About Dame Changer

Dame Changer is an Australian professional women’s collective, providing opportunities in training and networking for women in the screen industry. We are actively building awareness of gender bias and aim to break down the barriers to career growth being experienced by mid-career screen industry women.

Read about the current state and challenges facing women in the industry.

Dame Changer represents key screen business, creative and technical practitioners from across the board – from development to distribution.

Anni Browning and Rolf DeHeer

“There is a saying that women hold up half the sky. Well Dame Changer is here to help with the heavy lifting so that can become a reality in the film, tv and screen world.”

Anni Browning
Managing Director, Film Finances Australasia

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.

Our Mission

To create an equitable screen industry by empowering experienced, mid-career women through the acceleration of their long format screen projects to completion.

Dame Changer seeks to build resilient, sustainable and successful careers for women through our expansive and strategic network. Our program provides creative capital, skill building, mentoring, industry access and advocacy.

Our Intention

To champion organisations and companies seeking to achieve gender parity – On and beyond the screen – Through the integration of diversity and inclusion in their corporate policy and performance.

To call on all sections of the screen industry to make clear their commitment to achieving gender equality in:

  • on-screen representation;
  • themes and narratives;
  • project leadership and creative practitioners;
  • industry access and opportunities; and
  • opportunities for diversity in audience development.

Our Patron

Margaret Pomeranz

Margaret Pomeranz AM

Margaret Pomeranz AM presented The Movie Show on SBS and subsequently At The Movies on the ABC for twenty eight years.  She is past President of Watch on Censorship, and of the Film Critics Circle of Australia.  She is patron of the Adelaide Film Festival and of the Human Right’s Film Festival.

“I am absolutely delighted to be part of Dame Changer.  I’ve been a great believer in the talents of women for many many decades now and this initiative to promote their careers in the film and television industry is exciting, hopefully producing a dynamic shift in the status quo.”

Meet our Dames

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