Breaking Taboos : Delving Into Stories Less Spoken – August 2nd, 2017.

BREAKING TABOOS will explore innovative styles of documentary making that delve into social topics and stories less spoken.

Max Bourke (Director) and Jackie Turnure (Episode Producer) from the ABC television series MAN UP were on a mission to break the silence around male suicide. They will divulge the entire process of conceiving a challenging project, getting it up with a broadcaster, and the emotional rollercoaster of making it.

Aaron Smith (DP) and Jess Cohen (Producer) from YOU CAN’T ASK THAT, the ABC series that asks groups of misunderstood, judged or marginalised Australians the awkward, inappropriate or uncomfortable questions you’ve always wanted to the know the answers too but have always been too afraid to ask.

Sacha Ettinger Epstein (Director) will discuss her doco PINK HOUSE the story of Kalgoorlie’s last original gold rush brothel, servicing the miners since 1904, through the eyes of the whimsical Madam Carmel, 70, and its longest-serving lady of the night. Sascha will be joined by (Producer) Claire Haywood.

Andy Nehl (Producer) who was recently one of the Producers of the live show for SBS series FILTHY RICH AND HOMELESS. His prolific CV also includes other TABOO challenging projects such as HACK LIVE, The Chaser’s War On Everything, The Roast, and Hungry Beast. He is currently an online documentary lecturer at UTS.

Forum Chaired by Paige Livingston, Co-Produced by Brendan Palmer.

DUE TO SENSITIVE DISCUSSION TOPICS THIS FORUM WILL NOT BE STREAMED. It will be filmed for our archive and the sensitive sections and some clips will be removed. ATTENDING THIS EVENT IS THE ONLY WAY YOU WILL BE ABLE TO WITNESS THE DISCUSSION IN ALL IT’S GLORY!

BREAKING TABOOS
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 2ND : 6PM FOR 6.30 START : AFTRS THEATRE
ENTERTAINMENT QUARTER 130 BENT ST. MOORE PARK NSW

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BIOS

Sascha Ettinger Epstein is a documentary director/shooter known for raw, observational Australian stories featuring unusual characters. Her first film Painting with Light in a Dark World about underbelly street photographer Peter Darren Moyle, which collected various accolades, was the beginning of an exploration of beauty in darkness which has preoccupied Sascha throughout her artistic career. Her following films The Oasis, Playing in the Shadows, and Destination Arnold continue the same theme. Madam Carmel and BJ of her new film The Pink House are perhaps the best characters Sascha has ever had the privilege to film.

A rocket science dropout, Max Bourke is a writer, director and cinematographer who is interested in the big questions – and entertaining answers. In the popular and long-running SBS food series Gourmet Farmer, he asked, where does our food come from? In the science one-off, I Can Change Your Mind About Climate, Max took on the cultural cognition behind strong political views, while in Ten Bucks a Litre he explored Australia’s energy future. The refugee debate took him to the front lines of the Syrian war for the third season of Go Back to Where You Came From. In the Man Up series, he examined the link between masculinity and suicide. Max’s main documentary specialties are science, social issues and Middle Eastern culture and politics.

Jackie Turnure is a triple Emmy award winning Producer with over 15 years experience producing digital content and social marketing for film studios, television networks and production companies. Jackie is currently the Impact Producer and Digital Strategist for feature film Muslim comedy, ALI’s WEDDING, screening in cinemas August 31 and Impact Producer on GHOSTHUNTER, a feature length documentary supported by Good Pitch releasing in 2018 in cinemas and on SBS Television. Before that Jackie was Digital Strategist and Ep 3 Producer for MAN UP, a 3 x 1 hr documentary series and social impact campaign that screened on ABC TV in 2016. Before returning to Australia in 2015, Jackie headed up the Los Angeles office of Think Jam, a digital marketing agency for major entertainment clients including Sony Pictures, Warner Brothers, Paramount, Lionsgate, MGM and Twentieth Century Fox.

Aaron Smith is a cinematographer and director specialising in digital, film and cgi workflows in fictional, commercial, documentary and interactive productions. A cinematography Masters graduate of the Australian Film Television & Radio School, with over 15 years of industry experience, he is driven by a passion for visual storytelling, creative collaboration and the craft of capturing compelling images through light and lens. As both a director and cinematographer, Aaron has collaborated with a diverse range of respected, innovative and awarded producers, shooting throughout Australia and across the world. Aaron produced, directed and shot both series of ‘You Can’t Ask That’ for ABC. Recently he shot Sarah Ferguson’s ground-breaking documentary series ‘Hitting Home’ (winner of Walkley Documentary Award and AACTA award) and the primetime ABC arts documentary series ‘Matilda & Me’ and ‘Stop Laughing, This Is Serious’. His work also includes comedy and entertainment, having shot two series of the narrative comedy ‘Plonk’ and directed The Chaser’s ‘Yes We Canberra’, ‘The Hamster Wheel’ and ‘The Checkout’ and numerous other productions for ABC TV and SBS including ‘Dumb, Drunk & Racist’ and ‘Head First’.

Aaron’s work has been recognised with numerous ACS awards and he directed and shot the Walkley Award winning story ‘Trapped In Your Own Body’ for the ABC’s Hungry Beast. He has shot and directed productions that have won or been nominated for AFI, AACTA, Logie, Walkley, ATOM and United Nations Association of Australia Media awards, and in 2016 I was a finalist in the National Portrait Gallery’s National Photographic Portrait Prize. Aaron has also filmed commercial content for brands including The Commonwealth Bank, Samsung, Optus, Citibank, JP Morgan, IBM, Blackmores, Mitsubishi Electric, Vic Roads, Alzheimer’s Australia and Lipton and collaborated on productions for National Geographic, The London Symphony Orchestra, The Sydney Opera House, TEDx Sydney, ACMI, GetUp, Griffith University, The Queensland Government and Destination NSW.

Andy Nehl is the producer of Filthy Rich and Homeless Live, a live to air discussion with the participants of the Blackfella Films/SBS documentary series, Filthy Rich and Homeless. He previously directed and co-wrote the award winning documentaries, Buried Country, Media Rules and Antarctica – The Money or The Gun On Ice, and was a field director of the music documentaries, Long Way To The Top – Stories of Australian Rock’n’Roll and Stranded. He was also the series producer of Hungry BeastShock Horror AuntyThe Chaser’s War On Everything and a range of factual and entertainment television series. A former head of television at AFTRS, he is also a part-time lecturer in Online Documentary at UTS for the second semester of 2017.

Jess Cohen is an Australian television, commercial, documentary, short film and music video producer. She recently returned to Sydney after six years based in NY where she established the boutique creative production company; Coco Collective. Her early career began at Andrew Denton’s production company on ENOUGH ROPE and HUNGRY BEAST and she’s most recently produced on PLONK, GRUEN, YOU CAN’T ASK THAT and STAND & DELIVER.