Courtney Gibson confirms departure from South Australian Film Corporation

Courtney Gibson
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Courtney Gibson has resigned from her role as CEO of the South Australian Film Corporation, having delivered record investment and jobs into SA and ushered in a period of growth and production activity in the state.

During Gibson’s time as CEO, New Line/Warners blockbuster Hollywood feature Mortal Kombat has established South Australia as a major international production destination, with Matchbox /Dirty Films prime time ABC TV drama series Stateless bringing Cate Blanchett, Dominic West, Jai Courtney and Yvonne Strahovski to Adelaide and regional SA.

International feature film Escape from Pretoria brought Daniel Radcliffe to Adelaide, with Mark Lamprell’s Never Too Late bringing Jack Thompson and Jacki Weaver, while another upcoming feature Run Rabbit Run sees director Daina Reid coming off the set of The Handmaid’s Tale to helm a film based on best-selling Adelaide-based author Hannah Kent’s first original screenplay. 
The Hunting by Closer Productions and starring Richard Roxburgh and Asher Keddie is the first locally-originated, locally-developed and locally-produced primetime drama series ever in SA, Upright starring Tim Minchin is a major new drama series by Lingo Productions shot in the SA desert, The Letdown Series 2 brought its production to Adelaide, while Julie Kalceff and Kirsty Stark’s First Day is the first ever children’s drama series starring a transgender teen, with Evie McDonald playing a transgender student navigating her first year in high school.

“I’m proud of everything the SAFC team and the SA screen sector has achieved during my time here, and I thank them along with all our agency and industry partners, for all our collaborations. South Australia has been established as a major national and international production destination and, with the local industry steered into primetime TV drama alongside film and other screen entertainment, the state’s never been busier.”

Gibson will leave the agency following the Screen Makers Conference at the end of July.