Aboriginal stories coming to our screens
The Northern Territory continues to bring Aboriginal stories to our Australian and international audiences with the latest Screen Territory funding supporting two exciting Aboriginal projects, providing production finance funding for a documentary feature titled LIKE MY BROTHER and a web series titled Black As Rebooted.
LIKE MY BROTHER is a coming of age documentary that follows four young Tiwi women, Authurina ‘Rina’ Moreen, Juliana Kerinaiua, Freda Puruntatameri and Jess Stassi on their AFLW journey which takes them from Tiwi to Melbourne and back again.
Written and produced by Sal Balharrie, LIKE MY BROTHER is co-produced by Tiwi Island residents Tammy Abala, Shane Tipuamantamerri and Dianne Moore, directed by Marcus Cobbledick and will be distributed in theatres by Madman Entertainment.
After three epic seasons on ABC iview, the team behind Black As is back with a new series, Black As Rebooted, which will take viewers into the heart of remote Australia to celebrate bush culture, modern ingenuity and what it is to be a young fella in the outback today.
Supported by both Screen Territory and Screen Australia, Black As Rebooted is written by Dino Wanyabarrnga, Chicko Wanyabarrnga, Jerome Lilypiyana and Joseph Smith, with David Batty on board as writer and director.
Currently in post-production, the series features 16 x 10 minute episodes and is produced by Totem Global P/L and will be available on YouTube.
Quotes from LIKE MY BROTHER writer/producer Sal Balharrie:
“On behalf of the small, passionate and growing team at LIKE MY BROTHER we are thrilled to acknowledge and thank the Northern Territory Government for providing post production investment in our feature documentary.
“LIKE MY BROTHER is a feature length documentary following the lives of four young Tiwi women, brave enough to dream of becoming professional footy players in the big smoke.
“While this investment will directly help fund the work of Tiwi co-producers, writers, musicians and an animator, equally it offers something more important than money. Support from Screen Territory is also an endorsement of the power of story to build bridges and cultural understanding. This investment comes at critical stage, enabling the production to expand its creative team for the enormous task of final shooting blocks and post-production. We could not be more grateful or positive for the collaborative future of this production.”
Round 3 of the Screen Grants Funding Program is currently open with funding available for Story Development, Audience Development, Industry Partnerships and Production Finance. Grants close 2pm, next Monday 21 March 2022.