Incredibly honoured and deeply moved to have our film, Protecting Country, as part of the 2019 Official Selection of the 13th Native Spirit Festival in London!
**** In Memory of Tauto Sansbury (1949-2019) ****
After nine years of very hard work, and incredible lived experiences with amazing people, I am delighted to announce that I received confirmation that my PhD had been awarded on September 11th, 2019. It certainly has been a long and arduous journey, but one that I am grateful for, and which would not have been possible without the patient teaching of three Nyikina sisters, Anne Poelina, Lucy Marshall, Jeannie Warbie, their families and communities, and the people of the West Kimberley region of Western Australia. When I started this thesis I set out to make their voices heard, and if I have achieved that, I will be very proud!
You can view the thesis on this link: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/165459
Absolutely delighted that one of our films, Bookarrarra Liyan Mardoowarra Booroo, has won the United Nations Association of Western Australia’s Short Film Competition in the Indigenous Culture Category. The film, produced by Madjulla Inc and featuring Anne Poelina and Jeannie Warbie, calls for the protection of the Mardoowarra, Fitzroy River, and for the recognition of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
When you are at work on International Women’s Day and this poster suddenly pops up…
Stoked to see our film, Three Sisters, Women of High Degree, being screened at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) in Canberra (Friday 8th March) as a special showcase event for International Women’s Day! Featuring Dr Anne Poelina, and Nyikina Senior Elders Lucy Marshall OAM, and Jeannie Warbie, three inspiring Nyikina sisters speaking passionately about the Nyikina creation stories of their country, the beautiful Kimberley region of Western Australia, and of their fight to protect it from massive industrialisation.
On February 9th, 2019, I was contracted by my former employer, PAKAM Media, and the Broome Aboriginal Media Association, to cover the opening of the Desert, River, Sea Exhibition at the Art Gallery of Western Australia. I was very happy to resume my role as a community media trainer for a day, working with artist Dolorosa Carrington, from Warmun Community, to cover the day’s events, talks, and workshops, and conduct interviews with the amazing Kimberley artists present for the opening. The film will be edited by Dolorosa for screening on Indigenous Community Television (ICTV) in the near future.
8th February 2019
A 53 minute documentary film premiere featuring four courageous Wongi Aboriginal women who speak of the catastrophic effects of intergenerational sexual abuse they have suffered, shared and face as a Family.
Sharon Hume, Rosemary Bailey, Barbara McGillivray and Jillian Heneker.
Megan Krakouer - NICRS (National Indigenous Critical Response Service)
Dr. Hannah McGlade - Curtin University - legal academic and practitioner with special interest in Indigenous human rights.
Read the article written by Hannah McGlade at https://www.sbs.com.au/nitv/article/2019/02/11/its-time-change-aboriginal-women-will-stand-strong-against-sexual-violence-1
Increasingly, Aboriginal women are speaking out against men who sexually abused them as children. Last week in Perth the National Indigenous Critical Response Project launched Let Them Speak a documentary about four Aboriginal sisters from Leonora speaking out about sexual abuse they experienced. The film was launched at the same time as the report of the WA Coroner into the deaths of 12 Aboriginal youth in the Kimberley.
Gerry Georgatos - Institute for Social Justice and Human Rights (ISJHR) and the National Child Sexual Abuse Trauma Recovery Project (NCSATRP).
Delly Stokes & Daughters ( Josephine, Iesha, Marika, Uniquewa)
Filmed and edited
Alexander Hayes & Magali McDuffie from Ngikalikarra Media, Perth, Western Australia.
Kim Beazley Theatre, Murdoch University, Western Australia
Building 351 Murdoch University, 90 South St, Murdoch WA 6150
On January 21st 2019 I started a new job as a full-time Film Lecturer at the SAE Creative Media Institute in Northbridge (Perth). Loving working with wonderful, helpful colleagues and talented, enthusiastic students in an amazing, state-of-the-art facility! I am teaching Documentary Production, Cultural Perspectives, and Introduction to Cinematography and Media.
Very proud to announce our film, What is Fracking?, warning people of the dangers of fracking, has been released on Indigenous Community Television (ICTV) on 1st November 2018, to be played on the ICTV channel in remote Aboriginal communities, but also accessible on ICTVPlay: https://ictv.com.au/video/item/6064. Please re-share widely as this is an important issue in the Kimberley at the moment, with the Western Australian government close to announcing whether or not they will allow fracking in the beautiful Kimberley region!
