Amanda Duthie Head of Production, Development, Attraction and Studios for SAFC
South Australian Film Corporation appointed Amanda Duthie as Head of Production, Development, Attraction and Studios, responsible for investment in screen content development and production, and production attraction both nationally and internationally, with a key role in driving innovation in screen storytelling, for the State. Currently the Artistic Director and CEO of Adelaide Film Festival, she will commence in the role in November after the conclusion of the 2018 Adelaide Film Festival, 10-21 October.
CEO of the South Australian Film Corporation Courtney Gibson said, “Amanda Duthie brings to the SAFC a peerless track record in identifying and nurturing award-winning screen projects, along with extensive relationships within the local, national, international screen communities. Her creative vision and strategic leadership will be hugely advantageous to the agency moving forward and we couldn’t be happier that she’s joining us.”
Amanda Duthie said, “It is an incredibly exciting time in screen production in South Australia. SAFC’s new development guidelines have opened the door to new, fresh and diverse voices and I look forward to working with the local industry and beyond to develop and support their stories to the screen.”
Duthie’s significant achievements during her tenure as Artistic Director and CEO include eight major events across the last six years – five Adelaide Film Festivals, two Hybrid World Adelaide events and the 2013 Adelaide Festival of Ideas. Through the Adelaide Film Festival FUND Duthie has enabled and presented many extraordinary new and award-winning works, and championed the careers of women, artists and indigenous filmmakers in the national screen industry. Duthie has secured Adelaide Film Festival’s reputation as a major event in the international screen and cultural calendar, while building audiences locally.
During Duthie’s term, the Adelaide Film Festival FUND invested in and presented high-profile and award-winning works including the Venice two time award-winning The Nightingale set to premiere at the festival in October, Warwick Thornton’s Venice Special Jury Prize winner Sweet Country, Rolf de Heer’s Cannes selected Charlie’s Country, Sundance and Berlinale winner, Sophie Hyde’s 52 Tuesdays, and two films which won the CinefestOZ Prize, Rosemary Myer’s Girl Asleep and Jeffrey Walker’s Ali’s Wedding.
She commissioned 58 projects for the AFF FUND with 43 percent representation of women directors, and including 15 feature films, 9 documentary features and, unique to the AFF FUND, a spectrum of screen storytelling projects across short fiction and documentary, animation, VR, moving image and installation works. Four FUND features commissioned by Duthie for future premieres include Sophie Hyde’s feature adaptation of author-turned-screenwriter Emma Jane Unsworth’s best-selling novel Animals, and the heart-warming comedy from the team behind The Sapphires, Top End Wedding, co-written by and starring Miranda Tapsell, directed by Wayne Blair.
Duthie launched the Festival’s Documentary Competition in 2013 with Flinders University and Australia’s first juried VR Competition in 2017 in collaboration with AFTRS. Duthie’s commitment to innovative storytelling saw her commission VR projects through the FUND including Lynnette Wallworth’s Emmy-award winning VR Collisions and the first VR work by creative team Molly Reynolds and Rolf de Heer, The Waiting Room, which world premieres in the 2018 Festival lineup.
Alongside Adelaide Film Festival, Duthie delivered the Adelaide Festival of Ideas in 2013, has administered the Jim Bettison and Helen James Award providing opportunities for public presentation and discourse during the film festival with the recipients, and sustained the HIVE Lab and HIVE FUND to develop and fund new artist/film collaborations of national significance. Duthie elevated the prestigious Don Dunstan Award by editing and publishing three publications of essays celebrating the recipients.
In 2017, Adelaide Film Festival launched a new interactive tech based event, Hybrid World Adelaide with Duthie as CEO, featuring a Development Lab, Tech Conference and Interactive events program which saw attendance double in its second iteration in 2018.
The full program for the 2018 Adelaide Film Festival, 10-21 October, was launched last week and includes more than 130 features, documentaries, animation, shorts, VR, installation and moving image works. The 2018 event features 17 World Premieres, 30 Australian Premieres with 44% of the films Australian, and 22 created in South Australia. The 2018 festival opens on October 10 with Anthony Maras’ Hotel Mumbai, direct from its triumphant world premiere at Toronto. The ADL Film Fest FUND thriller stars Armie Hammer, Dev Patel and Tilda Cobham-Hervey. Tickets are now on sale at www.adelaidefilmfestival.org
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