Wentworth, Real Housewives, Round the Twist stars at Video Junkee

Sydney event also includes Yael Stone, Bojack Horseman creator, Christian Van Vuren & more.

Wentworth stars including Celia Ireland, Tammy MacIntosh and Kate Jenkinson, plus producer Jo Porter will appear at Video Junkee 2017, taking place in Sydney on July 28 / 29.

The event with screenings and Q&As includes Real Housewives Janet Roach (Melbourne) and Melissa Tzautz (Sydney) with Executive Producer Kylie Washington, Orange is the New Black’s Yael Stone and Bojack Horseman Creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg.

There are even former Round the Twist stars Jeffery Walker (now a leading director) and Matthew Waters.

Dripping in diamonds and drama, Foxtel’s Real Housewives stars Janet Roach (Melbourne) and Melissa Tzautz (Sydney) take to the Video Junkee stage with Executive Producer Kylie Washington and Director of Publicity and Talent Jamie Campbell to talk all things reality TV. It’s the first time the Melbourne and Sydney housewives will be onstage together – don’t miss it!

Then catch one of the nation’s biggest success stories as Wentworth stars Celia Ireland, Tammy MacIntosh and Kate Jenkinson sit down with Executive Producer Jo Porter to go behind the scenes of this great Australian TV drama, which stunned audiences with its season five finale last month.

In Pitch, Please! experts from Foxtel, ABC, Screen Australia, YouTube and SBS give the scoop on what they look for when commissioning content and what how best to pitch it. Three creative teams will also get the once-in-a-lifetime chance to pitch live to the panel and the audience.

What does it take to become a bona fide YouTube star? Find out at Video Junkee – we’re bringing some of Australia’s most popular Creators including Superwog, Jamie & Nikki and Tina Yong together to spill their secrets on everything from telling unique stories to building an audience and an authentic brand. PLUS, hear about the 10 fundamentals for YouTube success… straight from the people at YouTube.

Also shining a light on Aussie stars will be STRAYA: Australians Go Viral. Join some of Australia’s leading digital content makers including Christian Van Vuren (Bondi Hipsters, Soul Mates), Max Miller (Aunty Donna), Julie Kalceff (Starting From Now), Shae-Lee Shackleford (SketchSHE), Adele Vuko, Sarah Bishop and Greta Lee Jackson (Skit Box) for a two-part chat with journalist Caris Bizzaca from Screen Australia’s in-house publication Screen News about the realities of creating online videos and what you need to do to get them seen.

SBS will present a session on How to Challenge Audiences in the Age of the Echo Chamber. Streaming services are forever tailoring content to what they believe the individual will be interested in watching. This discussion will centre around the normalisation of personalisation, it’s implications for content makers, marketers, UX designers and the powerful way that entertainment can shape and inform our broader culture. The talk will also explore how SBS On Demand in particular is looking to shake things up in this space, to help ensure people don’t get trapped in an echo chamber.

Junkee Media Founder and king of millennial marketing, Neil Ackland, brings together leaders in the field of branded content for a special session entitled Making Branded Video That Doesn’t Suck.

Join Jeffery Walker (Bronson, season 2) and Matthew Waters (Bronson, season 3) for a trip down memory lane as they take a look back at everyone’s favourite show: Round The Twist. From Whirling Derfish to Yuckles, the Bronsons will dive deep into this cult hit before a screening of their favourite episodes.

Don’t miss a screening of This is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous, which portrays the intimate journey of Gigi Lazzarato, a fearless young woman who began life as Gregory, posting beauty and fashion videos to YouTube only to later come out as a transgender female to an audience of millions. Presented by YouTube Red Originals, the film provides a raw and revealing look into a life that never compromises happiness, and spotlights a family’s unwavering and unconditional love for a child.

Arguably one of the biggest success stories of 2014, Wyrmwood crowdfunded its way into cinemas and reintroduced the world to the classic Aussie horror flick. Now a cult film with a TV series in the works, the film is getting a special Festival screening at Dendy Newtown: book tickets now to enjoy all the blood and guts.

Sit back, cuddle a purring puss and relax in the Festival’s very own cat café at Carriageworks. Here, YouTube Red presents the documentary, Kedi, a “cat’s eye” journey through the winding streets of Istanbul, where street cats have become an essential part of the fabric of the city.

Foxtel present a screening of their soon-to-be-released film Australia Day. Iconic actor Bryan Brown leads a stellar cast, directed by acclaimed film and television director Kriv Stenders in this film that exposes intolerance and prejudice across the spectrum of Australian society. Catch Australia Day at Dendy Newtown.

Settle in for a night of laughs at Golden Age Cinema, which is presenting a special Comedians Talking Over Movies screening for Video Junkee 2017. Funny fellas Kyran Wheatley and Rhys Nicholson will join forces with hilarious sisters Hannah Reily and Eliza Reily to provide humorous musings on the animated classic Space Jam, live, on-stage, as it plays before the audience.

Golden Age screenings continue with two riveting nights of programming thanks to ABC iview. Catch The Edge of the Bush by comedian Anne Edmonds, who plays multiple, multigenerational members of the same estranged family. Plus, don’t miss The Glass Bedroom, a six-part series profiling six Australian artists who use Instagram to create bold new works to share with their thousands of followers. Plus, you can hobnob with the creative geniuses themselves: they’ll be in attendance at the screenings.

And SBS On Demand will present a Mystery Screening at Carriageworks. As the Australian home of The Handmaid’s Tale, Vikings and Midnight Sun, SBS On Demand has a growing reputation for its premium global offerings. Get a sneak peek at their next must-see titles, the only catch is you won’t know the line-up until the day of.

Join star of the hit Netflix Original series Orange is the New Black, Yael Stone, for an intimate on stage Q&A with Marc Fennell. Stone will discuss all things video, online streaming, piracy, representations and the real-world effects of the things we watch on-screen.

Netflix takes to the stage with another star creator, Raphael Bob-Waksberg, showrunner of the hit animation series Bojack Horseman. Raphael, in a Q&A presentation with Marc Fennell, will go into the creation of his wildly acclaimed dark comedy and how an animation about a humanoid horse became a global hit.

If you’re a lover, a creator or a consumer of video then head along to Video Junkee 2017 in Sydney to hear from the leaders in video and get a glimpse of what and who Australia are watching in 2017.


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