Search SAFC


News & Events

SAFC announces new staff appointments

04 August 2020
SAFC Staff appointments August 2020 L-R Julie Ryan, Kath McIntyre, Nara Wilson, Petra Starke
From left: Julie Ryan, Kath McIntyre, Nara Wilson, Petra Starke.

The South Australian Film Corporation is pleased to announce four new staff appointments:

SAFC CEO Kate Croser said all four appointments were a coup for the organisation.

“We are thrilled to welcome Julie Ryan and Kath McIntyre to the SAFC as new executives in our Production and Development team. Both Julie and Kath bring great depth of experience, a wealth of knowledge and extensive networks across the screen industry in South Australia and globally.

“Likewise, we are delighted to appoint current SAFC staff members Nara Wilson and Petra Starke to the new roles of First Nations Industry Development Executive, and Head of Communications and Marketing respectively. Nara and Petra’s professionalism and commitment to their roles during their time at the SAFC have been an invaluable asset to the agency, and we look forward to their continued success within the organisation.”

Nara Wilson and Petra Starke commence their new roles immediately. Julie Ryan begins her role on 24 August and Kath McIntyre begins her role on 14 September. Read more about all the new SAFC appointees below.

The SAFC this week also bids farewell to long-serving staff member Kirsty Cornford (pictured below), who has been with the agency for more than nine years as Executive Assistant to the CEO.

Kirsty Cornford, photo by Claudio Raschella.

“With her depth of knowledge of the SA screen sector, SAFC operations and Government protocols, not to mention her professionalism and commitment, Kirsty has been an invaluable asset to the SAFC for the best part of a decade,” Ms Croser said.

“On behalf of the organisation I’d like to thank Kirsty for her hard work and dedication, and wish her all the best for her new role.”

Kirsty’s last day is this Friday 7 August. Recruitment for her replacement will begin shortly; in the interim she will be replaced by SAFC Program Coordinator Kata Fodor.

Julie Ryan – Executive, Production

Julie Ryan is one of Australia’s most prolific and accomplished independent film producers.

Her credits include AFI/AACTA Best Film winners Red Dog and Ten CanoesHotel Mumbaithe most successful Australian film to release internationally in 2019, and H is for Happiness, which received a Special Mention by the Children’s Jury, Generation Kplus at the 2020 Berlin International Film Festival, and won the prestigious 2019 Cinefest Oz Film Prize.

After a decade of collaboration with Director Rolf de Heer, Julie formed her own company Cyan Films.

Julie’s films have premiered at Cannes, Berlin, Toronto, Venice and Sundance and she brings a wealth of industry expertise to the SAFC.

Kath McIntrye – Executive, Development and Industry Development

Kath McIntyre is a factual director, field producer and screen industry executive with deep connections across all aspects of the South Australian screen industry.

She has been a Business Development Executive at KOJO and a tutor for the Matchbox Pictures Post Graduate Certificate at Uni SA.

For the past six years, Kath has been the Program Director of the nationally acclaimed Screenmakers Conference and is at the forefront of new opportunities for project and industry development.

Nara Wilson – Executive, First Nations Industry Development

Nara Wilson is a proud Wirangu, Kokatha and Larrakia woman with screen industry experience as an independent producer across Australia.

As an Associate Executive at the SAFC, Nara was instrumental in setting up the Centralised Partnership with Screen Territory and other founding partners and oversaw project and industry development outcomes including the Deadly Family Portraits series for ABC iView.

Nara takes up the SAFC’s new First Nations position with a strong commitment to advancing the SAFC First Nations Screen Strategy.

Petra Starke – Head of Communications and Marketing

Petra Starke is a highly skilled communications executive with deep experience in media, marketing, publicity and the arts.

Her career includes more than 10 years as a journalist, working in high level editorial positions at The Advertiser and Sunday Mail as well as freelance, and senior publicity and marketing roles leading the strategic promotion of many of South Australia’s iconic festivals, arts companies and major events.

Petra comes to this newly created role after 13 months acting as the SAFC’s PR & Marketing Manager.

« Back to News