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NAIDOC Week Spotlight : Tammy Coleman-Zweck

06 July 2022
Tammy Coleman-Zweck, image supplied

Tammy Coleman-Zweck is a Kokatha and Greek emerging storyteller from Ceduna, on the West Coast of South Australia. We recently spoke to Tammy as a part of our NAIDOC Week series of articles profiling and celebrating First Nations South Australian screen creatives to discuss her career highlights so far, her current projects and what she’s looking forward to in the future.

Tammy was a scholarship recipient for the Mercury CX Springboard Program, an initiative funded by the SAFC, which built on her knowledge of the film industry and kickstarted her script writing career.  

“After the program, I teamed up with Director Adam Jenkins to co-write and produce the short film Wild at Heart – a family drama about three generations of Indigenous women brought together by a 1965 Red Ford Mustang Convertible,” she says. 

Tammy was also accepted into the 2022 AFTRS Talent Camp presented by the SAFC last month, and is looking forward to developing her contemporary supernatural drama, Bountiful, which she says “will heighten the senses and the tastebuds, with decadent desserts and a whole lot of spirits”.

As well as this, Tammy is also taking part in the inaugural SAFC First Nations Short Film Writers’ Program, developing a coming-of-age short film, which explores watchmaking, time and cultural identity through the eyes of a young First Nations woman. 

“I am loving the opportunity to work with Indigenous Directors, actors and crew and continue to explore partnership arrangements,” Tammy says.

“I want to keep writing innovative scripts and see them come to life on the screen and to entertain global audiences.” 

Looking forward, Tammy has some grand plans.

“I would love to establish a production company and employ local actors and crew to make movies about intergenerational relationships and post-trauma growth,” she says.

“The thing I enjoy most about working in the industry is the highly collaborative teamwork on film projects and the attention to detail that can be achieved with sufficient time, mentoring and resources. My dream industry job is to write an exciting screenplay and to produce a successful feature film with my choice of actors and Director”.

When asked about her favourite Australian films and TV series, Tammy was happy to give her recommendations.

“I recently enjoyed watching Leah Purcell’s The Drover’s Wife; however, my favourite Australian TV series of all time is the 1995 prison drama, Correlli, featuring Hugh Jackman and Deborra Lee-Furness. The script, quality acting and tension between the two main actors makes for compelling viewing,” she said.

To learn more about the opportunities available for South Australian First Nations screen practitioners, head to our First Nations Screen Strategy page.

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