Launched in August 2019, Centralised is a ground-breaking initiative to boost First Nations filmmakers and screen creatives in South Australia and Northern Territory with specialised funding, support and development opportunities.
Developed by the South Australian Film Corporation & Adelaide Studios and Screen Territory together with collaborating partners Screen Australia’s Indigenous Department, Documentary Australia Foundation (DAF), AFTRS Indigenous (Australian Film, Television & Radio School), ABC and NITV, Centralised delivers a range of opportunities for First Nations screen creatives through the centre of Australia, creating clear pathways for emerging talent including mentoring, workshops, attachments and internships.
The focus of Centralised is to encourage screen storytelling, practitioner and audience development in South Australia and the Northern Territory, with an emphasis on collaboration that crosses state borders.
Main image: Deadly Family Portraits: Sansbury Sisters (2019)
Centralised Web Series Development Workshop
Thirteen First Nations screen creatives from South Australia and the Northern Territory gathered at Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA) in Alice Springs in October 2019 for this four-day workshop facilitated by The Sapphires and Top End Wedding director Wayne Blair.
The program covered all aspects of creating a web series and featured presentations from a star-studded lineup of screen talent including filmmakers Dylan River and Tanith Glynn-Maloney (Robbie Hood) and writer, producer and actor Trisha Morton-Thomas (Redfern Now).
Bunya Creative Talent Incubator
Supported by Screen Australia’s Enterprise Business and Ideas Program and the South Australian Film Corporation, Bunya Productions presented the Bunya Creative Talent Incubator for First Nations producers, writers, writer/directors or director/producers with a compelling idea for a web series, TV series or feature.
Held at the SAFC’s Adelaide Studios from November 29 to December 1, 2019 the three-day workshop was facilitated by producer/writer Gillian Moody (Family Rules, Black Divaz) and producer Tanith Glynn-Maloney (Robbie Hood, She Who Must be Loved) with producer/director Dena Curtis (Grace Beside Me), director Adrian Russell Wills (88, Black Divaz), Wayne Blair (Top End Wedding, Mystery Road) and rising star actor and writer Nakkiah Lui (Kiki and Kitty, Black Comedy) as mentors.
The workshop saw eight teams of First Nations producers, writers and directors from South Australia and Northern Territory develop their ideas for new web series, TV series and feature films, and finishing the program with pitch-ready documents.