Screenworks and Netflix find common ground on training crews

Screenworks sets up a training program with Netflix, bends bureaucracy to the needs of the sector.
Filming in front of sugarcane and a car.

Netflix has announced a deal worth a cool half million to train emerging crew in the Northern Rivers region, while Byron Bay studios is increasing its roster of senior staff. The linking element between both these announcements is Screenworks, the industry and professional development organisation which focused first on Northern Rivers, then on Northern NSW, and is now claiming a national agenda as well.

For twenty years it has plugged away supporting local filmmakers and accumulated a lot of smarts along the way. Part of the payoff is a deal with Netflix, focused not on individual productions but on the long term infrastructure needs of its potential workforce.

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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.