GREER SIMPKIN TO SPEAK AT 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 AACTA’s 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.
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 in the past.
“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 female 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. Greer has been an incredible advocate and mentor to female film-makers and we are delighted that she will address this landmark 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 AACTA’s 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.
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.
Women in Film Lunch: Friday 5 April, 12-3pm, Bazaar, QT Gold Coast