Watch Indigenous Actress Miranda Tapsell’s Important Logie Speech

While everyone is talking around watercoolers about Carrie Bickmore‘s emotional speech after winning the Gold Logie, another important speech went a little more under the radar.

Miranda Tapsell, an Indigenous actress that you would have seen in Redfern Now, The Sapphires, and Love Child, gave a emotive and inspirational speech regarding diversity in the Australian film and TV industry after winning the Logie for Most Popular New Talent in Love Child (her first of two).
Put more beautiful people of colour on TV, and connect viewers in ways that transcend race and unite us,” she said. “That’s the real team Australia.
Speaking of her Love Child character Martha, Tapsell said “I really hope it’s the beginning. I hope we don’t stop there in making diverse casting and we’re really on our way there in Australia and I hope we continue this cultural shift.”
Tapsell performed in a show at Belvoir Theatre at the end of last year that is a perfect example of the diversity she would like to see in her industry. She played Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol: a Dickens character that has traditionally been played by a young caucasian male. She said to The Australian in October last year, saying that so-called colour and gender-blind casting is a trend she hopes to see continue: “I appreciate Anne-Louise being open to it, and I hope more directors move to that way of thinking.”
“The great thing about being a woman of Aboriginal heritage in 2015, we are seeing more and more roles where race is not the central thing.”

via Twitter & The Australian
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