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South Australia’s next generation of Indigenous Storytellers

06 December 2017

Six emerging South Australian Aboriginal directors have just completed a week-long intensive workshop created by the South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC) aimed at developing the next generation of Indigenous screen storytellers.

The Aboriginal Short Film Workshop brought together acclaimed mentors and industry experts to present seminars and one-on-one sessions to inspire the participants to find their storytelling voice and to build their understanding of the screen industries.

The mentors included director Darlene Johnson (Two Bob Mermaid, Bluey, Home & Away), director Catriona McKenzie (Satellite Boy, The Secret Daughter), Head of ABC Indigenous and filmmaker Kelrick Martin (Prison Song), director/writer/producer Rolf de Heer (Charlie’s Country, Ten Canoes, The Tracker), script editor and development executive at Screen Australia Louise Gough, director/producer/editor Dena Curtis (8MMM, Jacob, Message Stick) producer John Harvey (Spear) and director and cinematographer Allan Collins (Beneath Clouds).

CEO of the SAFC Annabelle Sheehan said “This workshop is another key element from the Aboriginal Screen Strategy launched in 2015, to recognise 70,000 years of storytelling, and develop our future screen storytellers. Through this intensive one week program these emerging and early-career filmmakers have been able to develop their scripts and ideas in one-on-one sessions with a group of high calibre mentors creating momentum for their projects and further pathways for their professional development.”

Participants in the Workshop were: Writer/director Isaac Lindsay with his short film project A Big Man

Writer/director Edoardo Crismani with his short film The Coin Toss and feature drama Finding Billy Brown

Writer/director Joel Brown with his short film project Djammbi

Writer/director/co-producer Zibeon Fielding with his short documentary Running 62

Researcher/writer Donna Abdulla with her feature documentary Rule 35 (aka Three Great Tribes) 

Writer Thibul ‘Stinga T’ Nettle with his feature drama Freedom

Featured image: Director Zibeon Fielding

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