I was super excited to be working for film post production facility Soundfirm on the Fox Studios lot in Sydney. It really felt like my big break and marked my departure from the TV stations and advertising production companies I’d previously worked for.
This feature television documentary follows The National Black Theatre movement in Redfern, Sydney. This theatre had a proud place in the Aboriginal rights movement that swept Australia in the 1970s and it left a lasting legacy on Australian national politics, social welfare and the Australian arts scene.
The film was directed by indigenous filmmaker Darlene Johnson who’s made a long list of films tackling issues of race and racism in Australia, while also directing for mainstream soapies like Home and Away & Neighbours. It was a pleasure to work with her.
The Redfern Story was broadcast on national Australian television and was nominated for the Documentary Australia Foundation Award for Best Documentary at the Sydney Film Festival. It also received a Walkley Award nomination and an Australian Directors Guild nomination for Best Direction in a Documentary, and won an Atom Award for Best Documentary for Social and Political Issues.