melbourne writers' muster

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ACMI hosts this two-day writers' conference filled with panels, masterclasses, discussions and screenings, presented by the Australian Writers' Guild.


Keynote address: Andrew Bovell
Andrew Bovell is an award winning screen writer and playwright. His credits include Lantana, Head On and Strictly Ballroom. His latest film is Chaos, a thriller that will star Robert de Niro, to be directed by Jonathan Glazer.


Television Drama
A two part masterclass presented by scriptwriter and producer Tim Pye, whose credits include All Saints, SeaChange, Water Rats, GP and A Country Practice.

Cybermedia and Games
This short masterclass is presented by Simon Hopkinson and Dr Kathy Mueller, an expert in gameplay systems and interactive storytelling.

Pitching Skills for Writers
A masterclass presented by Duncan Thompson (Script Editor, Japanese Story).

The Craft of Writing Telemovies
This two part masterclass will be presented by one of Australia's leading screenwriters, the five-time AWGIE award-winning Keith Thompson.

Panel Discussions

Short Site, Long Life
Why are shorts often seen just as a stepping stone to a feature? Presented to coincide with the launch of Short Site: Recent Australian Short Film, join Rhys Graham with leading short filmmakers to explore the narrative possibilities of the short. For more information on this publication click here.

Speaking Parts
Julian Meyrick (Melbourne Theatre Company), Patricia Corneluis (Who's Afraid of the Working Class?) and Raimondo Cortese (Ranters Theatre) will discuss collaborative theatre, and consider why it is important.

Exploring Television Criticism
Coinciding with the publication of Lounge Critic: The Couch Theorist's Companion, co-editor Terrie Wadell will chair this discussion on the quality of television criticism. For more information on this publication click here.

Pitching the Queer or Queering the Pitch
Gay and lesbian culture is out and proud on our screens. But who is being represented, and by whom? Fiona Scott Norman and panel will discuss the paradoxes of queer representation on screen.

Network Programming
Debi Enker will chair Sue Masters (Ten), Posie Graeme-Evans (Nine) and John Holmes (Seven) to discuss the health of Australian television drama.

Dates   Saturday 23 October - Sunday 24 October 2004
Admission   Full $285 AWG Members $250
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