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Advocacy

 Our Purpose

“We believe creativity can change lives, open minds and unlock possibilities.”

As a dynamic social enterprise, we use filmmaking and the film industry to enact meaningful social justice outcomes towards a more just, equitable and sustainable world. Advocating for people living with disability and other marginalised groups is core to our ethos and the focus of our programs, films and employment strategies. Our work has global impact, showcasing the power of #inclusivefilmmaking on the lives of people living with disability around the world. 

Our Values 

 

Excellence

Resilience

Respect

Authenticity

Equality

Inclusively Made 

Inclusively Made is a groundbreaking initiative committed to promoting inclusivity in the film, television and advertising industries. As a Foundational Inclusion Partner, Bus Stop Films proudly collaborates with Inclusively Made to champion diversity and representation in production.

Together with Inclusively Made, we strive to create an inclusive environment where everyone has the opportunity to thrive in the production industry. We are committed to breaking down barriers and creating opportunities for individuals with disabilities in front of
and behind the camera.

For more information, head to Inclusively Made 

Includeability 

 

Our CEO, Tracey Corbin-Matchett, together with Student Ambassadors Nathan Basha and Audrey O’Connor are Includeability Ambassadors to the Australian Human Rights Commission. The IncludeAbility strategy is comprised of some of Australia’s largest public and private sector employers, by invitation of the Disability Discrimination Commissioner. The strategy is focused on creating accessible and inclusive workplaces and promoting meaningful and sustainable employment opportunities for people with disability.

Unstereotype Alliance

Bus Stop Films is thrilled to have been appointed as an ally to the Australian chapter of the Unstereotype Alliance. The Unstereotype Alliance is a global advertising industry-led initiative convened by UN Women which unites advertising industry leaders, decision-makers and creatives to end harmful stereotypes in advertising. Something our work in #inclusivefilmmaking closely aligns to.

The Unstereotype Alliance works to affect positive cultural change by using the power of advertising to help shape perceptions. Members collaborate to help create a world without stereotypes, empowering people in all their diversity, whether that be related to gender, race, class, age, ability, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, language or education.

Our Student Ambassadors 

 Student Ambassadors

 

Our Student Ambassadors are dynamic leaders and skilled advocates. They undertake speaking engagements and presentations for companies,community groups, film festivals and industry events. If you would like to engage one of our Student Ambassadors for your event or workplace activity please complete this form and we’ll get in touch with you.

 

 

Joni Campbell

Joni Campbell is a Bus Stop Films Ambassador and standout student who takes pride in achieving goals and continued learning. Since 2015, she has been a part of the Bus Stop Films Accessible Film Studies Program, where she has worked behind and in front of the camera on documentaries such as I am Black and Beautiful, Breaking the Biz, and What was it like? 

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She attended Presbyterian Ladies’ College (PLC), Sydney where she was twice awarded the Sally Rose – All You Can Be Award, among several other high distinctions. Following PLC, Joni completed an Office Assistant Certificate from Petersham TAFE and a Digital Story-Making Course at Sydney Community College. 

Unafraid to take initiative and a vocal advocate for social justice, Joni has been a shining example of what equal opportunity really means. She has engaged in several public speaking events, such as the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival (For Kids) where she represented the Bus Stop Films Accessible Film Studies Program on a Q&A panel. She was also a guest speaker at the Department of Premier and Cabinet in honor of International Day of Persons with Disabilities. 

Joni’s professional experience includes projects such as The Society Experiment and Endemol Shine. She has gained industry work placements as a  Production Assistant with Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)– Ultimo and Post Production Assistant with Ronde Media. 

Joni is very passionate in sharing her message, which is that having a disability should never define someone and stand in the way of their hopes and dreams, if someone with a disability has a dream to do something then they should follow that dream and not let anyone tell them no or that they can’t do it.

Nathan Basha

Nathan Basha is a filmmaker, advocate and motivational speaker who happens to have Down syndrome, but he says, “That’s not who I am”. He has spoken at international and national conferences, political forums, corporate functions, universities, schools, community groups and workshops, sharing his insights about what can happen when people are encouraged to live their dreams and live life to their full potential. 

 

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Nathan has been a student with the Bus Stop Films Accessible Films Studies Program since 2011, and an ambassador since 2015.  During his time as a talented and passionate filmmaker, Nathan has been an Assistant Director for several internationally award-winning films and has worked on various feature films including Disney’s Marvel Shangi-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and Thor: Love and Thunder. He is currently involved as a Producer in an upcoming feature film project.

Nathan also works as an Office Assistant for radio stations Nova 96.9 and Smooth FM in Sydney.

