Make it Australian campaign relaunches, refuses to accept defeat

Advice from the Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman: Protect Australian voices, think small business and level playing fields.

‘Hi everyone, um, I’m a bit emotional after the announcement this morning so please excuse me if I burst into tears as I talk. But I’m a screenwriter and I’m here to talk to you a little bit about the process of coming up with an idea for a show, and writing a series before a camera even starts rolling.’

Mithila Gupta was speaking on Zoom at the launch of a new version of the Make It Australian campaign on the very day that the federal government announced its new policy settings to regulate/cut the screen sector. The campaign, run by the sector’s representative bodies, builds on the first version of 2017 to locate screen media in the Covid recovery process.

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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.