'Soldiers without guns': How unarmed Anzacs brought peace to war-ravaged Bougainville

CLIENT: DEMAND.FILM
OUTLET: SBS NEWS ONLINE

An Anzac peacekeeping mission to Bougainville in the wake of the tiny Pacific Island’s savage civil war is finally getting recognition for its efforts to bring order - with guitars instead of rifles.  Bougainville was devastated by the decade-long conflict during the 1990s, which claimed at least 20,000 lives - or almost one-sixth of the population - and required the intervention of a multi-nation peacekeeping force.  Australian and Kiwi troops have proudly served as peacekeepers, in conjunction with the United Nations, around the world. But this tour of duty was slight different: the troops were unarmed, on the advice of New Zealand Army Brigadier Roger Mortlock.

An Anzac peacekeeping mission to Bougainville in the wake of the tiny Pacific Island’s savage civil war is finally getting recognition for its efforts to bring order - with guitars instead of rifles.

Bougainville was devastated by the decade-long conflict during the 1990s, which claimed at least 20,000 lives - or almost one-sixth of the population - and required the intervention of a multi-nation peacekeeping force.

Australian and Kiwi troops have proudly served as peacekeepers, in conjunction with the United Nations, around the world. But this tour of duty was slight different: the troops were unarmed, on the advice of New Zealand Army Brigadier Roger Mortlock.

'Soldiers without guns': A peaceful approach to Bougainville

CLIENT: DEMAND.FILM
OUTLET: ABC RADIO NATIONAL BREAKFAST W/ FRAN KELLY

Many Australians will recall the Bougainville conflict in Papua New Guinea, which claimed the lives of as many as 20,000 people.  A fragile peace was finally brokered in 1998, in part thanks to the efforts of an unarmed Truce Monitoring Group, led by New Zealand and guided by Maori values.  A new documentary seeks to tell the story of this unique mission — it's called "Soldiers Without Guns".

Many Australians will recall the Bougainville conflict in Papua New Guinea, which claimed the lives of as many as 20,000 people.

A fragile peace was finally brokered in 1998, in part thanks to the efforts of an unarmed Truce Monitoring Group, led by New Zealand and guided by Maori values.

A new documentary seeks to tell the story of this unique mission — it's called "Soldiers Without Guns".

In PNG, footy challenges beliefs about 'what a woman’s role should be'

CLIENT: DEMAND.FILM
OUTLET: THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD / FAIRFAX

As a woman in sport, I know exactly how it feels to be trolled on social media. It happens to a lot of us. When I saw what AFLW player Tayla Harris was going through with the comments on that photo last month, it resonated.  Unfortunately, whatever your code, being harassed by strangers online is something a lot of us can all relate to in women’s footy.  When I joined the Papua New Guinea Orchids in 2017 ahead of the World Cup, a film crew was making a documentary about the team’s inaugural journey and the impact of women’s rugby league on lives and attitudes in Papua New Guinea. My story became part of the film.  Despite rugby league being the national sport in Papua New Guinea, not everyone was willing to get behind the country’s first female representative rugby league team. One of the biggest issues was the abuse we faced on social media.

As a woman in sport, I know exactly how it feels to be trolled on social media. It happens to a lot of us. When I saw what AFLW player Tayla Harris was going through with the comments on that photo last month, it resonated.

Unfortunately, whatever your code, being harassed by strangers online is something a lot of us can all relate to in women’s footy.

When I joined the Papua New Guinea Orchids in 2017 ahead of the World Cup, a film crew was making a documentary about the team’s inaugural journey and the impact of women’s rugby league on lives and attitudes in Papua New Guinea. My story became part of the film.

Despite rugby league being the national sport in Papua New Guinea, not everyone was willing to get behind the country’s first female representative rugby league team. One of the biggest issues was the abuse we faced on social media.

New device launched to improve property inspection safety

CLIENT: WANDERSAFE
OUTLET: REAL ESTATE BUSINESS

An employee safety device that promises to de-escalate dangerous situations has found its way to the market, something that might be useful for property managers who feel vulnerable during property inspections as an additional safety tool.  WanderSafe’s beacon safety device and app is a new safety protocol that works in tandem to keep people safer when they are in potentially vulnerable situations.  Inventor Stephenie Rodriguez said that the non-violent device has four features that are designed to disorient and scare an assailant, giving somebody enough time to save their life.  “When pressed, the activation button sends off an SOS message and GPS coordinates to corporate security managers, next of kin or colleagues to take action,” Ms Rodriguez said.

