A journey to 'Time's Up'

Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K.

Don Burke, Craig McLachlan...

The end of 2017 was shaping up to be as awful as when the world starting speaking up about pedophilia in the entertainment industry.

I listened, I watched and I felt both empowered and powerless simultaneously.

I felt empowered through the emergence of firstly #metoo and then #timesup, and all the people, around the world, standing up and saying this has to stop.

It wasn’t difficult to see, however, just how big this issue was, and how many people have been affected by harassment. Not only in the entertainment industry, but in every industry.

It was completely overwhelming.

I started questioning what I could do to help. It felt a bit silly really, given the multitude of the problem. But...  ‘there must be something’ I thought to myself.

It was the same question I raised at the Women In Film & Television Vic board meeting the following week. ‘We need to help with this, somehow.. What about holding an event?’

WIFT Vic’s main purpose is to support women who are working, or may find themselves working in the screen industry. What could we do for the individual women, and men, to help increase the understanding of what harassment is, and what we can all do to help change this?

And so the event ‘Time’s Up - A Forum For Change’ was born, and my, oh my, it's going to be powerful.

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All event details have now been set in place, and I am THRILLED to announce who we have involved in the evening.

Tracey Spicer AM, who has been instrumental in speaking up about this issue here in Australia, will be joining the incredible Sue Maslin for an ‘In Conversation’ session that will kick off the forum. Both of these women have spent a good portion of their careers speaking up for women equality and are committed to creating long lasting change in the industry and beyond.

Following a short intermission, we will then welcome a strong panel of experts to continue the evening. Kristen Hilton (Commissioner, Human Rights & Equal Opportunity Commission of Victoria), Catherine Brooks (Principle, Moores Legal) & Adam Portelli (Regional Director, Victoria and Tasmania - ‎MEAA), will join Anjali Rao for a focused panel discussion.

There are so many conversations going on surrounding harassment at the moment. What we have been hearing from individuals, is the need for an event to empower all genders with information on how to spot harassment, where to get help, and what we can all do to help be a part of this much needed change. There will be discussions on big picture action such as policy and industry changes, however this will be very focused on individuals and increasing awareness of what exactly the issue is.

If you have been faced with harassment within the workplace, please come.

If you want to empower yourselves with tools to deal with harassment, should it occur, please come.

If you want to be know what to look for to protect people you work with, please come.

This is an event for ALL GENDERS and ALL CREATIVE INDUSTRIES.

We have hit a really important time with the emergence of the #metoo and #timesup campaigns. It's important now to make the most of the long overdue attention on this issue, and use that engagement to make the shift from discussions to action.

To quote the words of the great Mahatma Gandhi, ‘You must be the change you want to see in the world’.


'Time's Up - A Forum For Change' will be held at Arts Centre Melbourne at 6.30pm on Monday 26th February, 2018.

Tickets are $5.00 and can be booked through Trybooking. All ticket proceeds will be donated to Women’s Legal Services of Victoria.

For more information on the event please visit www.wiftvic.com.au/times-up or contact me directly at diana@dianafisk.com

This event would not have been possible without the generous support of Arts Centre Melbourne & Film Victoria, and the commitment from the board members of Women In Film & Television Victoria. Thank you.

Diana Fisk