Thursday, June 7, 2012
open letter to Rachel Perkins and Robert Connolly
Dear Rachel and Robert
I have written to you both several times this past 15 months in the hope that you might, as members of the Board (and as practicing filmmakers), take an interest in my long-running dispute with Screen Australia – not on the basis of spin but on the basis of verifiable facts. Neither of you has had the professional courtesy to even acknowledge receipt of my letters or emails.
On 22nd May I wrote yet another letter to Glen Boreham in which I asked the question:
“Did Ruth Harley consult with yourself and the Board before taking the unprecedented step of banning a filmmaker from not only making applications but of speaking with anyone at Screen Australia? If the Screen Australia Board was consulted, did any member of it ask to see the correspondence Ruth Harley refers to in support of her ban? Or was the Screen Australia Board prepared to take Harley at her word?”
Glen has not responded to my letter to date so let me put the question to you both:
Did Ruth Harley present the Board with the proposition that I should be banned on the basis of my having intimidated, harassed and placed at risk members of Screen Australia staff? If so, did either of you request that Ruth provide evidence to back up her accusations or did you simply take her word for it that such correspondence existed?