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SAFC Appoints Pauline Clague as First Nations Screen Strategy Exec

The South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC) has announced the appointment of producer Pauline Clague as First Nations Screen Strategy Executive.

A Yaegl woman from North Coast NSW, Pauline has worked as a storyteller and producer in film and TV for 25 years and has been a driving force in the creation and sustainability of First Nations voices in Australian screen and television.

Pauline is founder and Artistic Director of Winda Film Festival in Sydney, was a programmer for imagineNATIVE media and arts festival in Toronto and is co-creator of NativeSLAM, a 72-hour Indigenous film challenge held at Maoriland Film Festival in Otaki, as well as nativeSLAM the feature.

As Associate Professor, Manager of Cultural Resilience Hub, Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Pauline leads communities to strengthen their voice through the medium of screen and story.

Pauline also shares her wisdom, industry experience and integrity with emerging creative entrepreneurs through Creative Plus Business. As a NSW Treasury endorsed Creative Specialist, Pauline helps independent filmmakers and other creative people to strengthen their financial sustainability so they can continue to make extraordinary art and stories with empowered, and viable, creative models. She was awarded the Stanley Hawes Award in 2015 for her contribution to Australian documentaries and was the 2020 Natalie Miller Fellow.

Pauline will work with the SAFC team to advise on policies, programs and the development of cultural competency for the SAFC and the wider SA screen sector, and will work closely with First Nations Industry Development Executive Nara Wilson to oversee the continued implementation of the SAFC’s First Nations Screen Strategy 2020-25.

SAFC CEO Kate Croser said Pauline’s appointment was a coup for the organisation.

“The SAFC is delighted to welcome Pauline Clague to our team – a trailblazing First Nations filmmaker and screen executive who brings with her more than 25 years’ experience in the industry, extensive networks and cultural knowledge – and we look forward to working with her to build on the SAFC’s support of South Australian First Nations practitioners and their stories on screen,” she said.

Pauline Clague said: “I am looking forward to working with the team at the SAFC to increase the support and commitment to First Nations filmmakers from South Australia. I am excited to be continuing the work that Lee-Ann Buckskin had commenced in this executive role.”

Pauline’s appointment comes as the SAFC launches a new short film initiative to advance the careers of South Australian First Nations filmmakers.


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