The Australian Directors Guild (ADG), in association with the Directors Guild of America, will host two MEET THE DIRECTOR events in November with Thomas Schlamme, the acclaimed US television director and producer. Recognised for his ground-breaking work on US television dramas, Thomas Schlamme is credited with creating the look of such hit series as The West Wing, Spin City, The Larry Sanders Show, Boston Public and Parenthood.

Thomas Schlamme’s long lasting and productive collaboration with writer Aaron Sorkin led to them directing and executive producing three shows together: The West Wing, Sports Night and Studio 60 and he has also directed multiple episodes of Mad About You, Friends, Ally McBeal, The Practice, Chicago Hope and ER. He has won three DGA Awards, having been nominated eight times, and has won 9 Emmy Awards.

The MEET THE DIRECTORS events will take place at Dendy Opera Quays in Sydney on Thursday 5 November and at ACMI in Melbourne on Monday 9 November. The events will give fans of Schlamme’s work and of TV drama in general, as well as those directly involved with the industry here in Australia, a unique insight into the creation of some of world’s best shows and the role of the TV director as an important creative artist in the production of television drama.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for Australian TV directors to hear from one of the leading director show runners in the US. He has directed and run shows like The West Wing, Manhattan and The Americans. He is an Emmy award winning director and long time member of the Directors Guild of America (DGA),” said Kingston Anderson CEO of the ADG. “This will be a chance to hear from the coalface how the US television dramas are made and how the new streaming services are affecting their production.”


  • Thursday 5 November – Dendy Opera Quays, Sydney Monday 9 November – ACMI, Melbourne
  • 6pm for 6:30pm start


Tickets are now on sale online from:


The Moran Arts Foundation is delighted to announce the semi-finalists for this year’s Doug Moran National Portrait Prize and the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize.

59 semi-finalists have been selected for the prestigious Doug Moran National Portrait Prize. Judges Angus Trumble, the Director of the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra, and acclaimed artist Rick Amor have confirmedthat the entries in 2015 have maintained the standard that is now expected from one of the Australia’s leading art prizes.

Angus Trumble comments: “If there were any doubt about the health and vigour of the art of portraiture in Australia, this year’s crop of entries to the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize would be sufficient to dispel it.”

Rick Amor comments: “The artworks chosen have a high degree of artistic competence and it was a pleasure to co-judge this very generous prize”.

There are 103 semi-finalists in this year’s Moran Contemporary Photographic Prizewith entries ranging from portraits of swimmer Michael Klim and former Prime Minister Bob Hawke to an image of Martin Place following the Lindt Café siege. The Photographic Prize winner will be selected by a panel of judges including Cheryl Newman, former Photography Director and contributing writer of the UK’s Telegraph Magazine and photographic historian Alan Davies, the former Emeritus Curator of Photographs at the State Library of New South Wales.

Alan Davies comments: “The great thing about the Moran will be this record of Australian life over time. When you look at the images you can see not just the physical changes but also the concerns of society, mirrored in the photographers’ choice of subjects.”

The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize is Australia’s richest art prize with the winner receiving $150,000 and the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize winner receiving $50,000. The finalists of the 2015 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize and Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize will be announced on Tuesday 13 October.

This year’s winners will be revealed on Wednesday 28 October at Juniper Hall in Paddington, Sydney, with the exhibition of the finalists at Juniper Hall opening to the public on Thursday 29 October.



Holding The Man has made a strong debut at the Australian box office achieving a screen average of just over $1100 on 31 screens on its first day of release.

The total box office for Holding The Man, after day one, is $260,098, which includes several preview screenings.

Transmission Film’s Richard Payten said:  “Holding The Man is a film we are extremely proud to be distributing. It’s powerful and beautiful cinema from director Neil Armfield, screenwriter Tommy Murphy and producer Kylie du Fresne, with exceptional performances from an exceptional cast, including Ryan Corr, Craig Stott, Anthony La Paglia, Guy Pearce and Kerry Fox.

