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Aged, Community, Education, Environment, Health & Wellbeing, History, Human Rights, Indigenous, Rural, Social Justice, Youth
We follow Melbourne based musician Allara Briggs Pattison, a Yorta Yorta woman, on her journey to connect with her identity, her family and her culture. Allara feels disconnected from her Aboriginal heritage and decides to dedicate time to understanding where she comes from. She educates herself on the detrimental impacts of systemic racial policies, and her courage and ability to articulate her people's history becomes powerful. Along her journey, Allara learns about the Yorta Yorta’s unprecedented fight for Native Title and is astonished by a newspaper article from December, 2002 titled ‘Once again, Yorta Yorta told they don’t exist’. After long discussions with her grandfather and uncle and spending time out bush, Allara returns to Melbourne to unravel the events of the Native Title claim. She meets solicitor, Peter Seidel, who represented the Yorta Yorta people throughout the claim. He reveals the unjust result that hinged on a ‘Frozen in time view of Aboriginality’. Allara immediately challenges this perception and decides to meet with other family members to discuss contemporary cultural practice. During this time, Allara begins working at the State Library Victoria as the Koori Research Officer where she learns even more about the history of Victorian Aboriginal people and begins to teach others how to access archives to research their own family history. As Allara finds her place within her own Aboriginal community, she immerses herself in protests to stop changes to the Native Title Act that would weaken the Act and the voices of Traditional Owners. As Allara comes to the end of a long journey making this documentary, she chooses to focus her energy on establishing her career as an influential musician and fundamentally, a Yorta Yorta woman who strives to use her voice to continue strengthening the bonds between her family, culture and country. Featuring: Allara Briggs Pattison, Uncle Don Briggs, Uncle Boydie (Uncle Alf Turner), Sue Briggs, Karen Briggs, John Briggs, Marinda Pattison, Peter Seidel, Suzie Russell.
Red Dust Dreams - the Documentary
Aged, Arts, Community, Education, Environment, Health & Wellbeing, History, Indigenous, Rural, Social Justice, Sport/Adventure, Welfare, Youth
There are several aims for our documentary, ‘Red Dust Dreams – the Documentary’. One of these is to try to help bridge the country-city divide that is still so evident throughout Australia; another is to have a look ‘behind the scenes’ - taking a look at the little-known about domestic side of life on some of our pastoral stations. We also want to showcase some of our spectacular scenery which is unique to our outback. To help preserve and record history both on the stations, between them and in some of the outback towns. Many of our pastoral stations have had to turn to tourism or other forms of business in order to be able to remain where they live. We are trying to feature these businesses and provide these people with extra exposure. As well as some of those in outback towns. We plan for the four parts of our documentary to include both well known tourist attractions throughout the outback as well as those that are not so well known - but should be. Highlighting things out there – trying to show tourists there is a lot that our outback has to offer as well as the lusher areas of our nation. Education is one of the aspects we are trying to involve through the book and documentary (we have permission to film a station class in action – including School of the Air/Distance Education), as well as from the base end (filming the teachers in action as well as a couple of interviews), the purpose being, again, to show how our remote education system actually works. Other aspects we are including are employment, entertainment, transport, distances travelled – for anything, holidays (what holidays?). Also infrastructure, mail, shopping, fuel, power, health (and the Royal Flying Doctor Service), communication, the advent of the internet and social media, the Indigenous aspect and more. We are also trying to coincide our travels with some of the outback’s events – one being the Big Red Bash at Birdsville. We do have permission to film interviews with some of the entertainers (some of Australia’s best vocalists) as well as the founder of the event and the owners of the station on which the event is held. Also the Marree Camel Races. Another essential part of our documentary – and the entire ‘Red Dust Dreams’ project is a ‘warning’ to anyone who plans to travel out there – do their homework. Research. Prepare, prepare, prepare. Explaining how unforgiving the outback can be, but just a bit of preparation and research can help to make it one of the best – and safest - holidays a person can have. We do have a Risk Management Plan in place. The first trip of our documentary has already taken place (self-funded) and we filmed an interview with an amazing character in Newman. This is something we plan to do throughout, with people who want to join in. Film some yarns, a bit of fun. We do plan to donate a percentage of whatever profits we might eventually make to several organisations relating to the outback.
Earth Cry - A Profile of Peter Sculthorpe
Arts, Education, Environment, History, Human Rights, Indigenous, Rural, Social Justice
The film explores the remarkable life of the greatest living Australian composer, Peter Sculthorpe. At 85 Sculthorpe is a true legend in Australia – not simply because of the extraordinary range of the music he has written, but because he has been centre stage in Australia’s cultural life for over sixty years. In fact, the story he tells through his music, and the story we will examine in the film, is the story of Australia since the Second World War – the shift politically from being European oriented and still part of the British Empire, to being focused now on the ‘empires’ to the north – of Japan and China, Asia, Bali, Indonesia and Malaysia.\n\nSculthorpe’s understanding of landscape and environment, frequently being laid to waste by unthinking societies, how global warming is causing havoc to Australia’s ecology, and his relentless campaigning against the desecration of indigenous culture by successive Australian governments, mark Sculthorpe out as being of crucial significance in understanding Australia as it is today. Sculthorpe though his music has provided eloquent testimony, both as witness and as a warning, about the world he inhabits. “Ritual mourning for the plight of the land,” was how one critic described one of Sculthorpe’s most significant works, Earth Cry, which is also the title of our film.\n\nThe backbone of the film will be an extended interview with Sculthorpe himself, not merely biographical but ranging over his social and political concerns about Australian society today, illustrated by substantial examples of his music specially performed for the film. Principal among these will be Kakadu, a large orchestral work describing the exotic wilderness that is Northern Australia. Also Momento Mori, inspired by a visit to Easter Island with its enormous, brooding, enigmatic stone heads, which themselves represent both the indomitable nature of the human spirit, while at the same time being part of its greatest folly. In the creating of them, the land was deforested and impoverished. The Piano Concerto, one of his major works, especially the long elegiac 2nd movement with its hints of Japan and Indonesia, is both brutal in its melancholy, and yet unforgettable in its opulent bleakness.\n\nThis 120 minute film will the first full length international portrait of Peter Sculthorpe, a powerful prophet for Australia - a land whose history and culture and environment remains as yet unknown to most non-Australians.