Black is the New Orange

By July 30, 2015 Events
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The Australian Documentary Forum (OZDOX) presents Black is the New Orange: How do we tell Indigenous stories in 2015?

There is buzz around Indigenous stories like Big Name No Blanket, Coniston, Croker Island Exodus, First Contact, Art+Soul, Blown Away, The Tall Man among others. But who is telling these stories and how do they approach the telling of them? There has been a lot of water under the bridge since the making of My Survival as an Aboriginal and Lousy Little Sixpence but the myriad of issues facing Indigenous Australia still cut deep for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Before non-Indigenous filmmakers venture into telling Indigenous stories there are some important history lessons to learn. Guest speakers will share their insights into the good, the bad and the ugly side of the process.

Join the panel discussion including filmmaking teams and:

Penny Smallacombe, Head of Indigenous, Screen Australia who is a member of the Maramanindji people from the Northern Territory. She has completed a cadetship with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and has a Master of Arts (Documentary Producing) degree from AFTRS. She worked as Producer/Director with the Indigenous Programs Unit in the ABC and she also produced several series of shorts, which were commissioned for the ABC, called Yarning Up 1 & 2 and The Forgotten Ones. Most recently she is working as a Senior Programmer for NITV, a division of SBS, and is now the Head of the Indigenous Department at Screen Australia.

Sam Griffin is an investment manager in the documentary unit of Screen Australia. She has been involved in the development or funding of Putuparri, First Contact 2 (SBS), Black As (ABC), Zach’s Ceremony. Prior to her move back to Australia, Sam was a television producer in New York.

Darren Dale who currently serves on the board of Screen NSW and the Council of AFTRS, and in 2012 was the recipient of the prestigious AFTRS Honorary Degree. Darren has produced a number of award winning documentaries including First Contact, First Australians and The Tall Man. Darren is currently producing another 3 x 52 minute documentary series for SBS, DNA Nation.

Jacob Hickey who is a factual series producer and director. His recent credits include Inside the Firestorm, Dirty Business – How Mining Made Australia, Once Upon a Time in Cabramatta, Immigration Nation and First Contact.

When: Wednesday 19 August – 
6:00pm refreshments – 6:30pm forum starts.

Where: AFTRS Theatre, Entertainment Quarter, 130 Bent Street, Moore Park NSW (discounted parking after 6pm)


Entry: Suggested donation $10 / $5 concession

For more information visit OZDOX