In the coming weeks, I’m honoured to be helping to launch a new online resource dedicated to Australian Indigenous Media, Satellite Dreaming Revisited, in my role as Screening Coordinator at the Menzies Australia Institute at King’s College London.
Building on the work of the 1991 documentary Satellite Dreaming (co-produced for Channel 4’s Channels of Resistance series by London’s APT Film & Television and Alice Springs based CAAMA, the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association), this new web resource describes and analyses the last four decades of Australian Indigenous media, and explores the major themes and issues that have emerged as Indigenous communities have continued to struggle for self-representation.
The Satellite Dreaming Revisited launch will include a discussion event on March 11, featuring an introduction to the website from its editor (and co-producer of the 1991 film) Tony Dowmunt, and a discussion with pioneers of Indigenous media, Frances Peters-Little and Philip Batty. I’ll be hosting and chairing this online discussion event, which will be held via Zoom on March 11 at 9am (UK) / 8pm (Syd/Melb).
The launch also includes a special online Menzies Screening, providing an exclusive opportunity to see She Who Must Be Loved (Erica Glynn, 2018), in which the life of Freda Glynn, co-founder of CAAMA and Imparja TV, is interwoven with the broader story of Indigenous media in Australia. The film will be available via the Menzies Australia Institute’s Eventive page, and can be streamed (free!) between February 28 – March 13.