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The Other Story

The Other Story: Refugee & Asylum Seeker

Scriptwriting Program and An Afternoon with Maggie Miles

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Cinespace and Road to Refuge, with support from EastWeb are running two FREE screenwriting workshops in Melbourne and Shepparton for peoples from the refugee, asylum seeker, new and emerging community sectors who wish to tell authentic and original stories for the screen. 

The intent is for the story tellers to develop the skills and gain the agency to tell their own stories on their own terms. We believe that stories are most powerful and effective when the narrative is owned and controlled by the story teller in cultural safety and in an ethical framework. 

The workshop  is coordinated by wrier and cultural producer  Steve RE Pereira for Cinespace and delivered by John Kachoyan an award-winning Armenian Australian director, writer and script developer who works internationally in theatre, TV, and film. John was formerly Literary Manager at Australian Plays, Co-Creative Director and CEO of multi-Green Room Award winning MKA: Theatre of New Writing and Director In Residence for Bell Shakespeare.



In an extension of this writing workshop and with a look at ethical production, Cinespace is honoured to be presenting an afternoon with renowned producer Maggie Miles. most recently of HIGH GROUND fame which had its World Premiere Gala at the Berlin International Film Festival 2020 and was released to acclaim in Australian cinemas in 2021. 


Maggie lived in the Northern Territory of Australia for twelve years where she had an Award-wining stint as Artistic Director of Corrugated Iron Youth Arts, wrote the acclaimed plays BRANDED and Worry Dolls and was co-director of Burrundi Pictures, a co-producing entity on the feature Yolngu Boy. From Melbourne Maggie produced the features: Van Diemen’s Land and The Turning with a eighteen talented directors.  Maggie has created numerous short works for social justice projects including a clip for Maubere Timor – Songs of Resistance by Timor-Leste Veterans musicians and Jesuit Social Services participation in Blak & Bright Poetry with participant Caution. Maggie was the Asia Pacific Screen Awards Academy Children’s Film Fund recipient 2015 for her first screenplay Stanley V’s the Hairyman with author and storyteller Boori Monty Pryor.

Moderated by Jeanine Hourani:  Jeanine is an activist, campaigner, and storyteller. She is currently the Director of Road to Refuge, an organisation that aims to change the narrative around refugees and people seeking asylum by transferring the power of narrative back to those who are most directly impacted.


Important Update

Despite the easing of restrictions there is still some anxiety about public events. To ensure we deliver events safely and comfortably for all people, we are postponing this session with Maggie Miles to a date later on in the year when we have greater assurances of health and safety. Our apologies for any inconvenience but look forward to seeing you later on this year. Please check back for updates. The Cinespace Team.






Shepparton (short course)

(4-hour introduction to screenwriting workshop) delivered with Road to Refuge.


Got a story to tell? Tell it with pictures and learn the fundamentals of writing for the screen. This short course is an introduction to screenwriting with a focus on concept creation, scene construction, character, and dialogue. You will get to practice the important first steps in creating works for screen and learn how to apply the skills to your very own stories for screen projects.

When: Saturday 17th April, 12:00 PM to 4:00PM

Where: Shepparton Library, 41-42 Marungi St, Shepparton Victoria 3630

Applications Close 16th April.

Apply: Road to Refuge


Melbourne (long course)


Introduction to Screenwriting Course (3hr x 6weeks)

An in-depth look at screenwriting creativity. Identify the components for telling a story for the screen. Develop a practical understanding of genre, scene construction, character, and dialogue. Explore the writing and drafting process through practical work.

Read the full course structure here


This course is limited to no more than five participants to allow for detailed work and one-on-one consulting sessions with the course instructor.

Aim: This course will specifically explore practical techniques for characterisation, structure, and tone. How to explore, workshop, draft and refine a written scene-study or short-film style screenplay for sharing or further development. Acknowledging and using the existing structures and hegemonies to explore personal, rule-breaking work.


Outcome: Gain practical skills to develop your work for the screen. By the end of this course you will have developed a short script.

When: Saturdays April 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, from 12pm to 2pm

Where: Cinespace room, Footscray Community Arts Centre, 45 Moreland St Footscray VIC 3011

Applications Close 23 May. 





Road to Refuge

Road to Refuge is a community organisation that stands for the rights of refugees and people seeking asylum in Australia. They seek to create, support and value those with lived experience by leading community-owned conversations built on openness and empathy. They highlight the human consequences of the Australian government’s policies against people seeking asylum and look to shift public debate towards threating people with lived experience with inherent respect, dignity and nuance.


Project funder EASTWEB is a non-profit organisation that is dedicated to reducing disadvantage and promoting social change among indigenous, asylum seeker and refugee communities. They do this by supporting projects based in Victoria that work for and with communities to combat disadvantage and create long term change in the areas of health care, employment, education and cultural heritage promotion and maintenance.

A Cinespace Inc. project in partnership with Road to Refuge supported by Eastweb Fund (through the Foundation for Young Australians). Venue support from Shepparton Library and Footscray Community Arts Centre.

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