LIKE MY BROTHER charts the power and impact of raw, sporting talent upon the lives of four, young Tiwi women and their remote community. This coming of age story follows Rina, Freda, Juliana and Jess on their journey from the Tiwi to Melbourne and back again as they dare to dream, taking up opportunities as they present, to play football at an elite level. While each girl has unique desires – to have fun, to be a leader, to be a teacher, to make a father proud, their obstacles are environmental and psychological – the tyranny of distance, young motherhood, addiction to sugar, navigating drugs and alcohol, gambling, homesickness and balancing the expectations of family. And while offers from the big smoke are great, and those in power down south think the girls should jump on and off planes and be hungry for success, those at home harbour and share the girls fears. Family can be your biggest supporter and family can drag you down by stoking the flames of doubt. LIKE MY BROTHER redefines what it takes to walk with success in both worlds.
Danielle is an experienced writer, producer and director. She wrote and directed Bonita Mabo – For Who I Am. Her short film My Colour Your Kind was nominated for AFI and Film Critics Awards and screened at numerous festivals. Danielle wrote and directed the drama Queen of Hearts, winning the AFI Award for Best Non-Feature Screenplay. In 2007, she won an AWGIE for her script in the Channel Nine/Disney children’s series Double Trouble.
Sal Balharrie is a Writer, Director and Creative Producer who creates great original work with great people. Her production company Naked Emperor is committed to creating projects that pivot around multi-platform, rich engagement, project legacy and outreach finding all these elements consistently part of her development process.