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Me Too ‘changing Australian masculinity’

By AAP Newswire

The Me Too movement has challenged the way women are treated in the Australian entertainment industry but also how it tells stories about masculinity.

Household names of film and television, including Nicole Kidman and Simon Baker, were at the 8th annual AACTAs to honour a diverse range of productions.

Baker, who won best supporting actor for his directorial debut Breath, says his film "challenged and subverted" the idea of Australian masculinity.

Actor Ryan Corr, who was nominated for best lead actor for the film One Percent, said he had noticed equality was at last spreading throughout the industry.

"I've found more scripts I'm reading have fleshed out roles for female characters," Corr said.

"What we consider masculine is also changing throughout the world."

One Percent highlights the frailty of Australian masculinity, and the local entertainment industry's obsession with male misogyny, through the lens of bikie gangs and their hyper-aggressive, male dominated hierarchy.

The film was one of 38 films submitted for contention for 2018, a record for the Academy.

AACTA host Steven Curry told the audience the diversity shown on screen in 2018's record 38 films submitted to the awards made him "proud to be an Australian and proud to be in this industry."

TV's Doctor Doctor star Tina Bursill says it is vitally important to tell the traditionally untold stories of Australian life

"We're all over the bit of sameness of stories of the past," she told AAP.

Inspired by the Me Too movement, she said there were more conversations being had about the treatment of women in the entertainment industry.

"The positive change is the fact that we're talking about it," Bursill said.

"Let's hope we eradicate that behaviour for the next generation, and the next generation."

Fellow actor Marta Dusseldorp supports quotas across the industry, including "behind closed doors" on boards and among production teams.

"When quotas no longer have to be quotas then we'll be doing well," Dusseldorp said.

"Women in the industry need to show other women the way in."