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Storyology is Australia’s premier festival of media and storytelling. Register and see the full site at walkleys.com/storyology15/. Bookmark the mobile site at storyology15.sched.org/mobile. And follow the conversation on Twitter at #Storyology.

Program updates for Friday: 
- Sydney Morning Herald’s innovation editor, Stephen Hutcheon, is replacing Conal Hanna on the Tiny screen, big disruption: Mobile-first strategies, and Amy O’Leary will not be appearing.
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Robyn Butler

GristMill
Writer, actor & producer
Twitter @butlerandhope, Instagram @robynbutlernotes

Robyn Butler is an actor, writer and producer who runs the highly successful Melbourne based Production Company, Gristmill, with her husband, Wayne Hope. A highly regarded content creator, Robyn co-created and produced three seasons of the multi-award-nominated and -winning The Librarians for ABC TV, in which she also starred; she also co-wrote and produced the much loved and lauded comedy Very Small Business. Robyn also co-created and produced two seasons of the critically acclaimed and hit comedy Upper Middle Bogan. ABC3 is currently airing the enormously popular Little Lunch, a children's comedy series that Robyn adapted for television, wrote and produced. On Nov. 5 Now Add Honey, a feature film that Robyn wrote, produced, and stars in will be released in Australia's cinemas.

Butler in six words: Funny girl makes television and film

Tell us a bit about you. How did you get to where you are today? What led you to become a storyteller?

I have always written stories. At school, I tried to turn maths into a play. I became an actor and a writer to keep telling stories and, because necessity is the mother of invention, I became a producer in order to get my stories made.

A career moment I’m proud of is …

‘Stories From the Golf’, the first show that our company wrote, directed and produced. It took a complete leap of faith to make it – and to start a company, but the risk paid off enormously. It was the beginning of everything.

Something or someone I’m inspired by is …

Geena Davis. Brilliant, brainy and talented… and passionate advocate for gender equality on screen and off. Geena is genuinely changing the way people tell stories in film and television to address woeful female representation.

The time/place I’m most creative is …

8.30 am. My office. Internet off. Oh, the possibility…

A kind of innovation that excites me is …

The web. There is no barrier for anyone to get their story out there.

Other storytellers I admire are …

This space is not big enough: Nora Ephron, Tina Fey, Harold Ramis, Garry Shandling. Four names from a very long list.

I would advise my 15-year-old self …

Hang in there; it gets better.

At Storyology I can’t wait to share …

Chats over coffee. And cake. There will be cake, right?

My Speakers Sessions

Thursday, November 12
 

09:10