Film-maker arrested over Screen Australia sit-in protest

James Ricketson: arrested after protest

James Ricketson, the film-maker who staged a one-man protest in the offices of Screen Australia today, has been arrested.

Police came to remove Ricketson from Screen Australia’s offices on William Street in Sydney, charging him with trespassing yesterday.

Update: He was later released on bail, with the condition that he did not come within 1km of Screen Australia’s offices. But Ricketson was today pulled over by police for breaking the conditions of his bail.

He claims he was in the area visiting his wife in hospital.

His protest, which he has dubbed ‘Occupy Screen Australia’, was over a ban placed on him by the funding body. This restriction will end his film-making career in Australia, Ricketson claims.

SA’s security had given the film-maker a deadline of 4pm to leave the premises.

Ricketson, who had been sitting in the foye of Screen Australia since this morning, wrote in the comment thread on the story about his protest:

It is 4 pm and Graham, in charge of security for the Screen Australia building, has just arrived and asked me to leave:


I am not going anywhere!

Screen Australia told Mumbrella’s sister title Encore that Ricketson had been given the documentation he had asked for – proof of his correspondence to SA that had led to his ban for “harassing staff”.

SA said that Ricketson had been removed after requests by the building supervisor – not SA itself – for him to leave. SA made clear that it does not own the building.

“The building supervisor leaves the building at 4pm every day. When Mr Ricketson refused to leave, the building supervisor took the necessary steps,” said a Screen Australia spokesperson.

The film-maker has updated with blog, which includes his musings on the correspondence handed to him by Screen Australia yesterday.


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