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.
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 one was filmed on Palm Island, Queensland.
In 2007 I was commissioned by Indigenous Community Volunteers in Canberra to make three short films about their volunteers working in Aboriginal Communities around Australia. This is the film we made in Parnngurr (Cotton Creek), Western Australia.
The Tweed Shire city of the Arts 2003-2005 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural program was created to nurture skills, provide training, and foster a better understanding and appreciation of the history and heritage of local Indigenous culture. The projects were designed as vehicles to record and preserve memoirs, personal and community stories. The film below retraces the story of the program. You can also read more about the project at http://pandora.nla.gov.au/pan/128693/20110815-1326/cultural3.pdf
In February 2007 I was invited by Madjulla Inc. to come to the Kimberley to make a film with Nyikina women about the importance of setting up the Nyikina Cultural Centre in Derby. This film marked the start of my on-going, 10-year collaboration with Nyikina women.
In 2005, the Tugun Bypass, on the Gold Coast, received Government approvals to proceed with the C4 Route Option, a move that greatly anguished environmentalists and the local Aboriginal community, with its potential to destroy ecologically-sensitive areas and a significant Aboriginal cultural landscape known as "Murraba". Representative of major developments happening throughout Australia, and New South Wales in particular, this decision showed the erosion of years and years of legislation put in place to protect our cultural heritage and environment. This film tells the stories of the local Aboriginal community and environmentalists and of their long and arduous journey to make their voices heard.
In January 2004, the Tweed Shire City of the Arts 2003-2005 called for stories from the local community that reflected the beauty and cultural diversity of life in the Tweed Region. More than seventy stories were submitted. Six of them were selected to be made into short films in a project called Homegrown Filmworks.
This is the Behind-the-Scenes story of the films and filmmakers. This film was commissioned by Tweed Shire Council in 2004. You can also read more about the project at http://pandora.nla.gov.au/pan/128693/20110815-1326/cultural5.pdf
From 2002, the town of Murwillumbah, in Northern New South Wales, came alive with the sounds and smells of historic car racing.
This video was shot in the 2003 Edition of Speed on Tweed. Meet the drivers and owners of some of Australia's rarest cars: the Maybach Special, the Zephyr Special, the only remaining 4WD Miller Indy Car, and some amazing Ferraris... Watch these cars as they race around the track in time trials, in the middle of the town, and the more than 160 other cars which competed over the whole week-end.
Meet Aussie racing legend Frank Gardner, and many others, as we go behind the scenes of one of the biggest events of the year in Murwillumbah.
Shot by Magali & Brian McDuffie, Paul Armstrong, and Soolaba Doyle.
The quintessential Rock'N'Roll Nostalgia Festival on the Gold Coast in 2003... The people, the stories, the cars, the hot rods, the cruises, the dancers, the parades, there is something for young and old! Wintersun 2003 was shot by Magali McDuffie, Brian McDuffie, and Paul Armstrong, and commissioned by the Festival organisers.
My first exploration of the Tweed Valley when I settled there in 2002... Misty mornings at the foot of the beautiful Wollumbin, and the minutiae that live in its shadow...