MIFF Talks - Blak screens and blak voices: First Australian filmmakers Unclassified: no age restriction
MIFF Talks presented by
A free event featuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander filmmakers discussing their approach to cinema in front and behind the camera.
Panellists include Rob Collins, Cecilia Lewis, Curtis Taylor and Linda Yarrowin; moderated by Albert Wiggan.
Rob Collins is a Tiwi man born and raised in Darwin. He graduated from the National Institute for Dramatic Arts in 2013. His theatre credits include a national tour of The Lion King (2013) and in Sydney Theatre Company’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2016). Rob’s television credits include The Wrong Girl (2016–2018), the second series of Glitch (2017) playing the co-lead in Cleverman (2016–2017) and the upcoming Secret City: Under the Eagle (2018). He has recently finished filming the feature film Angel of Mine (2019) and appears at MIFF this year in the world premiere of the MIFF Premiere Fund supported film Undertow (2018), which screens on 9, 12 and 18 August.
Curtis Taylor is a filmmaker, screen artist, actor and a young Martu leader. Growing up in remote Martu desert communities and in the city, Curtis has both traditional Martu knowledge and a non-Aboriginal education. His film work includes writing and directing the short film Mamu (2011), narrating and working as the director’s attachment on the VR documentary Collisions (2016) and co-writing and co-directing the short film Yulubidyi – Until The End, which screens at MIFF this year as part of the Accelerator 2 package of short films on 12 and 19 August. Curtis is also one of the Accelerator Lab participants at MIFF this year.
Cecilia Lewis is an Emmi woman from the saltwater region of Mabuluk along the northwest coast of the Top End of the Northern Territory with family connections stretching through the Roper River region. She is a founding member of the Karrabing Film Collective and has featured in four Karrabing films and served as line producer in two. Three of the most recent Karrabing Film Collective films screen at MIFF this year as part of the Karrabing Film Collective New Works program on 9 and 10 August.
Linda Yarrowin is an Emmi woman from the saltwater region of Mabuluk along the northwest coast of the Top End of the NT. She is a founding member of the Karrabing Film Collective, and has featured in all six KFC films. Three of the most recent Karrabing Film Collective films screen at MIFF this year as part of the Karrabing Film Collective New Works program on 9 and 10 August.
Albert Wiggan is a Nyul Nyul man and a young Traditional Owner who helped turn West Kimberley’s Beagle Bay community around from near insolvency to be one of the exemplars in the region. An icon for Indigenous and environmental activists alike, Albert has also toured international stages as an activist and musician with John Butler. He lives on Country in Beagle Bay, and now faces the development of a mineral sands mine. He has recently been identified as one of KALACC's young Kimberley leaders and features in the MIFF Premiere Fund supported documentary feature Undermined: Tales from The Kimberley, which screens on 8, 11 and 12 August.
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