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Film, TV and Arts writer

About Me

Rachael is an experienced, passionate and internationally minded writer, interviewer, film critic and editor; a renowned tastemaker.

Having begun her career as a journalist specialising in Film/TV trends, Modern Art and Digital/VFX, she was the Publishing Editor of IF Magazine (and its online newsletter if.com.au) for six years; a freelancer for the likes of The Sydney Morning Herald, Artlines, Screenhub, Online Asia and British Cinematographer, and ran AFTRS’ creative Q&A ‘Friday On My Mind’. 

She served on the FIPRESCI juries for the London, Sydney and Venice International Film Festivals, and has been a regular attendee at Content London.

Rachael spent a decade working in-house as a development producer for John Edwards Southern Star, Essential Media & Entertainment and the boutique film and television company Easy Tiger Productions (under the Fremantle International banner.) At the latter, she was the Development Producer of all three seasons of JACK IRISH for ABC TV (2016-2021), adapted from the Peter Temple novels. Responsible for commissioning and overseeing development, she has run writers’ rooms in Sydney, Melbourne and Paris and was selected for the C21 ‘Showrunner Masterclass’ (London). 

She co-created the AACTA-, ADG- and AWG-award winning SBS series SUNSHINE (2017), which was picked up by the US streamer Topic; and the Séries Mania selected THE PRINCIPAL (2015.) 

See: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rachaelturk/?originalSubdomain=au

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My Writing Samples

‘Indigenous Place and Voice’ – interview published in LUNINA Magazine (AFTRS)

In conversation with Warwick Thornton about his Cannes-acclaimed film Samson and Delilah, and how his work is inspired by a deep sense of place. “I am Aboriginal and I’ve grown up in Alice Springs and I see stuff that the world hasn’t seen about my culture... I don’t need to write, ‘the spinifex glows with the yellow halo of the sun rises over the blue mountain range’ because I know it’s a desert.” – Warwick Thornton

https://if.com.au/aftrs-launches-lumina-publication/

'A Lesson in Sacrifice' – published in ESSENTIAL KIDS, FAIRFAX DIGITAL

A 13-year-old brother is forced to relinquish his cat when his baby brother proves allergic, testing the loyalties and boundaries of this blended family. **Now a short film, SCRATCH, executive produced by Sam Worthington.

http://www.essentialkids.com.au/family-life/family-home/a-lesson-in-sacrifice-20120214-1t2vl.html

'Maiden Voyages' – published in THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

On the release of the screen adaptation of EAT, PRAY, LOVE, Rachael Turk explores the characteristics of heroine's journey and the rise of the adult 'coming-of-age'.

https://licensing-publishing.nine.com.au/

‘Economic downturn no dampener for integrated spend’ – published in SCREENHUB

Screen business article during the GFC, February 2009

https://www.screenhub.com.au/news/shownewsarticleG.asp?newsID=25710

'Production Haven' – published in INSIDE FILM Dec 09 / Jan 10

The launch of integrated UAE content initiative twofour54 and its digital asset management in Q2 Arabia.

https://if.com.au

'The Lives of Others' – published in INSIDE FILM Dec 09 / Jan 10

Lionsgate's leveraging of digital assets, user generated content and social media strategy for the promotion of MAD MEN

http://if.com.au

Experience

Development Producer

Slate of premium, international film and television projects starring Richard Roxburgh, Guy Pearce, Anthony la Paglia, Melanie Lynskey, Alex Dimitradis, Andrea Demetreadis; with Australia’s finest writers including Sarah Lambert, Belinda Chayko, Andrew Knight, Peter Duncan, Tony McNamara, Kris Mrksa, Alice Addison, Liz Doran and Matt Cameron; and high pedigree directing talent including Jessica Hobbs, Jeffrey Walker, Daina Reid, Kate Dennis, Jonathan Teplitzky, Daniel Nettheim, Kriv Stenders.

Company: Easy Tiger Productions Pty Ltd

I worked there from 12/2012 until 7/2020

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