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
This film retraces the stories and lives of Chinese families in the Tweed region of Northern New South Wales. Featured are Wing Yuen Lee, Chinese Herbalist, and his daughter Noelene Johnston, Tong's store in Murwillumbah, Le Ping Wong, from the White Olive Restaurant, and other Chinese families in the Tweed. This film was produced for Tweed Shire Council and the Migration Heritage Centre in 2009.
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A promotional film made for Uptuyu Tours and Oongkalkada Wilderness Camp at Udialla Springs, Kimberley, Western Australia. Also available on YouTube in French and German.
In August 2008 I returned to the Kimberley to make a film with Nyikina people about the construction of the Majala Wilderness Centre, a facility built at the Balkinjirr Community, to provide a space for learning, education, sharing culture and retreats for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. This is the story of the people involved in this community vision.
This film was commissioned by Tweed Shire Council, as a result of the Tweed Shire City of the Arts Program (2003-2005). It follows the artists who have created public art structures and art works for the villages of Burringbar, Chillingham, Stokers Siding, Uki, and Mooball, in the Tweed Valley region of Northern New South Wales. You can read more about the project here: http://pandora.nla.gov.au/pan/128693/20110815-1326/policy3.pdf
In 2007 I was commissioned by Indigenous Community Volunteers (Canberra) to shoot a series of short films and National Community Service Announcements as part of their volunteer programs with Aboriginal Communities. This film was shot at the Marra Dreaming Centre in Adelaide.