GENERAL: Friday 13 December 2013, 5pm for 5.30pm start
The Mercury Cinema, 13 Morphett Street, Adelaide
Info / bookings: 8410 0979 or visit www.mercurycinema.org.au
The Media Resource Centre (MRC) is pleased to announce the launch of five short documentaries made by South Australian Indigenous filmmakers Chris Callaghan, Dylan Coleman, Edoardo Crismani, Garth Argus and Shirleen McLaughlin, by the South Australian Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation, Hon Ian Hunter MLC on Friday 13 December at the Mercury Cinema.
The films have been made with the support of the Regional, Remote and Emerging Initiative, a partnership with National Indigenous Television (NITV) and following their cinema screening will be broadcast nationally on NITV.
Regional, Remote and Emerging is a national initiative created to support and nurture emerging Indigenous filmmakers. Participants are asked to make a documentary following a short intensive training program. In South Australia, NITV partneredwith the MRC, South Australia’sagency for the development of emerging filmmakers and independent screen production. The documentaries were made to the programs’ themes: Surviving, profiles of our People; Desperate Measures, history and political stories; Our Footprint, elders stories; Around the Campfire, postcards from community; Unearthed, Stories from youth and Ngurra, stories in language.
The MRC has provided support in the form of training, equipment and experienced mentors including internationally acclaimed Indigenous cinematographer, Allan Collins (Beneath Clouds, Mad Bastards, 3 Acts of Murder)
Allan Collins said “This has been a great initiative. It has put the storytelling into the hands of the people who own the stories. This is powerful for any community. It is especially important to members of SA Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander community. I speak as a professional filmmaker however I don’t represent the local community. I love to work as a mentor with new Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander filmmakers. It is always a wonderful surprise to see how someone will choose to tell their or their community’s story and there is always such diversity.
"The MRC has done a great job in running this project in SA but I would also like recognise Pauline Clague from NITV. When my generation started we wanted to see our stories told by ourselves on our own television station. Pauline is making this happen across the entire nation. Each night we can turn on the television and see a snippet of a story, which would not be told otherwise and therefore would be lost. We are seeing a whole new wave of Aboriginal/Torres Strait filmmakers emerge, who are and will have a major impact on Australian filmmaking. I am very proud of what all the filmmakers have achieved.”
MRC Director Gail Kovatseff said “The MRC is proud to have been part of the first Indigenous filmmaking production initiative for broadcast to take place in South Australia, which has given local Indigenous filmmakers the opportunity to tell local stories for national broadcast."
The films will screen nationally on NITV in 2013 and 2014.
Written/Directed by Chris Callaghan (Screens on NITV 30 Nov, 7pm)
Stinga-T is a triple threat; actor, musician, rapper. His message is powerful and inspiring.
THROUGH THE EYES OF GRACE
Written/Directed by Dylan Coleman (Screens on NITV 4 Dec, 6.30pm)
Mercy grew up on the Koonibba Lutheran Mission in South Australia. As an adult, the process of writing about these experiences brings difficult memories and pain but ultimately unites her family.
Written/Directed by Edoardo Crismani
Barbara, the daughter of a white woman and Aboriginal father, begins a journey of discovery to understand her father’s profound cultural legacy.
Written/Directed by Garth Argus
Australia’s longest living Aboriginal man, Uncle Matey, walked 638 miles from his NSW to South Australia. Custodian of his language, keeper of unique and secret stories, he passed on a legacy to a new generation.
OUR MOB DANCE
Written/Directed by Shirleen McLaughlin
After moving to Adelaide from Alice Springs, Shirleen and her children discover the magic of Kururru. An acclaimed and award winning performing arts company based in Port Adelaide it becomes a place to put down new roots.
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