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See the photos: SA screen industry comes together at Adelaide Studios for networking event

24 March 2022
SAFC Networking event 22 March 2022

South Australian screen industry members came together with SAFC staff and Board members for a special evening of networking at Adelaide Studios on Tuesday, 22 March in the SAFC’s first social event for 2022.

After a protracted gap between in-person events due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the evening was a great chance to welcome practitioners back to Adelaide Studios to network and enjoy drinks and canapes in the historic courtyard, with many commenting on how refreshing it was to get together in person again. 

Special guests included SAFC Board Chair Julie Cooper; SAFC Board members Austin TaylorMiriam Silva, Bec Summerton and Ann-Maree Davies; the SAFC’s newly appointed First Nations Screen Strategy Executive Pauline Clague; members of the SAFC’s First Nations Advisory Committee Elaine Crombie and Shouwn Oosting and Mercury CX CEO Karena Slaninka, as well as members of Adelaide Studios tenant businesses and many key creatives from across the wider screen industry.

SAFC CEO Kate Croser took the opportunity to formally welcome four new Adelaide Studios tenants who have recently taken up residence in the facility’s screen creative hub: international content producer and distributor Blue Ant Media, with Senior VP of Finance and Operations Jake Richardson; producer Lisa Scott of Highview Productions, the company behind international hit drama series The Tourist; production company Steel Springs Pictures, helmed by producer Peter Lawson, and The Everyone Project, an exciting initiative managed by the Screen Diversity and Inclusion Network to measure and boost diversity and inclusion in the Australian film and television industry.

Ms Croser also announced the three successful teams for The Film Lab: New Voices round 2; congratulations to these eight dynamic creatives – Writer/director Alies Sluiter and producer William Littleton; writer/director Emma Hough Hobbs, writer/director Leela Varghese and producer Tom Phillips, and Writer Travis Akbar, director Thibul Nettle and producer Joshua Trevorrow – the program’s first 100% First Nations led filmmaking team.

The evening also saw the official launch of the SAFC’s new permanent display of South Australian screen memorabilia which features rare and never-before-seen props, costumes and other behind-the-scenes items from iconic SAFC supported productions such as ShineHotel MumbaiMortal KombatI Am Woman, The Babadook and more. The display also houses incredible award trophies from local practitioners, including the AFI and AACTA Best Film Awards for Ten Canoes and Red Dog, and an Engineering Emmy Award given to Adelaide Studios tenants Cospective in 2018 for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development. The display is part of this year’s 50th anniversary celebrations of the SAFC, alongside a newly installed series of scannable QR codes, which have been rolled out throughout the building, enabling viewers to find out more about the production posters on the walls.

The SAFC’s South Australian Screen memorabilia display is now on show in the Adelaide Studios foyer, and is viewable by the public during business hours.

Thank you to Robert Taylor from Kuma Kaaru who opened the event with an inspiring Welcome to Country, and Emma Cresdee from Sign Language Australia, a Deaf-led Auslan interpreting service, for providing Auslan interpretation for the night.

Check out photos from the night below! All photos by Naomi Jellicoe.

  • Rosemary Myers, Madison Thomas, Pete Best and Kaye Weeks at the SAFC Networking event 22 March 2022, photo by Naomi Jellicoe
  • Riley Fraser Waters and Madison Siegertsz Tat the SAFC Networking event 22 March 2022, photo by Naomi Jellicoe
  • Tony Clark, Crystel Newman and Richard Saade of Rising Sun Pictures SAFC Networking event 22 March 2022, photo by Naomi Jellicoe
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