TV shows including Neighbours, Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette, Little J and Big Cuz, and Safe Harbour are amongst inaugural nominees announced by the Screen Diversity and Inclusion Network.
The SDIN Award has been created to honour Australian producers and projects which have made a significant contribution to diversity and inclusion, either on or off screen, within the Australian screen industry.
The nominees are:
* Neighbours’ first same-sex wedding, by Fremantle Media (ELEVEN)
* Little J and Big Cuz, by Ned Lander Media (NITV)
* First Day by Epic Films (ABC ME)
* Homecoming Queens by Generator Pictures for SBS On Demand
* Matchbox Pictures, with its 2018 slate including Safe Harbour and Mustangs FC.
* Guesswork, with its 2018 slate including Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette and Corey White’s Roadmap to Paradise.
There was also a a Special Commendation to WA’s Sea Dog International for its bespoke mentorship and skills development program for Jaimen Hudson who is a regionally based drone operator with acquired quadriplegia.
SDIN Chair Courtney Gibson said: “The mentorship designed by Sea Dog and Jaimen Hudson, and funded by SDIN member Screenwest, is an example of how a bespoke approach to creating an opportunity for a single practitioner with disability changes not only the life of that practitioner, but also enables audiences, networks and work environments to open up to working with practitioners with disability more broadly, by shifting perceptions and changing the culture.”
SDIN has also appointed Sonia Mehrmand as SDIN co-ordinator. She was previously co-ordinator for The Screen Diversity Showcase for the Equity Foundation earlier this year and has served as Admin and Communications Officer for Diversity Arts Australia.
“I’m enthusiastic about taking on this new role at SDIN. As someone who identifies as CALD, I’m committed to diversity in all its forms. I recognise the importance of solidarity and intersectionality, and I’m dedicated to working across not only cultural and linguistic diversity but also First Nations, disability, socioeconomic, age, sexuality and gender. I am looking forward now to working with the sector in a new capacity – upholding and carrying out the SDIN charter,” she said.
The winner of the first SDIN Award will be announced at Screen Forever on Tuesday November 20.