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ACMI & Melbourne Women in Film Festival presents

Doing It Our Way in the Screen Industry


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Sun 3 Sep 2023

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Join a panel of artists working behind the scenes, as they discuss gender diversity and disparity in the film and television industry.

It takes enormous collaborative effort to create the stories we see on screen. Beyond the work of directors and actors are vast networks of crew combining their unique skills in service of storytelling.

This panel will shine a spotlight on women and gender diverse people working in fields like cinematography, VFX, lighting and stunt work. These are areas that, despite increasing gender diversity in the industry, are often still dominated by men.

Host Alice McShane joins visual effects artist Francesca Milde, lighting professional Audrey Bosito and stuntperson Heather Burridge to discuss the challenges and opportunities presented by these roles, the effect of gender disparity on storytelling and set culture and ways we can encourage widespread gender diversity in the screen industry.

...whilst female participation is increasing industry-wide, it is uneven.

Joanna Werner, Screen Australia

Event duration

60 mins


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About the panel

Heather Burridge

Heather Burridge

Heather is a Stunt Actor, Rigger and Assistant Stunt Coordinator in the Film and TV industry in Australia. Since 2014 she has been rigging and performing stunts for productions such as Wolf Creek, Neighbours and La Brea. Some of the stunts she has been involved with have included fire burns, wirework, stunt driving, parkour and scuba diving.

Audrey Bosito

Audrey Bosito

Audrey Bosito is a Manila born, Melbourne raised-and-based lighting professional. They had their start on a Film Victoria (now VicScreen) attachment on the feature film Judy and Punch in 2018 as part of the lighting department. Their experience includes working as a Gaffer, Rigging Best Person, Best Person, Board Operator, Systems Technician and Lighting Technician on feature films including Of An Age, 13 Lives, and Anak; television shows including Preacher Season 4, New Gold Mountain and Gold Diggers; and on commercials.

Francesca Milde

Francesca Milde

Francesca Milde is a Visual Effects Compositor at Luma Pictures based in Melbourne. Her professional credits include work on films such as Spider-Man: No Way Home, Elvis, and Thor: Love And Thunder. She's passionate about creating the believable out of the unbelievable and helping tell a meaningful story through film.

Alice McShane

Alice McShane (host)

Alice McShane is a film programmer and screen industry professional, having most notably held the positions of Conference Programmer at the 2023 Australian International Documentary Conference and before that the Program Manager of the Human Rights Arts & Film Festival. She has also served on film panels for SXSW Sydney, and the Melbourne International Film Festivals. Recently, Alice became a board member of the Melbourne Women in Film Festival. Currently, she is working as an Associate Producer at Common Room Productions.

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