“The timing of the release is serendipitous, with such an important national discussion taking place on the issue of Marriage Equality.  We hope that the film contributes positively to that debate and that is also enjoyed as one of the most moving depictions of a grand love story ever seen in Australia cinema.”

Holding the Man is currently screening nationally, with the film also available on the TUGG cinema on demand platform.

Holding The Man – new featurette available

Timothy Conigrave’s memoir HOLDING THE MAN was first published in 1995. Seventeen years later the book is now an Orange Penguin Classic, reprinted 15 times in Australia alone. The success of the book continued onstage with productions across Australia as well as in the West End and Los Angeles.

Now, as we get closer to the release of the film adaptation of HOLDING THE MAN on 27 August, it’s time to introduce a whole new audience to this classic, brought to the screen by acclaimed director Neil Armfield.

This new featurette has been created to introduce audiences to the heritage of an enduring Australian love story:



CITY AND SURF, an exhibition of photographs by Pamela Pauline will open at Juniper Hall in Paddington, Sydney in August. Pamela was a finalist in the 2014 Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize and this exhibition is her visual interpretation of Sydney.

The Moran Art Foundation now offers winners and finalists of the Prizes the opportunity for further exposure by inviting them to exhibit at Juniper Hall. Following on from the successful Nigel Milsom and Jon Frank exhibitions, Pamela Pauline is the next artist to be given this opportunity – her powerful and stunning visual imagery resonates on both an artistic and everyday level by revealing the hidden corners of the architecture and the natural beauty of the city we all love.

Originally from Wyoming, USA Pamela Pauline is now based in Mona Vale, on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. She is known for her portraiture work as well as her landscape and fine art photography. CITY AND SURF combines Pamela’s love of long exposure city architecture with the allure of the ocean and the sky, which she believes makes Sydney such a seductive city.



  • Dates: Saturday 1 August – Sunday 30 August
  • Opening Hours: Wednesday to Sunday 10am-5pm
  • Address: Moran Arts Foundation, Juniper Hall, 250 Oxford Street, Paddington


Entries for the 2015 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize and the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prizes are now open. The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize (DMNPP) is Australia’s richest art prize with the winner receiving $150,000 and the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize (MCPP) winner receiving $50,000. Entries for 2015 close on Monday 31 August and the winners will be announced on Wednesday 28 October at Juniper Hall in Paddington.

For the first time, the 2015 finalists in the DMNPP and the MCPP will have the opportunity to exhibit at Juniper Hall in Paddington in addition to $1000 in prize money. The winner of this year’s Portrait Prize will be selected by Angus Trumble, the director of the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra and acclaimed artist Rick Amor. Rick Amor comments: “The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize is a very important prize that encourages the art of painting, and anything that does that is worthwhile.”

The Photographic Prize winner will be selected by a panel of judges including photographic historian Alan Davies, the former Emeritus Curator of Photographs at the State Library of New South Wales and an international judge yet to be announced.

Established in 1988, the Portrait Prize is believed to be the world’s most valuable portrait prize. It invites entries of original works from Australian artists, capturing Australians from all walks of life, whether a public figure or someone from their own circle of experience. In 2007, the Moran Arts Foundation extended its arts award program to introduce the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize, to celebrate and promote Australian contemporary photography. Australia’s most generous photography award invites entries that interpret ‘Contemporary Life in Australia’ with an emphasis on day-to-day life. The Prize is open to Australian photographers of all ages, with special awards for students and their schools.

Entries for both prizes can be submitted online at



Doug Moran National Portrait Prize

  • Winner – $150,000
  • Finalists – $1,000 + chance to exhibit at Juniper Hall, Paddington.

Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize

  • Winner – $50,000
  • Finalists – $1,000 + chance to exhibit at Juniper Hall, Paddington.

