Queensland’s Maroons women rugby league team is to star in a landmark documentary as it strives to win Women’s State of Origin glory over the next 12 months.
The series will be produced by an all-female Queensland crew and creative team, said Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk in a media release shared by Screen Queensland.
The Premier said the documentary would provide significant industry opportunities and take an important step towards increasing the role of women in the screen industry.
The Premier said the ground-breaking partnership between Screen Queensland and Queensland Rugby League would see both organisations invest in the series to give audiences unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to see what it takes to be a Maroon.
“As the number one member for the Queensland Women’s Maroons in 2019, I am excited to not only see the women on the field, but to get to know them and see the passion and dedication required to be an elite female athlete donning the famous Maroon jersey,” the Premier said.
“This project will also see women behind the camera with Screen Queensland forming an all-female crew and creative team, providing key opportunities for Queensland women to advance their careers in the screen industry and create compelling screen content for local, national and global audiences.”
Queensland Rugby League Chief Operating Officer Rohan Sawyer said it was an exciting time to be involved in women’s rugby league and to be pursuing innovative projects that promote greater participation in the game.
“We are seeing significant growth in female club registrations and we believe this documentary series will continue to inspire women of all ages to play rugby league, particularly girls who we hope will be motivated to follow their dreams to one day be a Maroon,” Mr Sawyer said.
Current Maroons player Chelsea Baker said the team was thrilled to be part of the project and thanked the QRL, Screen Queensland and the Queensland Government for bringing it together.
“It’s exciting to see the growth in the game and we hope to be able to share our experiences and stories as women in rugby league to hopefully continue to inspire more women and girls to enjoy the game,” Ms Baker said.
The series will follow the Harvey Norman Queensland Women’s Maroons over the next 12 months, starting with the 2019 clash on 21 June in Sydney, through to the 2020 game back on Queensland soil.
Screen Queensland and Queensland Rugby League will continue to work with partners and investors to develop the project, including potential broadcast partners to purchase and telecast the series in 2020.
To register your interest for the all-female production team go to https://screenqueensland.com.au/initiatives/sqrl/
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