Tuesday, 05 December 2023
SA Film Corporation Screen Circle
Welcome to Government House this evening for the launch of the South Australian Film Corporation’s Screen Circle.
As patron of the inaugural circle, it is my great pleasure to support the Corporation as it takes the next step in strengthening its capacity to bring local screen production to the world.
Last year we celebrated the Corporation’s 50th anniversary and, as South Australians, we can all be proud to be home to the most experienced screen agency in the country.
The Corporation is credited with leading the renaissance of the Australian film industry in the 1970s and for launching the careers of many of our most accomplished screen luminaries, some of whom are here this evening.
Last week it was my honour to present the first Dunstan Lecture at the Adelaide Festival Centre, in celebration of its 50th anniversary in 2023.
No doubt many of you will be present for the second on 14 December, which will be given by Chair of the Corporation, the Hon. Mike Rann.
In my lecture I had the opportunity to explore how arts organisations which had their start during the Dunstan era – including the Adelaide Festival Centre, the SA Film Corporation and JamFactory Contemporary Art and Design – have created great value in our society, while also playing an important role in our state and nation’s cultural diplomacy.
I thank the Corporation sincerely for contributing to our state’s vibrant artistic life, supporting South Australian screen practitioners, producers and businesses to create an ever growing range of world class content from feature films to television series, documentaries, digital series and video games.
I thank the Corporation for its robust contribution to our creative industries, creating employment for local artists and practitioners, and content to sell all over the globe.
And I thank the Corporation for helping to share South Australian identity, ideas and culture on the international stage, supporting the development of cross cultural links, understanding and partnerships, such as the recent focus on Indonesian film and filmmakers during the Adelaide Film Festival, for which I was pleased to host a reception at Government House.
Now, the Corporation is seeking broader community support for its activities with the launch of the Screen Circle – a by-invitation group for leaders, influencers and key decision-makers across business, the arts and the general community who love film, TV and digital games and want to see and help the industry grow in South Australia.
As potential Screen Circle members, you will be champions and advocates for South Australia’s screen sector: helping to raise awareness of the value and importance of the industry, and encouraging support for the SAFC and the sector.
I thank you for considering this opportunity to support the Corporation and to build on the success of its first 50 years.
I thank the Corporation Board and staff, as well as the film industry members here this evening, for your vision, passion and commitment to sharing your love of film with South Australia and the world.
Together, we can all ensure that South Australia’s screen culture continues to grow in strength and influence, both here in Australia and internationally.