Ngaluk Waangkiny (Us Talking) follows the journey of a courageous group of Aboriginal Elders living on Whadjuk Noongar boodja as they fight for respect, recognition and acknowledgement from the City of Perth.
Once banned from the city streets, these Elders now have a seat at the Council table and are making decisions that are quite literally changing the face of Boorloo (Perth).
Co-written and directed by award-winning filmmaker Poppy van Oorde-Grainger and acclaimed Noongar artist Ian Wilkes, this short film is rich with archival vision, personal histories and moments of profound change.
The documentary will be screened on ABC iView from Reconciliation Week 2022.
BLOG POSTNgaluk Waangkiny launched at ABC Perth
02 June 2022
BLOG POSTOur first Ngaluk Waangkiny Elders
26 May 2022
BLOG POSTLaunching Ngaluk Waangkiny this Reconciliation Week
25 May 2022
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Poppy van Oorde-Grainger
Writer, Director, Producer, Videographer
Poppy van Oorde-Grainger is a filmmaker and artist based in Perth WA. She is also founding director of Same Drum production company. Poppy first gained national recognition as winner of the Fremantle Print Award and later the Australia Council Kirk Robson Award for leadership in community arts and cultural development.
Poppy’s work has been broadcast on Nickelodeon, SBS and ABC and presented at international festivals and galleries including London International Festival of Theatre, Japan Media Arts Festival and Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney. Most recently Poppy directed, co-produced and co-wrote Galup for Perth Festival 2021.
Writer, Co-Director, Narrator, Lyricist
Ian Wilkes is a Noongar theatre-maker, dancer and performer. He has directed several plays including Black Swan's York and Yirra Yaakin’s Boodjar Kaatijin and Songbird and performed numerous lead roles including in Yirra Yaakin’s Hecate, Ochre’s Kwongan, CO3’s The Line, Black Swan State Theatre's The Tempest and Yirra Yaakin's Honey Spot at the Sydney Opera House.
Ian is also a founding facilitator of Culture 2.0, Yirra Yaakin’s regional youth engagement program and was a facilitating artist on Community Arts Network’s Burdiya Mob project and a performer and cultural consultant on Beyond Empathy’s Excursions project. Most recently Ian co-wrote and performed in Galup for Perth Festival 2021.
Michelle is an award winning former ABC journalist with more than thirty years’ experience in television, film, radio, print and digital media.
A proud Yamatij storyteller, she is passionate about sharing the stories of First Nation people and they have formed the basis of many of her creative projects, including short stories, publications and plays.
Michelle’s role at CAN is to look for opportunities to platform CAN’s work and partner with like-minded organisations so we can continue to deliver transformative arts and cultural development programs with communities.
When not working for CAN, Michelle volunteers on the board of 100.9fm Noongar Radio, Seesaw Magazine, As One Nyitting and is a member of the Kalamunda Arts and Culture Advisory Committee.
In 2019 Michelle was featured in the SBS series Every Family Has a Secret which explored her Mother’s stolen generation experiences of removal as a child. She also discovered her Grandfather was sent from England to Australia as a child migrant.
Ashton "Yazza" Yarran is a Noongar hip hop artist and filmmaker. Yazza writes and records his own music. He also films, directs and edits music videos for artists such as Lil Mase, Flewnt, Izzar, Phil Walley-Stack, Jamahl Ryder & Sam B. Investing time to learn film from the ground up, Yazza has become a self-sufficient artist with a passion to help others. His videos and collaboration credits have millions of views on YouTube and he recently performed at Birak Concert 2020 alongside Lil Mase, Jamahl Rider, Sam B and The Last Kinection.
Sam Bodhi Field is an experienced shooter/director/producer working across broadcast documentary and interactive. In 2019 he was co-producer and DOP for Our Law (NITV/ Netflix/Sydney Film Festival), and co-directed the acclaimed Virtual Whadjuk (Interactive/VR). Previously Sam was the Series-Director on Born to Cook (SBS/UKTV) starring Jack and Rick Stein, co-director of Behind The Blue Line (SBS), and director of the political documentary Candidate Games for ABC. His 2016 interactive online documentary Beneath The Waves won multiple national awards, and he has also directed for the What on Earth? and How Do They Do It? factual series.
Torstein Dyrting ACS is an Australian Director of Photography known for his unique drama, documentary and commercial cinematography. Over 15 years in the industry he has refined his unique style and artistic feel, creating powerful pictures for which he has received critical acclaim, including 6 coveted Australian Cinematographers Society Golden Tripods, 2 consecutive AACTA nominations and twice won the ACS Milton Ingerson Judges Award for Best Entry Overall.
