Parramatta filmmakers explode cultural stereotypes

L-R: Filmmakers Rashmi Ravindran, Gary Paramanathan and Vonne Patiag


Parramatta filmmakers Vonne Patiag, Rashmi Ravindran and Gary Paramanathan will take on the subject of cultural diversity and inclusion in the Australian creative sector, warts and all. They were awarded the grants as part of the Diverse Screens Parramatta project managed by Diversity Arts Australia (DARTS) and supported by Parramatta City Council.

We hope that these films will provide a moment for people to reflect, learn and think about how we can represent greater cultural and geographic diversity on screen.

Lena Nahlous - Executive Director, Diversity Arts Australia

Story map

DARTS’s vision for this project is to develop a national map of screen-basedstories by culturally diverse filmmakers exploring issues and themes about cultural diversity and inclusion in the arts and creative sector. By asking filmmakers to address these issues in a creative way, we also hope to explore creative change and solutions to barriers and difficult issues.
The Diverse Screens project began in 2017 by inviting four South West Sydney filmmakers to address these issues. Their films subsequently screened throughout Australia, in Canada and at the Adelaide Fringe Festival. This year, we are looking to Parramatta LGA and City of Sydney filmmakers to tell their stories. Each region has distinctive issues and we believe this approach provides insights into the similarities and differences across different communities.


Artist as advocate

This strategic project positions the artists as advocates, and creates powerful and engaging films which double as training and advocacy tools. Project producer Kevin Bathman said “We have had a really high calibre of applicants and engaging proposals. Thank you to all of the filmmakers who applied, including those who weren’t selected in this round,” he said.

Thanks also to Fenella Kernebone (TEDX Sydney), Barry Gamba (I.C.E.) and filmmaker George Basha for being part of the selection process.

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This project has also been financially supported by Parramatta City Council. Diversity Arts receives organisational support from Information and Cultural Exchange (I.C.E.) and Create NSW.