Black List launched

Screen Australia has published a catalogue of screen projects featuring Indigenous creatives in key roles, called The Black List.

The Black List celebrates these contemporary screen storytellers and those who have gone before. It reveals how far the Indigenous filmmaking sector has come,” said CEO Ruth Harley.

Harley explained that while in the 70s there were no features and only one TV drama with Indigenous people in key creative roles, the 2000s saw Indigenous filmmakers participate in nine features and 16 dramas.

The catalogue has been compiled by the agency’s Strategy and Research Unit, and features the work of 257 Indigenous Australians credited as producer, director, writer or cinematographer on 674 productions. The listings go back to 1970 for features and telemovies, 1980 for docos and mini-series, and 1988 for shorts and series.

The Black List is indexed by year and by filmmaker, and features a statistical summary and timeline of titles and events.

The catalogue was launched by directors Racher Perkins and Adrian Wills, producers Darren Dale and Pauline Clague, the head of ABC TV’s Indigenous Department Sally Riley, and her Screen Australia counterpart Erica Glynn. The group also met with representatives of the Government’s Indigenous Broadcasting and Media Sector Review as part of Screen Australia’s Indigenous Policy Roundtable, to discuss the situation of Indigenous screen practitioners.

The publication is available here.


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