Gateway Teachers, Students, General Admission
21 October 2021 – 12:3opm – 1:15pm
Be inspired by the stories of three Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Filmmakers, hear about their life stories, their roles, their individual career pathway journeys, sample their films and take the opportunity to ask them any questions you may have!
Chantelle Murray – Filmmaker
Douglas Watkins – Writer, Producer & Director
Rhianna Malezer – Screenwriter and Filmmaker
This event will be a VIRTUAL meeting – event link will be emailed to ticket holders.
BIO for Chantelle Murray
Chantelle Murray began her career as a performer but found her true passion behind the camera as a writer and director. Chantelle’s passion for storytelling and unique artistic perspective has earned her credits on a range of projects. Her debut directing piece My Name Is Mudju (Supported by Screen Queensland) was released in 2020, screening at Bronze Lens Film Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival, CinefestOZ, touring with Flickerfest nation-wide, and winning best short film at Rotorua Indigenous Film Festival. Her second film Shed (2019), supported by Screen Australia, ABC and Screen Queensland, opened at Sydney Film Festival last year and screened at WINDA and CinefestOZ Film Festivals. She has completed her first Animation film JARLI with the amazing team at Like a Photon which will be showing at Brisbane International Film Festival.
Chantelle has been attached to international productions including Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis biopic, Gone Baby Gone, Bloody Hell, Tidelands and, most recently, Thor: Love and Thunder shadowing Taika Waititi.
BIO for Douglas Watkins
As a filmmaker and storyteller, Douglas has produced short and long-form documentaries, television series, feature documentaries, animation and immersive art experiences. Douglas has been actively working in the film and television industry for 25 years, including producing and directing multiple series for ABC, SBS and NITV. Douglas is passionate about bringing the ‘black voice’ to the forefront and has worked tirelessly to connect Aboriginal and Torres Strait practitioners to make this a reality. He established the film and video production unit Double Wire Productions in 2000 and has written and produced dramas that have screened at film festivals around the world. His award-winning feature documentary ELLA premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival 2016 and has screened Nationally and Internationally. His VR experience A THIN BLACKLINE featured in the 2018 Adelaide Biennial and was also showcased at AIDC 2018. Douglas Watkin’s next feature ALICK and ALBERT will be showcasing at this year’s 2021 Brisbane International Film Festival.
BIO for Rhianna Malezer
Multidisciplinary artist, writer and filmmaker Rhianna Malezer is a proud Butchulla and Kamilaroi woman based in Meanjin (Brisbane). After graduating from Griffith Film School in 2009, she embarked on a career in the Art Department, working as production designer, art director, set dresser/buyer and standby props in the Australian and New Zealand film industries. She worked on a range of exciting productions, including Goldstone, Thor: Ragnarok, Mortal Engines, Wellington Paranormal, Black Comedy, The Voice and Sesame Street.
In 2018, Rhianna began a career as a screenwriter after being contracted to write several sketches for Black Comedy’s fourth and final season – including ‘Aboriginal Percentage Investigative Agency’ and ‘Doris Neck Brace 2000’. In 2019, she completed a writer’s attachment on Ludo Studio’s The Strange Chores and was selected to write a comedy sketch for Bunya Productions’ Nice Shorts. She was also selected to participate in AFTRS Queensland Talent Camp. In 2020, Rhianna was shortlisted for the Screen Queensland Greg Coote Writer’s scholarship, based on the pilot script for her web series Biting Dust. That same script earned her a place in AFTRS National Talent Camp as well as the Equity Foundation’s 2021 Diversity Showcase – a program where she is being supported to write and direct a proof of concept for her web series. Rhianna’s drama series in-development Suburban Beats was selected for Screen Queensland’s First People’s First Draft initiative, where she received mentorship from Oombarra Productions’ Leah Purcell and Bain Stewart. She was also selected for the development phase of Screen Australia Indigenous Department’s short film initiative No Ordinary Black, where she received funding and mentorship to further develop her short film, The Stockman. Rhianna is currently gearing up to make her directorial debut with another funded short film, with support from Screen Queensland.
Gateway Teachers, Students, General Admission