Diverse Screens Parramatta Filmmakers | L-R Rashmi Ravindran; Gary Paramanathan; Vonne Patiag
Inclusion, exclusion and cultural diversity in the arts
Taking on the big issues, three films from three exciting new filmmakers will be screened for the first time at ICE at 6pm on 21 June.
Rashmi Ravindran, Gary Paramanathan and Vonne Patiag launch their short films exploring themes of cultural diversity in the creative sector. Through documentary, these Parramatta filmmakers tackle themes of inclusion, exclusion and cultural diversity in the arts and screen sectors.
Professor James Arvanitakis is Dean of Graduate Studies (Graduate Research School) and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research & Graduate Studies), at Western Sydney University (WSU) and the Head of The Academy at WSU. James’ research areas include citizenship, resilience, piracy and the future of universities. James is a regular media commentator appearing on ABC TV and local radio, and has his own segment on FBi Radio. James was a former banker and advocate for free trade, but having witnessed child and indentured labour, has worked to develop sustainable, socially just and equitable economic policies, working as a human rights activist throughout the Pacific, Indonesia and Europe. He worked for a number of environmental-rights organisations including Oxfam Hong Kong and was the Director of Aid/Watch.
After being internationally recognised for his innovative teaching style, in 2012, James was awarded the Prime Minister’s University Teacher of the Year Award – in the same year receiving an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant. In 2014, James released two new books – both edited collections: The Citizen of the Twenty-First Century (IDN Press) and Piracy: Leakages from Modernity (Litwin Press).
He is currently writing a second edition of his sociology textbook for Oxford University Press and has been commissioned by Palgrave to write a new book on innovative teaching. James has spearheaded the establishment of The Academy and its principles of future-proofing education, inter-discipline connections and ethical leadership. He researches in the transdisciplinary areas of globalisation, citizenship, young people, security and the cultural commons.
Roanna Gonsalves is the author of The Permanent Resident (UWAP) which won the NSW Premier’s Literary Award Multicultural Prize 2018, and is longlisted for the Dobbie Literary Award 2018. Her writing has been compared to the work of Alice Munro and Jhumpa Lahiri. Her book has quickly found a place on a number of lists of must-read books, and is on the syllabi of courses at several universities. Roanna is a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Endeavour Award, and a co-founder, co-editor of Southern Crossings. She has a PhD from the University of New South Wales. The Permanent Resident is published in South Asia as Sunita De Souza Goes To Sydney (Speaking Tiger).
Mastering the Rhythm: Gary Paramanathan
What makes an artist, especially when their art form is unheard of for most? Sumati Nagpal, an accomplished Kathak dancer, teacher and choreographer, discusses her love of Kathak, a classical Indian dance tradition and her journey to mastering the practice, and opening a dance school in Harris Park.
Watch the Mastering the Rhythm trailer by Gary Paramanathan
Shading: Vonne Patiag
Shading is a short documentary that explores current white-washing practices of the Australian film and theatre industries that are unfamiliar with the nuances of darker shades of ethnic skin. Three POC performers share unheard stories of on-set racial prejudice and the effect make-up and lighting has on leaving them unrecognizable even to themselves.
Watch the Shading trailer by Vonne Patiag
First Impressions: Rashmi Ravindran
First Impressions traces the journey of 3 first-generation migrant artists in Australia. The film explores the work of writer Roanna Gonsalves, actor and theatre producer Neel Banerjee and creative producer Jiva Parthipan and highlights some of the challenges these CALD artists have faced, and how their position as migrant artists has informed their art.
Watch the First Impressions trailer by Rashmi Ravindran
Event will run until 7.30pm. Join us after the launch to meet the filmmakers, network and share some refreshments.
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Approximately 15 minutes walk down Church Street from Parramatta Station and Bus Interchange, as well as from Parramatta Ferry Wharf
Trains (T1 Western Line, T5 Cumberland Line NSW Trainlink Blue Mountains Line, Central West XPT and Outback Xplorer) run to Parramatta Station and the Bus Interchange
Bus routes (T61, M54, M52) run from Parramatta station and stop near Church Street & Victoria Road intersection
Free Shuttle Bus 900 departs from Macquarie Street and stops at Church Street North and Prince Alfred Park on Church Street
I.C.E. does not have on-site parking. On-street, paid parking is available along Villiers Street (4P, 8am to 6pm Monday – Saturday)
The Fennell Street Car Park is located a 5 minute walk from I.C.E. on the corner of Fennell and Villiers Streets ($9 all-day parking)
Drivers with a Mobility Parking Scheme card displayed are entitled to park in a metered/ticketed area at no charge
Auslan interpreting will be provided. Venue is wheelchair accessible.
Please inform us of any additional accessibility needs, including interpreting in languages other than English, which we will seek to meet.