In August 2019 I was honoured to be the Inaugural Winner of the United Nations Association of Western Australia’s Short Film Competition in the Indigenous Culture Category. Bookarrarra Liyan Mardoowarra Booroo was produced by Madjulla Inc. (Broome), and features Anne Poelina and Jeannie Warbie, talking about the protection of the Mardoowarra, Fitzroy River, for future generations of the world…
On February 8th, 2019, Ngikalikarra Media premiered a 53 minute documentary featuring four courageous Wongi Aboriginal women, Sharon Hume, Rosemary Bailey, Barbara McGillivray and Jillian Heneker, who speak of the catastrophic effects of intergenerational sexual abuse they have suffered, shared and face as a family.
The documentary features Gerry georgatos and Megan Krakouer.
Executive Producers: The Institute for Social Justice and Human Rights (ISJHR) and The National Child Sexual Abuse Trauma Recovery Project (NCSATRP).
The documentary was filmed and edited by Alexander Hayes & Magali McDuffie from Ngikalikarra Media, Perth, Western Australia.
With the Western Australian Government only days away from revealing whether or not they will allow fracking in the Kimberley, we have produced a film about the dangers of fracking with Madjulla Inc in Broome and other Aboriginal communities. What is Fracking? was released on ICTV on 1st November 2018 for distribution across all remote Aboriginal communities, and can be accessed on the web at ICTVPlay: https://ictv.com.au/video/item/6064
I worked at PAKAM (Pilbara and Kimberley Aboriginal Media) for 15 months as a Community Media Trainer in 2017-2018. In this time I travelled all over the Kimberley and Pilbara, visiting the communities of Ardyaloon (One Arm Point), Beagle Bay, Djarindjin, Bidyadanga, Balgo, Billiluna, Jigalong, Walkali, Warmun (Turkey Creek), Strelley, and Port Hedland. Below is a sample of all the films I had the pleasure and privilege to work on with the fantastic PAKAM crew as a trainer, cameraperson, and / or editor! You can watch them on ICTVPlay from anywhere in the world!
Wandoo Wahpup (Commissioned by and showcased at the Tarnanthi National Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Exhibition in Adelaide, 2018)
Looma Lady Eagles Grand Final Highlights (Winner of the ICTV Our Sport Award 2019)
We have released our latest film, Protecting Country. The film is also accessible on the International Films For Action Documentary Platform and is now part of the 2019 Official Selection for the 13th Edition of the International Native Spirit Festival in London!
Protecting Country is an independently produced film bringing the voices of the contemporary Adnyamathanha, Gurindji, Tanganekald, Yankunytjatjara Anangu, Mirning, Narungga Aboriginal Australian people forward who are united in their stand AGAINST the present and planned uranium mining and nuclear dump activities in South Australia.
In September / October 2016, we had the amazing opportunity to travel to South Australia to interview people on country about their thoughts on the proposed State and Federal Nuclear Waste Dumps. The State proposal for an international waste dump has now been shelved, but there is still a national proposal for a low to intermediate level dump right in the middle of the Flinders Ranges... Below are a few of the responses: Regina McKenzie, Vince Coulthard, Karina Lester, Bruce Hammond, Tauto Sansbury, and Sharpie Coulthard. Our 35-minute documentary, 'Protecting Country', is now completed, and travelling from Canberra to Broome from 17th of July onwards. Stay tuned for more updates on screenings at www.ngikalikarra.org, and https://www.facebook.com/protectingcountryfilm/
Produced for Madjulla Inc., Broome, this film makes a case for the Mardoowarra (Fitzroy River, Kimberley), and its social, environmental, and cultural importance to Nyikina People. The beginning of the film features a voice-over read by Mark Coles Smith, speaking as the river itself. The film was launched and screened during the visit of Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, the UN Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, in Broome. A previous version of it was screened at the International Tribunal on the Rights of Nature in Brisbane in October 2016, for the Mardoowarra/Fitzroy River (Western Australia) versus the Federal and WA Governments Case.
View the film below - Password: Kimberley
Three Sisters, Women of High Degree, was premiered on National Indigenous Television (NITV) on October 6th and 7th 2015. The film has re-run every month since on NITV, and has been screened on the international festival circuit.
You can still watch it on SBS On Demand, or on the link below.
In August 2016 we were privileged to interview Yawuru Traditional Owner Micklo Corpus about his protracted fight to save his country in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, by camping on his land to prevent Buru Energy from fracking in the area. An incredible, inspirational man... You can see his story here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysS-NqEULkw
Our Community, Our Story, was produced with Madjulla Inc., Broome. The film features members of the Yurmulun, Pandanus Park Community, their dreams, hopes and aspirations for the future, but also their struggle to be heard around serious issues such as water contamination. The film was launched and screened during the visit of Victoria Tauli-Corpuz in Broome, the UN Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, on March 22nd, 2017.
You can watch it below with the password: Kimberley
On July 27th 2016 I was privileged to interview Human Rights Campaigner Gerry Georgatos, about the grim reality faced by Aboriginal people in Australia today: the statistics of incarceration, youth suicide, abuses and injustices are an abomination in the 12th richest country in the world - time for Australians to rise up as a nation!
Watch the interview at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQl3LyZK-4E
On July 26th, 2016, I was privileged to meet Mervyn Eades and to spend some time recording his life story, and his fight to protect Nyoongar Country in the South West of Western Australia. This interview is a small contribution to his fight. Watch it at:
In 2014 I was contracted as a filmmaker and consultant by the ACT Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate and the ACT National Parks and Conservation Service to write a report and make a film about a Natural Resource Management Project in the Canberra region. The Caring for the Cotter Project was part of the wider Federal Caring for Country Program, and involved the training of six Aboriginal trainees over two years in a wide range of NRM activities, including the restoration of the Cotter River Catchment after the Canberra bushfires of 2003.
This film was presented at the Climate Change Summit (Our Common Future Under Climate Change) which took place in Paris in July 2015. Keynote Speaker: Dr. Anne Poelina.
The ' Defending Country: Sharing stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Service' conference was held on the 1st – 3rd December 2014 at the Crawford School, Australian National University, Canberra. This film was commissioned by the National Centre for Indigenous Studies, Australian National University, Canberra.
This film was shot by me and edited by Sean McPhillips of Mighty Films for the World Park Congress in Sydney in December 2014 - Places You Love Campaign.
This video has been submitted to the EPA on behalf of traditional custodians from the Duchess Paradise area. Dr. Anne Poelina from Madjulla Inc., Dr. Jonathan Hook, Cherokee Environmental Philosopher, Prof. Peter Cook, Aquatic Flora Expert Andrew Storey, Traditional Custodian Roy Juboy, and Senior Nyikina Elders Lucy Marshall and Jeannie Wabi, make a case against the proposed Duchess Paradise Coal Mine on the Mardoowarra, Fitzroy River, on Nyikina Country in the West Kimberley region.
In October 2011, people from all over the world came together at Walmadany (James Price Point) for a special Corroboree organised by the Roe family and Dr. Anne Poelina. Elders from all the Kimberley, including Mick Michael Wiljaniy, Lucy Marshall, Paddy Neowarra, and Jeannie Wabi, came together to celebrate the dedication of the many Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people trying to protect their country, law and culture, from massive industrialisation. The Gas Hub project was subsequently shelved by Woodside Petroleum.
The stories of Indian and South Sea Islander people and their families who worked in the banana and sugar cane plantations on the far north coast of New South Wales.
Commissioned by the Migration and Heritage Centre at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, sponsored by Tweed Shire Council, 2011