Moran Contemporary Photographic Prizes – Students

  • Years 11-12 – $5,000 for student + $5,000 for their school
  • Years 9-1 – $3,000 for student + $3,000 for their school
  • Years 7-8 – $2,000 for student + $2,000 for their school



The Moran Arts Foundation is a philanthropic, not-for-profit organisation whose objective is to support the Arts in Australia through the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prizes, and the FREE Moran School Photographic Workshops. Established by Doug and Greta Moran and Family in 1988 in celebration of Australia’s bicentennial, the Moran Arts Foundation fosters portraiture skills and excellence in photography.

More information,


June 3rd

  • Justin Timberlake: Suited Up, Documentary
  • Pharrell: Happy Go Lucky, Documentary

June 17th

  • The Story of Minecraft, Documentary
  • The Cobbler, Comedy
  • What We Did On Our Holiday, Comedy/Drama
  • Jungle Shuffle, Animation
  • The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them, Drama

June 24th

  • Rosewater, Biopic/Drama
  • Out of the Dark, Horror
  • Bruce Springsteen: On The Road, Documentary

High-res images, pack shots and more information available to download at:


WOMEN IN FILM: AFTRS LAUNCHES Issue 14 of LUMINA, The Australian Journal of Screen Arts and Business


There’s rebellion on the red carpet at Cannes and in Hollywood, rebellion from the podium at the Oscars®, and rebellion in the speeches at The Logies.  Who would have guessed back in the 1970s, in the heady days of feminism, that in 2015 a resurgence of activism was arising from the same issue of gender inequality?

But the reality for women working in Australian film and television, revealed in the WOMEN IN FILM issue of the AFTRS publication, LUMINA, launched today, explains why gender equality still matters.

LUMINA: WOMEN IN FILM looks at the data and the experiences of Australian women in the screen sector.   More than 40 prominent Australian women screenwriters, producers, directors, journalists, academics and reviewers have contributed to this compelling collection of essays, articles, analysis and personal reflections, which includes a keynote paper from Monica Davidson, Knocking on a Locked Door: Women in Australian Feature Films.

Ms Davidson’s paper reveals that of all Australian feature films made since the 1970s, a staggering 85% have been directed by men. The figure has not changed substantially in 25 years. As LUMINA reports, the fact remains that, overwhelmingly, the decision makers and those in creative control in the Australian screen industry are still most often men.

In 2015, only 16% of feature film were directed by women.

In 2015, only 20% of feature films were written by women.

In 2015, only 29% of feature films were produced by women.

AFTRS CEO and LUMINA editor Sandra Levy says: “The figures have remained virtually static over decades in spite of the fact that women make up about half of the graduates from film schools, and about half of the workers in the screen industry.

“Australia is not alone. In the USA, women directors accounted for only six per cent of the 250 top features, in the UK, only 14 per cent. And this situation hasn’t changed much over the last 40 or more years. In 1971, four per cent of directors were women and 10 per cent producers. At this glacial speed it will be over 100 years before we can expect that half of the films being made will be directed by women.

“This issue of LUMINA explores this gender gap in the film and television industry, and looks at the role of women both behind and in front of the camera. It’s written by women about women at the exact moment in time when more and more women are considering the status quo. 

“My hope is that this collection of writing contributes to the conversation, and challenges anyone who reads it to not acknowledge that our industry has an important role to play in all facets of gender equality.”

Contributors to LUMINA: WOMEN IN FILM include screenwriters Laura Jones and Deb Cox, producers Jan Chapman and Andrena Finlay, directors Rachel Ward, Catriona McKenzie and Sabina Vasefi, journalists Sandy George and Michaela Boland, reviewers Sandra Hall, Sarah Ward and Julie Rigg and television executives Denise Eriksen and Maz Farrelly.

Essential reading for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the Australian screen industry, LUMINA is dedicated to encouraging challenging discourse on the issues
most significant to the Australian Screen arts and broadcast sector.

