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Dame Changer » Transforming careers with women for our industry2018-08-09T11:48:25+00:00

Our Vision

A diverse and inclusive Australian screen industry, thriving through collaboration and solidarity. By building upon the strength and experience of professional women, actively supporting and sustaining their screen careers and into leadership roles, we see the potential for women in the screen industry to become leaders of social change beyond the screen.

About Dame Changer

Here’s what we know

Females Working in Creative Roles - Industry Wide Pie Charts for Producers, Directors and Writers

Active female key creatives 2012/13 – 2016/17 – Screen Australia

Current State & Challenges

Our Programs

Screen Tank

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Mentor to Market

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Masterclasses

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Scholarship

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Thank you to our creative partners

To address gender disparity in the screen industry requires the whole sector to work together, and independent initiatives like Dame Changer are invaluable. It’s always encouraging to see women who are in senior positions helping the next generation of female creatives, and bit by bit we are seeing the range of career opportunities available grow.

If I asked you to name five successful female screen composers, could you? It’s tough, and no wonder. In Australia, a mere 13% of screen composers are female, and the stats drop much lower in the upper echelons of the profession. Australia has many exceptionally talented and dedicated female screen composers. For our stories to be rich and diverse, we need to address the gender inequity across all key roles in the film industry. Make a change, and put women into these positions.

After over thirty years in the film industry I cannot believe that we haven’t had greater change in the number of women directing. It is obvious that it is just not a level playing field. Yes time for real action to make real change.

Gillian Armstrong, Director
I don’t believe any more in the adage, ‘best person for the job.’ Having had inordinate opportunity, many men are too far ahead. Nothing will change for women in the industry unless action is gender focused, for a time, in order for women to catch up. We need to organise and consolidate our power bases as men have done so well for so long. Dame Changer gives us that arena.
Rachel WardRachel Ward, Writer / Director

Founding partner

Building resilient, sustainable and successful careers for
women in the screen industry