Media identity lectures SAE students
3 Jul 2017
Media identity lectures SAE students
3 Jul 2017
Renee Brack is a woman of many hats with a flourishing assortment of talents. She’s a well-respected journalist, producer, director, writer, scholar and MC, but above all, she’s one of SAE Sydney’s valuable film lecturers! With over 20 year’s experience in the media industry working across both print and digital platforms SAE is proud to offer such a high caliber industry professional teach our film students.
As one of Australia’s veteran journalists Renee has interviewed hundreds of celebrities, from the likes of Cate Blanchett, George Clooney, Melissa McCarthy, Maria Sharapova, Harrison Ford, Amy Poehler, Morgan Freeman, the late Steve Irwin and Henry Rollins. Everyone from Oscar award winners, CEOs and scientists, to the common garden variety criminal, Mark ‘Chopper’ Read. Certainly the most watched interview of Renee’s career was her incredible interview with the notorious underbelly figure who pulled a gun during his interviewed and played a wild game of Russian roulette while the cameras were rolling.
You can see the interview for yourself on Renee’s YouTube channel that has racked up over 1 million views!
Adding to her list of interview credits for Movie Network Channels and Seven Nightly News, the young journalist received an offer to cover the biggest war of our current generation. Renee scored a backstage pass to spend time with the Australian Coalition Forces in Afghanistan and Iraq. Remarkably the highlight of the tour was her experience camping in Saddam Hussein’s palace complex. For her tours Renee was awarded a medallion of ‘Recognition of Contribution & Service’ from the Australian Defence Force.
As a regular jury member of the Flickerfest Film Festival, Renee continues to be an active contributor to the field, recently writing, producing and directing several short films that have been selected to screen at notable film festivals around the world. Her most recent short film Red Handed has won a Silver Remi Award at the Worldfest International Film Festival, in the US.
With a Bachelor Degree in Communications (Philosophy & Politics) Renee has decided to further develop her extensive professional experience by undertaking a Master of Creative Arts (MCA) in Research at The University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), focusing on documentary film making and Virtual Reality (VR).
Study isn't the only thing Renee's kicked off this year - she's also started her very own radio show! Filmed and broadcasted live from Energy Groove Radio station located in SAE Sydney campus, Renee's show 'The Glass Hammer' premiered featuring the special guest Mark Cleary, Founder & Artistic Director of Short + Sweet - the world’s largest little play and short film festival. You can watch the filming of the first show below... .
While she doesn’t appear to have much free time, Renee did spare a few moments in her busy schedule to tell us more about her extraordinary life and what inspires her in the creative space.
Get to know Renee
What have been your biggest career achievements in the world of film?
I’ve made several short films and written several scripts in my time. My most recent achievement has been the recognition the short film Red Handed has received, winning a Silver Remi Award at the Worldfest International Film Festival in the US.
What do you do in your free time?
I have a small slate of projects in various stages of development. Currently I’m completing the draft to a horror/comedy feature film and a putting the final touches on a transgressive mystery novel. In my free time I see a lot of movies with friends - but prefer not to sit next to anyone who eats movie junk food in noisy packaging!
Who inspires you?
People who tackle difficult subjects and shine a light on injustice, such as Ava Duvernay. SAE film students are also a big inspiration.
What do you enjoy most about working in this industry?
In terms of the education sphere, I really enjoy sharing insights and important screen and media practices distilled from 30 years working in screen and media industries. I’m honoured to be contributing to the development of the next generation of storytellers and filmmakers. When it comes to screen and media industries, it’s the storytelling process that’s high on my list. Whether it’s scripting, creating a shot list for a shoot or cutting the story together, it’s fulfilling to explore how great stories can be told in innovative ways.
I don’t have favourites when it comes to music as I enjoy so many music styles. I think this comes as a result of working as a music journalist with RAM (Rock Australia Magazine) and Stiletto Magazine when I was starting out. The last track I bought on itunes is Link Wray’s instrumental song, Rumble.
As a film buff, that’s a really hard question! While there’s no one favourite film, there is around 120 on a list I update here. I’ve seen all movies on this list, some several times over, and I love each of them for various reasons. A few on the short list of favourites include; Brazil. Soylent Green, A Fish Called Wanda, Midnight Express, Alien, Diabolique, Sexy Beast, Dangerous Liaisons, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Counselor, U Turn – too many to mention!
What was the last game video you played?
It was the 80s flat table Space Invaders. I grew up with a home version of Space Invaders that had 16 levels and the hardest levels included random invisibility. I got to level 16… eventually!