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Dean Gibson talks all things screen industry

In this special NAIDOC Week webinar, Logie-winning First Nations filmmaker and Screen Queensland Board member Dean Gibson discusses collaboration over consultation and perseverance in the industry. Dean also shares important insights for non-Indigenous practitioners about ways to appropriately engage with First Nations people and communities to amplify Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices on screen.

Dean Gibson – Screen Queensland Board Member

Dean Gibson is an Aboriginal filmmaker with over 20 years’ experience in creating, writing, directing, editing and producing content. His work screens regularly on ABC, SBS and NITV and includes children’s television, documentary and drama. Dean’s onscreen highlights in the children’s television space include directing a Sesame Street film Five Kangaroos, featuring Jessica Mauboy. His most recent work Tjitji Lullaby and Marringa Lullaby for ABC Kids plays all Australian toddlers to bed nightly. Dean also created and co-directed the series Handball Heroes, which screened on ABC3.

In documentary, Dean recently delivered Incarceration Nation to NITV/SBS in which he is the Writer and Director. Incarceration Nation is a Feature Documentary focusing on the systemic racism of the justice system within Australia. Its successes include: Logie Award winner 2021-22 for Most Outstanding Factual or Documentary Program, finalist for 2022 Walkley Awards and finalist ATOM Best Feature Documentary. Dean was also the writer and director of Wik vs Queensland that premiered at the 2018 Sydney International Film Festival.

Most recently, Dean directed the 6-part science documentary series First Weapons for ABC, Blackfella Films and Inkey Media, due for release in 2023. Outside of the film industry, he currently sits on the Board of Screen Queensland, Queensland Theatre, Griffith University Film School Advisory Board, Essential Screen Skills Industry Advisory Board and the Brisbane Lions Australian Football Club.

Joshua Beckett – Coordinator, Industry Pathways Program at Screen Queensland

Your host is Screen Queensland’s Joshua Beckett, a proud Wakka Wakka, Goeng Goeng and Butchulla man.


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