News in Brief: Kristy Matheson to leave ACMI, festivals rev up & games grow

Moves and shakes at SBS and NFSA. Stan mixes in some Henson magic with new film, plus reviews, announcements and insights from the week that was.



  • Kristy Matheson, ACMI’s dynamic and innovative director of film programs will take up a newly created role as the creative director of Scotland’s Centre for the Moving Image (CMI). The CMI incorporates independent cinema Filmhouse, the Edinburgh International Film Festival and Belmont Filmhouse in Aberdeen. Matheson was the 2017 recipient of the Natalie Miller Fellowship and has been with ACMI since 2009. During this time she instituted many public engagement and outreach programs. She will join CMI following the Edinburgh International Film Festival in August, and will lead the vision for the festival’s 75th anniversary edition in 2022. 
  • Patrick McIntyre has been announced as the new CEO of the National Film & Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA). The former Sydney Theatre Company executive director will begin work in October. He succeeds Jan Müller, who resigned in December to go back to the Netherlands to be with family.
  • SBS unveils new scripted leaders with a certain zest to their backgrounds
    The scripted space at SBS will be run by Julie Eckersley with Donna Chang promoted to Commissioning Editor Scripted.

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Revelation Perth International Film Festival: July 1 – 11

Melbourne International Film Festival: August 5 – 22

Sydney Film Festival: August 18 – 29



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Rochelle Siemienowicz is the ArtsHub Group's Education and Career Editor. She is a journalist for Screenhub and is a writer, film critic and cultural commentator with a PhD in Australian cinema. She was the co-host of Australia's longest-running film podcast 'Hell is for Hyphenates' and has written a memoir, Fallen, published by Affirm Press. Her second book, Double Happiness, a novel, will be published by Midnight Sun in 2024. Instagram: @Rochelle_Rochelle Twitter: @Milan2Pinsk