11th Arakwal NAIDOC Week Film Screening

11th Arakwal NAIDOC Week Film Screening poster11th Arakwal NAIDOC Week Screening

Presented by Arakwal Corporation, Flickerfest & iQ Inc
Tuesday 10th July, 6.30pm – The Byron Theatre

The Arakwal Corporation, Flickerfest & iQ Inc are thrilled to present an inspiring evening of aboriginal storytelling celebrating NAIDOC Week 2018 and this years theme ‘Because Of Her, We Can’ showcasing the lives & impact of Aboriginal women.

This year’s programme curated from Flickerfest favourites will take you on a special journey with some incredibly funny, powerful and strong aboriginal women who’s uplifting stories will inspire and delight.

The filmmakers have become some of the leading lights in indigenous filmmaking, blazing brightly on Australian screens and stage.

The programme includes, Warwick Thornton’s multi award winning comedy short film ‘Nana’, two films by amazing writer/director & actress Leah Purcell ‘She Say’ & ‘Aunty Maggie And The Womba Wakgun’, plus ‘Nan & A Whole Lot Trouble’ & ‘Hush’ both delightful comedies by the very talented writer/director Dena Curtis.

Come along & enjoy these unique stories from incredible filmmakers championing aboriginal women through this years NAIDOC theme ‘Because Of Her, We Can’; & support the celebration of aboriginal culture during NAIDOC Week.

A fundraiser for the Arakwal Corporation & supported by the Indigenous Coordination Centre.

Pre-purchase Tickets: at the Byron Theatre (Community Centre)
Online Tickets info: byroncentre.com.au | buy now online
Tickets also available at door: $10/8 con

More info: 0414 779881

11th Arakwal NAIDOC Week Film Screening Programme – 83min

Welcome To Country stillWELCOME TO COUNTRY – 10min
Writer/Director: Dean Gibson | Producer: Helen Morrison
When a hotshot public servant is sent to a remote Aboriginal community to prepare for t he Prime Minister’s visit, he quickly learns the true meaning of Welcome to Country. starring Alec Doomadgee.

Nana stillNANA – 6min
Writer/Director: Warwick Thornton | Producer: Kath Shelper
Nana’s granddaughter thinks Nana’s pretty special. She loves her Nana because she helps the old people, she’s a good painter and other people love her too. Nana’s got everyone under control.

Custard stillCUSTARD – 6min
Writer/Director: Michelle Blanchard | Producer: Kath Shelper
In her search for answers, a granddaughter’s questions lead to the discovery of self and a chance to embrace the complexities of family.

Vote Yes still

VOTE YES – 11min
Writer/Director: Nick Waterman | Producer: Melissa Beauford
It’s May 27, 1967 – Australia’s referendum on Aboriginal rights. Two women unite as a family come to terms with the prospect of change. starring Miranda Tapsell (The Sapphires).

She Say stillSHE SAY – 10min
Writer/Director: Leah Purcell | Producer: Bain Stewart & David Jowsey
After seeing her husband put in jail for domestic violence, Leela (Leah Purcell) has a big decision to make on his pending return, influenced by differing opinions from her two youngest children & her three best friends.

In The Air stillIN THE AIR – 13min
Writer: Dot West | Director: Kimberley West | Producer: Jodie Bell
Jealousy is a curse. She’s her own worse enemy, jealous, impulsive, sabotages herself, awake or asleep, in snagging her man, who is a reluctant player when it comes to messing with his little piece of paradise.

Nan & A Whole Lot Of Trouble stillNAN & A WHOLE LOT OF TROUBLE – 11min
Writer: Sue McPherson | Director: Dena Curtis | Producer: Lois Randall
Nan, of Aboriginal and Irish descent, keeps a photo album of dead family members. Younger sister Min believes this morbid European tradition is culturally inappropriate. Told with warmth and humour, this short film tackles cultural taboos.

Aunty Maggie & The Womba Wakgun stillAUNTY MAGGIE & THE WOMBA WAKGUN – 11min
Writer/Director: Leah Purcell | Producer: Bain Stewart & Lisa Duff
Aunty Maggie & Uncle Peter struggle to feed their three nephews. The arrival of some chickens provides a new food source…eggs! When the new rooster becomes more of a headache and nearly dies, Aunty Maggie’s quick thinking shocks the family and makes her famous.

Hush stillHUSH – 5min
Writer/Director: Dena Curtis | Producer: Kath Shelper
Ethel and her friend Mary resort to an unlikely occupation at night to top up their pensions. Ethel’s daughter is horrified when she discovers they are not really “playing cards”.
Come & celebrate aboriginal culture in NAIDOC week with a programme of amazing films.


A Few Key Planning Hurdles Being Achieved

Limited public access provisions currently apply to the Island Quarry while some key DA consent conditions are finalised.

During recent times the Trust has made substantial progress in addressing these conditions through constructing onsite works including:
– Installation of a 350 metre long safety fence around the quarry waterhole.
(Installed early 2014; we have currently receiving final sign-off on our fence conditions)
– Ewingsdale Rd access road-works, bike path & earth-bund landscaping as per Council approval are all but complete (after numerous amendments).
However the roundabout & our access is currently being reassessed as part of  a new larger roundabout being planned on Ewingsdale Rd.
– Installation of a 2 kW Solar Pumping system (supplying water to the flow-forms water feature that oxygenates the water-body; & also to supply water for the gardens)
– Site perimeter fencing along Ewingsdale Rd frontage has been installed to assist with reserve management and security and to reduce theft, vandalism and unsafe behaviour that had occurred in the past.
– NEW: Received funding NSW Govt Dept of Industry through the Public Reserves Management Fund Program (PRMFP) for iQ Reserve’s western boundary security fencing.

It is important to note that during this time, private activities and functions such as weddings, ceremonies, receptions, small workshops & film shoots are still able to be held on the Reserve, subject to application and approval by the Trust.

The Trust looks forward to a full re-opening of the Reserve to the public once all consent conditions for public events are completed.

In the interim, if you would like to volunteer or get involved in the community garden please contact us, or if you’re interested in receiving occasional updates please send us an email with: ‘Please add to iQ Updates’ in Subject line.