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Krack!n the Industry: Inclusion on Screen

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Photograph of Alistair Baldwin, Jess Walton, Kate McCartney and Kate McLennan

Alistair Baldwin, Jess Walton, Kate McCartney and Kate McLennan at the Wheeler Centre — Photo: Sophie Quick

Finally, Australian comedy is seeing a broader range of voices represented in writers’ rooms, on screen and behind the scenes. It’s making our entertainment funnier and sharper – and it’s enhancing its appeal for more Australians.

For Season Two of Get Krack!n co-creators Kate McLennan and Kate McCartney made inclusion and accessibility a production and creative focus. They co-wrote Episode Three, the Kates’ ‘one-day-of-the-year 30-minute International Day of People Living with a Disability special’, with disability activist Jess Walton and included artists like Adam Hills, Deaf performers Anna Seymour and Ashleigh Kedge and the musicians from The Sisters of Invention.

In this discussion, hosted by Alistair Baldwin and presented in partnership with The Other Film Festival, we speak with artists who worked on that hilarious and game-changing series. What was the process in the writers’ room and how did producers create an accessible production environment for all artists, cast and crew? What did they learn, what will they improve in future production processes and how can the screen sector, more broadly, go about making space for people who have not traditionally been represented across, and behind, our screens? 

Presented in partnership with The Other Film Festival and Arts Access Victoria with the support of City of Melbourne and Screen Australia.

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