Filming Aboriginal Australia

On The Shoot

Looking back and taking a measure of my own personal transformation

Looking back and taking a measure of my own personal transformation

Here I am sitting at the Perth Airport, waiting for my soul to catch up… it’s still floating around in the Kimberley somewhere. The First Assistant Director, Richard McGrath, played me a heartbreakingly, beautiful song by Frank Yamma called, “She Cried” and I drifted out of the airport all the way back to a much more soulful place, as I listened to the words, “life is precious, down we go, growing old…” Music has played a significant role in...

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Shooting at Kooljaman and Lombadina at Cape Leveque

Shooting at Kooljaman and Lombadina at Cape Leveque

Featuring: Diane, Mark and our awesome Aboriginal guides – Bundy, Brian and Robert  The story as it unfolded “Dawn. The sun rises over a beautiful bay. Mark enjoys the view from the balcony of the safari tent. He turns to Diane who is still in bed, her eyes open gently. ‘So… what do you want to do today?’ A 4WD cruises along the pristine beach. The camera rises up to reveal they are the only people for miles. They look out the car window...

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Shooting at Bawaka Homelands in East Arnhem Land

Shooting at Bawaka Homelands in East Arnhem Land

Featuring: Diane Young, Mark Hodge and our wonderful Yolngu hosts The story as it unfolded: ‘It’s all about life and a love for the land’…The music kicks in. Feet stomp on sandy ground. We tilt up to see a powerful traditional Aboriginal dance. It’s the Lirrwi mob in East Arnhem Land. Mark and Diane get painted up too. Timmy greets them warmly, ‘now you are welcome in our country’. They pull up to the stunning Lonely Island...

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Shooting at Uluru

Shooting at Uluru

Featuring: Rachel and Ben. Their guides are Sammy and Sarah and the artist is Christine. The story as it unfolded: “A young couple look out at the majestic Uluru, discussing which spot on the horizon they will see the sunrise. Their Anangu guide points out to the distance… and as if by magic, the sun explodes with warm light at that exact spot. It illuminates Rachel’s face and she smiles as if seeing the world in a new way.   Later,...

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And Action! The film shoot starts in Mt Borradaile

And Action! The film shoot starts in Mt Borradaile

Featuring: Diane Young, Mark Hodge and their guide, James Tipungwuti. The story as it unfolded: “The small plane lands on the remote airstrip. The couple pull their bags from the plane. He’s visibly excited, she’s a little anxious having not travelled remotely before. A bush Toyota arrives… and James, the Aboriginal guide, beams at them with a charming smile which instantly puts them at ease. They drive down a track in the 4WD. Diana looks out...

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Behind The Scenes

KristiThis blog captures the behind the scenes action for the Filming Aboriginal Australia location scouting and shoot. As the Indigenous Experiences Project Manager for Tourism Australia, I have visited many of these amazing spots before, yet am still awed by the deep connectedness I feel when out here ‘on country’ with our wonderful Aboriginal hosts. Thanks for joining me on this journey, Kristi.

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