The Capitol acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. We respectfully acknowledge their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. We also acknowledge the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.

Ferguson Rises

A special screening of the award-winning film Ferguson Rises – with Director Mobolaji Olambiwonnu and Michael Brown Snr in attendance.

In 2014, Michael Brown Sr’s son was killed by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, an event that fuelled the global Black Lives Matter movement. But his personal story seeking justice and healing, and the story of the community, have not been told until now.

A panel of special guests will come together after the screening to discuss the film and the Black Lives Matter movement here in Australia and America.

Film, Fashion, Franchise & Ms Fisher

How do you build a brand like Miss FisherAs part of Melbourne Fashion Week, The Capitol, RMIT School of Media and Communication and Every Cloud Productions will host this special event-screening and in-conversation about how the Miss Fisher universe was created and how you develop a franchise as successfully as the phenomenal spin-off series, Ms Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries.

The evening will commence with a screening of Ms Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries Season 2, Episode 1 and an exclusive “Making of” featurette with the show’s heads of departments covering costume design, hair and make-up and production design.

Hosted by Lisa French, Dean, School of Media and Communication, RMIT, the post-screening conversation invites Ms Fisher’s co-creator and executive producer and RMIT Adjunct Professor, Fiona Eagger; producer Beth Frey; accomplished actress Catherine McClements, who plays Birdie Birnside in the series; costume designer Penny Dickinson; hair and make-up designer Lynn Wheeler; and co-executive producer Peter Mattessi, who has written for TV in the UK and Australia. Additional heads of department guests to be announced closer to the event.

The conversation will explore what goes on below-the-line and behind-the-scenes and dissect how various areas of expertise – such as costume design, hair and make-up, location scouting, producing and licensing and more – work collaboratively to create the world of Ms Fisher. We’ll also look at how the authenticity of the series was enriched and inspired by Melbourne’s period architecture.

Students and aspiring film and TV professionals will be inspired and exposed to a broader understanding of the many career pathways available to them across different disciplines in the screen industry.

A capsule showcase of striking costumes from the production will also be on display in The Capitol’s spectacular Salon. The capsule compliments a fuller exhibition of the extraordinary Ms Fisher costumes at Collins Place during Melbourne Fashion Week.

Presented with RMIT School of Media and Communication and Every Cloud Productions.

Production Credit

Ms Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries is an Acorn TV Original Series produced by Every Cloud Productions. Principal production investment from Screen Australia in association with Film Victoria, Acorn Media Enterprises, All3media International and Fulcrum Media Finance. Inspired by Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, the TV series based on the Phryne Fisher Mystery Books by Kerry Greenwood.

Series created by Deb Cox & Fiona Eagger. Produced by Beth Frey. Executive producers are Fiona Eagger & Deb Cox.  Co-executive producer is Peter Mattessi. Series written by Deb Cox, Michael Miller, Felicity Packard, Elizabeth Coleman and Trent Roberts. Directed by Lynn Hegarty, Kevin Carlin and Jess Harris. Director of photography is Craig Barden ACS. Production designer is Ben Bangay. Costume designer is Penny Dickinson. Hair and make-up designer is Lynn Wheeler.

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