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Reconciliation Week: Black Divaz screening and Q&A

02 June 2020

Celebrate 2020 National Reconciliation Week with the SAFC with a free online screening of Black Divaz plus a Q&A with the filmmakers.

And you thought Priscilla was the only Queen of the Desert!

Documentary Black Divaz goes behind the glitz, glamour and hot glue guns of the inaugural Miss First Nation drag queen pageant. Over five steamy days contestants will battle it out in fierce lip synching battles, photo shoots with crocodiles and challenges that will see each contestant stretch more than just their wardrobe choices. What does it take to be crowned the winner? Follow each contestant as they talk candidly about what brought them to this glittering stage – their triumphs and tragedies and what being Miss First Nation means for them and their communities.

Enjoy a free online screening of Black Divaz in your own time via an exclusive Vimeo link, and then join us for a livestream Q&A with Director and Writer Adrian Russell Wills and Producer Gillian Moody, where you can learn more about the process of making the film and its impact, and ask your own questions in real time.

2020 National Reconciliation Week: Black Divaz screening and Q&A

Date (film viewing): Watch in your own time from Monday 1 June to Tuesday 2 June, 2020 via supplied exclusive Vimeo link
Date (live Q&A): Tuesday, 2 June 2020, 4.00pm to 5.00pm ACST
Location: Online – register your attendance via Eventbrite to receive details and attendance link.
Cost: Free

PLEASE NOTE: Registration is essential to receive the exclusive link and password for the film, and the direct link to the Q&A livestream. If you’ve already seen the film and just wish to attend the Q&A livestream, registration is not required – just head over to the SAFC Facebook page on Tuesday 2 June at 4.00pm ACST to join in, or watch in the post window below.



Adrian Russell Wills began his filmmaking career in 1999 with his award winning short film Angel before directing the critically acclaimed documentary Our Bush Wedding in 2005. Adrian continued exploring the documentary form, co-writing and directing the groundbreaking When the Natives Get Restless in 2007 followed by the critically acclaimed short Jackie Jackie that screened at Melbourne International Film Festival, Flickerfest and the Santa Barbara Film Festival. Two of his films opened the 2010 Message Stick Film Festival, documentary Boxing for Palm Island and the short Daniel’s 21st. Moving his talents to television drama Adrian directed two episodes of Wonderland in 2014 for Fremantle Media and Network Ten. He was one of the directors on the ABC series The Gods of Wheat Street and returned to write and direct on the second series of Redfern Now. Adrian directed the Pursekey Productions documentary film 88. He directed four episodes of the Emmy nominated Blackfella Film’s series Ready For This and two episodes of Fremantle Media’s Wentworth. Adrian then directed the first two episodes of ABC’s The Warriors for Arena Media and is currently developing a strong slate of original film and television projects.


Gillian has worked in both management and production roles during her extensive years in the screen industry. From 2007-2014, Gillian worked as an Investment and Development Manager in Screen Australia’s Indigenous Department collaborating with filmmakers and project managing across some of the most successful Indigenous screen projects both scripted and factual productions during her eight years in the role such as: Redfern Now, Gods of Wheat Street, Samson and Delilah, Toomelah, Mystery Road, The Darkside, Buckskin and many more. Prior to this Gillian, worked for 10 years at SBS Indigenous Media Unit as the Production Manager working across series documentary and light entertainment programs, one off documentaries and special event programming. Gillian had the opportunity to work as a Producer Attachment on feature film Spear in 2015 and Production Manage across short film initiative A Bit of Black Business (2006). Most recently Gillian worked as Series Producer on the 6 x 30 min Documentary TV Series Family Rules for NITV. Gillian is well regarded for her years of advocacy for indigenous stories and mentoring of emerging filmmakers, she has producer credits for several short films with the most notable being through collaborations with Writer/Director Adrian Wills on Angel and Daniel’s 21st.

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