Hard copy paperback issues of  LUMINA  are available to purchase for $10 AU from the AFTRS online store: A free e-book version of LUMINA can be downloaded from the iTunes store (available soon)

Every LUMINA article published to date is available via the AFTRS website as an individual viewable  ‘flip book’.  Issue 14 chapters will be online soon in the LUMINA section:


EVERY CLOUD PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS THE FABULOUS FESTIVAL OF PHRYNE!Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, the highly successful ABC TV series starring Essie Davis, is back with Series 3! To celebrate, Miss Fisher fans are invited to venture into the opulent 1920’s world with the Festival of Phryne, presented by Every Cloud Productions. A series of events will be held throughout Melbourne from May through to September.

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries has been nominated for a line up of awards, including 2014 TV Week Logie for Most Popular Drama program and ‘Gold’ Logie for Most Popular TV Personality (Essie Davis). The series, which is based on the best-selling Phryne Fisher novels by Kerry Greenwood, first aired on ABC TV in 2012, with the Third Series premiering on ABC TV last Friday evening, 8th May.

The Festival of Phryne includes a variety of events to suit all Miss Fisher tastes. Some events are selling out fast, so fans are encouraged to jump in to ensure bookings! The fabulous events include:


Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries Costume Exhibition

The National Trust in association with Every Cloud Productions present Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries Costume Exhibition, a collection of costumes seen in Series Three by the exceptional costume designer, Marion Boyce. Guided tours of the exhibition are also available by the National Trust Curators. The exhibition will run until 30th September at Rippon Lea House and Gardens.


Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries Afternoon Tea and Walking Tour

An in-depth walking tour around Melbourne’s CBD, which includes an afternoon tea, followed by a tour discovering the series’ production sites and concludes with a fabulous Miss Fisher cocktail at the Gin Palace. Tours will be held Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays between 9th May – 25th June.


Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries High Tea at Labassa

The National Trust will host a glamorous afternoon tea at Labassa Mansion, including a tour of the Trust’s fashion collection by the curator. This tour will be held 23rd May, 13th June, 27th June, 1pm and 3pm.


Miss Fisher’s Murder Mystery Dinner

With the first dinner already sold out, book early for the Second Mystery Murder Dinner, which will be held on Saturday 13th June at Rippon Lea. The evening will include; a series inspired performance, including an appearance from Mr Butler and a three-course dinner, with drinks.


Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries Speakeasy Cocktail Party

The National Trust will transform the Old Melbourne Gaol into a 1920’s style Pop Up speakeasy, with drinks, food and entertainment. The party will be held on Friday 12th June at Old Melbourne Gaol.


After Dark Friday Nights

Dance the night away at the 1920’s inspired speakeasy bar at Rippon Lea House and Garden. The Miss Fisher’s Wardlow Tea Rooms will be transformed into a lounge bar with a live jazz band. The event will be held Friday 26th June and Friday 24th July.


1920’s Garden Party

Step back in time for a glamorous 1920’s inspired garden party on Saturday 12th September from 12 – 4pm at Rippon Lea Gardens. There will be games in the garden, followed by hair and makeup in the pop up 1920’s salon and concluding with a walk around the stunning Costume Exhibition.


1920’s Beauty Salon and Swing Dance Workshop

The ladies of The Distinctive Dame will teach the tricks of the trade to become a 1920’s beauty, before guests hit the dance floor with the guys and dolls fro, Swing Patrol. Two workshops are available at Rippon Lea (Beauty Salon and Swing Dance) on Saturday 18th July.


For more information and to book, please visit:

Miss Fisher and the series’ award winning Costume Designer Marion Boyce have joined forces to curate a Miss Fisher inspired jewellery and fashion range based on the costumes from the series. The Miss Fisher Collection – Marion Boyce offers limited edition brooches, handbags and jewellery. The range is available in conjunction with the Costume Exhibition and available on the National Trust’s Exhibition online shop:

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation presents, in association with Film Victoria and Fulcrum Media Finance, an Every Cloud Production Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.