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Lights, camera, action: How Lynne Benzie went from taking calls to calling the shots

Dominica Czaczka | September 2, 2020

Village Roadshow Studios President Lynne Benzie isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty.

From project-managing Sound Stage 9 and Australia’s largest water tank, spearheading major international blockbusters to fiercely championing the Gold Coast’s film industry, studio juggernaut Benzie has a self-proclaimed ‘boots on the ground’ approach when it comes to leading Village Roadshow Studios.

“I’m very determined, probably a bit too much sometimes,” admits Benzie.

“I’ll stop at nothing. It’s all about the film. It’s all about the studios. It’s all about the crew.

“The harder you make it, the more of a challenge it becomes to me and I’m determined to make it work,” said Benzie.

“The goal posts get changed quite regularly in what I do. Nothing is impossible if you look at it in a different way and how you can go about to achieve it.

Tenacity, curiosity and hard work have been a resounding theme in Benzie’s leadership trajectory. Her career saw her work across a diverse range of industries such as engineering, building, legal, finance, insurance and even a record label before landing at Village Roadshow Studios in 1990. Unbeknownst to her, she was about to launch a three decade-long love affair with the studios and ignite a passion for film production that she didn’t even know existed.

“I have learned the hard way that being a leader doesn’t happen overnight.

“I’ve been at the studio 30 years. Before I took on this role, I’d been the assistant PA then became Studio Operations Manager, then Vice President of the Studios.

“I’ve had to learn a lot of things along the way. I’ve had to work a lot harder than a lot of people to get to where I am and get the respect I currently have within the industry and local businesses as well,” muses Benzie.

“It’s a very male-dominated industry and I’m fortunate Village Roadshow Studios saw that vision in me to go into this role” she said.