Thank God for Fridays!

Got Mondayitis? Then let Friday on my Mind get you through the week.

Presented and curated by the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS), Friday on My Mind is a free weekly event that offers like-minded screen arts and broadcast practitioners some insight and inspiration as they head into the weekend. This year, in partnership with ACMI, AFTRS is expanding the reach of this unique talks series to embrace the Melbourne-based film and television community.

AAFTRS CEO Sandra Levy, Matt Saville and Melbourne host Sandra Sdraulig

AFTRS CEO Sandra Levy, Matt Saville and Melbourne host Sandra Sdraulig

Whilst relatively unknown to Melbourne, Friday on my Mind has been running in Sydney since 2008 where it has become somewhat of an institution, playing host to some of Australia’s best and brightest screen and broadcast luminaries.

Sandra Levy (eminent TV and film producer and CEO of AFTRS) set up the successful series after she identified a need for a regular forum that would connect AFTRS with the Industry whilst providing the opportunity for like-minded people to discuss the creative process.

Sandra Sdraulig (whose impressive list of credentials span most aspects of the Screen Industry) feels privileged to host the AFTRS Friday on my Mind series in Melbourne. “It is a great idea conceptually, defined by what is a very respectful conversation about the creative process in an intimate environment”. According to Sdraulig, there was a real push from the Melbourne Industry to establish the program here, as they recognised the need for a regular Q&A forum that genuinely explores practice and process across the range of creative screen disciplines.

Friday on my Mind Host Sandra Sdraulig and guest Matt Saville

Friday on my Mind host Sandra Sdraulig and guest Matt Saville

So what kind of speakers can be expected at Melbourne’s Friday on my Mind? If Sydney is anything to go by, an extremely high calibre of guests! Over the years, Sydney’s Friday on my Mind has presented over 130 successful, talented screen practitioners, including Shirley Barret, Jan Chapman, Robert Connolly, Louis Nowra, Jocelyn Moorehouse, Bruce Beresford, David Michôd and Ivan Sen.

With big shoes to fill, the inaugural Melbourne Friday on my Mind was launched at ACMI last Friday by Matt Saville (The Slap, Noise and The King). According to Sdraulig, there couldn’t have been a better person for the job. “Matt is a visionary director with a tremendously evocative visual style, and he has worked extensively in both television and feature film”.

Matt Saville

Matt Saville

And just to prove Melbourne’s feet are in fact big enough, Eric Bana will be joining us as this week’s special guest!

With talent like that, Friday will be on YOUR mind all week long.

Helen Simondson, Screen Events Manager, ACMI

Friday on My Mind is free, open to all and will take place every Friday from 5-6pm at ACMI.

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