An employee safety device that promises to de-escalate dangerous situations has found its way to the market, something that might be useful for property managers who feel vulnerable during property inspections as an additional safety tool.

WanderSafe’s beacon safety device and app is a new safety protocol that works in tandem to keep people safer when they are in potentially vulnerable situations.

Inventor Stephenie Rodriguez said that the non-violent device has four features that are designed to disorient and scare an assailant, giving somebody enough time to save their life.

“When pressed, the activation button sends off an SOS message and GPS coordinates to corporate security managers, next of kin or colleagues to take action,” Ms Rodriguez said.

Kelly and Brian were more than siblings – they were soulmates

CLIENT: DEMAND.FILM
OUTLET: SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

When people fall in love, they tend to retreat into their own world – subsisting on takeaway and endorphins – until reality pulls them back. It was no different for American actor Brian Donovan and his Australian girlfriend Tempany Deckert, a playwright and former  Home and Away  star.  But when Brian's sister Kelly came to visit, things changed.  The siblings spent every day together, photographing their favourite stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and chasing the Bee Gees for autographs. At night, they'd cuddle on the couch.  "I'm supposed to be your other half," Tempany complained to Brian, "but there's already a half there."

When people fall in love, they tend to retreat into their own world – subsisting on takeaway and endorphins – until reality pulls them back. It was no different for American actor Brian Donovan and his Australian girlfriend Tempany Deckert, a playwright and former Home and Away star.

But when Brian's sister Kelly came to visit, things changed.

The siblings spent every day together, photographing their favourite stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and chasing the Bee Gees for autographs. At night, they'd cuddle on the couch.

"I'm supposed to be your other half," Tempany complained to Brian, "but there's already a half there."

New documentary highlights the power of PNG women through rugby league

CLIENT: DEMAND.FILM
OUTLET: ABC RADIO NATIONAL BREAKFAST W/ FRAN KELLY

Papua New Guinea is one of the world's most dangerous countries for women.  Indeed, no women sit in the country's Parliament, and more than two-thirds of all women in Papua New Guinea have suffered violence or rape at the hands of a partner.  But there are efforts underway to challenge this dominance, starting by enabling women's participation in rugby league.  A new documentary screening in Australia at the moment follows Papua New Guinea's first national women's rugby league team, the PNG Orchids, on their journey to the 2017 World Cup in Australia.  It's called Power Meri, or Power Women.

Papua New Guinea is one of the world's most dangerous countries for women.

Indeed, no women sit in the country's Parliament, and more than two-thirds of all women in Papua New Guinea have suffered violence or rape at the hands of a partner.

But there are efforts underway to challenge this dominance, starting by enabling women's participation in rugby league.

A new documentary screening in Australia at the moment follows Papua New Guinea's first national women's rugby league team, the PNG Orchids, on their journey to the 2017 World Cup in Australia.

It's called Power Meri, or Power Women.

Mum's genius idea on maternity leave

CLIENT: FLASHMOP
OUTLET: YAHOO! LIFESTYLE

This new mum used her maternity leave to revolutionise the cleaning industry with a genius idea, and you’ll be kicking yourself that you didn’t think of it first.  A former fly-in fly-out worker on a remote mine in Western Australia, it was outside the mines that Megan Harrison finally struck gold as a tech entrepreneur with her app FlashMop.  The on-demand cleaning app hooks up desperate households with freelance cleaners, and has found no small amount of success in Megan’s native Perth since its launch six months ago.

This new mum used her maternity leave to revolutionise the cleaning industry with a genius idea, and you’ll be kicking yourself that you didn’t think of it first.

A former fly-in fly-out worker on a remote mine in Western Australia, it was outside the mines that Megan Harrison finally struck gold as a tech entrepreneur with her app FlashMop.

The on-demand cleaning app hooks up desperate households with freelance cleaners, and has found no small amount of success in Megan’s native Perth since its launch six months ago.