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See the photos: In Conversation with Warwick Thornton NAIDOC Week Event

12 July 2021
Filmmaker Warwick Thornton, photo by Keryn Stevens
Filmmaker Warwick Thornton speaking at the SAFC’s In Conversation event at Tandanya for NAIDOC Week 2021, photo by Keryn Stevens

The SAFC’s NAIDOC Week celebrations wrapped up yesterday with a special In Conversation event with Internationally acclaimed director, writer and cinematographer Warwick Thornton at Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute. The event was recorded by SAFC partner organisation Channel 44 and will be available on the SAFC Facebook page in the future.

Thornton is currently in South Australia shooting new AMC and See-Saw Films vampire series Firebite, which he created, wrote and is directing together with long-time collaborator Brendan Fletcher. Set to release in the US on AMC+ later this year, Firebite is a high-octane fantasy series that follows two Indigenous Australian hunters, Tyson and Shanika, on their quest to battle the last colony of vampires in the middle of the South Australian desert. Firebite Executive Producer for See Saw Films Rachel Gardner and Co Producer Dena Curtis were in attendance on the day.

Hosted by former SBS and NITV journalist Nancia Guivarra, with a moving Welcome To Country by senior Kaurna man Michael Kumatpi O’Brien the event saw the Ngunyawayiti theatre at near capacity. Thornton generously shared with the crowd his filmmaking journey, insights, methodologies and experiences on titles such as Samson and Delilah, Sweet Country, and The Beach before answering audience questions after which networking and afternoon tea kicked off.

The SAFC would like to thank Warwick Thornton, Nancia Guivarra, Michael Kumatpi O’Brien, our partners Tandanya and Channel 44 and all those that attended this stellar event!

Photos taken by Keryn Stevens.

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