Claudia Karvan, Al Clarke, members of the Screen Australia Board, you say I pose a risk to SA staff. Owing to your duty of care, you say, you cannot allow SA staff to meet with or communicate with me. You refuse to provide me with any evidence that I pose a risk; that I have engaged in ‘highly offensive conduct’. The reason is simple. There is none. And you know it. Your ban is a fatwa; punishment for a critic; a warning to other filmmakers.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
letter to Caroline Fulton, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
It is, of course, absurd that I should have to force Screen Australia’s hand as I am (sue me or apologize) but given that Mr Crean and yourself are not prepared to insist that Screen Australia abide by its own guidelines and behave in a transparent and accountable way, I have been left with little choice – unless, that is, I simply accept that lies can be placed on (and remain on) file that are damaging to my professional reputation. I, like all filmmakers, am dependent in all sorts of ways on Screen Australia and for my professional life to be subject to the whims of Chief Operating Officer Fiona Cameron is not a situation I am prepared to endure without a fight.
Ruth Harley must now either sue me or apologize on behalf of Screen Australia. As will be apparent to you by now, I am not going to stop until I either get the record set straight and an apology or am dragged into the Supreme Court by Screen Australia. Even at this late date you could ask of Ruth Harley the questions I have outlined in my letter of today to the Prime Minister. Ms Harley’s response will be published in an uncensored state, even if it makes me look like a fool – as would be the case if Fiona Cameron were to produce the correspondence I claim does not exist.