In 2008 Torstein received the honour of becoming an accredited member of the Australian Cinematographers Society. Torstein works within Australia and Internationally on a variety of projects.
Nic Montagu is a location camera operator and photographer in Western Australia. His work is focused around mining resources sector capturing activities in Pilbara through to the Eastern Goldfields.
Nathan Keene, Fireteller Film & Story
Nathan’s love for story began at an early age through many years of stage acting in Perth. Nathan completed a BA with Honours in Screen Arts in 2004. Since then, he’s worked on many film and documentary productions which have won several awards and screened around the world.
For his film Postie, Nathan lugged a one-tonne dead horse carcass from Perth to Kalgoorlie – a 600-kilometre journey. He shot the film in the arid mudflats around the mining town and worked closely with the Wonkgatha people of the Mulga- Mallee to tell his story of isolation in a primitive Australian context. In 2009, Nathan travelled to Dili Harbour in East Timor to make a documentary about a man attempting to raise a pirate ship from the bottom of the ocean, called Back to the Bay.
Nathan’s experiences have seen him travel the world and meet extraordinary people. Many of his films reflect and resonate these experiences. In 2017, Nathan started film production business Fireteller Film & Story in Perth with Will Faulkner. The business has the mission to teach, connect and change the world through sharing stories.
Will Faulkner, Fireteller Film & Story
Will lived in a country town without a cinema or VHS player for much of his early life. This fuelled his passion for the moving image, as a trip to the movies was a special occasion. He recalls his father coming back from the movies and captivating him with the plots to popular films.
After completed a BA in Film, Will entered the television industry, working in post-production and distribution for Prospero Productions, Flame Distribution and Endemol Shine. He simultaneously developed his independent filmmaking skills by making several short films with Nathan Keene. A highlight of this was winning the 2010 Mardi Gras Film Festival’s My Queer Career award for Disarm and afterwards hearing how many audience members deeply related to the film. Their 2016 film Little Boy Blue was nominated for six awards at the St Kilda Film Festival, winning two, and screened at Screamfest LA, the Moscow International Film Festival and 34 other festivals.
In 2017, Nathan and Will returned to their hometown of Perth to grow their film production business Fireteller Film & Story. The business has the mission to teach, connect and change the world through sharing stories.
Alex is an experienced location sound recordist hailing from a narrative background. Alex has worked on a range of television dramas and feature films including The Heights, Itch (ABC) and last year’s I Met A Girl.
Alex is passionate about sharing stories and knows the Elders project is important; that the stories told and voices heard must be listened to and preserved. We should never forget where we've come from, and where we must go.
Jeremy Thomson is a director, editor and writer and a descendant of the Gija people. Jeremy has recently worked on two feature documentaries for NITV, directing his debut documentary feature The Kimberley Man, and editing the Indigenous police documentary Our Law. He has also worked as an assistant editor on television shows such as On Country Kitchen, Born To Cook: Jack Stein Down Under and Nyoongar Footy Magic. One of his goals as a filmmaker is to tell stories that promote more understanding of the great things that Indigenous Australians have done over the 50,000 years plus that they have inhabited Australia, and help to seek a greater level of unity and acceptance amongst Indigenous and white Australians.
Ngan Truong has been working in TV/Media industry for almost 15 years.
She started her career in News as Video Editor for Channel 9 Perth and then Al Jazeera in London/Doha.
Ngan is currently a Promotions Producer for Seven West Media. She has also worked on the Netflix series 72 Dangerous Animals: Latin America and 72 Dangerous Animals: Asia as an Editor.
Sound Design and Mix
Soundbyte is a full service commercial recording facility which offers casting, radio production, film and television post production, as well as original music composition.
Online Edit and Grade
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Rhythm is a creative agency x video production company designed to build brands and craft engaging content for all platforms.
The Rhythm team draws on a deep understanding of digital experiences, design and film craft in order to deliver inspiring work that makes a difference.
Brooke Collard descends from the Ballardong Nyungar people. She is a Writer and Producer who most recently wrote and produced Aboriginal Warrior for NITV. Brooke has also worked in numerous Art Department and Production Department roles including on the children seriesItch, SBS short filmMolly and Cara and Elevate short filmSparkles, NITV reality show Family Rules and the documentary Our Law. Brooke has also been a Writer’s Assistant for Oscar nominated writer, Tony McNamara on his series The Great and as an Extras Casting Assistant onThe Furnace.
