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LIVESTREAM: Appropriate Conversation with Desiree Akhavan & Sophie Hyde

23 March 2020
Desiree Akhavan
Writer, director and actor Desiree Akhavan.

Join acclaimed writer/director/actor Desiree Akhavan and homegrown favourite Sophie Hyde from Closer Productions as they dive deep into the art of filmmaking in an intimate and exploratory in-conversation, broadcast live and free via Instagram livestream.

Join Desiree as she discusses the differences between working in film and TV, acting and directing, how to develop projects you care about and how to stay true to your personal vision.

Desiree Akhavan is an American writer, director and actor working in indie film and TV and the daughter of Iranian parents. Her breakout feature Appropriate Behavior (in which she also stars) premiered at Sundance and is a queer cult classic. Her second feature The Miseducation of Cameron Post, won the Grand Jury Prize Dramatic at Sundance. Her TV series The Bisexual which she created, wrote, directed and starred in, was made for Channel 4 in 2018 (and currently screening on Stan in Australia). She has also acted in a number of other works including Lena Dunham’s Girls in a role Lena wrote for her.

Desiree will be joined by her friend and peer, Adelaide based Sophie Hyde, director of feature films Animals and 52 Tuesdays and creator of TV series’ F*king Adelaide and The Hunting.

This event is presented by the Australian Directors’ Guild and the SAFC, with Screen Australia, Film Victoria, The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology & the Australian Film Television and Radio School.

Appropriate Conversation with Desiree Akhavan & Sophie Hyde

Date: Monday 23 March, 2020
Time: 5.30pm ACDT
Location: Online via Instagram livestream through the @australiandirectorsguild Instagram account. See instructions below.
Cost: Free.


  1. Download the Instagram app for iOS or Android, if you don’t already have it, and create your free account.
  2. Follow the @AustralianDirectorsGuild account.
  3. When the livestream begins, you will see the ADG’s avatar appear at the top of your feed surrounded by a circle and the word LIVE. Tap their avatar to watch the livestream.

Please note unfortunately this functionality is not available on Instagram’s web platform, so this livestream can only be accessed via the app.

Please note this livestream replaces the physical event that was to be held at Sparkke at The Whitmore on Thursday 20 March.

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