Who Can Represent Whom? 11 August 2005

Title: Who Can Represent Whom?
Location: AFC Theatre – 150 William St, Woolloomooloo
Description: WHAT:

Frances Peters-Little with Romaine Moreton, Adrian Wills, Erica Glynn comprise our panel of filmmakers and academics addressing the question of what rights we have, or should have, when making documentaries representing other cultures – either Aboriginal cultures, ethnic or other subcultures or societies overseas. Convened by Gillian Leahy.


AFC Theatre – 150 William St, Woolloomooloo


Thursday 11 August 2005 – 6.45pm


Suggested Donation $5

by Aug 9:

Seats reserved till 6.45pm only.
Start Time: 18:45
Date: 2005-08-11


In recent times some people have developed “The Aboriginal Protocols” – a set of rules or guidelines for white filmmakers to adopt when filming Aboriginal people. But some indigenous people claim there is no need for such rules and that they present problems for indigenous people and communities as well as white filmmakers.

One such Aboriginal person is Frances Peters-Little – academic and filmmaker. In this session she will speak to her paper, “The Impossibility of Pleasing Everybody: A Legitimate Role for White Filmmakers Making Black Films”. Other speakers will respond to her ideas and audience discussion will follow.

Session Convenor:
Associate Professor and Filmmaker, Gillian Leahy, University of Technology, Sydney.

Key Speaker:
Frances Peters-Little, Deputy Director for the Australian Centre for Indigenous History (Australian National University). Frances has a Masters of Philosophy in Australian Studies. She was a producer for the ABC TV’s regular weekly Aboriginal documentary program BLACKOUT. She worked with white colleagues recently making a film about her father, JIMMY LITTLE’S GENTLE JOURNEY.

Her paper which will form the basis for the discussion can be found at:

Other Speakers:

Romaine Moreton – Goempul Bundjalung Bidjara storyteller, writer, poet, performer and academic.

Adrian Wills – Graduate of AFTRS Directing. Since graduating from AFTRS he has worked with SBS Indigenous Unit and now with Messagestick ABC as Producer. In 2004/2005 Adrian co-wrote and directed “Our Bush Wedding”, a one hour documentary for the 2005 National Indigenous Documentary Fund Series (AFC,FFC,SBSI, and NSWFTO). Adrian has directed over six films (doco and drama) and is determined to bring challenges for A voice to Indigenous Screen and televisions.

Erica Glynn – Writer/Director and Project Manager in the Indigenous Unit of the Australian Film Commission.Erica is a Kaytej woman from Central Australia. She started her career at CAAMA Productions in Alice Springs and later completed the 3-year directing course at AFTRS where she made ‘Agnes Maude & Pearly Too’ and ‘Redreaming the Dark’. Her short film ‘My Bed Your Bed’ won a Dendy Award in 1999 for Best Short film. Other films include the short drama ‘My Mother My Son’ and the documentary ‘A Walk With Words,’ which screened at Hot Docs in 2001. Her most recent film (2003) is a documentary “Ngangkari” about two Traditional Healers who work in the Central Desert Region.