As part of Reconciliation Week and the Central Victorian Indigenous Film Festival we are screening two short documentaries by film maker Daniel King, made for the NITV Our Stories series. This will be followed by a Q&A with Daniel and the subjects of the two documentaries; the poet, musician, author, songwriter and film maker Richard Frankland and the political artist Irene Ridgeway.
Daniel is a descendent of the Yuin people, and an Indigenous filmmaker who works in both factual and narrative forms as director. In 2001 Daniel graduated from RMIT with an Advanced diploma in Video Production and his final year film ‘Mirror Images’ starring Aaron Pedersen was selected for screening at numerous film festivals including the Tadawali Awards and the Rotterdam film festival. Daniel made the move into documentary and directed his first TV documentary with John Harding titled “The Fitzroy Stars” for the ABC program Message Stick in 2006. Daniel has since made numerous documentaries for Television both nationally and internationally for broadcast. Daniel has recently won Best Music Video at the National Indigenous Media Awards and the Darwin International Film Festival.
Richard J. Frankland MA is one of Australia’s most experienced Aboriginal singer/songwriters, authors and film makers. He is an Aboriginal Australian of Gunditjmara origin from Victoria. In the early nineties he founded Mirimbiak Nations Aboriginal Corporation (MNAC) which was the first Indigenous statewide land organisation in some twenty five years. MNAC was responsible for representing traditional owners and lodging all native title claims throughout the state of Victoria (excepting the already lodged Yorta Yorta, claim but including the recently successful Gunditjmara claim). Richard was also instrumental in forming Defenders of Native Title (DONT), which later became Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation (ANTAR). In 2004, he helped form the Your Voice political party.
Irene Ridgeway is an aboriginal woman from the nation of the Awabikal people of Newcastle, New South Wales. Irene has been involved in the Indigenous arts industry for more than 20 years as an artist, gallery owner, workshop facilitator and arts teacher. Irene’s strong enthusiasm and passion for Indigenous art, culture, identity and expression is reflective in her work, which embraces printmaking, painting, photography and mixed media. Irene’s arts practice focuses on the political, and she has a deep sense of the importance of linking cultures together working across Indigenous and non-Indigenous knowledge systems, creating relationships which resonate with both cultures.