In the 1970s and 1980s, a campaign of weed eradication was started by the Agriculture Protection Board in Western Australia, to eliminate weeds such as Noogoora Burr, Mesquite and Parkinsonia. Many young unemployed Aboriginal men in the Kimberley jumped at the chance of having a well-paid job whilst being able to spend time on country. They sprayed two herbicides, 2,4,5-T and 2,4-D. These, combined together, are known as Agent Orange, which was used during the Vietnam War. These men were told that the herbicides were so safe they could drink them. They were not told to use any protective gear, often coming home with their clothes soaked in the herbicide mixture. Many of them died very young, in their thirties. Many are dying of cancers now. Their partners and children were also affected, with some of their babies born with deformities, and young people dying early of rare cancers. These inter-generational impacts are still affecting their families today. To date, in spite of two inquiries in 2002 and 2004, there has been no official recognition of the plight of the families, or of the government organisation’s lack of duty of care for their employees. 2,4,5-T was banned in the United States in the early 1970s because of its adverse health effects. Scientific reports in the early 1980s raised concerns about health impacts, but nothing was done.
Because of our close relationship with Kimberley families affected by this, we were asked by them to produce a documentary enabling people to tell their personal stories. Thanks to private philanthropic funding, a total of 41 interviews were filmed by Alexander Hayes and myself and released on our Ngikalikarra YouTube Channel. We are now in the process of producing the documentary.
Please go to our Ngikalikarra Website for more information on this project: On Australian Shores: Survivor Stories
Very honoured to have a chapter co-written with Dr Anne Poelina published in Reading the Country, 30 Years On, which follows on the original work of Paddy Roe and Stephen Muecke, Reading the Country (1984).
"Reading the Country: 30 Years On is a celebration of that book—examining not only its place and time of creation but also its movement across social, philosophical and political surfaces, seeping into the way we look and learn and teach about how people are, or could be, part of country.
Recalling a spirit of intellectual risk and respect, in this collection Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars, poets, writers and publishers acknowledge the past and look, with hope, to future transformations of culture and country".
Time flies... After working at PAKAM for 15 months as a Community Media Trainer, I am sadly relocating to Perth... So I thought it was time for a bit of an update on the work I did with PAKAM with some amazing people. 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 have had the pleasure and privilege to work on with the PAKAM crew as a trainer, cameraperson, and / or editor! You can watch them on ICTVPlay from anywhere in the world!
Wandoo Wahpup (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)
Protecting Country is an independently produced film bringing the voices of contemporary Adnyamathanha, Gurindji, Tanganekald, Yankunytjatjara Anangu, Mirning, Narungga Aboriginal people forward who are united in their stand AGAINST the present and planned uranium mining and nuclear dump activities in South Australia. Bruce Hammond, an Aboriginal Tanganekald man with ties to the coast in the lower South East of South Australia and the central desert regions of Finke and Alice Springs in conjunction with Alexander Hayes & Magali McDuffie, from Ngikalikarra Media, brought the ‘Protecting Country’ documentary film on a screening road trip across Australia. We have now released it for everybody to be able to access it!
For more information, go to www.ngikalikarra.org/films
On October 25th 2017 I had the immense privilege to appear as a guest on the Mary G Live Show in Broome! This amazing show hosted by Mary G, the Black Queen of the Kimberley, is broadcast on the National Indigenous Radio Service and PAKAM Network on Wednesday nights, and has also been featured on SBS Television. This show went live across Australia to Facebook and ICTV (Indigenous Community Television). I was very grateful for the opportunity to talk about our films, and had a lot of fun!
Our new film, 'Protecting Country' was taken back to country in the Flinders Ranges from Canberra, enjoying screenings at the ACT Parks and Conservation Service, the ANU Co-Op, the Condobolin Wiradjuri Studies Centre, the Shire of Hay, Balranald, the Mildura Mallee District Aboriginal Services, the Joinery in Adelaide, Hawker, Iga Warta (Nepabunna Community), and Umeewarra Aboriginal Media Association in Port Augusta. The film got excellent feedback both from the communities involved and the public at large and the final cut will be ready in December 2017! It looks like it might also be going to Berlin next year... Stay tuned for updates at Ngikalikarra Media!
My partner Alex and I journeyed through South Australia last year, visiting communities and interviewing Aboriginal Elders and leaders about the proposal to put nuclear waste dumps on their country. The message we heard was a resounding NO, from many different communities. And even though the South Australian Government has recently shelved the proposal for a high-level international dump, a low to intermediate level waste dump is still on the cards for the Flinders Ranges. And, as we all know, governments’ bad ideas don’t go away that easily…
As independent filmmakers we thought the issue was too important to ignore: this is about everyone’s future. Alex and I made this film with our own resources, in our own time, we were not paid, funded or sponsored by anyone. Now that our documentary, 'Protecting Country', is completed, we would like to bring it to as wide an audience as possible across Australia, to not only convey the message of the Elders, but to foster discussions around this important issue.
You can follow the film's journey across Australia on our website, www.ngikalikarra.org, and our Facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/protectingcountryfilm/. We have also set up a sponsor page: https://goo.gl/ibXMzM to seek support to fund Alex’s road trip across Australia to do screenings in as many communities, towns, and cities as we can. Every little bit helps, even just petrol money for the trip… So please share with your friends, and everyone you know, so we can keep Australia nuclear-free! We are counting on social media for support! Many thanks!