Pearl Tan mixes filmmaking, teaching and advocacy for inclusivity

(L-r) Ingrid Rowell, Pearl Tan and Tara O’Connell (Photo credit: Cassie Bedford).

Pearl Tan juggles so many roles – writer, director, teacher, PhD student, occasional ABC radio presenter and inclusivity activist – it’s surprising she hasn’t cloned herself.

The filmmaker’s day job as senior lecturer in directing at the Australian Film Television and Radio School gives her time to pursue extra-curricular projects as well as studying part-time for her PhD at the University of New South Wales.

Currently she is developing with creator/writer Amy Stewart and producer Kala Ellis Return to Sender, an online satire about two estranged, mixed-raced sisters.

The project won the inaugural Screen Australia/VidCon pitching competition Pitcher Perfect staged at VidCon in Melbourne last September. The creative team is using the $30,000 prize to craft a proof-of-concept.

Asked how she juggles so many roles, the Perth-born Asian Australian filmmaker and former actor tells If: “I
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