Screen Forever is leaner and meaner as the screen world mutates

The Screen Forever program this year offers the drama of trying to be in two places at once in a packed program.

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. 

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.