Through his motivational speaking and advocacy work Nathan is passionate about improving and increasing employment opportunities for people with an intellectual disability. In 2021 he had the opportunity to share his passion for change with Australian of the Year Dylan Alcott where he was part of the ListenABLE podcast and the Creating Value Series produced by NEC

Through this work Nathan has been recognised for his commitment to advocating for change and in 2014 was a Finalist for NSW Young Australian of the Year, he is currently an Ambassador for the Australian Human Rights Includability initiative and is one of seven Australian Ambassadors for 2022’s International Day of People with Disability

Nathan believes if change is truly to occur “It’s in the mind sets – the fixed and mixed mindsets that create barriers and we need to break through that, allow more people to have a chance in life and allow people’s ability to shine. What you see on the outside is one thing, but what you see on the inside is more. 

Gerard O’Dwyer

Gerard O’Dwyer is a multi-faceted actor, leader, and champion for inclusion. Making his first on-screen appearance in the short film, Be My Brother, he earned Best Male Actor, and the film won Best Film at the 2009 Tropfest Film Festival. The rising star also won Best Actor at the ReelheART International Film Festival, and the Emerging Leader Award at the National Disability Awards. In 2016, he played a supporting role in his first full-length feature film alongside Dee “Scream Queen” Wallace in Red Christmas.

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Gerard took the lead in a vast variety of other short films, including Way out Assistance and Shakespeare in Tokyo, which provided the opportunity to work in the Japanese metropolis. The global jetsetter’s work also took him to Los Angeles where he worked on one of two voice over projects. A true master of his craft, Gerard’s acting has extended to the opera and theatre. A co-founding member of the disability-led RUCKUS Ensemble, he graced the stage in several contemporary performance pieces.

 

Gerard was the first ever Bus Stop Films Accessible Films Studies Program student and has been a long standing champion of inclusion in the film industry. Much of his advocacy has taken the form of TV interviews on networks such as Nine Network’s TODAY, Seven Network’s The Morning Show, and Network Ten’s Studio 10. A natural in front of the camera, Gerard’s strides toward inclusion have reached commercials for Medibank, Multicultural Care, and Care Careers, to name a few. 

 

As an Ambassador for Don’t DIS My ABILITY and Bus Stop Films, Gerard places high priority on inclusion. When he isn’t advocating, he enjoys studying Shakespeare and Irish history, swimming, and karate.

Audrey O’Connor

Audrey O’Connor is a talented actress, writer, filmmaker, and role model who leads by example and experience. In 2007, the rising star landed what would be her first of many lead roles in the short film, Yolk, and represented the film at the 58th Berlin International Film Festival. Since then, she has performed various roles with a plethora of networks and organizations, including the NSW Government, Down Syndrome Association, National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), and Giant Dwarf.

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A multi-dimensional actress and screenwriter, Audrey also appeared in TV roles on ABC’s You Can’t Ask That and The Other Guy. As a founding member of the RUCKUS Ensemble, she wrote and performed plays, citing the experience of leading other people with disabilities as a rewarding one. In 2022, Audrey graduated from the Front & Centre Leadership Development Program which is administered by Accessible Arts. She is a proud Ambassador for Bus Stop Films, which she has been a part of since its start in 2009. She is an Ambassador for the Australian Human Rights Commission’s IncludeAbility initiative and GigBuddies where she is a committee member as well.

 

Audrey is an advocate who places priority on giving back, evident in her long history of volunteerism. As a consultant with The Actors Centre, Leichhardt, she supported teaching classes for students with disabilities. Audrey served as an administrative assistant for eight years with Village Roadshow Films before joining AFTRS where she currently works as a production assistant. A phenomenal public speaker, she champions for inclusion through presentations, training videos, and interviews. When she isn’t championing inclusion or  seeking courses to expand her creative horizons the actress pours her passion into writing new material, karate classes, salsa lessons, and Pilates.

Daniel Hodgson

Daniel Hodgson is a Bus Stop Films student Ambassador who is a passionate advocate for inclusion. He holds a variety of certificates and training that include a Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) Certificate and a Barista Certificate, as well as course completion for Responsible Gambling Services (RSG) and first aid. In addition, the multi-tasker also completed the School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES) Program with Job Centre Australia. He has since worked for companies such as JB Hi-Fi and Shaver Shop, among others. Most recently, in 2021, he joined EB Games as Senior Sales Assistant where co-workers look to Daniel for his collaborative teamwork and flexible adaptability.

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Daniel has been with Bus Stop Films for all three years, attending their Canberra Accessible Film Studies Program since its inception. He continues to build his production credits both behind and in front of the camera. Daniel appeared in his first leading role in the 2022 film ‘Dungeons, Goblins and Broccoli’. 

 

A compassionate and generous giver, he enjoys contributing to his community. Some of his volunteer experience includes working the Book Week Fair with Lifeline, lending a hand at the Raiders Belconnen social club, and helping out at The Reject Shop. When he isn’t volunteering, Daniel is busy championing for change within the film industry.

Breanna Swan

Breanna Swan is a passionate Bus Stop Films student and Ambassador, promoting the inclusion of people with disabilities. A neurodiverse champion for change, she juggles her disabilities and studies as she makes her way towards success. Living with autism, ADHD, and audio processing disorder, the aspiring film professional credits Bus Stop Films for restoring her confidence in her abilities. With its safe, nurturing, and collaborative environment, Breanna appreciates the encouragement she receives through Bus Stop’s Accessible Film Studies Program.

