News in Brief: Wayne Blair joins Academy, Ubisoft recruits, & SPA calls for Ones to Watch

Key industry moves and shakes, first look at NITRAM, Sydney's in lockdown and box office suffers.



  • Australians invited to join Academy in push for diversity
    The organisation behind the Oscars is continuing to enact major changes. Also, new Australian members include director Wayne Blair (pictured), composer Amanda Brown, and producers Darren Dale, Rosemary Blight and Kylie Du Fresne, as well as costume designer Margot Wilson, VFX artists Genevieve Camilleri and Matt Everitt, who were nominated for an Oscar this year for Love and Monsters; and Charles Williams who joins the Short Film and Animation Branch after his film All These Creatures won the 2018 Cannes Short Film Palme d’Or.
  • Sydney Theatre Company’s Patrick McIntyre appointed new NFSA CEO
    McIntyre brings two decades of arts management experience to the NFSA. Following groundbreaking CEO Jan Muller, who resigned in December 2020, he has big shoes to fill.
  • A new ScreenHub is coming soon
    After more than a year of development, we will shortly be launching a new website and brand for Screenhub.

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Rochelle Siemienowicz is a journalist for Screenhub. She 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. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram