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Greer Simpkin to speak at the Gold Coast Film Festival’s Women in Film Lunch  – presented by Screen Queensland

Greer Simpkin to speak at the Gold Coast Film Festival’s Women in Film Lunch 
– presented by Screen Queensland

Bunya Productions’ Greer Simpkin will be the guest speaker at the Gold Coast Film Festival’s fifth annual Women in Film Lunch presented by Screen Queensland. 

Producer of the critically acclaimed film Sweet Country and ABC TV series Mystery Road, which combined took out an incredible 11 AACTAs at last December’s Awards, Greer will share her stories, perspectives and experiences working in the Australian screen industry.

“I’m thrilled to speak at the Women in Film Lunch event. Attending in the audience last year, it was clear what a warm, welcoming event it is and one of the highlights of the Queensland screen calendar.  I’m looking forward to attending the Gold Coast Film Festival again,” she said.

Prior to joining Bunya Productions in 2015, Greer was the Deputy Head of Fiction at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation for five years.  In the four years at Bunya, Greer has produced films Sweet Country as well as Goldstone and Blue Water Empire, supported by Screen Queensland (SQ), TV series Mystery Road, VR experience Every King Tide, also supported by SQ, and was the Executive Producer on Jasper Jones.

Greer is currently on the Gold Coast with fellow producer David Jowsey of Bunya Productions filming Loveland, the latest feature film from Brisbane-based writer, director and producer Ivan Sen, and supported with development and production investment from SQ.

Greer is also working on High Ground (currently in post-production) and co-producing Leah Purcell’s The Drover’s Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson.

The Women in Film Lunch, held on Friday 5 April, has become a key event in the Queensland screen industry events calendar and has previously welcomed Margaret Pomeranz and Philippa Pomeranz, Sue Maslin, Gracie Otto and Jenny Cooney as guest speakers.

“Screen Queensland is a proud sponsor of the annual GCFF Women in Film Lunch,” said Screen Queensland CEO Tracey Vieira.

“We are committed to helping diverse storytellers tell their stories on screen through our funding programs and initiatives.

“Since the last Women in Film Lunch, SQ has invested in career and project development for many talented women as we work towards our goal of gender equity on screen and behind the camera,” said Ms Vieira.

“Greer has been an incredible advocate and mentor to female filmmakers and we are delighted that she will address this key event in our cultural calendar.”

Festival Director Lucy Fisher says, “Greer is without a doubt one of the most successful women in the Australian screen industry right now. I’m not sure there’s many producers with projects that have taken out 11 AACTAs in one year, let alone producers winning awards for both film and television projects. We are looking forward to hearing Greer speak about both her incredible 2018 and past experiences.”

Hosted by ABC Gold Coast’s Nicole Dyer, the lunch includes a seafood buffet at the Bazaar restaurant at QT Gold Coast. Tickets are $98 and on sale at gcfilmfestival.com

Women in Film Lunch: Friday 5 April, 12noon – 3.00pm
Bazaar, QT Gold Coast

Buy your tickets here – www.gcfilmfestival.com

The Gold Coast Film Festival is supported by the Queensland Government through Screen Queensland and Tourism and Events Queensland. The Gold Coast Film Festival is supported by the City of Gold Coast.

Gold Coast Film Festival

Date: 3 April – 14 April 2019

Locations: The main festival hub for screenings, special events and industry panels is HOTA – Home of The Arts. Additional screenings and events are held at BCC Coolangatta, Surfers Paradise Beach, QT Gold Coast, Broadbeach, and Bond University.

Cost: Free and ticketed events

Accommodation: Visitors travelling to the Gold Coast for the 2019 Gold Coast Film Festival can stay in style at partner hotel QT Gold Coast. Located just a 5-minute drive from all the GCFF action, QT Gold Coast is the perfect destination for an inspired stay. Special GCFF room rates available. To book online, please visit  www.qtgoldcoast.com.auand enter the promo code ‘GCFF19’ for your special rate.

For tickets and more information, visit www.gcfilmfestival.com

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For GCFF media enquiries, please contact:
Jacqueline Bojanowski | Ruby Communications
(07) 5532 3808 | 0424 360 986 | jacqueline@weareruby.com.au

For SQ media enquiries, please contact:
Angela Samut | 07 3248 0500 | asamut@screenqueensland.com.au

The Gold Coast Film Festival (GCFF) celebrates and promotes all aspects of film and filmmaking from one of Australia’s leading filmmaking locations and holiday destinations – The Gold Coast. The Gold Coast Film Festival is supported by its major partners Screen Queensland, the City of Gold Coast, Tourism and Events Queensland and HOTA, Home of the Arts. Event Cinemas/BCC Coolangatta, QT Gold Coast, Bond University and Surfers Paradise Alliance are event partners of the 2019 Gold Coast Film Festival.  The festival is also supported by gold partners PKF, Connecting Southern Gold Coast, The Edit Suite, Movie World and Blackmagic Design.

> About Screen Queensland: 
Screen Queensland’s purpose is to grow the screen industry to be a significant contributor to the economic and cultural wellbeing of Queensland.

Go to screenqld.com.au to view all our programs and initiatives.