Screen Australia’s head of documentary Liz Stevens departs

Screen Australia’s documentary boss, Liz Stevens, will depart the company after 10 years.

In the past year, Stevens has been involved in the launch of a series of short films by LGBTQI community filmmakers, partnered with Guardian Australia for an online documentary initiative, worked with Vice to assist early career filmmakers, and worked with News Corp’s With Her in Mind Network on two rounds of funding for Doco180.

Stevens has been with the company for 10 years

She also provided funding for Working Class Boy and Filthy, Rich & Homeless.

“Over the last 10 years working at Screen Australia I have been impressed by the dedication and skill of Australian documentary filmmakers,” Stevens said.

“I have seen the great care and craft they’ve used to record a snapshot of our shared history. Collectively we can be proud that we have contributed to funding these documentaries, through Screen Australia, because it speaks to the value we place on recording our nation, its people and our home.”

Screen Australia’s CEO, Graeme Mason, described Stevens as a “fierce advocate” for documentary.

“Her legacy is literally a catalogue of true Australian stories, having overseen countless memorable and significant documentaries from the landmark Uranium – Twisting the Dragon’s Tail, blue chip Life on the Reef, to the confronting and international Emmy award-winning Go Back to Where You Came From, the touching Matilda and Me and hit social-change titles like War on Waste, That Sugar Film and Embrace,” he said.

A documentary about Adam Goodes is among those receiving funding

The news comes as Screen Australia announces an additional $2.9m in funding for the production of 10 documentaries.

Among those projects are a new feature for the ABC about the Black Saturday bushfires, a three-part series for SBS called First Wars and the story of AFL legend Adam Goodes, called the Australian Dream. Other films include Bright Lights – The Perils of the Pokies, Future Dreaming, Rone, Storm in a Teacup, The Hunt and The Victoria Project.


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