The opening keynote addresses are centered around the theme Transforming

Culture and are delivered by five storytellers: documentary maker Leanne

Pooley, games designer and producer Maru Nihoniho, writer and activist Cole

Meyers, producer Emma Slade, writer/ director Sebastián Lelio online from

Chile, and microbiologist Dr Siouxsie Wiles. Each speaker presents their ideas on

the transformative power of story and the transformation the screen sector is

currently experiencing from their own unique point of view and relevant to their

recent work. This session is presented by Te Māngai Paho. The speakers are

introduced by event MC & journalist Paula Penfold.


This session is from the Big Screen Symposium held in Auckland on the 4th and 5th of December 2020.

The Big Screen Symposium 2020 was brought to you by Script to Screen and J&A

Productions. We gratefully thank our event partners - the New Zealand Film

Commission, New Zealand On Air, Te Māngai Paho, Images & Sound, Screen

Auckland and AUT.

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