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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)

Josh Trevorrow

DAF Centralised Indigenous Fellowship

South Australian First Nations filmmaker Ngarrindjeri man Josh Trevorrow has been awarded the Documentary Australia Foundation’s (DAF) Centralised Indigenous Fellowship for 2021, part of the bold and ambitious South Australia and Northern Territory cross border screen initiative Centralised. Read the full announcement here.

Launched in 2019 under the CENTRALISED banner, the Documentary Australia Foundation (DAF) Centralised Indigenous Fellowship is a partnership with the South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC), Screen Territory, NITV (National Indigenous Television) and AFTRS Indigenous (Australian Film Television and Radio School).

Running across three years with one Fellow selected annually, the Fellowship is a funding and support program to empower storytelling and kickstart new projects from Indigenous documentary filmmakers from the Northern Territory and South Australia.

As the second Fellow awarded under the initiative, Josh will receive a grant of up to $30,000 for professional development and mentoring, and development of his documentary project Kondoli- Ngarrindjeri whale project (working title), as well as up to $10,000 of in-kind support to attend training opportunities at AFTRS.

In taking up the year-long bespoke fellowship Josh aims to unearth the hidden stories of the Ngarrindjeri peoples’ pivotal role in the American, British and European whaling trade which took place on their country and waters, now known as Victor Harbor and Encounter Bay in South Australia, from the early 1800s onwards. In respectful collaboration with Elders, this documentary will have a focus on nature, celebrating truth and reconciliation, and explore the costs of these relationships and the spiritual compromises for people who have always seen the Kondoli (whale) as a Ngatji (totem).

Josh has been awarded the second of three consecutive years of DAF Indigenous Fellowships, following the selection in 2020 of Tamara Whyte from Nhulunbuy, in the Northern Territory as the Inaugural Fellow. The final fellowship will be announced in 2022.

For more information about the DAF Centralised Indigenous Fellowship, click here.

Image: SA Ngarrindjeri filmmaker and 2021 DAF Centralised Indigenous Fellow Josh Trevorrow, image supplied.

Elaine Crombie, Deadly Family Portraits (2019)

Deadly Family Portraits

This SAFC and ABC digital series brings to the screen three remarkable South Australian First Nations families – mother and daughter performers Lillian and Elaine Crombie, artist father and musician son Robert and Zaachariaha Fielding, and dancer sisters Taree and Caleena Sansbury – in three short films produced and directed by teams of emerging First Nations South Australian filmmakers.

The series premiered on ABC iview on Friday August 9, 2019 marking the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People.

Find out more about each film by clicking the links below.

Image: Elaine Crombie in Deadly Family Portraits: Crombie Crew (2019)

Centralised Interactive Storytelling Workshop

First Nations screen creatives in South Australia and the Northern Territory dived into the world of interactive storytelling in the Centralised Interactive Storytelling Workshop (26-27 August, 2020), presented by the SAFC and Screen Territory.

Run by interactive media expert Brett Cullen and held virtually via Zoom, the two-day intensive workshop introduced participants to design concepts, strategies and ideas for storytelling via interactive platforms such as VR, AR, digital games and more.

SAFC CEO Kate Croser said: “The SAFC is pleased to launch this exciting new opportunity for First Nations storytellers in South Australia and the Northern Territory. Along with our recently announced ground-breaking Games Rebate, this initiative is yet another way the SAFC is supporting games and interactive creatives, and boosting First Nations practitioners to further develop their skills and expand their career horizons.”

Screen Territory Director Jennie Hughes said: “We are delighted to be collaborating with our Centralised partner SAFC on such a great initiative. This is a fantastic opportunity for our First Nations screen practitioners both in SA and NT.”

Find out more.

Centralised Web Series Development Workshop participants and mentors at CAAMA in Alice Springs, October 2019. Photo by Nara Wilson.
Centralised Web Series Development Workshop participants and mentors. Photo by Nara Wilson.

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).

Wayne Blair, Tanith Glynn-Maloney, Dena Curtis, Adrian Russell Wills, Gillian Moody and Nakkiah Lui at the Bunya Creative Talent Incubator, December 2019. Photo by Nara Wilson.
Wayne Blair, Tanith Glynn-Maloney, Dena Curtis, Adrian Russell Wills, Gillian Moody, Nakkiah Lui. Photo by Nara Wilson.

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.

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