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Undermined – Tales from the Kimberley

UNDERMINED investigates the politics of an area now branded “the future economic powerhouse of Australia,”


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  • DIRECTOR Nicholas Wrathall

  • PRODUCER Stephanie King + Nicholas Wrathall with Albert Wiggan + Mark Jones



UNDERMINED investigates the politics of an area now branded “the future economic powerhouse of Australia,” and what this means for our First People and their unique cultural landscapes. As pressure from industry exposes the limits of Indigenous land rights, what will remain of over 200 remote Aboriginal communities?

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59.35% funded
  • $97,000.00

  • $57,572.00

  • December 2019

  • 13

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Anonymous $250.00
GRANT $30,000.00
Daniel Smith $350.00
Jennifer Michelson $1,000.00
Anonymous $250.00
Ian King $1,250.00
Ian King $250.00
ian huntley $8,000.00
Peter Garas $20.00
Miska Mandic $100.00
Anonymous $50.00

Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

The Kimberley region of North Western Australia covers an area of 420,000 km2 and is recognised as one of the world’s most ecologically diverse areas, with one of the last pristine coastlines left on Earth. 75 per cent of long-term residents are Indigenous, from 34 different language groups. Approximately half live in 200 remote Aboriginal communities varying in size from 20 to 900 people. 94 per cent of the Kimberley landmass is subject to an Indigenous Native Title claim or determination, the greatest of any region in Australia.


What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?

The documentary film Undermined: Tales from the Kimberley will change the conversation about development of Northern Australia to include Indigenous led, owned and managed development, Indigenous science, cultural solutions and alternative industries entwined with conservation and land management.


What outcomes does the project hope to achieve from making this documentary?

• Community led solutions are funded
• Kimberley cultural landscapes will be respected, protected and visited by people around the world
• Traditional Owners will determine how their Country is developed
• Non-Indigenous people will have greater value of Australia’s unique country, culture and knowledge
• Indigenous communities will achieve economic self-determination
• There will be greater pressure on governments around the Native Title Act, Heritage Act and Northern Development White Paper
• Sustaining Indigenous land, law and culture in the Kimberley
• Preservation of the Kimberley’s environment against damage by mining, pastoralism and big agriculture
• Remote Aboriginal communities are not forced to close
• Indigenous communities can participate in the modern economy through sustainable industries


How will this documentary achieve its outcomes?

Under the direction of Albert Wiggan, Anne Poelina and impact leaders DAF, we have developed a detailed Impact Strategy to best leverage the film's publicity. Some activities include:

- online inventory of Aboriginal businesses in the Kimberley

- micro-docs for online, training, campaigning and education

- partnering on Pew's The Kimberley: Like Nowhere Else campaign,
to save the Fitzroy River

- community consultation report, to capture experiences with corporate

- speaker tour

- corporate and parliamentary screenings with report on corporate responsibility

This strategy is still at draft stage, and our next step is to travel to the Kimberley for further consultation around these plans ahead of the film's cinema release.


How will partnerships with this project help inform the project development?

• Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre (KALACC) are the Cultural Advisors
• Environs Kimberley & Pew Foundation - the film will promote people to sign on to the ‘Kimberley Like Nowhere Else Campaign’

Audience Engagement and Social Impact

What actions does this project hope for its viewers after seeing this film?

After seeing the film audiences will:
• Support Aboriginal businesses in the Kimberley
• Sign on to ‘The Kimberley: Like Nowhere Else’ campaign to protect the Fitzroy River
• Explore their businesses’ Indigenous consultation and accountability frameworks
• Will share experiences and knowledge about protecting land
• Will share their own plans for their community’s development
• Will donate to and advocate for community led solutions in the Kimberley
• Will advocate for the Kimberley region to their friends, family and networks
• Use the film as a catalyst in their business to create/review Indigenous consultation
• Use the film as a catalyst to capture existing plans and community led solutions in the Kimberley
• Use the film to influence decision makers to review policy

Measurement and Evaluation

What is the projects indicators for success?

We will measure:
# communities using the film to advocate for community led solutions
Increase in knowledge about connection to land and remote Indigenous communities
Increase in understanding of the result of community closures and displacement
Intention to support Indigenous businesses in the Kimberley
Sign-ons to the 'Kimberley Like Nowhere Else' campaign
Intention to advocate for or donate to community led solutions in the Kimberley
Intention to advocate for the Kimberley region
Intention to explore business' Indigenous consultation and accountability frameworks
Intention to engage with local Traditional Owners who are affected by my business