Announcing Key Note Speakers Rosalie Ham and Sue Maslin

We are thrilled to announce that ROSALIE HAM and SUE MASLIN are the KEY NOTE SPEAKERS for the NSW Rural Women’s Gathering Narrandera 2017!

Rosalie Ham
Rosalie Ham (author)

Rosalie Ham is the daughter of a farming family, born and raised in Jerilderie, NSW. She has achieved a Bachelor of Education (majoring in Drama and Literature, Deakin) and a Master of Arts, Creative Writing (RMIT, 2007). Rosalie teaches Literature at Trinity College, University of Melbourne.

In 2000 she published her first novel, ‘The Dressmaker’, to critical praise. ‘The Dressmaker’ is an Australian gothic story of love, hate and haute couture, set in the 1950s. The central character Tilly Dunnage, is a Paris couturier who returns to her home town of Dungatar, years after having been expelled as a ten year old. Her intention is to visit her mother Molly and then leave. Instead, she stays, colliding with her past and exacting revenge upon the people who pilloried her. When she does depart, she leaves behind a town ruined, and another past to flee.

‘The Dressmaker’ was adapted to film by Jocelyn Moorhouse and was released in 2015, starring Kate Winslet, Judy Davis, Hugo Weaving, and Liam Hemsworth. The film won several AACTA awards including Australia’s Favourite film (2016), topped the box office, and the costumes were exhibited throughout Australia.

Rosalie’s other published works include the novels ‘Summer at Mount Hope’ and ‘There Should be More Dancing’. Her novels have sold over 150,000 copies in Australia and internationally.

More information about Rosalie and her novels is available from her official website.


Sue Maslin
Sue Maslin (film producer and director)

Sue Maslin also grew up in Jerilderie, and attended boarding school with Rosalie Ham. She is now one of Australia’s most successful film, television and digital content producers with a track record of creating award winning feature and documentary films.

In addition to ‘The Dressmaker’ Sue’s feature credits include ‘Road To Nhill’ (winner of 2003 Best Feature Film at Thessaloniki International Film Festival), ‘Japanese Story’ (winner of 2003 AFI Award for Best Feature Film, IF Award for Best Feature Film, Film Critics Circle of Australia Best Feature Film);  ‘Celebrity: Dominick Dunne’; and ‘Hunt Angels’ (winner of the 2006 AFI Award for Best Feature Documentary Film).

Sue’s outstanding 35-year contribution to the Australian screen industry has been recognised in numerous ways. She was appointed Adjunct Professor of the School of Media & Communication at RMIT University and in 2012 received the inaugural Jill Robb Award for Outstanding Leadership, Achievement and Service to the Victorian Screen Industry. Reflecting her commitment to advocacy for women, Sue is currently a Patron of Women In Film and Television and the President of the Natalie Miller Fellowship, an organisation dedicated to inspiring leadership and increasing the participation of women in the screen industry.

Sue and business partner Daryl Dellora’s innovative company, Film Art Media distributes screen content across many platforms with a focus on blue chip documentaries including ‘Harry Seidler: Modernist’ and ‘The Edge of The Possible: Jorn Utzon and the Sydney Opera House’ (winner of the Golden Plaque at the Chicago International Television Competition).

More information about Sue and her company can be found on the Film Art Media website.


'The Dressmaker' film poster
‘The Dressmaker’ film poster


More information about the film adaptation of ‘The Dressmaker’ is available from the film’s official website.


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