Stories told through film or television, have the unique ability to help us understand alternative experiences and view points. An important part of the work by Screen Australia, is the focus on helping to share stories from minority or under-represented groups, such as Australia’s indigenous stories.

Penny Smallacombe is the Head of Indigenous content at Screen Australia. Penny is a Member of the Maramanindji people, from the Northern Territory. She has produced numerous documentaries, produced and directed content for ABC Television and was a a Senior Programmer for NITV at SBS.

In today’s episode of Be The Drop, recorded LIVE at the Screen Makers Conference, Penny shares her journey in the film and screen industry. She discusses the critical importance of creating and sharing indigenous stories via the screen and also provides a range of tips, to help people get started in the industry.

Indigenous Stories With Penny Smallacombe

“A film is a beautiful document in time about an experience or moment. “

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In this episode on the film industry and indigenous stories, you will learn:

  • Why the Indigenous Department at Screen Australia is so important
  • The importance of creating opportunities for indigenous stories to be told, by indigenous people
  • How to keep your authentic voice in storytelling
  • How film and screen stories work as an empathy machine
  • How screen content helps us understand the urban indigenous experience
  • Tips to get into the film and screen industry
  • The importance of finding the right people to collaborate with
  • Why you should never be to good to do any role on set
  • To balance your contributions with reciprocal value
  • The value of establishing relationships with mentors
  • Filmmaking is a team sport

“Pick an area and build your craft. Work on it and work on it, really hone it by continually practicing it. Focus on building the skills of your craft. “


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