A two-day conference of scholars and industry guests on the influence, impact and significance of Australian television series Prisoner - AKA Prisoner: Cell Block H - (1979-1986) and Wentworth (2013-)
Presented by RMIT School of Media and Communication in conjunction with the University of Melbourne and Monash University.
Wentworth (aka Wentworth Prison) is an award-winning Australian prison drama series now in its fifth season and recently renewed for a sixth season. It screens in Australia on Foxtel, in the UK on Channel 5 and in the USA on Netflix. The series was inspired by Prisoner (aka Cell Block H), a groundbreaking drama produced between 1979 and 1986, which was internationally successful and led to a cult following. Set in a women's prison in contemporary Melbourne, Wentworth dramatises current cultural and political issues, and provides a rich example of creative and industrial screen practice that can often be read in the context of its predecessor, Prisoner.
This conference will unite those who study and are fans of Wentworth and Prisoner, with those who are or who have been involved in making the series.
Confirmed keynote speakers, chairs and panellists:
• Professor Sue Turnbull (University of Wollongong, Australia);
• Kim Akass (University of Hertfordshire, UK);
• Kate Hood (actress, writer and director, aka Prisoner's Kath Maxwell);
• Jan Russ (casting director, Prisoner, Neighbours, etc.)
• Kate Saunders (production designer, Wentworth)
• Dr Terrie Waddell (La Trobe University, aka Prisoner's Lisa Mullins)
• Ros Tatarka (production manager, Prisoner)
• Kathy Chambers (director of photography, Wentworth)
• Michael Beets (director Wentworth VR)
To register, and for full details and rates for both presenters and attendees, including single session passes for our keynote speakers, go here.