FIRST NATIONS CREW SPOTLIGHT

In partnership with Ausfilm Members and the Australian screen government agencies, Ausfilm would like to be part of the change to support, celebrate and advance understanding of First Nations peoples. This segment will feature First Nations crew working in our industry and will share their stories, experiences and visions for the future.


HEATH BAXTER

With an impressive portfolio of work such as Top End Wedding, High Ground and upcoming Barrumbi Kids. Heath reminds us that keeping busy and believing in yourself can result in dreams coming true.

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SUMAH HURLEY

Meet the talented Sumah Hurley; a 3rd Assistant Director working in Melbourne, Victoria and a proud Goreng Goreng woman. Film Victoria talked to Sumah about why she moved to Melbourne from Goreng Goreng, her family’s traditional country in Queensland, her inspirations and mentors, her favourite gigs to date and more.

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LEAH PURCELL

Leah Purcell is a proud Goa-Gunggari-Wakka Wakka Murri woman, a multi-award-winning author, playwright, actor, director, filmmaker, producer, screenwriter, showrunner, and a legend of the stage and screen in Australia.

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GEORGIA CROFT & JAMIE LIPSHAM

Just as NAIDOC week in Australia rolls around, Industrial, Light & Magic’s Sydney studio talked to Production Assistants and Indigenous Australians Georgia Croft and Jamie Lipsham about their careers, about diversity in the VFX industry and how important it is to remember Australia’s black history all through the year.

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ALLAN COLLINS

Reconciliation Week launches in Australia from 27 May – 3 June 2021. Reconciliation Week is about strengthening relationships between First Nations peoples and non-indigenous peoples for the benefit of Australia. Ausfilm had the opportunity to chat with Allan Collins about life as a First Nations Director of Photography hailing from Alice Springs, Northern Territory.

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