Mullumbimby film maker Michael Weatherhead credits his success to Northern Rivers-based group, Screenworks.
Mullumbimby film maker Michael Weatherhead credits his success to Northern Rivers-based group, Screenworks.

Lens focuses on emerging talent

BUDDING film makers on the North Coast have the opportunity to get advice from the film professionals at Screenworks.

The Northern Rivers-based group is holding development clinics to help emerging or professional producers, writers or directors work with industry professional.

Award-winning Mullumbimby-based film maker Michael Weatherhead credits Screenworks with guiding him to professional success.

In 2006, Mr Weatherhead flew to Palestine with one week's notice to film a documentary about an Australian rock star trying to enter the Gaza.

He returned with a fantastic film idea and loads of footage but sought advice from Screenworks about how to pitch his concept.

"Film-makers continually hone their pitching skills, but Screenworks gets top people from ABC and SBS every year and some of their feedback is just really excellent," Mr Weatherhead said.

"You get advice about the story but also about where to pitch it in the industry and which buyers would be interested in it."

Return to Gaza is now a multi-award-winning documentary and has screened at festivals around the world, including the Asia Pacific Screen Awards.

Mr Weatherhead also sought advice from Screenworks last year before launching his own online documentary retailer, Screen Zone.

"They've been very supportive in what I'm doing and to me Screenworks is a very valuable resource," Mr Weatherhead said.

Experienced film and television producer and production manager Lois Randall will conduct the first of a series of consultation clinics today in Bangalow.

The appointments are confidential and conducted on a one-on-one basis.

Several projects which have been brought to previous clinics have gone on to achieve funding and production

Cost: $50 for Screenworks members and $80 for non-members. Phone Screenworks on 6687 1599 or events@screenworks.com.au for more details.



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