21.5 C
Byron Shire
December 6, 2022

New regional film traineeship program brought to you by… Netflix

Latest News

Gort claims singles tennis title at Mullumbimby

Mullumbimby Tennis Club Championship finals were held last weekend and culminated with the open men’s singles where Steve Gort...

Other News

NSW Forestry challenged over failed forestry practices in precedent-setting case

What makes bushfires worse, causes native species collapse and creates forest dieback?

Council imposes development restrictions on Linnaeus

The plan to rezone part of Broken Head’s Linnaeus Estate in a bid to prevent further development proposals on the site has taken a step forward, with Byron councillors unanimously supporting the move.

Byron Shires wildlife corridor 

Byron Greens congratulate Byron Shire Council on its commitment to wildlife corridors and to developing wildlife corridor mapping. We...

Interim Lismore GM John Walker withdraws application for GM

Lismore Mayor Steve Krieg has announced today that the current General Manager (GM) of Lismore City Council has withdrawn...

Urine sample test: new way to detect and screen for early stages of Alzheimer’s disease

When it comes to Alzheimer’s disease, an early diagnosis – one made well before signs of irreversible dementia are apparent – is key to providing effective intervention and treatment.

Gulihl Art exhibition – bringing First Nations artists and their connection to Country to you

Byron’s ‘pop-up’ Firefly Art Gallery is presenting the work of local First Nations artists in the upcoming Gulihl Art exhibition in Marvell Hall.

Is it a genuine offering of support for local film talent, or a thinly-veiled attempt by streaming giant Netflix to manufacture some positive PR following its locally-loathed TV series Byron Baes?

Locals will undoubtedly make up their own minds about the new Regional Crew Traineeship program.

Behind the scenes on Netflix feature film Sweet River. Image: Kane Skennar

Delivered by Screenworks in partnership with Netflix and the NSW Government, applications for the program have opened today according to a press release put out by Victorian PR firm, Pulse.

The glowing statement says the initiative will provide four trainees with a paid opportunity to learn about the screen industry and develop their knowledge through a mix of on-the-job work placements and on-campus training at Lismore TAFE.

The program goes for a year and will provide trainees with a TAFE NSW Certificate III in Screen & Media.

It will reportedly start as a pilot program in Northern NSW ‘with the aim of scaling into other regions across Australia in the future’.

‘Screenworks and Netflix particularly want to encourage young people from diverse backgrounds or financially disadvantaged who may not otherwise have the opportunity to study in the industry to apply,’ the press release states.

‘Successful applicants will need to demonstrate a passion for starting their career in the screen industry and be able to commit 12 months fulltime to the traineeship.’

Screenworks’ management is quoted in the press release as describing Netflix as one of its ‘fantastic partners’ in the initiative.

Locals could be forgiven for, at the very least, raising an eye-brow over this comment.

Byron Baes, the Netflix series about Byron’s so-called instagram influencers, has, in the eyes of many, diminished the Byron Shire’s image around the country and the world.

Many feel it has diminished the community’s cultural capital, something which will almost certainly impact those doing genuinely creative work in the local film industry.

Locals launched a concerted campaign in a bid to stop the filming of Byron Baes from going ahead in the Shire.

Local indigenous leaders said they had been ignored by the streaming giant.

The concerns seemingly fell on deaf ears at Netflix HQ which continued to film the show.

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Medal storm for locals at pickleball tournament

Thirty Northern Rivers pickleball players won medals in the first ever NSW regional doubles tournament last weekend in Ballina. The local club secured nine gold,...

Local waterpolo team thriving on friendship

The Byron Bay Bullsharks women’s waterpolo team have played their way into second place on the Far North Coast competition ladder after bagging five...

The Menu

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_uTkUGcHv4   Do chefs wield too much power in this world? The power over life and death in fact? In The Menu, Julian Slowik (Ralph Fiennes),...

Your Witches are Back!

It’s the longest day and the shortest night: 22 December is the summer solstice, a time to transition from action to nourishment. It’s a...