Foxtel and AFTRS have announced Trudi Houston Refshauge (pictured) as the recipient of this year’s $20,000 Foxtel Screenwriting Scholarship for Diverse and Under-represented Students.
The scholarship has been awarded over the past three years to develop Australian screenwriting talent, with a focus on diversity.
Trudi Houston Refshauge lives and works from a cattle property in regional NSW and is, by her own definition, as a regional woman in her 50s, from a group underrepresented in the screen industry.
The Scholarship will enable her to complete the AFTRS Master of Arts Screen: Screenwriting.
She commenced her Masters this year and she may also have the opportunity to undertake a work attachment at Foxtel.
Carly Heaton, Foxtel’s executive in charge of drama production said: “Foxtel believes that building a thriving and vibrant media, arts and film environment in Australia demands investing in a rich diversity of talented Australians drawn from every corner of every community. Through our relationship with AFTRS we are able to expand that diversity and support a new generation of screenwriters through the Foxtel Screenwriting Scholarship for Diverse and Under-represented Students. We are delighted to award Trudi with this year’s scholarship and look forward to seeing her talents grow.”