[by Jessica Parry]
Aaron Pederson. Image: Adelaide Advertiser
Second season of the ABC’s hit drama series Mystery Road funded
A third of remote Aboriginal work for the dole participants say community worse off
[Lorena Allam, The Guardian]
The federal government’s own review of the remote Aboriginal work-for-the-dole program has found 36% of participants say their communities are worse off under the scheme.
Receiving an OAM came as a surprise for 75 year old Pam
[Ashlea Witoslawski, Shepparton News]
Aunty Pam is the youngest daughter of Sir Douglas and Lady Gladys Nicholls and believes it was her parents insightful teachings that enabled her to also become a leader.
Akaltye Centre open for business
[by Patrick Nelson]
Charles Darwin University’s Akaltye Centre on Alice Springs campus has had a major makeover in the lead up to Semester 1, which starts early next month.
“We’re particularly pleased to support our content creators to take on new challenges. Tilda Cobham-Hervey, off the back of her directorial debut A Field Guide To Being a 12-Year-Old winning the Crystal Bear for Best Short Film at Berlinale, is now taking creative risks in the VR space. The producers of Plonk, Nathan Earl and Georgie Lewin are moving further into scripted comedy with mockumentary Australia’s Best Street Racer.”
“Fiona Eagger and Deb Cox from Every Cloud productions are the top of their game and we’re delighted to be supporting them in bringing the beloved Pearl Bay into the 21st century rebooting popular series Seachange with a new generation of characters and community issues.”
Head of Indigenous at Screen Australia, Penny Smallacombe said, “It’s fantastic to be supporting the return of popular television series Mystery Road. Mystery Road was Bunya Productions first television drama production and became the highest ranking non-children’s show in ABC iview history. The team are poised to build on the success of the first series and we can’t wait to see where they take it next.”
Mystery Road S2: A six-part series for ABC that follows Detective Jay Swan (Aaron Pedersen), who returns to solve a grisly murder in a coastal town whose laid back demeanour harbours dark secrets. Bunya Productions’ Greer Simpkin and David Jowsey will again produce the series with Ivan Sen on board as Executive Producer. In the new series Jay’s investigation will lead him into a shadow world of carpetbaggers and smugglers, of lore and deep lore, pushing him to his very limits and forcing him face to face with his greatest enemy. This project was funded through Screen Australia’s Indigenous Department and financed with support from Create NSW.
Screen Australia has announced production funding for one film, two television series and three online projects totaling $4 million.
The slate includes a film adaptation of the inspiring true story of Penguin Bloom starring Naomi Watts, a second season of the ABC’s hit drama series Mystery Road, and Roborovski, a virtual reality animated project from Tilda Cobham-Hervey and Dev Patel about a miniature hamster seeking revenge.
Head of Content at Screen Australia, Sally Caplan said: “Screen Australia is committed to funding projects that tell uniquely Australian stories and it’s fantastic to see such a diversity of projects being green lit.”
Community wins legal stoush with NT Govt over housing
When over 70 households began legal action in 2016 against the NT government for ignoring hundreds of requests to repair uninhabitable buildings, the NT department of housing launched a countersuit to pursue unpaid rental debt.
New anti-bullying resource for Aboriginal kids
[Kate Ashton, ABC]
A group of Northern Territory youth workers, Aboriginal broadcasters and health researchers have launched a new digital resource to help Indigenous young people deal with teasing and bullying.
International Women's Day. 'Women in Colour'
[by Cassandra French]
The artists behind the creation of Ngura: Tjangili George, Katrina Roberts, Carol Stevens, Pollyanne Smith, Imitjala Curley, Carolanne Ken, Rachael Stevens, Meredith Treacle, Tjungurra George, Antjala Robin and Ingrid Treacle.