Leah Purcell to play on the big stage
MURGON'S leading lady of the screen, Leah Purcell will represent Australia's Indigenous screen practitioners in Los Angeles next month.
The powerhouse actor, writer and director, best known for her role in international TV drama Wentworth, will join six other practitioners for a series of high level networking opportunities.
The week long program from November 5 to 10, will focus on setting up business connections for the delegates with US film and television industry stakeholders, as well as providing opportunities to learn from established LA-based creators and decision makers.
This extension of Sceen Australia's Talent USA initiative coincides with the Australian Federal Government's agency's celebration of the 25th anniversary of indigenous screen stories.
Screen Australia's head of the Indigenous Department Penny Smallacombe said it was a fantastic opportunity for the luminaries of Australia's film industry.
"Which will assist in opening new doors to expand their already successful careers in the US market,” she said.
"This program is about fostering new relationships to ensure that our Indigenous stories can continue to find international audiences and possible financing beyond Australia.”
The program is supported by a grant from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to Australians in Film Foundation.
Association president Meher Tatna said they were proud to support the first delegation of Indigenous storytellers.
"We are thrilled to be able to enable a diverse group of filmmakers to meet the people who will help them tell those stories around the world,” she said.
Ms Purcell is an AACTA, Helpmann, ADG, AWGIE, Logie award-winning and nominated artist for her work in various roles in feature films and TV such as The Proposition, Last Cab to Darwin and The Secret Daughter.
She will soon begin filming The Drover's Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson feature film where she will write, direct and star.
Ms Purcell is also currently developing a TV series of the same name.
She will be joined by fellow indigenous artists Erica Glynn, David Jowsey, Danielle MacLean, Steven McGregor, Ivan Sen, Charlotte Seymour, Greer Simpkin, Bain Stewart and Warwick Thornton in Los Angeles next month.