Fiona Tuomy is an inclusive storytelling specialist - an award-winning screenwriter, director, producer and developer working across storytelling genres and platforms.
Fiona Tuomy is an inclusive storytelling specialist - an award-winning screenwriter, director, producer and developer working across storytelling genres and platforms. As well as being a creative practitioner, Fiona is recognised as a leader in the design and delivery of disability-led arts programs and has worked in leadership and education roles across the screen, arts, literary and disability sectors.
Currently Fiona is developing a bold slate of disability-led screen and digital projects. In May 2019, Fiona was appointed to a new Advisory Group, which will help shape the Victorian Government’s strategy and investment in the creative industries from 2020.
Writer, director and producer Fiona Tuomy will pioneer an international best practice model for disability-led inclusive filmmaking and storytelling for the screen. During the funded period Fiona will undertake an intensive development strategy process for the research and writing of the hybrid feature film The Sky and Other Secrets. Working closely with Cinematographer Andrew de Groot, across a flexible practical research schedule with interconnected stages between development and production. Outcomes will include a draft script and proof of concept trailer. The learnings from the development process will be shared by public presentation to the screen and disability arts sectors.
What does being awarded a Creators Fund grant mean to you?
I am deeply honoured to be awarded a Creators Fund. For my creative work to be recognised in this way is an incredible endorsement of my individual project and craft skills, but also for disability-led inclusive filmmaking and storytelling for the screen. The Creators Fund allows me to fully embrace inclusive screen arts practice and develop The Sky and Other Secrets through a disability arts culture lens.
How important is 'time' to you, as an artist/creative professional?
Time equals space. I believe every creative project has its own DNA. The project must be your guide. It is immeasurable to have the time and space to deep dive and fully explore the cinematic potential of my film. To be grounded in lived experience and question the default position of ‘what is normal’ and to reframe what is centred in the storytelling. I am interested in shedding light on the space between the cracks, the stories that are often forgotten, never spoken about or not seen as important.
What are you most looking forward to over the months ahead?
During the development period, I am incredibly excited to have the opportunity to work closely with Cinematographer Andrew de Groot. At its heart, filmmaking is a collaborative medium. Our intention is to develop a groundbreaking filmmaking process, which is a genuine investigation of narrative. For the main character Ivy, I want the sky as a visual storytelling tool to filter through every part of her life. As screenwriter I will write a first draft screenplay, but also we will shoot innovative visual sequences that will inform and shape the writing process and ultimately the mise en scène and story of the film.
Where would you like to see yourself at the end of this process? How do you anticipate your career will develop as a result?
Without question as a Victorian disabled filmmaker the Creators Fund is a game-changing career opportunity for me. I will have a tangible calling card, which not only demonstrates the creative vision of my film, but also my significant craft skills and experience. With my Creators Fund project I am focusing not only on my own creative and career goals, but also how structural barriers and inequalities can be addressed in the mainstream screen sector.