30/10/2018
The Word,

Presidents Report

Into the last quarter for the calendar year and by all reports many of our members are gainfully employed on one of the projects currently in production. Early 2019 is looking busy too. Check out the In-Focus article for a production update.

The PFCWA 2018 AGM and Xmas Party is fast approaching, Sunday 4th November. Its early this year to fit in with all the current production activity – ensuring that as many of you as possible come along! Not only a good catch up with your crew friends, but an opportunity to raise any issues that you’re concerned about and discuss amongst your peers. Make sure you pay your membership dues promptly when Lien-See mails out your invoice, as voting privileges only apply to “paid up” full members. And any crew photos for the slideshow would be greatly appreciated!

I encourage everyone to consider nominating for a committee position. Its vitally important to the continued success of the association to have enthusiastic members on the committee. Meetings are held 6 to 8 times a year do discuss various issues, including voting on membership applications. If you’re interested, contact one of your current committee persons to discuss what’s involved. See separate article for AGM details.

As you would be aware from the Buzz emailed out early last month, Screenwest CEO Seph McKenna and the agency have parted ways. Details of the reason for this are still unknown. Former Chair of the Screenwest Board, Peter Rowe has taken over as interim CEO. I have had several communications with Peter, mainly focussed on screen infrastructure. As Screenwest Board Chair, Peter was very supportive of the findings of the Hames Sharley report, ‘Focus on the Future’, which affirmed the need for an industry standard studio to ensure the sustainability of the West Australian industry.

The Screen Infrastructure Working Group of Chris Veerhuis, Vikki Barr and myself, initiated at the request of Seph McKenna, has continued its work and is close to providing a report to Screenwest on the various locations currently on the table. Meanwhile the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries has produced a first draft cultural infrastructure strategy for Western Australia. A briefing on the strategy was held by The Chamber of Arts and Culture, and there will be opportunity for public comment by the end of 2018.

Executive Director of The Chamber of Arts and Culture, Henry Boston is stepping down after the AGM this month. Henry has been a dedicated and energetic leader in advocating for the arts during his tenure. For PFCWA he has been very helpful and generous with his time, offering insight and advice on many issues that I have approached him for help. Personally, and on behalf of PFCWA members I’d like to wish Henry well on all his future endeavours.

Julia Blake and Terry Norris, both talented actors and wonderful people, who many of us had the pleasure of working with on Looking For Grace, have been honoured with Lifetime Achievement Awards by The Equity Foundation.

Call or email me, or any of your committee folk with any issues that you would like raised at the AGM. Hope to see as many of you there as possible. Don’t forget to bring the family along!

Enjoy, be safe!

John

 

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