The Media Resource Centre 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.
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 on 13 December, 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. 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.
Internationally acclaimed Indigenous cinematographer, 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.”
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 the SBS free-to-air Indigenous television station, NITV Channel 34 in December 2013 and into 2014 following a one-night only screening at the Mercury Cinema from 5.30pm on Friday 13 December 2013. Bookings can be made through the Mercury Cinema on (08) 8410 0979 or by visiting www.mercurycinema.org.au