A group of local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people recently celebrated the completion of a series of film-making workshops.
“Through the Australian Government’s Strong and Resilient Communities grant we ran six workshops that covered script writing, pre-production, principal photography, editing, post-production and educational pathways,” said Mayor Joe Paronella.
“The workshops were facilitated by Simone North — an internationally-recognised and award-winning filmmaker who has extensive experience working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
“Aboriginal actor, Chenoa Deemal, was also involved in the project and became an inspiration to the students after demonstrating what can be achieved on the national and international stage.
“The workshops were run on weekends between May and August last year, so it was a big commitment for the participants, but it has paid off because one of the students has been accepted into the Queensland University of Technology’s Creative Industries Faculty to study film and media.
“Film-making provides a unique opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to record and share stories,” say Mayor Paronella.
Two of the students’ pieces were screened at an awards ceremony in Atherton on 8 February 2020.
This project was funded by Australian Government Department of Social Services.