Every culture has a rite of passage, even if Australians don’t make whoopee in the village square about First Communion any more. The Screen Producers Australia annual Ones to Watch list is looking like a ritual moment in the career of a rising producer. Most signals of success are built around productions and slates; this moment is a tribute to the deeper virtues that make up a profession.
SPA reckons it has supported 140 people in eight years, which is a pretty good recruitment rate. Even in the very first batch in 2013, 11 of the 16 producers were women.