I am an Aboriginal writer from Brisbane, Australia. After gaining a Bachelor of Education and a Masters of Arts Administration I went back to university in 2010 to focus on my passion for writing where I have been accepted into a Doctorate of Creative Arts at the University of Technology, Sydney. My Doctorate involves writing an Indigenous Comedy TV Series as well as a dissertation entitled Blak Comedy and Indigenous Cultural Perspectives on Humour. As an emerging Aboriginal writer my dream took flight with the production of my first short film Aunty Maggie and the Womba Wakgun and comedic blog Womba World. Aunty Maggie and the Womba Wakgun was launched at the Message Sticks Film Festival at the Sydney Opera House; opened the Brisbane International Film Festival; was commissioned by Qantas airlines for it’s in-flight service both domestically and internationally; screened at the Kantata Takwa Wakili Indonesia di Film Festival; Brisbane; and the Q150 Film Festival, Brisbane. Was nominated for the 2009 Deadly Awards in Sydney; and the Inside Film (IF) Awards. It won best Australian Film at the Heart of Gold International Film Festival. In 2011, I was awarded the American-Australian Fulbright Commission’s Indigenous Scholarship. As a visiting international research scholar I was hosted at Tisch School of Arts, New York University.
The Secret River
Television (Drama) Casting department William Thornhill, an illiterate Thames bargeman and a man of quick temper but deep feelings, steals a load of timber and is transported to New South Wales in 1806. Like many of the convicts, he's pardoned within a few years and settles on the banks of the Hawkesbury River. Perhaps the Governor grants him the land or perhaps he just takes it - the Hawkesbury is at the extreme edge of settlement at that time and normal rules don't apply. However he gets the land, it's prime riverfront acreage. It looks certain to make him rich. There's just one problem with that land: it's already owned. It's been part of the territory of the Darug people for perhaps forty thousand years. They haven't left fences or roads or houses, but they live on that land and use it, just as surely as Thornhill's planning to do. They aren't going to hand over their land without a fight. Spears may be primitive weapons, but settlers know that they can kill a man as surely as a ball of lead from a musket. As he ... Written by Anonymous
Film (short) by Michael Portway (Drama) Casting director
Aunty Maggie and the Womba Wakgun
Film (short) by Leah Purcell (Drama) Writer Aunty Maggie and Uncle Peter struggle to feed their three nephews. The arrival of some Hens and a Rooster provide a new food source....Eggs! However, the rooster becomes more of a headache until it nearly perishes one day. Aunty Maggie's quick thinking stuns the family and the neighborhood and makes her famous. Written by Anonymous