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Renowned filmmakers join ScreenWest board

16 Dec 2011

Culture and the Arts Minister John Day has announced the appointment of Sue Taylor and Amanda Higgs to the board of ScreenWest for three years.

“ScreenWest has an established reputation in Australia, having overseen the State Government’s investment in a number of box office successes including Bran Nue Dae and, most recently, Red Dog,” Mr Day said.

“I am confident that with the appointment to the board of experienced filmmakers Sue Taylor and Amanda Higgs we can look forward to a period of further growth in Western Australia’s screen industry.”

Ms Taylor, a well-known Australian filmmaker with more than 25 years experience, was an inaugural member of the ScreenWest board. In 2001, she established her own production company, Taylor Media, whose credits include feature films The Tree and Last Train to Freo; tele-movie 3 Acts of Murder; mini-series The Shark Net; and children’s TV series Time Trackers. 
Ms Taylor has first-hand experience of international co-production in both film and television, and is currently vice president, Screen Producers Association of Australia.

Ms Higgs has extensive experience internationally but is best known as the co-creator and producer of the award winning television series, The Secret Life of Us.  She spent several years as an Executive Producer of Drama at the ABC.  More recently she script edited The Slap, executive produced SLiDE for Fox8; and is currently developing her own television and film ideas.
The Minister also thanked outgoing board members Robyn Kershaw, Andrew Lewis and Catherine Ferrari.

“Our outgoing board members have made a significant and valuable contribution to Western Australia’s screen industry,” he said.

“Not only have they attracted overseas interest in Western Australia as a location for film and television production they have proactively supported indigenous filmmakers resulting in a recognised WA indigenous screen industry.”

“For this initiative, ScreenWest received the 2011 Premier’s Award for Improving Indigenous Outcomes.”