the obstacles facing parents and carers in the screen industry, helped to develop the Safer Workplace Strategies Forum to help combat sexual harassment in the screen industry and launched a number of programs to assist women to advance their screen careers including Big Screen Sister Mentorship Program and the In The Works test screening night where members can get feedback on their works in progress. 

In 2017, Megan launched Hemlock & Cedar Films, a production company that merges these two fields of advocacy and creativity - focusing on female-led screen content.

Panellists:

Gill Leahy - As an anthropology student at the University of Sydney, Gillian Leahy was active in the anti-Vietnam war and women’s liberation movements. Gillian went on to become a filmmaker and academic. She has made over 16 films, mostly documentaries. She is best known for her experimental essay documentary, My Life Without Steve (1986). Her recent film Baxter and Me, is an autobiographical memoir which traces her and her dog Baxter’s life over a year and then reflects on Gill’s past dogs, her involvement in the women’s liberation movement, and her past films. From 1983 until recently, she taught filmmaking at the University of Technology, Sydney.

Dani Torsh - Daniela is a feminist author, educator, public servant, journalist and filmmaker, who arrived in Australia in 1948 as a two year old refugee from Czechoslovakia. She was a journalist with The Australian in the early 1970s. During this time she formed the Media Women’s Action Group which successfully opened up membership to the Sydney Journalist’s Club to women journalists, lobbied for childcare and better media representation of and by women. Daniela became prominent in women's education policy and acted as consultant for the Commonwealth Schools Commission. In 1976 she published an education resource called Good Morning Boys and Girls: A Women's Education Catalogue. In the 1980s, Daniela served as the executive producer of the Women's Film Unit of Film Australia.

Laurrie Brannigan-Onato
Laurrie Brannigan-Onato is an emerging Asian-First Nation producer who was born and raised in Sydney’s Greater West suburbs and has been immersed in the visual arts sector from as young as four years old. With a Bachelor of Arts in Communication: Media, Arts and Production (2013) from the University of Technology Sydney, as well as, an Advanced Diploma in Screenwriting from AFTRS (2017), Laurrie now works at Screen Australia as a Development and Investment Manager within the Indigenous Department, managing a range of projects and programs.

Laurrie also has developed and produced their own content, hoping to tell diverse and difficult stories in entertaining and accessible ways. Laurrie’s independent shorts have screened both locally and internationally, at a variety of film festivals including, but not limited to Flickerfest, Sydney Underground Film Festival, Melbourne Underground Film Festival and the Byron Bay International Film Festival.

Laurrie’s claim to fame is having won the North Sydney Art Prize in the adults division at age four in 1996. Laurrie worries they may have peaked too soon...