Event Cinemas (Australia)



SESSION 4: 'Windows to the world - what works in different territories?' - Australia

Claire has worked in the entertainment industry for over fifteen years. After completing drama and arts studies, Claire worked her way through the cinema ranks of Event/Greater Union Cinemas and ended up in the company’s film department as a programmer, where she gained the knowledge, skills and contacts to become Senior Programmer. With that experience she moved to Dendy Cinemas Australia where for the 6 years she was the National Film, Content and Programming Manager during which time she started successful alternate seasonal programs featuring cult and classic films, expanded the arts event cinema content, and secured and championed many exclusive film titles for Dendy.

Claire became involved in the acquisitions process at Icon Films where she learned about the creative and business aspects of film distribution and how to acquire strong and interesting films for Icon. In 2015 she took over Acquisitions and Development for Icon Film, in tandem with Content management for the cinema side of the business, during which time she worked closely with producer Bruce Davey.

In November of 2017 she was offered the role of General Manger of Content Australia for Event Cinemas, Australia’s largest and most successful cinema chain. She is looking forward to expanding event, niche and the usual Hollywood content at Event of the coming years.

Claire has extremely well rounded knowledge of all facets of the film industry from exhibition to distribution and now acquisitions, which means she has a very unique view of assessing content for the Australian market, be it independent or commercial.