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Keeping it Reel Podcast

Dive into the discussions, debates and big ideas direct from the talks and panels program of the 69th Sydney Film Festival.

Hear from local and international filmmakers and industry insiders as they shed light on the films that moved you at this year’s Festival, and the industry that shapes them.

Listen below, and subscribe where you get your podcasts.

Read more about each episode below.

Ian McPherson Memorial Lecture

Are we losing the ‘Australianness’ of our stories on screen? We join film writer Sandy George as she delivers the annual McPherson lecture, and asks some pretty tough questions about what ‘Australianness’ is, and film funding.

The episode features: Sandy George, Kristina Ceyton, Emile Sherman, Grainne Brunsdon, and is introduced by Deanne Weir.

Meet the Filmmakers – Shadow

Groundbreaking theatre turned filmmaking group Back To Back Theatre discuss disability on and behind the camera and the making of their incredible film, Shadow.

This episode features: Bruce Gladwin, Meret Hassanen, Alice Fleming and Liam White, and is moderated by Johanna Garvin.

Meet the Filmmakers – Blaze

Two-time Archibald-winning artist turned filmmaker Del Kathryn Barton and some of the cast and creatives behind the film Blaze take us through this unique project.

This episode features: Del Kathryn Barton, Julie Savage, Samantha Jennings, and is moderated by Sandy George.

Craft in Focus

In this episode of Keeping it Reel, the people behind the camera; the writers, the designers, the makeup artists, the composers, come together to talk about how they see the industry and their roles.

This episode features: Antony Partos, Sam Meikle, Fiona Donovan, Caroline Constantine, Simon Njoo, and is moderated by Nell Greenwood.

First Nation Next Wave – We Are Still Here 

Meet the next wave of First Nation filmmakers behind the film We Are Still Here, as they discuss how you go about making a film with ten directors, two countries, and a pandemic.

This episode features: Mia Henry-Teirney, Mitchell Stanley, Toni Stowers, and is moderated by Laurrie Brannigan-Onato and Karen Te O Kahurangi Waaka.

Meet the Filmmakers – Nude Tuesday

In this episode of Keeping it Reel, the filmmakers of Nude Tuesday gather to talk about their incredibly unique project. The talk is in English, but the film was in gibberish… and we promise you, everyone was fully clothed.

This episode features: Armağan Ballantyne, Jackie Van Beek, Damon Herriman, Jemaine Clement, and is moderated by The Sydney Morning Herald’s Garry Maddox.

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