Somehow the program for Screen Forever 2019 leaves us less panic-stricken than the 2018 version. There is more time for mingling and discussion, and less sessions. The particular problem of the fringe panel which turns out to be the best of the whole conference seems to have diminished. In the past couple of years the sessions have promised a lot and the blurb has illuminated powerful questions but the panellists have not been able to answer the challenge.
Rachel Griffiths will deliver the Hector Crawford Memorial Lecture, which she has been preparing for a while. We hope she minimises the sentiment about the fluffy Mr Crawford, the political crusader who also invented Australian factory production for television. Griffiths has a unique perspective which could be used to provoke some useful discomfort in the system.