On Thursday 21st of June, join filmmakers Rashmi Ravindran, Gary Paramanathan and Vonne Patiag as they launch their short films exploring themes of cultural diversity and inclusion in the creative sector.
Through documentary, these emerging and mid-career Parramatta filmmakers tackle themes current practices of ‘white-washing’ ethnic skin tones of performers in film and theatre, the complexities of migration and being an artist, and artforms that are outside of mainstream Australian arts practices.
Launched by Professor James Arvanitakis with a screening followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers hosted by acclaimed writer Roanna Gonsalves. This event will be Auslan interpreted at a wheelchair accessible venue.
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Check out all the film trailers: http://diversityarts.org.au/event/diverse-screens-parramatta-launch/
Launched by Professor James Arvanitakis, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research & Graduate Studies), at Western Sydney University (WSU), Head of The Academy at WSU and Chair of Diversity Arts Australia. James’ research areas include citizenship, resilience, piracy and the future of universities. James is a regular media commentator appearing on ABC TV and local radio, and has his own segment on FBi Radio.
ROANNA GONSALVES (emcee)
Roanna Gonsalves is the author of The Permanent Resident (UWAP) which won the NSW Premier’s Literary Award Multicultural Prize 2018, and is longlisted for the Dobbie Literary Award 2018. Her writing has been compared to the work of Alice Munro and Jhumpa Lahiri. Her book has quickly found a place on a number of lists of must-read books, and is on the syllabi of courses at several universities. Roanna is a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Endeavour Award, and a co-founder, co-editor of Southern Crossings. She has a PhD from the University of New South Wales. The Permanent Resident is published in South Asia as Sunita De Souza Goes To Sydney (Speaking Tiger).
Rashmi is writer, producer, director and poet from Delhi/Mumbai, India who migrated to Parramatta in 2017. Her career began as a features producer, working extensively in lifestyle and news channels such as Times Now, NDTV Good Times and Sony Pictures Pvt. Ltd. She has worked with nonprofit organisations creating short docos and campaign videos about child marriage, female foeticide, domestic violence, disability rights and LGBTQI rights. Though most of her work in India was primarily in English, in Australia Rashmi has had a chance to put her Hindi language skills to use – assisting in a Bollywood film shot entirely in Sydney. She is currently co-developing a black comedy about an Indo-Australian family. She holds a Masters in English Literature from Delhi University and a Masters in Mass Communication from Jamia Millia Islamia. Currently she is directing a play for the Sydney Short and Sweet theatre festival set to premier in March.
Gary Paramanathan works at the intersection of arts, culture and community. Currently working at AFTRS, he has previously worked at Fairfield City Council in Cultural Development, Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE) in Screen Culture and collaborated with a number of arts and cultural organisations. Gary is the founder and director of Colourfest Film Festival (2010-2017). He holds a Masters of International Communication from Macquarie University and also writes for the South Asian Australian publication, Southern Crossing. Gary is passionate about migrant and diaspora storytelling.
Vonne Patiag is a Writer, Director, Producer and Actor based in Western Sydney – a creative polymath by necessity. Proud to be a Western Sydney storyteller, he is interested in producing personal stories that explore queer/ethnic intersection and that dissect issues of racism and geographical prejudice prevalent to the Western Sydney area.