Broadsheet’s upcoming film “What Comes Next?” To help the recovery of Australian cultural industries


Broadsheet Media has produced “What Comes Next?”, an insightful short film about where our cities and cultural industries are now, more than two years into the pandemic, and what Australian leaders with influence politics and culture see as the next steps in recovery.

The documentary is part of a new series of films titled “Broadsheet In Conversation” hosted by Broadsheet Editorial Director Katya Wachtel.

The film features notable Australians including Merivale CEO Justin Hemmes, award-winning musician Clare Bowditch, acclaimed chef and restaurateur Jerry Mai, Vivid Sydney festival director Gill Minervini, Australian policymaker and treasurer Josh Frydenberg, CEO of Food & Drink Victoria Anthea Loucas Bosha, Collingwood Arts Precinct CEO Sophie Travers and leading contemporary artist Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran. It was filmed at various locations in Sydney and Melbourne including Cumulus Inc, Collingwood Yards Arts District, Bar Totti and Sullivan and Strumpf Fine Art, among others.

The film explores the impact of Covid on our CBDs and cultural industries and offers a pulse on the current mood. The outlook is surprisingly optimistic for many, while others provide insight into the serious challenges our cities and centers of culture still face. The conversation delves into the key issues facing hospitality, arts, live entertainment and CBD businesses, from staff shortages and arts funding cuts, to how we are revitalizing and bringing back people in our CBDs following a major structural change in the way people live and work post-lockdown.

“By sitting down with these eight highly influential leaders, Broadsheet seeks to understand what lies ahead for our cities and our culture and our way of life,” said Broadsheet Founder and Publisher Nick Shelton. “There are certainly challenges and difficult questions, but it’s clear Australian culture has an exciting future ahead of it.”

Editorial Director Katya Wachtel said: “Australia’s cultural industries have been among the hardest hit by the pandemic, and our CBDs haven’t been the same since the lockdowns ended. There are monumental challenges as well as awe-inspiring opportunities ahead, and the eight voices in this film were able to offer exclusive insight into how the pandemic has affected life and culture in Australian cities, and the issues and solutions that will make our cities and cultural sectors stronger and more vibrant in the years to come.

Through this film, Broadsheet wants to lead the conversation on what is needed to put arts, hospitality and live music back on its feet; to get people excited about what’s to come, and how they can get involved and be inspired.

Launched in 2009 and still 100% independent, Broadsheet is Australia’s go-to cultural guide, with three million visits per month. Present in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth, the masthead helps Australians discover and experience what makes their cities and communities vibrate.


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