Taryne Laffar, our amazing Series Producer for KGB has been selected for SPA’s prestigious 'Ones to Watch' Program for 2019!

Now in it's seventh iteration, Ones To Watch is an annual initiative by Screen Producers Australia (SPA) aimed at accelerating the careers of Australia's screen makers. Sixteen emerging producers from across Australia have been chosen for this year's program after a competitive submission process which included compliance with strict application guidelines. 

Taryne descends from the Bardi and Jabbir Jabbir peoples of the Dampier Peninsula in WA and has a wonderful mixed global heritage of Filipino, German, Slavic, English and Scottish. Having worked in Indigenous Arts realms for her adult life, her interest in the film and television industry began in 2006, with work as a 2nd AD attachment for Deadly Yarns Short Film production, MAIN ACTORS. Later that year did Taryne did her first work in the Extras Casting Department on SBS TV Series, THE CIRCUIT and wrote and directed her first short documentary WHO PAINTIN’ DIS WANDJINA?

Taryne has since worked in the industry professionally as Extras/Casting Coordinator/Casting Director for feature films STONE BROS., BRAN NUE DAE, MAD BASTARDS, A FEW LESS MEN and GO KARTS. And on talk show STRAIGHT SHOOTIN’, feature documentaries JANDAMARRA’S WAR and YAGAN and short films ONE FINE DAY, HIGH TIDE and DARK WHISPERS.

Taryne has also now completed numerous projects as Producer; BINGO! and RAINFOREST WARRIORZ, are her first scripted and factual projects respectively. Taryne has also managed the now completed Indigenous Community Stories initiative in 2013-2014, co-producing over 15 of these archival stories, some of which included broadcast versions for NITV.

Taryne produced five short documentaries for NITV in 2015; including Directing RUBEUN YORKSHIRE & Co-Directing BECCY GARLETT. Co-Writing (with Karla Hart) and Co-Producing (with Mago Films) ON COUNTRY KITCHEN, a 6 x 30-minute television series starring chef Mark Olive and presenter Derek Nannup in 2016. The series was broadcast on NITV and SBS Food Networks in 2017 and is now available on iTunes internationally.

Taryne is the unannounced recipient of Screenwest’s Spark Yearlong Indigenous Initiative 2018/2019 and is currently in development for a half hour pilot for NITV and will soon begin her Producers Attachment on Mystery Road Series 2.

"SPA has an impressive history of nurturing the next wave of Australia’s talented producers," said SPA CEO Matthew Deaner. "In tandem with the industry expertise of our project partners and valued mentors, we are excited to support the journeys of the 2019 Ones To Watch as they are exposed to exclusive industry opportunities and grow as distinctive Australian storytellers."

The Ones To Watch will spend six months being mentored by some of the most accomplished and experienced producers in the Australian screen industry, as well as attending development workshops and opportunities, before being provided with a specially curated itinerary at SCREEN FOREVER 2019 (12-14 November, Melbourne).

They will also be given the opportunity to participate in one-on-one pitching sessions with commissioning editors from SBS, with one participant being awarded the $15,000 ‘SBS First Look Grant’ to assist in the development of ideas and project concepts. 

Additionally, the participants are eligible for the Screen Australia supported 'Screen Internship', a $20,000 grant which allows the recipient to work with a host production company from any country, including Australia, and for any screen content type.

The recipients of both grants will be announced at the 19th Annual Screen Producers Australia Awards at the Forum Theatre, Melbourne on the final day of SCREEN FOREVER 2019.

CONGRATULATIONS TARYNE and a very special shout out to EMILIA JOLAKOSKA, fellow Western Australian producer extraordinaire!

Check out the Class of 2019 here: