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Jennie Hughes has been tapped to run the Australian Film Institute until new CEO James Hewison takes the reigns in August.

Hughes is an AFI board member who oversaw Macquarie Bank’s film and television investment slate.

She ankled last year after the bank shuttered the division because it feared the high-profile failure of so many titles was tarnishing its reputation.

Hughes is now producing a movie about cricketer Keith Miller.

Hewison is topper of the Melbourne Film Festival, unspooling this year beginning July 26.

The chief role of the AFI is staging the AFI Awards each November.

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