The Australian Directors Guild (ADG) is an industry guild representing the interests of film, television, commercials and digital media directors, including documentary makers and animators, throughout Australia. It seeks to promote excellence in screen direction through seminars, conferences, workshops and awards, to encourage communication and collaboration between directors and others in the industry, to provide professional support for its members, to represent the interests of directors in cultural and policy debates and decisions and to play a constructive role in matters affecting the Australian screen industry as a whole. The ADG is committed to supporting early career filmmakers, gender equality and diversity in the Australian screen sector.

WA Chapter Head:

Cathy Henkel

ADG Events:

June 8th & 9th, 2019.

The Business Of Directing

A two-day workshop for emerging directors, professional directors and those who want to know the nuts and bolts of The Business of Directing.

The workshop will cover contracts, director’s royalties, moral rights, casting, on-set relationships, superannuation, legal issues, insurance, camera technology, and international directing.

Industry professionals from a number of areas will lead the workshop, including directors with international credits, lawyers, funding bodies (Screenwest and Screen Australia), agents, casting agents and many more. Speakers to be announced soon!

Only 30 spots are available so book your tickets quickly!

DATE:Saturday, 8 June – Sunday, 9 June 2019

TIME: 9.30am – 4.30pm (Networking drinks at the end of the weekend).

VENUE:WA Screen Academy – Building 13, 2 Bradford Street, Mount Lawley, Perth.


ADG Members:FREE

ASDACS members / Other guilds’ members / full time students:$50

General Public:$100

(Prices include lunches and refreshments. GST included)


May 3rd, 2019.

VR Directing and Writing Masterclass with Briege Whitehead

Participants of this masterclass will get the opportunity to learn from experienced VR documentary writer, producer and director, Briege Whitehead from Australian based production company, White Spark Pictures.

White Spark Pictures specialises in international factual television and immersive, interactive productions.

When: Friday, 3rd of May
Time: 10:00am – 3.00pm
Where: The Backlot Perth – 21 Sampson Street, West Perth
Cost: This is a subsidised event, however, participants are asked to pay $15.00 to cover lunch and morning tea.

Ticket purchase and more information can be found via the eventbrite link –
VR Directing and Writing Masterclass

What to expect: Participants will be able to experience Briege’s immersive virtual reality (VR) work, The Antarctica Experience, and examine the writing and directing challenges, approaches and strategies arising in the creation of VR content.

This event will be held in conjunction with a larger VR initiative in Perth produced by Visor Immersive, and supported by Screenwest.

ADG Events:

March 5th, 2019.

A live-stream event from the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) – Myth, Metaphor & Truth: Crafting Hybrid documentary with Gabrielle Brady

Participants of this event will have the opportunity to watch her feature documentary, Island of the Hungry Ghosts, followed by a live-stream workshop session. Gabrielle will discuss the challenges encountered in making the film and contextualise its hybrid elements in terms of ethics, technique, craft and performance.

When: Tuesday 5th of March
Time: 12pm – 3.30pm (arrive 11.45am)
Where: WA Screen Academy (Building 13, 2 Bradford Street, Mount Lawley, Australia 6050) 12pm: Screening of Island of the Hungry Ghosts
2pm – 3pm: Live Stream event from AIDC Melbourne
Cost: Free

NOTE: Only 25 places available – so please RSVP via eventbrite link –

If you have any questions please contact Alexandra Nell at the WA Screen Academy on, or ADG WA Chapter Head, Cathy Henkel, on

ADG Events:

March 11th, 2019.

Masterclass event with Gabrielle Brady in Perth, WA

Ten WA practitioners will be selected to attend a four-hour masterclass with Gabrielle in Perth the following Monday, exploring their hybrid projects. This half-day workshop will be a playful, interactive and informative introduction to the use of hybrid filmmaking tools in documentary.

When: Monday 11th of March
Time: 10.30am – 2.30pm (arrive 10.15am)
Where: WA Screen Academy (Building 13, 2 Bradford Street, Mount Lawley, Australia 6050) Cost: Free

NOTE: Only 10 places available.

You will need to have attended the live-stream event to be eligible for this masterclass.
As there are limited places, we are asking participants to submit a CV, ONE paragraph on why you would like to attend the masterclass, and a ONE page synopsis on your documentary idea to workshop during this session.

To apply, please email Cathy Henkel on

June 20th, 2018.

Pinnacles Launch Party & Networking – Connect and Collaborate.

Meet the Pinnacles Collective: The Gamechangers, Screenwriters WA and Australian Directors Guild – at The Standard, 28 Roe St, Northbridge – and find out about the collective’s schedule of events, including the Feature Writing Bootcamp, The Director’s Intensive, and The Gamechangers Script Speed Dating.

August, 2018.

The Director’s Chair – In Collaboration With CinefestOZ.

The Director’s Chair provides industry practitioners and festival audiences with the opportunity to meet and hear from a leading director attending CinefestOZ.

ADG CEO Kingston Anderson will moderate the Q&A session.

Previously the ADG hosted successful events with Gillian Armstrong and Scott Hicks.
The name of the director (or directors) for the 2018 event will be announced in early July.

This session will be held in Busselton as part of the 2018 CinefestOZ program.

August, 2018.

Directors’ Intensive – In Collaboration With CinefestOZ.

The Australian Directors’ Guild and CinefestOZ are offering WA directors an opportunity to connect with and learn from two of Australia’s most accomplished screen directors. The two-day event will be moderated by Australian Director’s Guild CEO, Kingston Anderson and WA Chapter Head, Cathy Henkel.

Ten WA directors will be selected by an independent assessor panel to participate in this two-day workshop. Through a series of presentations, workshop sessions, screenings and discussions, the two experienced screen directors will reveal their directing techniques, share advice on best practice and give participants guidance on individual projects.

The 2 day intensive will be held in Busselton as part of CinefestOZ 2018
Cost to ADG members – $50 /non-members – $75

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ADG WA Chapter Head
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