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Panel Discussion
In a world of alternate facts, half-truths, decreased media diversity, along with traditional models of broadcast turned upside down, what is the future for independent storytelling and how do we monetise our films?
Rachael Blake, Don McAlpine, Ian Hamilton, Louise van Rooyen, Sally Regan, Create NSW
2pm Saturday

In the world of alternate facts, half-truths, decreased media diversity, along with traditional models of broadcast turned in upside down, what is the future for independent storytelling and how do we monetise our films?


  • Don McAlpine, Cinematographer
  • Rachel Blake, Actress
  • Sally Regan, Senior Manager, Sector Investment Create NSW
  • Ian Hamilton, Director, Limelight Creative Media
  • Louise van Rooyen, Managing Director, Beamafilm

Mediator: Garth Russell



Don McAlpineCinematographer (Ali’s Wedding, The Dressmaker,  Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge)

Don McAlpine has had an extraordinary career, having shot over 50 feature films, in diverse genres and styles. He ranks as one of Australia’s most outstanding cinematographers. Don was awarded the Australian Centenary Medal in the 2001 Queen’s New Years Honours List for his service to Australian Society and Australian Film Production.



Rachel Blake – Actress (Lantana, Breath, Stan’s First Original Film ‘The Second’)

Rachael Blake will next be seen in Partho Sen-Guptha’s feature film SLAM. She starred in Mairi Cameron’s THE SECOND for STAN which screened at the 2018 Sydney Film Festival and Simon Baker’s debut feature BREATH which premiered at the 2017 Toronto Film Festival.

Rachael’s role in the independent feature film MELODY, won her the Best Actress Award at the 2014 Montreal Film Festival. Rachael has also won both an AFI’s and a Silver Logie for her television work and has appeared in some of Australia’s most popular television series.
Rachael was awarded the Centenary Medal for her services to the Australian Film Industry in 2001.


Sally Regan – Senior Manager (Sector Investment Create NSW)

Sally has over 30 years experience working in the screen production sector. Sally has produced film and television in Australia, Europe, Asia and America prior to starting work at Create NSW in August 2017, Sally worked for almost 6 years as a Drama Investment Manager at Screen Australia.

Previously Sally worked as a Development and Production Executive at Screen NSW working across documentary, features and television drama and she was, from 1999 to 2003, Business Affairs Manager of Documentary Production at Film Australia, responsible for over production of over $6 million a year.

Sally’s producer credits include the multi-award winning theatrical feature documentary thriller Forbidden Lie$ and she also co-produced the international Russell Crowe-featured series The Colour Of War, and produced the ABC documentaries National Treasures, Korean ANZAC, Peter Berner’s Loaded Brush, Road To Tokyo and Nerves of Steel, amongst others.


Ian HamiltonDirector (Angels Gather Here)

Ian has worked on numerous broadcast documentary and drama programs including the Australian feature film Rabbit Proof Fence, ABC TV’s Wildside and Australian Story.

In 2006 he directed the feature documentary “Honeymoon in Kabul.” The film screened on ABC TV in 2009 and won the Zero Film Awards in LA and New York .
Recent credits include Co- producing ABC TV’s Australian Story “Call of Duty”, a documentary exposing clergy abuse in NSW screened prior to the commencement of the Royal Commission in 2013.

His latest feature documentary “Angels Gather Here” celebrates one Aboriginal family’s survival over five generations. The film premiered at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival and is due to screen on NITV in late 2018.


Louise van RooyenManaging Director (Beama Films)

Louise is co-founder and managing director of Beamafilm, Australia’s premiere movie streaming service for libraries and consumers. Beamafilm boasts a collection of over 500 premium documentaries and independent features which are distributed via public and educational library systems as well as into consumer environments.

Louise has great passion for social impact media and has more than 20 years experience working tech and digital media. She Louise has a Masters in social Anthropology and began her career conducting fieldwork on Polynesian ritual, ceremony and daily life for a photography exhibition for Auckland City Art Gallery. She also worked extensively developing interactive learning and immersion experiences for science museums in the USA before transitioning into the world of digital edutainment CD-ROM and web production in New Zealand in the early 1990’s.

Louise is also co-founder of leading digital studio Massive Interactive Inc. (HUGE:OTC US) where she worked as MD of their interactive studio during the heady dot-com boom. She was also CEO of AIMIA, (Australia’s peak body for digital media) from 2000 -2003 where she led the rebranding and transformation of the organisation and it’s highly-coveted industry awards program. Louise also founded Pan Pacific Interactive (PPi) in 2001, a company through which she was featured in BRW’s 40 Biggest Players of the Australian Digital Age. Through PPi she continues to extend her passion for storytelling and iPTV through unified engagement across the various connected screens.


Garth RussellMediator 

After several years working in retail management straight out of school, he embarked on a radio career that has spanned over 35 years. In that time Garth has broadcast from several towns and cities, working on a variety of shifts at radio stations with a broad range of formats. It was Garth’s love of interviewing however which brought him back to Newcastle and ABC Local Radio in 2002, after a 13 year absence.

Over the past three decades Garth has also pursued other areas of entertainment, having worked as an actor on stage, TV and in Film, and continuously as a public speaker, emcee, and voice over artist. Basically anywhere there’s an audience, Garth will be there. Having run his own company, Gen Wise for since 2010, Garth has also found a way to incorporate the experience and skills learned over the years to help others tell their stories.

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October 27, 2018
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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