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23 09 2010 - Media release

Screen Australia launches The Black List

Australia’s leading Indigenous filmmakers will today gather to celebrate the launch of The Black List, a catalogue of film and TV projects since 1970 with Indigenous Australians in key creative roles.

“In the 1970s, there were no feature films with an Indigenous Australian in a key creative role, and only one TV drama title. More than 20 years later, the first decade of the 2000s has seen Indigenous filmmakers contribute to nine features and 16 TV dramas,” said Ruth Harley, Screen Australia’s Chief Executive. “Indigenous filmmakers have broken through to achieve both critical and commercial success, with Rachel Perkins’ Bran Nue Dae taking more than $7 million at the Australian box office, Warwick Thornton winning the Cannes Caméra d’Or for Samson & Delilah, and multiple awards for programs such as First Australians and The Circuit. The Black List celebrates these contemporary screen storytellers and those who have gone before. It reveals how far the Indigenous filmmaking sector has come.”

Produced by Screen Australia’s Strategy & Research Unit, The Black List is an important addition to reference material on Indigenous filmmaking in Australia, cataloguing the work of 257 Indigenous Australians with credits as producer, director, writer, or director of photography on a total of 674 screen productions. It provides descriptive listings of drama and documentary titles where Indigenous Australians have been credited in the key creative roles. Listings go back as far as 1970 for feature films and telemovies, to 1980 for documentaries and mini-series, and to 1988 for shorts and series. Titles are indexed by year and by filmmaker, and the book also features a statistical summary and timeline of key titles and events.

Rachel Perkins (Bran Nue Dae director and Screen Australia Board member), Adrian Wills (Bourke Boy director), Pauline Clague (First Contact producer), Sally Riley (Head of ABC TV's Indigenous Department), Erica Glynn (Head of Screen Australia's Indigenous Department), Gillian Moody (Investment/Development Manager, Screen Australia Indigenous Department), Debra Miller (ScreenWest's Indigenous Project Officer), will join Ruth Harley in Sydney this morning to launch The Black List.  Following the launch, the filmmakers will meet with representatives of the Australian Government’s Indigenous Broadcasting and Media Sector Review as part of Screen Australia’s Indigenous Policy Roundtable. The meeting will explore the opportunities and challenges facing Indigenous screen practitioners and investigate what more could be done to grow the Indigenous filmmaking sector.

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