Frontman of the Warumpi Band, George Rrurrambu Burarrawanga, the subject of a new film with a familiar name, Big Name No Blanket, part of the Sydney Film Festival 5-16 June 2013 (Courtesy SFF)
Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 17.05.13
News source: Press Release
Filmmakers from across the Territory are set to share more than $80,000 through the latest round of Screen Territory grants to help get their projects onto the small screen. Screen Territory director Penelope McDonald said the latest round of grants funding would support four local film projects, totalling $81,632, and $15,000 will go to the Indigenous Remote Communications Association to present this year’s 15th National Remote Indigenous Media Festival in Ntaria, near Alice Springs.
“It’s very encouraging to see so many great projects receive funding in this round,” Ms McDonald said.
“Territory film producers are creating good opportunities with strong stories, know-how and partnerships, as well as support from domestic broadcasters - there are some great collaborations.”
The four funded film projects include:
• $40,000 - Brindle Films for 8MMM Aboriginal Radio
• $20,000 – Brindle Films for Cyclone Tracy
• $16,460 – CAAMA Productions for Outback Rangers
• $5172 - Exposure Productions Pty Ltd for Live Exports
Ms McDonald said she was also proud of two other local projects – Big Name No Blanket and Buckskin – which were recently named as finalists in the Foxtel Australian Documentary Prize as part of this year’s Sydney Film Festival, held from 5 to 16 June. Big Name No Blanket tells the story of the charismatic and inspirational front man of the Warumpi Band, George Rrurrambu Burarrawanga. It was produced by Rachel Clements and Lisa Watts, and directed by Darwin-based Steven McGregor.
Buckskin tells the story of Jack Buckskin who grew up on a diet of family and football, before life changing events led Jack on a new path. Jack’s life is now dedicated to renewing a once strong Aboriginal language and culture, and to inspiring the people of Adelaide to connect with Kaurna, the language and culture of his ancestors, and of the country on which the city of Adelaide now sits. Buckskin is Alice Springs-based Dylan McDonald’s first documentary as a director and Ms McDonald took leave from Screen Territory to produce this documentary.
Big Name No Blanket and Buckskin will be vying for a $10,000 cash prize against eight other documentaries from around Australia.
Jack from Buckskin, screening as part of the Sydney Film Festival 5-16 June 2013 (Courtesy SFF)