The inaugural Sydney SXSW Festival continues today, with streamers Binge and Kayo taking centre stage for several fascinating sessions on the schedule – including a conversation with the Aussie Emmy-winner behind some of the biggest TV shows of recent years.
It comes after Nicole Kidman and her producing partner Per Saari packed out the ICC yesterday, speaking to a thousands-strong crowd about what it takes to get projects off the ground with their production company, Blossom Films.
And they dropped some big news, too: While talking about their close association with Australian author Lianne Moriarty, the duo revealed they’ll start filming another adaptation of a Moriarty work next month.
The Last Anniversary will be made for Binge and Foxtel, with Saari revealing: “Nobody knows about this one yet. I mean, officially.”
“John Polson will direct it, and: Australian accents! [An] Australian project, with Australian accents for the world,” Kidman announced at the conference.
Adaptations of Moriarty’s works will be discussed in another SXSW session happening today:
From Big Little Lies to The Undoing – a conversation with Bruna Papandrea and Alison Hurbert-Burns
Friday October 20, 11:30am – 12:30pm. Great Hall – UTS Building 1.
Australian Emmy-winning producer and the woman behind some of the biggest TV shows and films in the world including Gone Girl, The Undoing and Big Little Lies, Bruna Papandrea, sits down with Executive Director, BINGE and Commissioning & Content, Foxtel Group, Alison Hurbert-Burns to discuss bringing female-centric voices to our screen. What’s at the heart of a good story? How can stories influence, challenge, make us feel uncomfortable while reflecting who we are and the world we live in?
Hear the perspectives of a producer and commissioner as they talk about their careers to date, and how the stories being created in Australia are resonating here and around the world.
Elsewhere on today’s agenda, two sessions presented by sports streamer KAYO:
Rewriting the rules of sports marketing
Friday October 20, 11-12pm. International Convention Centre (ICC)
The sports industry faces new challenges from Gen Z’s waning interest in sport to platform viewing proliferation and increased competition from sports globally. We need to understand the new rules to cut through and engage the next generation of fans. Jo Weston (We Are Social), Kim McConnie (Kayo Sports), and Olympic Gold Medallist Chloe Dalton OAM, will explore the changing landscape of sports marketing, the cultural impact it has on our lives, and how we can ensure we’re mastering the new arenas for sports viewing and conversation.
Press Play – Streaming ahead
Friday October 20, 2:30pm – 3:30pm. International Convention Centre (ICC)
ABOUT: Cate Hefele will be joined by cricket star Elyse Perry, netball great Bianca Chatfield and Hannah Hollis. Streaming has transformed the way Australians experience sport and paved new ways for athletes to connect with fans. In this session, we hear from those who are part of this evolution, from innovating the viewing experience to the stars who are riding and embracing the change wave.
More info at SXSW Sydney.