PUBLISHED10 Jan 2023

Indigenous Voices in Documentary

Watch a virtual showcase of upcoming documentaries made by Indigenous creatives

A journalist returns to his hometown to revive the memory of the civil rights movement. Two mathematicians reveal the nuanced and advanced mathematics that underpin kinship systems. And a filmmaker puts our justice system on trial.

Documentary Australia Foundation is proud to present INDIGENOUS VOICES IN DOCUMENTARY, a free virtual showcase of upcoming documentaries made by Indigenous creatives, proudly presented by Documentary Australia Foundation and the City of Sydney.

Hear from Allan Clarke (The Bowraville Murders, From Bourke with Love), Tamara Whyte (2020 Centralised DAF Fellowship Winner) and Dean Gibson (Wik vs Queensland) as we discuss their upcoming projects and the importance of bringing these stories to life. This special panel will be moderated by Jazz Money ( 2020 winner of the David Unaipon Award).

Watch a recording of this special conversation below to meet the filmmakers and learn how you can support these projects in changing the documentary landscape.

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The Conversation

From Bourke with Love

Allan Clarke returns to his hometown Bourke to explore the civil rights struggle in the town and to revive the memory of that struggle to change lives for the children of Bourke today.

As he begins to engage the children in the process of discovering the past, together they ask the hardest questions. Did the old people’s struggle fail? And how can the town recover?

SUPPORT THIS PROJECT: This project is seeking funds to finalise its production and develop its outreach campaign- find out more about the project and donate here.


Kin celebrates the mathematics embedded in the kinship system of Central Arnhem Land. Following Aboriginal mathematicians Dr Chris Matthews (Quandamooka) and Dr Jared Field (Gamilaroi), the nuanced and advanced mathematics that underpins Indigenous knowledge kinship systems in Central Arnhem Land is revealed.

The project is supported by NITV, South Australian Film Corporation, Screen Territory, AFTRS and Documentary Australia Foundation through the Centralised DAF Indigenous Fellowship. 

SUPPORT THIS PROJECT: This project is seeking in-kind support for data visualisation for their film. You can get in touch with the film team here.

Incarceration Nation

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are amongst the most incarcerated people in the world – making up 3% of the general population, but 27% of prisoners.

This comes at a huge cost to the culture, values and wellbeing of our First Nations Peoples. Incarceration Nation will examine the reverberating impacts of colonisation and put the justice system on trial.

SUPPORT THIS PROJECT: This project is looking for impact partners who want to help amplify this story and their impact – If you are interested, you can get in touch with the film team here.

Textbook For Desire

Jazz’s film ‘Crush’ is currently part of the Textbook for Desire exhibition at Cement Fondu Gallery in Paddington. Her first collection of poetry ‘how to make a basket’ will be out later this year.

Textbook for Desire is an exhibition of newly-commissioned video works and installations, as well as a series of live, expanded ‘lectures’ that include music, dance and performance. The exhibition reflects how normative forms of desire are revised or struck through, making space for alternative and marginalised ways of thinking, being and desiring – learn more about this exhibition here.

The Panel

  • Allan Clarke is a Muruwari man and an award-winning investigative journalist, producer and presenter, who is currently working on ‘From Bourke with Love’ and ‘The Bowraville Murders’.
  • Dean Gibson is an Aboriginal man and the writer and director of ‘Wik vs Queensland’, which world-premiered at the 2018 Sydney International Film Festival. Dean is working on ‘Incarceration Nation’.
  • Tamara Whyte is a descendant of the Girrigun-Warrgamay peoples of coastal far North Queensland. She is the inaugural recipient of the DAF Indigenous Fellowship and is currently working on ‘Kin’.
  • Jazz Money (moderator) is a Wiradjuri poet, filmmaker and educator who works closely with First Nations communities and artists to tell stories and create digital projects. Jazz is the 2020 winner of the David Unaipon Award. Learn more about Jazz and her work here.

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