Speaker Details

Full Name
Rhianna Malezer
Orange Entertainment Co.
Writer & Director / Development Associate
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Rhianna Malezer is a proudly queer Butchulla and Kamilaroi writer and filmmaker. She has over a decade’s experience working within art department, with credits including GOLDSTONE, THOR: RAGNAROK and MORTAL ENGINES. In 2019, Rhianna was a writer on season 4 of ABC’s BLACK COMEDY – an experience that empowered her to continue contributing to the diverse representation of First Nations stories on-screen. She is currently Development Associate at Orange Entertainment Co. as a recipient of the SBS Emerging Writer’s Incubator 2024.

Since completing a writer’s attachment on Ludo Studio’s THE STRANGE CHORES, Rhianna’s own slate has received support via various initiatives and programs. Her short-form series BITING DUST earnt her a place in AFTRS National Talent Camp 2020 and The Equity Foundation’s Diversity Showcase 2021, while her drama series SUBURBAN BEATS received support via Screen Queensland’s First People’s First Draft initiative. In 2022, Rhianna’s short script THE STOCKMAN, developed with support from Screen Australia’s First Nations Department, won the prestigious AWG Monte Miller Award.

Dedicated to sharing powerful stories reflective of the communities she belongs to, Rhianna’s storytelling style is characterised by her ability to take audiences on surprising journeys; weaving humour, fantasy and heart into tales that hit unexpectedly close to home. Rhianna is also a co-founder of Dhura-li Mob – a Meanjin-based collective that provides a space for First Nations filmmakers to connect within the film industry.