Deanne Weir has become one of the prime movers and shakers in the Australian screen landscape, particularly where gender matters are concerned. A former media lawyer turned producer, investor, philanthropist and company director, she was a board member of Screen Australia for eight years until 2016, and was instrumental in developing the actual Gender Matters program, where she’s still a member of the taskforce.
Now Weir is part of a new global initiative, Attagirl, a ten-month intensive development lab designed to assist 12 teams of female-led and non-binary filmmakers to make features with good pathways to global audiences. Teams can include men, but above the line talent must be majority female-identifying. Six of the 12 teams will be Australian.