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Who is Defendant 5?

Sydney- based writer/director Heidi Lee Douglas can tell you first hand how crucial the Metro Screen and Screen NSW Breaks program has been in helping her launch her broadcast directorial career. In 2013 Heidi made two Defendant 5 mini documentaries with support from this program. These two 5 minute web movies became invaluable teasers that landed her an international co-production partner for her half hour documentary Defendant 5, which airs next week on ABC2 on Monday December 8, 9.30pm.

Defendant 5 is the personal story of one young woman who learned that fighting for what she believed in had repercussions beyond her wildest imagination.

“This is a modern day cautionary morality tale for big business, told by an ordinary individual who was bullied by a corporate giant," says Heidi of Defendant 5.

Heidi began filming the unfolding saga of the community conflict over logging in 2001, following her hunch that this was a story that needed to be told.

“I’d heard about the Tasmanian wilderness when I was growing up, but going there was even more awe inspiring. I’d never seen forests as ancient and beautiful as in Tasmania”.

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Mardi Gras Film Festival 2015 film highlights announced.

Film highlight: ALL ABOUT E by local director Louise Wadley. E, is a sexy Sydney DJ with a world of women at her feet. When she and gay best friend Matt stumble on a stash of cash, they hit the road on the run from the crooks. Click to find out more.

Platform X Initiative

This intensive story lab focuses on the development of the selected writers skills for working across platforms. Presented annually, by AWG and Storycode, writers for this year’s Lab include Kelly Boulton, Glen Cox, Zachary Gillam, Kym Goldsworthy and Ian Rohford and Grania Kelly.  More info for the 2015 Lab can be found here.


Video, Office and Event Equipment Sale

After many years of events and video production, Participate have accumulated some excellent props and equipment. They have finally cleaned out their store room and have new and used items for sale. Suitable for students and professionals including video equipment, event props and draping, corporate/office equipment. Full list here.


Short Courses

Camera Basics
Starts 13 Dec. Enrol now

Introduction to AVID Editing
Starts 13 Dec. Enrol now

Production Management
Starts 10 Feb. Enrol now

Film Producing
Starts 11 Feb. Enrol now

Camera Techniques and Focus Pulling
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The Script Supervisor
Starts 07 Mar. Enrol now

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Diploma in Screen and Media

Applications close 15 Dec
Metro Screen’s positive reputation in the Australian screen and media industries offers you a great career advantage. The Diploma in Screen and Media is taught by industry professionals who focus their training on real world scenarios with an emphasis on ‘hands-on’, platform agnostic practice.  more>


Summer School

Give your creative side free rein this January. Using high quality digital cameras and industry standard editing systems, learn both the creative and technical aspects of filmmaking as you collaborate in small groups to produce a short documentary film. Start 12 Jan. Enrol now


Breaks Production Funding

Applications are now open for Breaks 2015. Eight filmmaking teams will be selected to take their short film, doco or web series project into the Story Hothouse and then develop their craft at the Director Foundary before rolling the camera in full-scale production.
Application deadline 27 Jan 2015.



Screen 2030: Episode 5 with Ester Harding

“Without being able to wear multiple hats you silo yourself and limit your opportunities.."

Ester Harding from Screen 2030: Making My Content Pay extended interviews.


Chroma Key Studio

Metro Screen’s Studio has been abuzz with new clients of late including The Chaser’s Media Circus, Gulliver Media, Interweave Group, and DMC Digital. Our Studio on-site in Paddington allows for multi-cam recording, live streaming, featuring recently renovated infinity cyclorama, Digi-Green paint, privacy curtains and full use of our make-up/green room and foyer. Find out more>


Gift cards

Designed especially for all those who work or who want to work in the Australian film, TV and digital content industries in 2015. With your gift card being for a value you choose and valid till 31 December 2015, Santa’s job just got a whole lot easier. more>





Seeking Production Designer – PAID

Production Assistants required for feature documentary 
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‘Anousha’s Story’ to broadcast as part of FOA Film Festival on FOXTEL 
‘Chip’ included in the Australian Academy Awards shorts competition Social Shorts.
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First ADG Director’s Attachment For TV Drama Announced With Playmaker’s ‘House Husbands’ 
Submissions for the 2015 Alliance Française French Film Festival Short Film Competition are now open 
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