Tourism Australia Head of Indigenous Aff

Premiere screenings of Indigenous language story

[by Mandy Taylor]


Kaytete storyteller Lena Nambulla, telling the Blue Tongue Lizard story on ICTV's Bedtime Stories II. The series features traditional story tellling techniques highlighted by claymation and art. 

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The second series of a popular Indigenous storytelling program will have two premiere screenings at opposite ends of the Territory over the next week.


The ICTV series Our Bedtime Stories 2 will be launched at the Alice Springs Cinema on Tuesday September 29 with a select showing of episodes from the popular program.


ICTV General Manager Rita Cattoni and Indigenous storytellers featured on Our Bedtime Stories 2 will speak about the series and give an introduction to the stories. And on Wednesday September 23 Darwin filmgoers will be treated to episodes on the big screen with Our Bedtime Stories 2 featuring on the Darwin International Film Festival Program.


Ms Cattoni will be joined by Kaytete storytellers the Nambulla sisters, Lena and Hilda, for the Darwin screenings, with the third sister Amy Nambulla attending the Alice Springs screenings. Five of the 20 Bedtime stories are in Kaytete.


“Children’s stories are an effective and entertaining way of transmitting language and culture,” Ms Cattoni said.


“The first series of Our Bedtime Stories was very popular, so we have used a similar format in this second series with language speakers incorporating traditional story telling techniques with animation and Claymation, music and art to create vibrant short tales.


“We are using the latest in digital technologies to tell some of the oldest existing story forms, imparting culture and knowledge to young Indigenous people and across cultures.”


Our Bedtime Stories 2 features 20 episodes in 11 languages, filmed around remote Australian locations and using remote-based Indigenous media operators on locations as widespread as the Barkly, the Kimberley and the WA Goldfields.


The series also features the original music of Thomas Saylor and opening animation artwork based on the works of Syd Bruce Short Joe from Pormpuraaw Art & Culture Centre in Cape York, Queensland.


Details and tickets to the Darwin International Film Festival screening are at Screenings at the Alice Springs Cinema are free but as numbers are limited please RSVP to by Friday September 25. The Cinema session starts at 11am.


The entire second series of Our Bedtime Stories 2 will be launched later this year and screened on ICTV and ICTVPlay.


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