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Amanda Duthie to depart South Australian Film Corporation

Former Adelaide Film Festival director Amanda Duthie has announced she will be leaving her current role at the South Australian Film Corporation, and the state, in the coming months.

After eight years in the South Australian film industry Amanda Duthie has confirmed her imminent return to Sydney, leaving behind her relatively new role as head of production, development, attraction and studios at the South Australian Film Corporation. Duthie took up the role last September, leaving behind her position as CEO and artistic director of the Adelaide Film Festival which she relocated to Adelaide to take up in 2012.

Duthie’s time at the top of the state’s film industry leaves behind an eclectic and well-received body of South Australian productions, including Martin Freeman-starring Netflix zombie drama Cargo, director Sophie Hyde and Tilda Cobham-Hervey’s breakthrough 2013 feature 52 Tuesdays, Warwick Thornton’s 2017 Country western Sweet Country and Windmill Theatre Co’s first foray into filmmaking in 2015’s Girl Asleep. In the past year alone, the fruits of Duthie’s time at the helm of the festival’s various investment programs have included Miranda Tapsell’s romantic comedy Top End Wedding, Hyde’s Irish co-production Animals, Netflix-acquired thriller I Am Mother and Jennifer Kent’s polarising Babadook follow-up The Nightingale.

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In her latest role at the South Australian Film Corporation, Duthie worked across projects including the forthcoming Cobham-Hervey-starring Helen Reddy biopic I Am Woman, along with television projects including Closer Productions’ sharp SBS high school sexting series The Hunting and yet-to-be-released Cate Blanchett-led ABC detention centre drama Stateless.

“It has been so wonderful to work with diverse and super talented screen and arts creatives from across South Australia and to welcome the world into Adelaide through the SAFC and the Film Festival,” Duthie says of her news. “It has been an adventure living and working in Adelaide and I thank my fine colleagues and collaborators for making it such a rewarding experience.”

Duthie’s departure is the latest in a series of leadership shake ups in the local film industry following SAFC CEO Courtney Gibson’s resignation in July to return to her family in Sydney after just 15 months, followed soon after by the appointment of KOJO producer Kate Croser to the role. Prior to arriving in Adelaide, Duthie worked as head of content and arts at the ABC.

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Walter is a writer and editor living and working on Kaurna Country, and The Adelaide Review’s Digital Content Producer.

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