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									AFC’s Long Black takes Indigenous filmmaking to the next level

9 March 2007: Leading Indigenous filmmakers will develop their first feature film
with support from international film identities when the second stage of the
Australian Film Commission’s (AFC) Long Black commences in northern New
South Wales on the weekend.

Long Black is a 10-day residential lab that gives 10 Australian Indigenous
writer/directors the opportunity to draw on the experiences of exceptional
international and local filmmakers in developing the final draft of their feature film
scripts. The Indigenous filmmakers will workshop scenes from their screenplays
with actors, cinematographers, and editors as part of the process.

The filmmakers attending the lab include Warwick Thornton, Beck Cole, Wayne
Blair, Romaine Moreton, Darlene Johnson, Sam Saunders, Rima Tamou, Pauline
Clague and Richard Frankland. Leading Indigenous filmmaker Rachel Perkins is
also developing her next feature project through the lab.

The Indigenous Branch has secured an impressive group of advisors to assist
with Long Black. Directors Bahman Ghobadi (Turtles can Fly), Merata Mita
(Mauri), Phillip Noyce (Rabbit Proof Fence), Ray Lawrence (Jindabyne), Belinda
Chayko (City Loop) and Cate Shortland (Somersault), producers Zachary Sklar
(JFK) and Bridget Ikin (Look Both Ways), and writer Keith Thompson (Clubland)
are among the advisors who will share their wisdom through one-on-one
meetings, workshops and discussions.

AFC Indigenous Branch Manager Sally Riley said Long Black was the
culmination of 10 years work for the Indigenous Branch. “We have nurtured the
talents of these filmmakers from early in their careers and are incredibly excited
about the scripts they are bringing to the lab – scripts that tell the unique stories
of Indigenous experience. The advisors were attracted to the strength, richness
and originality of these ideas and are passionate about assisting this new wave
of Indigenous talent to get their stories made.”

Actors Aaron Pedersen, Justine Clarke and Ningali Lawford-Wolf, choreographer
Stephen Page, cinematographers Ian Jones, Garry Phillips, Mark Wareham,
Murray Lui and David Williamson, and editors Karen Johnson, Suresh Ayyar and
Mary Perry will work with the filmmakers to finesse their scripts through a series
of shooting exercises.

The second stage of Long Black will be held in Byron Bay NSW, 11–21 March

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