It is a great honor for me to receive this Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women's International Film & Television Showcase, it only saddens me that my husband, Tony Blanco, cannot be with me to share this moment, as he would be as honored and proud as I am.
I congratulate you on the beautiful initiative to support and celebrate the dedication, passion and integrity of women in film everywhere, and I thank TheWIFTS Board for considering me worthy of this precious award. I am very sorry to be unable to receive it in person. Thank you!
THE WOMEN'S INTERNATIONAL FILM & TELEVISION SHOWCASE
JULY 2nd 2016
Passion & Integrity Commerce & Creativity Equality Not Hierarchy
Lisa Duff - Australia
The Diversity Award - unINDIAN
Lisa Duff is the recipient of TheWIFTS Diversity Award 2016. unINDIAN, produced by Lisa, is a rich, delicious romantic comedy about the clash of cultures in Australia. Love blossoms between an Australian of Indian heritage (played by Tannishtha Chatterjee) whose parents wants her to find a 'nice Indian man' and a Caucasian Australian (played by Brett Lee) who teaches a variety of foreign students how to integrate into Australian culture by understanding Australian vernacular.
Lisa Duff's career as a producer spans over fifteen years, with numerous award-winning credits to her name, for documentaries, drama and feature films.
Lisa's feature film credits include being the producer of unINDIAN, the first feature film financed by the Australia India Film Fund, starring Brett Lee and Tannishtha Chatterjee. unINDIAN, directed and also produced by Anupam Sharma, is a challenge to the predominantly white Anglo stories told in Australian feature films. It is a cross-cultural Indian/Australian romantic comedy exploring the humour, joy and challenges inherent in contemporary multicultural Australia.
Duff's other feature film credits include producer of the Last Train to Freo with Greg Duffy and Sue Taylor and feature film Last Cab to Darwin starring Michael Caton and the Academy Award® nominated Jacki Weaver. Last Cab to Darwin, directed by Jeremy Sims and also produced by Greg Duffy, is the story of Rex, a dying 70 year-old man who goes on a 3000km journey across the heart of outback Australia to make use of the newly introduced euthanasia laws in the Northern Territory. Along the way he discovers that to end your life you first need to learn how to live it. It has taken A$8M at Australian/NZ box office which places it the top 5% of Australian films at box office of all times.
Lisa's documentary credits include critically acclaimed Sexing the Label, an insight into gender labelling in Sydney's queer community, on which Lisa was the producer, received awards at both the Film De Femme in France and the Columbus Film Festival in Chicago and was released theatrically in Australia.
Working with Indigenous Directors, Lisa produced a number of dramas and documentaries including drama Road for Australian broadcaster SBS and Leah Purcell's short drama Aunty Maggie & The Womba Wakgun for the ABC's series The New Black. She also produced Nin's Brother about the unravelling of a family mystery and the repatriation of the remains of a Wiradjuri man shot by police in South Australia in 1960. Her documentary credits also includes The Future Makers for Discovery Channel which featured Australians leading the way in the international sustainable energy arena.
Lisa Duff taught film and television at the Eora Centre for 15 years, an Aboriginal visual and performing arts centre set up by and for Aboriginal people in the 1980s and now part of Sydney TAFE. Whilst at Eora, Lisa taught students to write, produce, direct and edit their own short films and documentaries with a film festival showcase of work at the end of each year. Many Eora film course graduates have gone on to work for Australian broadcasters and production companies or to direct their own films. Through her work at Eora, Lisa also taught outreach film programs in girls and boys juvenile detention centres and to kids-at-risk groups in NSW.
Lisa Duff has completed a Juris Doctor Law degree and worked as a volunteer at Redfern Legal Centre and Arts Law. She completed a Masters thesis on the impact of the global film industry on Australian filmmaking culture and currently works as an Investment Manager at Screen Australia, Australia's federal government film financing agency.