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Being Seen on Screen Conference with Geena Davis in person



Wed 5 Apr 2023

9am – 6pm

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Join two-time Academy Award winning actor Geena Davis, and other special guests, in an exclusive day of conversation into gender representation and diversity on screens.

This one-day conference is presented in partnership with the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, one of the world leaders in research and advocacy for representation of women on screens. Actors, activists, writers, directors, academics and creators will pull the curtain back on some of the most pressing issues facing our culture and screen industries including body image, ageing and diversity with a special focus on Australian created content.

Hear from special guest, advocate and two-time Academy Award winning actor Geena Davis in an exclusive keynote speech and in conversation. Beyond her influence on screen, Davis is also a leader in challenging gender balance and Hollywood power structures. The global non-profit Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media uses hard facts and data on under-representation to drive positive change across the screen industry.

Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of the call to action for gender equality and diversity on our screens.

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Student $100
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Subsidised tickets – FREE
With the support of Matchbox Pictures, we are delighted to offer a number of free conference registrations for those who face financial and social barriers to attending.

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Ticket inclusions
Conference tickets include a visit to the Goddess: Power, Glamour, Rebellion exhibition and 1-year ACMI Membership.

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Geena Davis (Keynote Speaker)

Actor and Founder and Chair of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media

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Rachel Griffiths AM

Actor, Director and ACMI Board Member

Madeline Di Nonno

Madeline Di Nonno

President and CEO of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media

Taryn Brumfitt

Taryn Brumfitt

Australian of the Year 2023 and body image advocate

Carly Findlay - web

Carly Findlay OAM

Writer, speaker and appearance activist

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Rachael Maza AM (Yidinji and Meriam)

Actor, director and Artistic Director of the ILBIJERRI Theatre Company

Sigrid Thornton

Sigrid Thornton AO


Elaine Crombie

Elaine Crombie (Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara)


Jan Fran

Jan Fran

Journalist and Plan International Australia Ambassador advocating for women and girls

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Santilla Chingaipe

Filmmaker and founder of Behind the Screens

Emma Fulu

Dr Emma Fulu

Founder and Executive Director of The Equality Institute

Pallavi Sharda

Pallavi Sharda

Indian-Australian actor 

Sophie Hyde

Sophie Hyde

Director, writer, and producer

Hayley Percy

Hayley Percy (Wiradjuri)

Game Director of Future Folklore at GUCK

Milo Hartill

Milo Hartill

Actor, model, host and BLM, queer and radical body acceptance advocate


Kauthar Abdulalim

Australian Muslim director and producer

Michelle Cheng

Michelle Cheng

SBS Content Industry Diversity Manager (TV & Online Content) and Co-Chair of the Screen Diversity and Inclusion Network

Anusha Duray

Anusha Duray

NITV & Screen Australia Gender Matters Taskforce

Dr Julie Peters

Dr Julie Peters

Trans woman and activist, ABC

Anousha Zarkesh

Anousha Zarkesh

Casting director

Amy Marks

Amy Marks

Filmmaker and disability advocate

Lisa French

Lisa French

Dean of RMIT School of Media and Communication

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Lunch – $25

Order baguettes, salads and drinks from HERO.

(You can also order lunch when you book your conference ticket online).

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