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Dot West – Industry Panel Guest
Screenwriter | ‘Our Voices on Screen’ panel guest
Dot West nee Henry, is a Noongar woman from the south west of Western Australia, with ancestral ties to the north and has been living and working in the Kimberley region since 1977. Dot has worked in the media industry for the last 30 years in various capacities commencing as a radio volunteer to Station Manager, Trainer and later diversifying to the screen industry. Dot has served on numerous boards including the Inaugural Vice Chairperson of NITV, Screenwest, Australian International Documentary Conference, the National Indigenous Radio Service along with her current tenure as a non-Executive Director of SBS, Director of Goolarri Media Enterprises and Ramu Productions in Broome and the Chairperson of the national peak body, First Nations Media Australia. Dot works freelance as a scriptwriter, accredited trainer and consultant and also serves on Screenwest’s Industry Advisory Group and WA’s Screen Industry Diversity and Inclusion leadership group. In 1998, Dot graduated with a Batchelor of Arts in Media Studies and over the years, Dot has been recognized by the industry and her peers for her work as a writer and her broader role in the Indigenous media sector, by receiving the 2005 Tudawali Award, 2008 WASA for Outstanding Contribution to the WA Screen Industry and in 2014 an Honorary Doctorate with Swinburne University along with an AWGIE in 2009 for her work in The Circuit and in 2019 a First Nations Media Lifetime Achievement Award.