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BSS 2015 line up keeps getting stronger

Aussie actress Rachel Griffiths and marketing maven Anna Dean have joined the BSS line-up.

Still much-recognised for her performance in 1994’s Muriel’s Wedding, Griffiths has worked outside of Australia a lot in recent years.

Oscar-nominated for Hilary & Jackie, a Golden Globe winner for Six Feet Under, she’s also appeared in features including Blow, Ned Kelly, The Rookie, Saving Mr Banks and the US ancestor of Born to Dance, Step Up.

She’s played a former Australian PM (not Tony Abbott) in the upcoming telemovie Stalking Julia and is currently shooting Shane Abbess’ SFv1 alongside Temuera Morrison. The maker of two short films several years ago Griffiths has recently returned to directing on Matchbox Pictures’ youth drama Nowhere Boys. Griffith will present a keynote address and take part in an In Conversation session.

Dean’s work is mostly behind the scenes, including last year’s award-winning marketing campaign for Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi’s What We Do in the Shadows. Back in the day when the Film Archive was called the Film Archive, Dean was the organisation’s publicist. At the BSS she’ll present on the opportunities and challenges of cluttered landscapes and competing against projects with international marketing budgets behind them.

Dean and Griffiths join a line-up which includes the previously announced Jane Campion, producer Jon Landau (Titanic, Avatar), writer and director Antony McCarten (The Theory of Everything, Show of Hands), Chilean filmmaker Sebastiàn Silva (Crystal Fairy, The Maid), and Australian producer Liz Watts (Lore, Animal Kingdom).

The Big Screen Symposium runs 10 – 11 October in Auckland. Tickets are now on sale.

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