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Screen Queens: Motherhood on Film



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Explore the nuances of on-screen depictions, and the real-life implications, of motherhood in Australia’s film and television industry with a panel of actors, writers and directors.

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Maternal characters in popular culture often fail to reflect the rich, varied and often messy realities of the motherhood experience. Yet recently, Australia’s film and television industry has seen an upswing in these kinds of stories.

In this M/OTHER panel event, hear from film creatives as they examine motherhood on screen and what impacts the decision to have children has for women forging careers in Australia’s film and TV industry.

Stage and screen director Leticia Cáceres is passionate about depicting stories of teenage pregnancy and intergenerational maternal relationships honestly, as shown by her work on the award-winning TV series Bump. Jemmason Power recently made her screen debut on the hit series Black Snow, which offers an important depiction of South Sea Islander community and matriarchy.

Join Cáceres and Power alongside their host, stage and screen actor Kate Box (Wentworth), as they share their personal and professional experiences, consider whether Australia is moving towards more accurate on-screen representations of the realities of motherhood and question how that might be reflected in the lives of mothers working in the industry.

Please note that Alison Bell is no longer appearing at this event.



Conversations in M/OTHER may include references to topics such as mental health, reproductive rights, and childbirth. If you need assistance with any of these issues, you can learn more and seek advice via the Centre of Perinatal Excellence (COPE)Perintal Anxiety & Depression Australia (PANDA) and Beyond Blue.


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M/OTHER is a weekend of fearless conversation about the ways ‘motherhood’ is experienced, portrayed and labelled by those who mother, have been mothered, wish they were mothers, do not identify as mothers, cannot or do not want to mother, and by society at-large.




Please note that Alison Bell is no longer appearing at this event.

Kate Box

Kate Box graduated from NIDA in 2003 and can most recently be seen in the AACTA Award winning ABC series Fires. In 2019, Kate was nominated for the AACTA Award for Best Supporting Actress in a television drama for her work in ABC series, Les Norton. In 2018, Kate starred as ‘Marg McMann’ in the ... Read more

Leticia Cáceres

Leticia a stage and screen director. She was Associate Director for Melbourne Theatre Company and Queensland Theatre. Her productions have toured nationally and internationally and have won Helpmann, Greenroom and Sydney Theatre Awards. Leticia’s television debut was for of Stan’s original seri... Read more

Jemmason Power

Jemmason Power is a 28-year-old First Nations model (As We Are Agency, based in Brisbane), mother and full-time facilitator. Throughout her childhood and young adult life, Jemmason’s identity was firmly rooted in her Pentecostal Christian upbringing. Although her Aboriginal and South Sea Islan... Read more


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