NORTH Perth film producer Tania Chambers is showcasing WA on the world stage.
Her WA-made feature film and award nominated Kill Me Three Times, which drew comedian Simon Pegg to a lead role, was filmed in Lancelin and screened at the Toronto Film Festival before releasing on VOD.
Her next film, the Perth, Lancelin and Pinnacles filmed A Few Less Men, was recently picked up for the international market at the Cannes Film Festival.
Chambers said the film was picked up for distribution in places she never expected.
“It was sold across the world, in Italy, Colombia, Ecuador, Turkey, Middle East and Eastern Europe,” she said.
“The intriguing thing now is that with the digital world you can access culture and the arts nationally, internationally and regionally.
“Creative people can have their work seen in remote areas or in big cities, and it is an opportunity for WA people to be showcased.”
Chambers said it gives WA artists an opportunity to continue their art at home.
“There is no excuse now for the view that you need to leave to go over east or to New York, LA, London or Berlin,” she said.
She spoke of the rare thrill of seeing local landmarks on the big screen.
“When you see your own locations on the big screen it is validating,” she said.
“I am from Melbourne and I remember seeing a tram in one of those movies like The Big Steal or Death in Brunswick and thinking ‘that’s my tram’.
“Or when you see the sand dunes of Lancelin or parts of Margaret River, you do feel a sense of pride.”
It is for her contribution to the Australian arts, film and television industries that she was today awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division.
Her list of credentials that includes chief executive of Screen NSW and ScreenWest, Screen Producers Australia councillor and board member of Perth International Arts Festival, Ausfilm and Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts is impressive for someone who almost did not have a career in the arts.
“I always loved the arts but never thought I would have career in it,” she said.
“You have to have strong business skills; a lot of talented people find the business side of the work more challenging than the creative elements.
“People I most respect create and are entrepreneurs.”
Companion (AC) in the General Division of the Order Of Australia
Justice Carmel McLure, Perth
For eminent service to the law and to the judiciary in Western Australia, to legal administration and professional development, and to the community through contributions to tertiary education and arts organisations.
Governor Kerry Sanderson, Perth
For eminent service to the people of Western Australia, to the promotion of international investment, scientific research and export opportunities, and through roles with maritime, mining, emergency management and not-for-profit organisations.
Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order Of Australia
Professor Lynne Cohen, Yokine
For significant service to tertiary education, particularly in the field of psychology, as an academic, researcher and administrator, and to the community.
Ronald Cohen, Coolbinia
For significant service to business in Western Australia through leadership and executive roles with a range of organisations, and to the community.
Kathleen Gregory, Perth
For significant service to the not-for-profit sector, particularly in the area of community housing, to social welfare organisations, and to young people.
Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia
William Turner, East Perth
For distinguished service to the mining sector and international relations through leadership in business and exploration collaboration between Australia and Africa.