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In Conversation: National Reconciliation Week

Date and time: Wednesday 29 May, 12:30pm

This National Reconciliation week, Screen Queensland recognises that Now More Than Ever, there is a pressing need for immediate and sustained efforts to bridge gaps between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the broader Australian community.

Join us for this free online In Conversation event with Screen Queensland Board Members Aaron Fa’Aoso, Dean Gibson and The Honourable Roslyn Atkinson AO alongside NITV’s Director of Indigenous Content Tanya Denning-Orman. We will discuss their work in truth-telling and treaty as well as explore the role of the screen industry in fostering reconciliation and the power of screen stories to spark conversation, promote representation and inspire action.



The Honourable Roslyn Atkinson AO is a lawyer, former actor and arts administrator, with extensive experience chairing boards, a lifetime commitment to human rights and diversity, and whose main interest outside her profession is in film.

Ms Atkinson was a judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland from 1998 to 2018. During that time she was responsible for many high-profile criminal and civil trials. She was also the Chair of the Queensland Indigenous Justice committee, lead author of the Equal Treatment Bench book and Chair for 12 years of the Queensland Law Reform Commission.

She was also a member of the Board of Expressions Dance Company. In 2015, Ms Atkinson was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the judiciary and to law reform in Queensland, through contributions to the legal profession and to promoting awareness of issues of injustice and inequality in Australia and internationally. From 2019 to 2022, Ms Atkinson was President of LawRight, an organisation which co-ordinates the provision of pro bono legal services by the legal profession in Queensland. She has a life-long commitment to the arts, encouraging diversity and genuine equality particularly for First Nations people and people from diverse cultural backgrounds, women and people with disability. Ms Atkinson has been appointed as a Member of the Truth-telling and Healing Inquiry from 1 July 2024.


Aaron Fa’Aoso is a Torres Strait Islander, actor, screenwriter, director and producer. Since 2013 he has been the Managing Director of his own production company, Lone Star.

Aaron is the producer and presenter of Strait to the Plate, an NITV SBS Food series featuring the culture and culinary traditions of the Torres Strait. Aaron has also starred in films and TV series including RAN: Remote Area Nurse, East West 101, The Straits, Bikie Wars: Brothers in Arms, Black Comedy and Goldstone.

Aaron actively supports and mentors other film practitioners and is a SBS board member, Indigenous connections committee member of the National Film and Sound Archive and member of the Interim Truth and Treaty body (QLD) and was previously a board member of Media RING—an industry group that developed and enhanced career opportunities for First Nations Australians in the media.


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, Black Fella 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.


Tanya Denning-Orman, a proud Birri and Guugu Yimidhirr woman from Central and North Queensland, has led National Indigenous Television since it joined SBS in 2012, and became SBS’s first Director of Indigenous Content in 2020.

Tanya manages NITV as a channel dedicated to Indigenous voices, overseeing its diverse and innovative multiplatform content. She also plays an instrumental role in the development and delivery of First Nations storytelling across the SBS network. With more than 20 years’ experience working in media, Tanya has previously held positions as a journalist and producer for ABC and SBS, and a number of different roles at NITV since its inception in 2007.

As a champion for strong Indigenous media, she has also held a number of industry Board positions including with Media Diversity Australia, First Nations Media Australia, and currently with the World Indigenous Television Broadcast Network.