The telemovie ‘Journey’ received the Jury’s Special Prize at the 2016 Seoul International Drama Awards. This year’s competition attracted 270 entries from 51 countries, and Muffy and Trudi together with the film’s Director, Mohammad Ghorbankarimi, attended the ceremony in South Korea on September 8 to accept the award.
In 2011 Trudi was a guest speaker in Berlin, presenting on the media’s ability to change the cultural landscape in Afghanistan.
In January 2015, Trudi-Ann Tierney was invited by BBC to participate in a panel discussion with Author Michael Dobbs, dramatists James Graham and Paula Milne to debate whether dramas aid our understanding of the way governments operate or foster cynicism about democracy. The debate was part of the ‘BBC Day of Democracy’ initiative and was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.
This is about people, not politics. People continue to come to Australia to seek a better and safer life, far too often with tragic consequences. Many of these deaths could have been prevented. Education about the dangers of the trip and the policies that await them if they do reach Australian waters will save people from detention, disappointment and even death.
Film educates and engages like no other medium. It is a powerful and emotional way to explain the complexities of the current policies; the stories it tells moves, connects with its viewers. The impact this film will have on a person’s decision to attempt a journey by boat to Australia cannot be underestimated.
A lot of people do not realise or understand the risks and the realities of coming to Australia by boat. Raising awareness is critical.
The six-part drama serial, Innocent Heart, centres on Kabir, a 12-year-old boy naively manipulated by insurgents into planting an IED that kills three people, including his best friend and his brother-in-law. While the attack itself is visually and emotionally confronting, episodes leading to the tragic event portray a cast of fundamentally good, although sometimes deeply flawed individuals, striving for a better life. Drawn from different ages, genders, educational backgrounds and societal roles, they are all individually and devastatingly affected by the explosion, only heightening the senselessness of Kabir’s actions and the unforeseen sequential chain of events that follows.
The Put It Out There Picture team wrote and produced the series with implementing partner, Kaboora Productions with funding from USAID.
In March 2014 Trudi-Ann Tierney’s memoir “Making Soapies in Kabul,” was released in Australia and New Zealand. The book documents the 3.5 years that Trudi and Muffy Potter spent in Afghanistan making television drama serials for local audiences.
Her crazy and dangerous 3.5 years in a war zone are revealed in delightfully dramatic detail in “Making Soapies in Kabul”.
—Blanche Clark, Herald-Sun
One of the pleasures of the book is Tierney’s openness, her upfront manner and her willingness to laugh at herself…Nothing goes smoothly, but this only adds to the tale’s chaotic charm.
Fiona Capp, Sydney Morning Herald
Commissioned by ABC International Development, the team at Put It Out There Pictures was contracted to write an eight-part drama series about a rugby league team in Papua New Guinea, for broadcast in the region.
In early September, Muffy Potter was a keynote speaker at the World Writers Conference, part of the BCWW in Seoul. Muffy’s address included discussions about trends in both Australian and international drama content.
Muffy also moderated a session looking at global marketing strategies for selling drama content. Speakers on the panel included Firat Gulgan, CEO of Calinos -Turkey; Fadi Ismal, MBC – UAE; Ms Lucero Suarez, Producer, Televisa -Mexico; Sun Rong CEO, Lifelike – China, Art D. Kaneearch, BEC Ch 3 – Thailand and Hae-Ryong Jung, Head of Drama Center, KBS Media – Korea. BCWW