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Optimistic that she will build a career as a writer, director, and actress, Breanna is ready to share the raw and compelling stories of people with disabilities that will inspire the world. She is hopeful that the film industry will recognize her growth and talent alongside her advocacy to provide opportunities to other emerging film professionals with disabilities. 

 

In addition to filmmaking, Breanna holds an appreciation for Japanese fashion and culture. After beginning to teach herself, she took a course at the University of Queensland to learn the language. As another form of self-expression, she also enjoys learning new makeup and skincare routines in her spare time.

Liam Vosu

Liam Vosu is a passionate emerging inclusive filmmaker currently attending Notre Dame University where he is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Film and Screen Production. He also has a Certificate IV Diploma in Screen and Media from TAFE Campbelltown. Liam joined Bus Stop Films Accessible Films Studies Program in Western Sydney since its inception and has worked behind the camera on Bus Stop Films’ first ever VR Film, starred in the award winning documentary ‘What was it like?’ and has gained a number of on set credits as a Camera Assistant. 

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Liam has worked for organizations such as United Cinemas Narellan and Bava’s Music City in Liverpool. Alongside his professional career, Liam values volunteerism and has found time to volunteer as a photographer and camera operator with Hillsong Church SouthWest Campus. Thriving in fast-paced environments where he can utilize his swift decision-making skills, he views film production as the ideal setting for this. 

 

As a Bus Stop Films’ Student Ambassador the aspiring film professional has been able to develop a better sense for camera work while honing his teamwork, communication, and social skills. By offering his growing expertise in film technology, Liam aims to set the example for inclusion within the industry.

Ronan Soussa

Ronan Soussa is a highly motivated Bus Stop Films’ Student Ambassador. Joining the Accessible Films Studies Program in 2019 has since opened various avenues of employment for the talented student, as well as opportunities of advocacy for inclusion of persons with disabilities. Most notably, Ronan publicly explored the world of dating with autism as a cast member on the Netflix reality TV show, Love on the Spectrum – Season 2.

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Following high school, Ronan successfully completed a Transition to Work Program and acquired a variety of training certificates. This includes TVET Retail Access, Certificate II Business, and Certificate II Warehousing Operations. His hard work and dedication has led him to being a mascot for Disability Services Australia (DSA) since 2020. Ronan was recently selected to represent the face of DSA on video where he discussed his experience working for the organization and its value in his life.

 

Within the film industry Ronan is creating a name for himself behind the camera working as a camera attachment with Taste Creative Film Production Company where he continues to provide freelance work today. 

More than an actor, Ronan packs a powerful voice alongside a mixed bag of musical talents. The only tuba player in his high school band, today he blares through brass with the Shire Concert Band. When he isn’t representing inclusion, the motor sport enthusiast volunteers at Sydney Motorsport Park. Known to be respectful and polite amongst his circle of friends, Ronan cherishes creating new experiences with them. As a black belt, he also enjoys karate, as well as drama lessons and rock climbing in his spare time.

Brandon Fairley

Brandon is an actor, writer, singer and producer and a proud Indigenous Australian of the Yuin Nation living with an invisible disability. I have been involved with community theatre, film and screen for over 8 years participating in 20+ different theatre productions, including Bonnie & Clyde: The Musical as Buck Barrow, Cannibal The Musical: as James Humphrey, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest as Aide Warren and Angels In America Part 1 as Martin Heller and various other roles.

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I have been involved in the critically acclaimed hit TV show Mr Inbetween and the reboot of the 90’s Aussie show Heartbreak High. I have been a part of the Bus Stop Films Accessible Film Studies Program for 3 years now and I am absolutely loving it. I have recently been honoured to be a Bus Stop Films Ambassador for Wollongong and I am enjoying the work that is associated with this title. I hope to bring more awareness that is aligned with the core values of this amazing company.I am currently producing a short film with my friends for our film company that we created very recently, and are hoping to make a big impact in the movie scene!

Heather Ridge

Heather Ridge is an amazing Bus Stop Films ambassador who promotes inclusion of people with disabilities. Joining the Accessible Film Studies Program in 2022, she has since done various opportunities such as Bus Stop Employment, Taste Creative and Telstra Collaboration for International Day for People with Disabilities. She is most notable for being a cast member on the Netflix reality show Love on the Spectrum Season 2.

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 She is currently completing her Bachelor of Arts Degree at University – studying Creative Writing and Global Screen Media and completed the Accessible Acting Course at the Actor Centre Australia. Within the film industry, Heather has previously worked with Taste Creative as an assistant director for Telstra’s “An Inclusive Future is a Bright Future” and Bus Stop Employment.

Outside of Bus Stop Films, Heather has been doing Physical Culture for almost ten years and has been inspiring many girls and ladies to do the best they can at the sport, often being rewarded with Teacher’s Awards. She often helps with fundraising for her club. She loves hiking, going to the gym and swimming in her spare time.