NFSA's Black Screen takes Indigenous films to the Kimberley
Remote Indigenous communities in north Western Australia will have the opportunity to see films by Indigenous filmmakers on the big screen, when the National Film and Sound Archive’s Black Screen comes to town in April and May.
Black Screen received funding from ScreenWest to coordinate and deliver a tour through remote Indigenous communities in the Kimberley region of WA. This tour, to be delivered in partnership with Wawili Pitjas (based in Broome), has been funded to support and promote Indigenous films and Indigenous filmmakers in the Kimberley region, as well as encouraging and inspiring local Indigenous people to tell their own stories and pursue careers in the film and creative industries.
The events will also provide a rare opportunity for these remote communities to enjoy films on the big screen and access Indigenous films they might not otherwise get to see. Many of the films to be included on the tour – such as Bollywood Dreaming, Storytime and Whos Paintin Dis Wandjina – were filmed in, and tell stories of, Western Australia.
'We’re thrilled to be able to bring Black Screen to the Kimberley region, with assistance from ScreenWest,’ said Darryl McIntyre, CEO of the NFSA. 'Our touring programs travel all over Australia and it’s a great opportunity to share these unique films with Indigenous audiences in these communities, especially when they wouldn’t otherwise get the chance.’
The Black Screen tour will travel west across the region commencing 23 April in Warmun and continuing on to Halls Creek (28 April), Yiyili (29 April), Fitzroy Crossing (30 April) and winding up in Broome with screenings for school students on 3 – 4 May.
The Black Screen tour of WA is supported by ScreenWest and Lotterywest, and delivered in partnership with Wawili Pitjas.
Notes to editors:
Brendan Smith, NFSA Education and Touring Programs Manager, is available for interviews.