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Maya Newell

Class Year: 2022

Scholarship: Social Change Fellowship

State: NSW

Focus Area

Positive social change

Maya Newell

Class Year: 2022

Scholarship: Social Change Fellowship

State: NSW

Focus Area

Positive social change

Biography

Maya is a director and impact producer. She recently directed feature documentary In My Blood It Runs (2019) about ten-year-old Arrernte/Garrwa boy Dujuan Hoosan and his community, produced by Sophie Hyde, Larissa Behrendt and Rachel Naninaaq Edwardson and made in collaboration with those onscreen. It won Best Director at ADG Awards, was selected for Goodpitch² Aus, a Sundance Institute Fellowship, was nominated for Best Doc and Best Cinematography at the AACTAs, premiered at Hotdocs Film festival. The families onscreen led a multi-year impact campaign targeting juvenile justice, education and anti-racism - and Dujuan, the star of the film became the youngest person to address the Human Rights Council at the UN when speaking up to raise the age of incarceration from 10 to at least 14 and reform First Nations-led education in Australia.

 

Previously, Maya has made Growing Up Gayby  (2013) and  Gayby Baby  (2015), made with Charlotte Mars. Gayby Baby screened at festivals internationally, was selected for  GoodPitch² Aus, broke cinema-on-demand records, was nominated for Best Doc at the ACCTAs, screens on Netflix US and UK and sparked a national conversation about the rights of children raised in LGBTIQ+ families. Her new documentary, The Dreamlife of Georgie Stone will premiere in 2022.

Skills & Expertise

  • Filmmaking
  • Storytelling
  • Campaigning with film
  • Art
  • Curiosity

"In my creative industry, funding is always earmarked for particular projects, never for personal growth. This is a rare, once in a lifetime opportunity to strengthen and grow the backbone that underpins the rest of my work and indeed makes it possible."


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