Screen Australia’s First Nations department and Network 10 have selected eight projects to be developed as part of First Facts: First Nations Factual Showcase for First Nations documentary filmmakers.
The initiative aims to provide emerging and mid-career First Nations filmmakers with the opportunity to develop short documentaries for screening on 10 Play and Network 10’s social media channels.
First Facts recipients attended a workshop last week to develop their projects, which also included sessions with guest speakers including Rachel Perkins (Brand new sleep, The Australian Wars), Allan Clarke (The Bowraville Murders, The Dark Emu Story) and Narelda Jacobs, OAM, guest of 10 news first Noon and Workshop 10.
After the workshop, each team will present their project to a group of industry professionals. Six teams will then be selected and receive up to $70,000 in production funding to make their 10-minute documentary for Network 10.
Screen Australia’s Head of First Nations, Angela Bates, said: “The First Facts initiative is a fantastic platform for First Nations creators to develop their skills, showcase their distinctive voice as storytellers, as well as develop their careers.” and share their authentic Australian stories with Network 10 audiences. I am thrilled to witness the breadth of talent in these teams and to support them in bringing their documentary projects to life.”
Daniel Monaghan, senior vice president of content and programming, Paramount ANZ said: “The selected projects are an incredible collection of unique and creative ideas that explore and amplify a wide range of perspectives and stories. Their vision and resonance are captivating, and we are proud to partner with this initiative to bring compelling stories that will no doubt inspire and connect with audiences on 10 Play.
The financed development projects are:
- Anangu Way: Through his father teaching him how to make a woomera, a Noongar & Spinifex man reconnects with family and culture in Tjuntjuntjara, a remote community in the Great Victoria Desert. Team: Tace Stevens, Brooke Collard.
- Burabura: A love letter to the Australian bush that captures the essence of its beauty and serenity in every frame, reminding us that sometimes the greatest adventures are the ones that take us back to our roots. Team: Tyson Mowarin, Robyn Marais.
- Croker (working title): Iwaidja is one of the oldest languages in the world, spoken by the Iwaidja of Croker Island. With only about 150 speakers left, time is running out to preserve the language. Team: Cian Mungatj McCue, Tommy Lawrence.
- Firekeepers “Flames of Renewal: Fighting for Cultural Survival”: Against the backdrop of increasing wildfires and climate change, a First Nations community embarks on a journey to restore traditional burning cultural practices, fighting to preserve their ancestral knowledge and protect own land. Team: Jack Steele, Kieran Satour, Genevieve Grieves, Andrea Distefano.
- Joonba: Songs given through dreams and kept for generations inspire three children to dance. Team: Marlikka Perdrisat, Damon Gameau, Anna Kaplan, Jayde Harding.
- Life After Footy: From the mountaintop of Australian professional sport to the reality of life after, this documentary follows Indigenous dual AFL premiership player Lewis Jetta on what it’s like to ride the wave of professional sport and continue to live life to the fullest possible. Team: Daniel Riches, Luke Riches.
- (Re)imagining Our Future: This documentary follows the journey of Nyikina and Jabirr Jabirr woman Kalinda Palmer as she is guided by her elders to dream of a future for herself, her child, family and community. Team: Kimberley Benjamin, Shari Hutchison.
- Star of Taroom: This is a story about the return of the Star of Taroom, a rock taken from the country of Iman 50 years ago. Told by an aged Iman illuminated by bonfire light, this documentary portrays the stone’s importance and how its return is eerily healing a community haunted by a dark past. Team: Kat Dingwall, Dena Curtis.
First Facts is supported by Screen NSW, Screen Queensland, Screen Tasmania, Screen Territory, Screenwest, South Australian Film Corporation and VicScreen.