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South Australia’s Mariah Gates announced for Bus Stop Films Inclusive Producers Attachment Program

10 July 2023
SA actor, writer, and producer Mariah Gates
SA actor, writer, and producer Mariah Gates.

Bus Stop Films, winner of the 2023 SPA Award for Breakthrough Business of the Year, has announced 10 emerging producers for its Inclusive Producers Attachment Program.

Chosen from seven participating states, the emerging producers will work with Bus Stop’s in-house producer, Dianna La Grassa, to help realise a slate of 18 inclusively made short films being produced through Bus Stop’s Accessible Film Studies Program.

Among the 10 successful applicants is SA actor, writer and producer Mariah Gates. Born in Canada, Mariah is driven by a passion for creative pursuits that promote inclusivity, sustainable practices, and mental health advocacy, all while fostering community and contributing to a healthier planet.

The other nine successful applicants are: Kate Maude (ACT), Joel Ludemann (NSW), Dana Bradshaw (NSW), Sarah Carroll (NSW), Chidiebube Uba (NSW), Harry Sabulis (QLD), Sarah Williams (WA), Baris Ulusoy (VIC) and Olivia Bilic (TAS).

The 10 roles are supported by the SAFC, Screen NSW, Screen Queensland, VicScreen, Screen Tasmania, Screen Canberra and Screenwest. These seven agencies represent the seven states where Bus Stop Films delivers its Accessible Film Studies Program.

The cohort will gain professional skills development in inclusive filmmaking by attending Bus Stop’s Inclusion in Action workshop and be part of a network of producers passionate about inclusive filmmaking. The program will equip participants with skills in producing films inclusively, supporting people with disabilities on productions and producing content through a lens of inclusion, diversity and accessibility.

The program encouraged applications from producers from regional, CALD, Deaf and disabled, First Nations and LGBTQIA+ communities to apply.

Producer Dianna La Grassa says: “It was incredible to see such an uptake for this attachment and the commitment to inclusive filmmaking from talented emerging Producers from across the country. I am so excited to be mentoring and working with these individuals and working together to bring a slate of 18 inclusively made films together.”

Bus Stop Films acknowledges the support and encouragement of Screen Producers Australia to establish the initiative.

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