This is a positive initiative coming out of Screen Australia and it is awesome to see a very diverse group of women be appointed to this board. According to Screen Australia, the purpose of this taskforce is to:
provide independent advice to the agency and work beyond Screen Australia’s direct sphere of influence to deliver outcomes for female creatives and assist in the broader industry efforts to achieve gender parity.
From looking at the list, there appears to be two notable Asian Australian women on the taskforce. Here is their biographies according to Screen Australia:
Que Minh Luu: Luu is an executive producer working across scripted drama, comedy and digital content at the ABC. Her most recent projects include Frayed, The Heights, Harrow, Content and Diary of an Uber Driver. Prior to her current role she worked in development at Matchbox Pictures where she co-created The Heights. As an independent she produced a diverse range of award-winning work across radio and podcasting as well as live and digital platforms including co-writing and producing the geo-locative historical drama Ghosts of Biloela, for which she won an Australian Writers’ Guild AWGIE Award. Prior to this she had an established career as a film editor.
Rosie Lourde: Lourde is a content creator traversing roles, formats and genres. Digital series Starting From Now, which she acted in and produced, has amassed over 135 million views online, sold to SBS and won numerous awards. Lourde worked as a writer and director on horror anthology series Deadhouse Dark which is about to hit international festivals; was writer, director and producer of virtual reality film Breach; producer on indie feature Skin Deep; acted in feature Chocolate Oyster which screened at Sydney Film Festival last year; and recently directed her first feature Romance On The Menu. She was formerly the Investment Manager of Online Production at Screen Australia, as well as a Co-Vice President of WIFT NSW.
It will be exciting to see how this taskforce works and the achievements it will make for not only women in entertainment and the creative arts but for women of colour and more specifically Asian Australian women.
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