‘Is truth in the eye of the beholder?’ Metro Screen presents in partnership with The Walkley Foundation and MEAA, a panel discussion as part of the VIVID Festival of Ideas.
Wolf Koenig describes cinema as “telling a lie in order to tell the truth”. Documentarians, feature filmmakers, actors, writer and TV producers are all in the business of storytelling, but when real life stories are portrayed on screen whose truth is really being told? At what point does truth become a casualty to storytelling and how do storytellers draw the line.
In this insightful panel discussion, some of Australia’s most experienced storytellers and filmmakers will examine the demands and expectations of factual storytelling in our rapidly evolving and connected world.
Panelists confirmed so far:
Michael Cordell ( CJZ)
Michael Cordell is one of Australia’s most established producers and directors. His projects span many genres and have won numerous awards. House of Hancock is his most recent drama credit. Earlier drama productions include The Outlaw Michael Howe for ABC and The Great Mint Swindle for the Nine Network in 2013. He is currently developing a television adaptation of Shane Warne the Musical. In the factual genre, Michael is executive producer of Bondi Rescue, a six-time Logie winner now in its tenth season. He was also executive producer of the true crime series Wanted, and the documentary feature JFK: The Smoking Gun. Michael oversees production on the long-running Two Men… series, featuring Tim Flannery and John Doyle. Two Men in China screened on the ABC in 2014. Michael is executive producer and writer of Go Back to Where You Came From, a ground-breaking SBS series that has won a Logie, two Walkley nominations, two UN Media Awards, and a SPAA Independent Producer of the Year Award. It also won the Rose d’Or for Best International TV Production of 2011, and an International Emmy in 2013. Go Back to Where You Came From is now in its third series.
Catherine Scott is an Australian-based independent director and producer. Previously, she lived in New York for 10 years where she was a member of the Paper Tiger TV collective. Catherine has produced numerous shows for Deep Dish TV, too, including Who’s Afraid of the Little Yellow School Bus?, Lock Down USA, and The Last Graduation. She was also a coordinator and co-producer of the Gulf Crisis TV Project, a 10-part series, which aired on the PBS network (USA), Channel Four (UK), and SBS television (Australia). Catherine is director/co-writer of Selling Sickness; and director/co-producer of the Walkley Award-winning Business Behind Bars, which screened on SBS and many other TV stations around the world. Other productions she has worked on include: Breathless; Drawing The Line at Pitston; Staking a Claim In Cyberspace; and TV Connections, which aired on the PBS network (USA) as part of the Signal To Noise series. In 2011, Catherine’s documentary Scarlet Road was shortlisted for the Walkley Award.
Rachel Wotton is the subject of Scarlet Road, a documentary about the life of an Australian sex worker who services clients with disabilities. In late 2000, Wotton collaborated with other sex workers and organisations such as People With Disability Australia Inc, to form the Touching Base Committee. The committee explored the concept of providing sexual services for people with special needs, and the corresponding training required for participating sex workers.
Suzanne Smith is a senior investigative broadcast journalist with over 25 years experience in radio, television and online. She has won four Walkley Awards, and two Logie awards for most outstanding news coverage. In 2006, Suzanne won the Human Rights Award for Television and the following year won the Logie Award for outstanding news coverage. In 2010, she won the Luminous award for cancer reporting on television and the U.N Media Association prize for online journalism. Suzanne has worked for overseas media organisations and has had many senior roles throughout the ABC. She has recently joined the Seven Network’s Sunday program as a supervising producer.
Janice Petersen has spent more than 15 years working as a cross platform journalist and news presenter. Each weeknight Janice presents SBS World News at 6.30pm, alongside fellow anchorAnton Enus. After many years at the ABC covering and reporting on breaking news events across Australia, Janice brings a solid background in journalism to SBS. In her current role, she regularly interviews leading news-makersfrom world leaders to celebrities, and contributes live reports and updates on major national and international news stories.