Broadsheet’s Upcoming Movie ‘What Comes Next?’ To Help With Recovery Of Aussie Culture Industries

Broadsheet’s Upcoming Movie ‘What Comes Next?’ To Help With Recovery Of Aussie Culture Industries
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Broadsheet Media has produced “What Comes Next?”, an insightful short film about where our cities and culture industries are right now, more than two years into the pandemic, and what Australian leaders with influence over policy and culture see as the next steps in the recovery.

The documentary is part of a new film series called “Broadsheet In Conversation” hosted by Broadsheet editorial director, Katya Wachtel.

The film features notable Australians including Merivale CEO Justin Hemmes, award-winning musician Clare Bowditch, acclaimed chef and restaurateur Jerry Mai, Vivid Sydney festival director Gill Minervini, policymaker and Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, Food & Drink Victoria CEO Anthea Loucas Bosha, Collingwood Arts Precinct CEO Sophie Travers, and leading contemporary artist, Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran. It was filmed at various locations in Sydney and Melbourne, including Cumulus Inc, Collingwood Yards arts precinct, Bar Totti and Sullivan and Strumpf Fine Art, among other locations.

The film explores the impact of Covid on our CBDs and cultural industries and offers a pulse check on the current mood. The outlook is surprisingly optimistic from many, while others provide insight into the serious challenges still facing our cities and centres of culture. The conversation delves into key issues facing hospitality, the arts, live entertainment and CBD businesses, from staff shortages and cuts to arts funding, to how we revitalise and get people back into our CBDs in the wake of a major structural shift in how people live and work post-lockdown.

“In sitting down with these eight very influential leaders, Broadsheet is seeking to understand what lies ahead for our cities and culture and the way we live, ‘ said Broadsheet’s founder and publisher, Nick Shelton. “There are certainly challenges and difficult questions, but it’s clear that Australian culture has an exciting future ahead.”

Editorial director Katya Wachtel said, “Australia’s cultural industries were some of the hardest hit by the pandemic, and our CBDs haven’t been the same since the lockdowns ended. There are some monumental challenges as well as awe-inspiring opportunities ahead, and the eight voices in this film were able to offer exclusive insight into how the pandemic has affected life and culture in Australian cities, and the issues and solutions that will make our cities and culture sectors stronger and more dynamic in the years ahead.”

Through this film, Broadsheet wants to drive the conversation about what’s needed to get arts, hospitality and live music back on their feet; to get people excited about what’s to come, and how they can get involved and be inspired.

Launched in 2009 and still 100 percent independent, Broadsheet is Australia’s go-to culture guide, with three million visits per month. With a presence in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, and Perth, the masthead helps Australians discover and experience what makes their cities and communities tick.

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