What Soured The Milkshake? A Filmmaker’s Guide To Avoiding International Embarrassment

B&T opinion piece published 30th April 2021 In this opinion piece, filmmaker and co-founder of purpose-led film production company Taste Creative and Bus Stop Films, Genevieve Clay-Smith, reflects on what the government’s Milkshake Consent Video can teach us about tackling tough social topics. The talk of the town and the overwhelming topic for opinion pieces over the last two weeks has been, you guessed it; the Milkshake Consent Video. It’s goal? To educate young Australians about the issue of sexual assault and consent. The result? A major national backlash for a confusing and very...

Op-Ed: Micro aggressions mean we need to continue celebrating women.

I was honoured to receive the National Emerging Leader Award at the Telstra Business Women’s Awards. However in the lead up to this amazing moment, I couldn’t help but reflect on some micro aggressions I had encountered nine months prior. It made me realise that awards programs which celebrate women, really are important. If it wasn’t for a female leadership program I had been a part of at the time, I would have taken these micro aggressions to heart. In this article I explore what I encountered and what the underlying messages were. I hope that anyone who reads this thinks about the stigmas which continue to haunt women in leadership and in the workplace today.

Medium: What 10 years of Inclusive Filmmaking has Taught me

In 2007, at the age of 18, I learned that making a difference didn’t only look like giving money or travelling overseas to assist third world countries. Making a difference could look like helping someone learn how to make chicken schnitzel, helping someone learn how to catch the bus, or giving up a Saturday afternoon to teach an interested group of people, who happened to have Down Syndrome, how to use a camera.