Aug 19 2019
Judging has commenced for the 2019 Mud and Saltwater Short Film Fest entries 🙂 The Film Fest is super lucky to have four exceptional judges – Paul Bell, Mark Jones, Neil Turner and Dr Michael McCall.
Originally from southwest WA, Paul Bell moved to Broome in 1996. He joined David Batty of Rebel Films working throughout the Kimberley on documentary and educational projects. In 2001, Paul was accepted into AFTRS in Sydney to study cinematography in documentary, returning to establish his own production company, Feral Films.
Over the last decade Paul has worked around the world as a freelance director, cameraman and editor for Lonely Planet TV, National Geographic, Discovery, Eurosport, ABC, SBS and CAAMA Television. Highlights include working with the United Nations recording traditional knowledge of climate change with indigenous peoples and travelling to the vast continent of Antarctica.
Awards include Best International Documentary for Case 442 at the International Cherokee Film Festival in Toronto 2007 and the Best International Short Documentary for Jarlmadangah: Our Dream at the same festival in 2008. Paul’s short documentary, Walking on Country with Spirits (part of the UNU’s Indigenous Peoples’ Climate Change Video Brief Initiative) received the Special Jury Award at the Green Screen International Film Festival in Vancouver, 2011.
At the tender age of 23, Mark Jones had an epiphany when filming with legendary Australian filmmaker, Malcolm Douglas. He realised that he loved the camera and the stories it could tell, and he fell in love with the Kimberley, its ruggedness, its people and deep heritage.
Mark went on to make 17 films with Malcolm in those formative years, and that experience led to opportunities in the adventure, wildlife and ethnographic genres. It has allowed him to explore his 3 great passions, ‘Country’, its original people and the Cultural landscapes produced by the two.
Mark has constantly sought new experiences in the industry to extend his range since those early days with Malcolm. He has shot, Edited, Directed and Written across platforms both individually and in collaboration, with some of the greats of Australian screen including George Negus. It is these relationships and their teachings which Mark holds very dear.
This unorthodox ‘apprenticeship’ is now paying dividends for Mark. He has worked with many production houses around the world (NHK – Japan, ABC – US, BBC etc) to showcase the Kimberley, one of the last great Cultural landscapes, to the big and small screen.
Neil Turner has been the manager of Pilbara and Kimberley Aboriginal Media (PAKAM) since 1996. Before that he worked on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Lands for 11 years as Coordinator of Ernabella Video Television and Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Media.
Neil authored the 1998 National Report on the Broadcasting for Remote Aboriginal Communities Scheme and worked on establishing the Indigenous Community Television and National Indigenous Television services. Neil received the Mr McKenzie Award for his contribution to remote Indigenous television in 2014. Currently serves as Secretary on the Board of ICTV. Neil is also an incredible animator, running workshops with Indigenous people that have resulted in award winning films such as Whirlpool and Killing of the Bilikin Brothers (PAKAM Animation Crew).
Dr Michael McCall has worked in a professional capacity as a director, actor, producer, playwright, dramaturg, script editor, arts advocate and educator in stage, screen and arts education in Australia since 2002.
Michael is a graduate of Curtin University, with a Bachelor of Arts (English), and Honours in Performance Studies. He is a graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) Acting Course. He has completed a Masters in screen directing and writing at the WA Screen Academy, and has a PhD in Performing Arts from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). Michael is currently the Head of Film and Theatre at University of Notre Dame Fremantle, and regularly teaches and directs into the WAAPA Acting and Musical Theatre degrees, along with working for NIDA Open and Bell Shakespeare.
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This film is incredibly special, don’t miss it.Homeland🧡Story
Opening TOMORROW Thursday 31st, 6.15pm
Homeland Story is an intimate portrait of Donydji, a small Indigenous community in North East Arnhem Land in the far north of Australia. Homelands are situated on the land of the people who live there. They are of central importance to their identity and culture.
The film charts the Donydji community's transition from nomadic life to the digital age, from the 1960s to the present day. One family is featured, across three generations, from the traditional Elder, Dhulutarama, who still knew how to make stone tools, to his grand-daughter, Joanne Yindiri Guyula, who teaches at the Donydji school. It is a moving portrait of the family's struggle to preserve their culture and remain on their Homeland despite the severe obstacles they face: sub-standard education, deplorable service delivery, lack of job opportunities for the youth, inadequate government policy, bureaucratic mismanagement and pressure from mining interests.
The film also tells the remarkable story of cross cultural co-operation over nearly fifty years. In 1974, Neville White, a genetic anthropologist, went to Donydji to conduct research for a PhD. In effect he has never left. Spending part of each year on the Homeland, he responded to the community's request to help them map their clan lands as a way of resisting the threat of mining license claims.
When education, housing and employment opportunities became the community's major concern, Neville White convinced the Rotary Club of Melbourne to fund a major building project that was undertaken by Vietnam Veterans working with the young men of Donydji. Together they built the first school, new houses and a workshop where the youth could learn trade skills to prepare them for employment. Fifteen years later the partnership between Rotary, the Vets and the young men continues.
Homeland Story is a moving portrait of a resilient and determined community facing the challenges of maintaining their Donydji Homeland and preserving their vibrant culture.
Glenda Hambly is a writer, director and producer. In 2014 she produced The Legend Maker which premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival. She has written and directed two award-winning features: Fran (1985) and Waiting at the Royal (2000) both starring Noni Hazlehurst. In addition, she has worked extensively in television, writing and editing fifteen television series and serials and directing a children's series. She has a PhD in Screen Studies and currently lectures in screenwriting at Monash University.
VIEW THE TRAILER OF HOMELAND STORY HERE: vimeo.com/336773143 ...
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