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ACMI & Melbourne Women in Film Festival present

Breaking Up the Boy’s Club: Women in Broadcast Television


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What types of stories can women and gender diverse people tell? How are they allowed to tell them?

For decades, broadcast television was shaped by men while women were constrained to light-hearted, ‘fluff’ pieces and judged by their physical appearance. However, increasingly, we see women and gender diverse people reporting on politics, science and sport, as well as shaping stories from behind the camera.

Join a panel of broadcasters, creatives and crew – Shelley Ware, Tamara Penniket, Lisa Hagan and Elise Elliot – and host Sian Mitchell as they discuss the experiences of pioneers in these fields who have paved the way for underrepresented people and transformed broadcast television for the contemporary age.


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Shelley Ware - web

Shelley Ware

Shelley Ware is a proud Yankunytjatjara, Kokatha and Wirangu woman from Tandanya/Adelaide who currently lives in Naarm/Melbourne. She is highly regarded AFL media presenter with over two decades experience and is well known for her time on NITV's Marngrook football show, the Outersanctum Podcast and Broad Radio. Shelley writes a fortnightly AFL and opinion column for the Koori Mail. Shelley is also a teacher, author, curriculum writer and facilitator and is passionate, about embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History and culture into classrooms and the national curriculum. She consults and works closely with schools and the corporate sector, teaching and upskilling staff and leadership, in Aboriginal History and Culture and creating culturally safe spaces for all to thrive.

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Tamara Penniket

Tamara Penniket is a skilled lighting camera operator, photographer and sound recordist, covering news and current affairs for the ABC in Canberra since 2017.  She covered the 2022 Federal Election campaign, an overseas Prime Ministerial trip in 2019 and has worked on numerous ABC programs, including Landline, Australian Story, 7.30, National Press Club and Gardening Australia. Tamara is the Australian Cinematographers Society’s ACT President. She has a degree in Stage and Screen – Television, with distinction, from Charles Sturt University and is currently studying a Master of Arts Screen – Business at AFTRS.

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Lisa Hagan

Lisa began her television journey volunteering at Channel 31 and producing shows such as Studio A, Live on Bowen, and The Mutant Way, which all won Antenna Awards. She moved onto freelancing in a variety of roles for Network 10 and the Nine Network, including OB rigger, camera assistant, floor manager, and EVS Operator. She has now worked for 8 years in the highly specialised role of Master Controller at Network 10, responsible for live news, program delivery and live sporting broadcasts. Highlights include working on the TV Week Logie Awards, Melbourne F1 Grand Prix and Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. Lisa is a firm advocate for women in broadcast television and she trains and mentors' women in a variety of roles across the industry.

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Elise Elliot

Elise Elliott’s media career spans more than twenty-five years, covering politics and current affairs across television, radio and print. Currently, she co-hosts the popular Nine Radio podcast The Elliott Exchange with her husband, 3AW Drive radio host Tom Elliott. One of Australia’s few women motoring journalists, Elise co-hosts the TV motoring show Cool Cars with Dermott & Elise. She was also a presenter on Network Ten’s motoring show WhichCar. She was motoring editor and contributor to ARE Media publications with monthly car columns in both Belle and House & Garden magazines.

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Sian Mitchell (host)

Dr Sian Mitchell is a Lecturer in Film, Television and Animation at Deakin University, Australia. She is also the Festival Director and co-founder of the Melbourne Women in Film Festival. Her research in areas of film festivals, the Australian moving image and women’s screen practice has been published in journals such as Camera Obscura, Historic Environment, and Peephole Journal, as well as online for the AFI Research Collection and the National Film and Sound Archive in Canberra. Sian was the 2022 recipient of the Natalie Miller Fellowship, an initiative that supports women’s leadership in the Australian screen industry.

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