Inclusive Directing with Pearl Tan

Inclusive Directing with Pearl Tan

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Masterclass 9

About this event

Filmmaker, director, educator and equity advocate Pearl Tan brings years of experience to this masterclass about directing for the screen with an inclusive gaze.

Do you want to engage in cultural best practices in the Australian screen industry? Interested in understanding more about cultural safety and actions for anti-racism? Want to achieve equity across all areas of your work?

These masterclasses provide actionable, practical strategies for making change, from programming to hiring and leadership, and audience development to inclusive directing and casting.

Diversity Arts with support from Screenrights is offering an online masterclass series to strengthen the screen and film sector in its equity and inclusion goals. The focus is on improving cultural and racial equity in a culturally diverse, migrant and refugee context, and also includes First Nations and Disabled-led sessions.

Delivered in 12 sessions over a seven week period - sign up for as many or as few sessions as you like! Each masterclass is designed to be interactive, practical and small (max 25 people).

Learn from experts like Deborah Williams OAM (UK), Dr Ruth DeSouza, Erfan Daliri, Dr Paula Abood, Nigel Lopez-McBean (NZ), Amba-Rose Atkinson and more.

The Fair Play On Screen Masterclass Series is for companies and individuals interested in:

  • Improving racial and intersectional equity in the Australian screen sector by building capacities to work with underrepresented communities, particularly culturally and linguistically diverse people, people of colour, migrants and refugees.
  • Reaching their full potential by achieving diversity, inclusion and equity objectives
  • Learning practical and actionable strategies to make a change—in recruitment and leadership to programming and audience development
  • Identifying persistent systemic barriers and helping build culturally safe practices
  • Genuinely improving accessibility, equity and inclusion in the sector

Two specific sessions on Developing an Equity Action Plan will allow participants to come away with the tools to develop a clear Equity Action Plan/Diversity and Inclusion Plan.

Pearl Tan is a screen content maker and educator. She’s the founder and director of Pearly Productions, a filmmaking boutique with a focus on diverse stories, and a Senior Lecturer in Directing at the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS). Pearl has extensive experience in advocacy and governance, and currently sits on the board of the Australian Directors' Guild, having previously served on the AFTRS Council, Critical Stages Touring Board, Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance Board, Actors' Equity's National Performers Committee and as Co-Chair of the Equity Diversity Committee. She is completing her PhD in Creative Practice at the University of NSW, exploring the experience of diverse workers in the Australian screen industry.


From 18 July to 2 September 2022


For-profit business & government agencies - $50

Not-for-profit business - $30

Independent screen professionals - $15

Unwaged - contact us [] for a special code

If you are an organisation purchasing tickets for your staff, please email and for a group booking and invoice.

*These reduced rates have been made possible thanks to the support of Screenrights


Screen companies, businesses and organisations and independent screen professionals across Australia.


For further enquiries, please email


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Each Masterclass has a maximum capacity of 25 people


Monday 18 July 2022, 4.30-6.30 PM

Introduction to First Nations Cultural Safety with Amba-Rose Atkinson (GARUWA)

Amba-Rose Atkinson kicks off our masterclass series with the essential topic about First Nations cultural safety.


Wednesday 20 July 2022, 4.30-6.30 PM

Introduction to Cultural Safety with Dr Ruth DeSouza

Go beyond box-ticking and diversity quotas. Renowned cultural safety expert, Dr Ruth DeSouza, will introduce you to the concept and application of cultural safety and explore issues of shared respect and shared responsibility.


Monday 25 July 2022, 4.30-6.30 PM

Writing an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Plan with Dr Görkem Acaroğlu

Learn about the key components that make up a meaningful and successful Equity Action/ Diversity and Inclusion Plan. Görkem brings her extensive experience as an educator within the creative industries and in equity and inclusion planning.

If attending this session, we also recommend Masterclass 11: Evaluating Your Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Plan.


Thursday 28 July 2022, 3.30-5.30 PM

Accessibility in the Screen and Creative Sectors with Morwenna Collett

Join Morwenna to discuss key accessibility considerations relevant to the screen and creative industries and what you can do to ensure Deaf and disabled people are supported in front of and behind the camera and as our audiences. Session will explore disability inclusion principles, potential barriers and how we can provide access solutions. A series of practical tips, case studies and resources will be shared so that participants leave with the tools they need to make positive change.


Monday 1 August 2022, 4.30-6.30 PM

Inclusive Recruitment & Retention of Diverse Teams with Nigel Lopez-McBean

Recruitment practices and employment conditions (casting, hiring and retention of culturally diverse teams) are crucial to building a more inclusive screen sector. Join Emmy® nominated Creative Strategist & Executive Producer Nigel to learn practical ways to cast, hire and retain culturally diverse talent in the screen industry.


Wednesday 3 August 2022, 4.30-6.30 PM

Supporting Inclusive Leadership in the screen sector with Nigel Lopez-McBean

The focus on leadership is where diversity matters most—impacting decision making, influencing what stories are told and how, setting agendas, gatekeeping and shaping company culture. Join Emmy® nominated Creative Strategist & Executive Producer Nigel to explore ways to support and open pathways for diverse team members and authentically supporting them on their journey.


Friday 12 August 2022, 4.30-6.30 PM

Understanding the Culturally Diverse Creative Landscape with Dr Paula Abood

Join one of Australia’s creative sector foremost thought-leaders and racial equity advocates, Dr Paula Abood, as she introduces the language of race in Australia, unpacks historical and ongoing issues affecting culturally diverse creatives from fully participating in the screen industry, and identifies sustainable practices that lead to deeper participation.


Monday 15 August 2022, 4.30-6.30 PM

Anti-Racism Leadership Training with Erfan Daliri

Join one of Australia's most highly sought after social change consultants and anti-racism advocates for this engaging masterclass on anti-racism. Learn more about concepts of privilege, whiteness, fragility, systemic racism, power, otherness, and how to build a more racially equitable industry.


Friday 26 August 2022, 4.30-6.30 PM

Audience Development and Marketing with Fotis Kapetopoulos

In this hands-on practical session, Fotis shares his 30+ years of experience in audience development and in creating strong marketing campaigns in the creative industries.


Tuesday 30 August 2022, 4.30-6.30 PM

Evaluate your Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Plan with Dr Görkem Acaroglu

In this session, Görkem provides practical strategies and advice on how to measure the outcomes of your Equity Action/ Diversity and Inclusion Plan.


Friday 2 September 2022, 4.30-6.30 PM

Towards An Inclusive Screen Sector with UK’s Deborah Williams OAM

Join Dr Görkem Acaroğlu in conversation with UK-based screen industry trailblazer Deborah Williams OAM, CEO of the Creative Diversity Network (UK) as she shares her insights on intersectionality, leadership, overcoming exclusion in the screen industry, and how companies, institutions and organisations can gain a broader scope of concepts, skills and demographics.

Powerful Tools to Make Change in the Screen Industry

Join Creative Equity Toolkit Coordinator and Content Producer Colin Ho as he provides a guided introduction to getting the best use out of the Creative Equity Toolkit. Includes interactive group activities.

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