Industry Mentors

The Dame Changer mentors are leaders in the screen industry who share a commitment to advancing the careers of women.

International Mentors

Hilary Davis, Sales Agent

Local Mentors

Jane Allen, Script Editor

David Anderson, Director of Entertainment & Specialist, ABC

Kingston Anderson, CEO of the Australian Directors’ Guild

Christina Andreef, Director

Gillian Armstrong, Director

Linda Aronson, Screenwriter

Mike Baard, Managing Director of Universal Pictures Australasia

Deborah Balderstone, Producer

Helen Barrow, Director & Producer

Rosemary Blight, Producer

Helen Bowden, Producer

Bryan Brown, Actor, Producer & Writer

Anni Browning, Managing Director of Film Finances Australasia

Fiona Cameron, ACMA

Pauline Chan, Director & Producer

Leah Churchill-Brown, Producer

Colleen Clarke, Post Production Supervisor

Rachel Clements, Producer

Ian Collie, Producer

Jennifer Collins, Head of Non-Fiction at Screentime

Carolyn Constantine, Director of Photography

Dany Cooper, Editor

Jane Corden, Managing Director of Moneypenny Production Accounting Services

Lynn-Maree Danzey, Television Director

Kris Darmody, Lawyer & Business Affairs Professional

Claire Dobbin, International Script Consultant and Chair of MIFF

Peter Drinkwater, CEO of Cowlick Entertainment & Screen Audience Research Australia

Amanda Duthie, SAFC Head of Production Development

Fiona Eagger, Producer

John Edwards, Producer

Bonnie Elliott, Cinematographer

Kylie du Fresne, Producer

Nick Forward, Head of Originals, STAN

Posie Graeme-Evans, Director and Producer

Ben Grant, Producer

Therese Hegarty, Director, Content Distribution & Rights, Seven Network

Amanda Higgs, Producer, Writer and Executive

Alexandra Hodgkinson, Executive producer, freelance journalist, media trainer

Anna Howard, Cinematographer

Justine Kerrigan, Cinematographer

Ana Kokkinos, Director

CEO of Screenrights

Samantha Lang, Film Director and Screenwriter

Debbie Lee, Executive Producer

Troy Lum, MD at Hopscotch

Catherine McDonald, Lawyer

Marion Macgowan, Producer

Jane Maguire, Post Production Supervisor

Tracey Mair, Screen Industry Publicist

Sue Maslin, Producer

Sue Masters, Executive Producer of Drama, SBS

Beverly McGarvey, Chief Content Officer, Network Ten

Giselle McHugh, Head of Business Affairs, Playmaker Media

Catriona McKenzie, Director

Jocelyn Moorhouse, Screenwriter & Director

Mary-Ellen Mullane, Senior Commissioning Editor at NITV

Rachel Okine, VP of International Acquisitions, STXinternational

Chris Oliver-Taylor, Fremantle

Rena Owen, Actress & Writer

Helen Panckhurst, Producer

Jennifer Peedom, Producer & Director

Sally Riley, Head of Scripted, ABC TV

Jo Rooney, Co-Head of Drama, Nine Network

Sandra Sdraulig AM, Executive Coach and Mentor for Women

Corrie Soeterboek, CEO of FACB

Pearl Tan, Actress, Writer, Director & Producer

Sue Taylor, Producer

Jenni Tosi, Screen Production Executive and Business Consultant

Caroline Verge, principal of Verge Whitford & Co

Tracey Vieira, Chief Executive Officer, Screen Queensland

Rachel Ward, Director

Deanne Weir, Media entrepreneur, company director and philanthropist

Caitlin Yeo, Film Composer

Sophia Zachariou, MD, Bunya

Be a Mentor in your Career

No matter who you are, you can start having an impact by recognising women for their achievements and actively promoting the advancement of your female colleagues.

Women are less likely to toot their own horns, so help make sure your colleagues get the credit they deserve. Look for opportunities to acknowledge women when their ideas are implemented, both publicly and to people in senior positions. When you introduce female coworkers, emphasise their accomplishments.

And say something. When an appointment doesn’t appear to be based on merit – call it out. Do it politely and with discretion, but don’t accept that it has to be that way. You may not change the outcome of the appointment, but you may cause a decision-maker to reflect and think twice next time.

This is how change will be achieved. Through small conversations and incremental shifts in thinking.

Be the change you want to see.

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