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SAFC helps skilled workers find new pathways into screen

19 July 2023
SA Screen Industry Careers Day 2023, Pat Webb and Jennifer Norcliffe at the games session, photo by Petra Starke
The audience taking in a session at the SAFC’s SA Screen Industry Careers Day 2023

South Australian crew and skilled workers from adjacent industries were able to discover exciting new screen career pathways at the SAFC’s recent SA Screen Industry Careers Day.

Held at the SAFC’s Adelaide Studios facilities in Glenside on Saturday 15 July, the free information day featured a program of 31 career information sessions presented by top South Australian Heads of Department (HODs) and industry professionals, giving expert advice about career pathways and skills required to work in various roles across the sector.

Career sessions on the day were representative of current urgent skills gaps in the industry, as identified by the Screen Production Taskforce and the Games, Post-Production, Digital and Visual Effects Taskforce in the recently released SA Screen Industry Workforce Development Strategy. The day was aimed at South Australian workers from adjacent industries with transferable skills, as well as current crew members looking to upskill or change roles within the industry, and tertiary students.

Video produced by SAFC partner organisation Channel 44.

Speakers included Production Accountant Lou Henry (Escape from Pretoria, Mission Impossible: Fallout); Troy Chambers and Rhys Sandery of animation and experience company Monkeystack; Props Master Emma Hough Hobbs (Gold, Carnifex, Talk to Me); Assistant Directors Waeel Nassereddine (Carnifex, Monolith) and Rick Beecroft (2067, Wolf Creek); DOP Aaron Gully ACS (Beep and Mort, Touch); 1st Assistant Camera Claire Bishop (The New Boy, The Royal Hotel); Casting Director Angela Heesom of Heesom Casting (Mortal Kombat, Aftertaste); Costume Designer Anita Seiler (Aftertaste, Snowtown); Editors Sean Lahiff ASE (Carnifex) and Isaac Coen Lindsay (The Survival of Kindness); documentary director/producer Colin Thrupp of Breakout Productions (Aussie Snake Wranglers, Raging Bulls); Mighty Kingdom Talent Specialist Jennifer Norcliffe; Emmy Award winning producer Kirsty Stark of Epic Films and CrewHQ.

The day also featured a Welcome Session especially for First Nations attendees by Ngarrindjeri man and emerging screen artist Jai Sumner Koncz, who spoke from a First Nations perspective about his experience working in SA’s screen industry, including recently working as an Attachment on drama series RFDS.

The SA Screen Industry Careers Day was proudly presented by the SAFC as part of the SA Screen Industry Workforce Development Strategy to grow the state’s skills base to accommodate the demand for crew and take advantage of opportunities for jobs and growth for South Australians.

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