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Protecting Australian content in the age of Netflix - with Erik Thomson
The arts and entertainment sector is an economic powerhouse and it was hit particularly hard by the pandemic. Join one of Australia’s most respected actors across film, television and theatre, Erik Thomson (Packed to the Rafters, The Luminaries), as well as Screen Producers Australia’s CEO, Matthew Deaner, for a discussion about how local content rules and other measures could help reinvigorate Australia's arts sector, encouraging local creativity and productions. Part of Australia Institute TV.

Sep 29, 2021 11:00 AM in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

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Erik Thomson
Actor
Erik Thomson is one of Australia’s most respected actors across film, television and theatre. Erik recently completed production on Roderick Mackay’s debut feature film THE FURNACE and James Ashcroft’s debut feature film COMING HOME IN THE DARK. He will next be seen in the highly anticipated limited series THE LUMINARIES for the BBC in the role of Dick Mannering alongside Eve Hewson and Eva Green, and Daniel J. Phillips’ horror feature AWOKEN. His recent credits include Shawn Seet’s STORM BOY alongside Geoffrey Rush and Jai Courtney and the third and final season of the highly popular series 800 WORDS for the Seven Network. Erik’s film credits include Scott Hicks’ THE BOYS ARE BACK opposite Clive Owen, Cate Shortland’s SOMERSAULT with Sam Worthington, THE BLACK BALLOON opposite Toni Collette, Wayne Hope’s feature NOW ADD HONEY, ACCIDENTS HAPPEN with Geena Davis, BEAUTIFUL and WE’RE HERE TO HELP.
Matthew Deaner
CEO @Screen Producers Australia
Matthew oversees all aspects of Screen Producers Australia’s advocacy work, industrial negotiations, events and operational issues. He also works closely with our Council to set the strategic direction of the organisation as well as identify and execute new business development opportunities. Matthew brings a wealth of knowledge to Screen Producers Australia with his experience as a lawyer in both Sydney and London and in senior policy and strategy positions with Screen Australia and the Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association. In July 2015 Matthew was appointed to the board of Media Super as an employer-representative director, nominated by Screen Producers Australia.
Ebony Bennett
deputy director @The Australia Institute
Host of the Australia Institute's popular 'Economics of a Pandemic' webinar series and Follow the Money podcast, Ebony has worked in federal politics for more than a decade. She has published research on climate change, gender and street harassment, regularly appears as a commentator on ABC and Sky News, as a contributor for The Guardian and columnist for the Canberra Times.