Kav Temperley is a Fremantle born musician, best known as frontman, bassist and songwriter of legendary Australian Rock band Eskimo Joe. Kav has been involved in many other musical projects, both as collectives and solo projects.
With over 23 years of songwriting experience and releases Kav has played a major role in Australia's music scene. In recent years turning his hand to mentoring and educating in the craft of songwriting as well as opening his own recording studio where he produces other artists as well as his own compositions. Most recently producing music for “The shower Song” for Water awarenessN (2018), “Wildfire” for Bushfire Relief (2020), and collaborated with Ian Grandage and John Butler in the composition of the Song “Boolarung Meeka” for the Perth Festival (2020).
Della Rae Morrison
Della Rae Morrison is a Bibbulmun woman of the Nyoongar Nation of the South West of WA, with 30 years experience in the arts in Australia. Della first started with Jimmy Chi's Aboriginal musical Bran Nue Dae in 1989 and spent the next 30 years enjoying stage and film, recently winning PAWA Best Actor Award for Hecate 2021. Della is an award winning songwriter and the Musical Director of Madjitil Moorna Aboriginal languages choir.
Kobi is a 27 year old bibbulmun noongar who was born and raised in Perth. While working at the UWA Centre of Social Impact and Propel Youth Arts WA, Kobi spends his spare time playing music, being involved in various music projects such as Moombaki, Koondarm, Koorlong, Madjitil Moorna and Endeavourous, these are projects that earned him the 2018 Perth NAIDOC Youth of the Year award.
Charley Caruso worked as the vocal teacher for the Aboriginal Theatre course at WAAPA until 2020. Charley is a singer songwriter, recording Artist and top-liner whose voice has travelled further around the globe than she has. Charley produces music and writes for TV and other artists. Charley sings with ‘Della Mob’ and goes by the artist name ABRYNZ.
Vocalist and Podcast Editor
Jemma King is a nyidiyang yok (non-Aboriginal woman), born on Whadjuk Noongar country of the Bibbulmun Nation. Jemma is a self-taught vocalist and 12-string guitarist who enjoys recording and editing sound. With a profound respect for First Peoples' culture and country, Jemma sings in harmony with the group, Della Mob. She has dedicated much of her energy towards a number of collaborative projects that foster reconciliation, including oral history projects with elders, documentary making and guiding university students to produce Noongar Dandjoo TV.
Kylie is a musician and teacher with a strong passion for using her skills to promote reconciliation. She sings with Della Mob and co-facilitates the Koorlong Noongar Songs in Schools program.
Kylie has a Bachelor of Music Education and currently teaches classical guitar with the Instrumental School Services.
Uncle Albert McNamara
It wouldn’t be even 20, 30 years ago, Aboriginal people couldn’t even get a foot in the foyer of the City of Perth. And now we’re up on the sixth floor talking with the mayor and making changes.
Uncle Ben Taylor Cuiermara
Aunty Doolann Leisha Eatts
I belong to Whadjuk Noongar boodjar through my grandmother, Fanny Yurleen Bennell and her dad belongs to Kings Park, Lake Monger, Jack Monger Bennell... They lived there for years before Captain Stirling came in with the Red Coat troops and slaughtered them and chased them off.”
Uncle Farley Garlett
I went back through my Native Welfare reports and I was documented in it from when I was born until I turned 18. There were reports from postmasters, the police, teachers, even shopkeepers – everyone was keeping an eye on us.”
Aunty Irene McNamara
"I went to school at Wandering Mission. It only went to grade four, so I was in grade four for three years! I didn’t have much schooling, but I still ended up working for the Education Department for more than 30 years and I’m in their Hall of Fame”
Aunty Margaret Culbong
"Racism doesn’t change overnight, but it takes action and you’ve got to do it, because we’re been here for 60,000 years and we’ll be here for another 60,000.”
Aunty Muriel Bowie
"We kept in the bush because Native Welfare was always around and they’d come along and grab the kids and take them away... One minute your cousins are there and then the next they’re down at Roelands Mission.”
Uncle Noel Nannup
"Every time I get the opportunity now, I’m always talking to young people and saying – look, you have your old people at home and they are your library. Go and talk to them and find out as much as you can about your family line and hang onto that.”
Aunty Theresa Walley
"I was taken away. In the middle of the night. There I was asleep in my bed and black figure came into my room and grabbed me, wrapped me around in a blanket and took me and placed me in the back of a truck. By morning, we were at Carrolup.”
Uncle Walter Eatts
"I wasn’t wanted by my white side and I didn’t know how to break into my Aboriginal side, so I was just somewhere in between, in limbo more or less... not black, not white, not wanted.”