Bus Stop Films launches a dedicated employment service, Bus Stop Employment.
After almost 14 years and supporting close to 1000 employment opportunities for people with disability in the screen industry, global leaders in inclusive filmmaking Bus Stop Films have established Bus Stop Employment. The dedicated business unit within the social enterprise, not for profit organisation, will focus on employment preparation and training and connecting people with disability to employment within the film, TV and media industries.
Long term member of the Bus Stop family, producer and disability support coordinator Sarah-Jane Johnson has been appointed as General Manager of the new unit. Working with the Organisation since its inception, SJ is a dynamic producer and production coordinator, with credits under Warner Brothers, Amazon, Hulu and Netflix productions in Australia and offshore as well as producing some of Bus Stop’s most awarded films including I am Black and Beautiful and Not A Wallflower. Around her production work she has supported many people with disabilities into work and filmmaking opportunities. SJ says “I am excited to be back on the bus in such a new and exciting role. I am thrilled to combine my experience in both production and employment, to open meaningful employment pathways for people with disabilities in the screen industry”.
Sarah Jane Johnson
Bus Stop CEO, Tracey Corbin-Matchett states “Bus Stop recognises the importance of employment for people with disability in the screen industry and are proud to be leaders in this area. Through Bus Stop Employment we’ll offer a professional, inclusive and sustainable service for both people with disability seeking work in the screen industry and for production companies wishing to hire people with disability in their teams and productions.”
The unit will also manage a groundbreaking “Inclusive Crewing Project”, which has been funded through the Federal Government’s – Information, Linkages and Capacity Building – Building Employer Confidence and Inclusion in Disability grants. This project will support multiple paid employment opportunities for people with disabilities on a major project Bus Stop will shoot in 2023. Additionally, wrapped around the project will be the development of department specific resources for building the confidence in Heads of Departments to employ people with disabilities on their projects and in their teams. These will focus on 9 key areas including Camera, Sound, Lighting, Hair and Make Up, Production Design etc. The resources and associated training will be co-designed by people with disability together with HOD’s working on the production. The Inclusive Crewing Project will extend the impact of their Inclusion in Action training and The Inclusive Filmmaking Toolkit while offering a dynamic case study in inclusive filmmaking and the employment of people with disability in the screen industry.
Bus Stop Employment has been established with the generous support of a Westpac Inclusive Employment grant and with funding from The Snow Foundation. Its intention is to support not only participants of Bus Stop’s Accessible Film Studies Program, but also the broader disability community around employment in the screen industry.
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