Queens Birthday Honours 2020 finds two fierce and modest film and TV veterans

Writer and director Jan Sardi, and production designer Robbie Perkins are significant in very different ways in lives well lived.

The Queen’s Birthday Honours List has been quiet for the screen sector. With Jan Sardi, a key screenwriter (and director) and veteran designer Robert Perkins, the practicing screen creatives have claimed as much attention as the Anglican church.

The headline names are Tony Abbott and Bronwyn Bishop, Philip Ruddock and Ron Boswell from federal politics, while Denis Napthine and Michael Baird are both former one-term premiers. All from the Coalition. On the other side we see John Della Bosca, Graham Richardson and the independent Tony Windsor. 

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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.