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Changing film and TV from within – Joy Hopwood

Melbourne filmmaker Joy Hopwood has been advocating for diversity in film and TV for over 20 years. Now, not only is she noticing a positive change towards fair representation in the industry, she’s just made her first feature film that tackles the subject head on.

We asked Joy where her drive and passion began:

‘One day, whilst doing Drama and Television at university, I was with a group of enthused drama children – a lot of whom were multicultural – and I asked them, “What would you like to do in the future?”.


Last night, Media Super announced a major investment milestone for Australian film and television production. At an exclusive preview screening of soon-to-be released feature film, Lion*, we announced that our investment in Australian productions has now passed $100 million.

Media Super CEO Graeme Russell said that the fund was extremely proud to have supported more than 70 Australian film and television projects, producing stable investment returns as well as work opportunities for members.


It took just 30 seconds for Peter Carstairs to announce to 300 million people that he was a director of comedy.

The television commercial Ultrasound Peter directed for the Doritos competition Crash the Super Bowl, converted 100 million social media viewers, and, at best guess, nearly 200 million television watchers into fans.


Dennis Coard may have been a late starter, but he has since made up for it. The beloved Michael Ross from Home and Away waited until he was 35 years old before starting out on his professional acting journey.

Actually, the seeds were sown a bit earlier than that. As a precocious youngster in his native Ireland, he would entertain his mum, dad and three brothers with modest ‘shows’ inspired by his gregarious father.


Set in the very near future, creatures from ancient mythology must live among humans and battle for survival in a world that wants to silence, exploit and destroy them.

Release date: 1 June 2016

Starring:  Hunter Page-Lochard, Rob Collins, Ryan Corr

Director: Wayne Blair and Leah Purcell

Writer: Various

‘The play’s the thing…’*

Marilyn McIntyre is a human dynamo. She has been a film, television and theatre actor for a ‘number of decades’ – that alone describes her tenacity, her energy and her success. And it might never have happened if an ageing Hollywood screenwriter hadn’t offered her North Carolina Quaker college the opportunity to stage his interpretation of Henrik Ibsen’s The Wild Duck.


Prue Waterman, Sheila Turner, Kerry Burgess, Lisa Cook, Angela Burke, Daphne Graham, the Reverend Grace Curtis and Pippa Ross have something in common. They, among others, are the beloved Australian actor, Debra Lawrance.

And if it wasn’t for a fill-in gig in a Monash University production of The Boyfriend, the then 14-year-old might have become the doctor she thought she wanted to be, she told fellow Media Super member, Kelly Kayne.



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