Black is the New Orange: How do we tell Indigenous stories in 2015? – 19th Aug, 2016.


The panel for Black is the New Orange will be:
Penny Smallacombe
Sam Griffin
Dena Curtis
Trisha Morton-Thomas
Darren Dale
Rachel Clements
Jacob Hickey
Georgie McClean
Penny Smallacombe, Head of Indigenous, Screen Australia who is a member of the Maramanindji people from the Northern Territory. She has completed a cadetship with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and has a Master of Arts (Documentary Producing) degree from AFTRS. She worked as Producer/Director with the Indigenous Programs Unit in the ABC and she also produced several series of shorts, which were commissioned for the ABC, called Yarning Up1 & 2 and The Forgotten Ones. Most recently she is working as a Senior Programmer for NITV, a division of SBS, and is now the Head of the Indigenous Department at Screen Australia.
Sam Griffin is an investment manager in the documentary unit of Screen Australia. She has been involved in the development or funding of PUTUPARRI, FIRST CONTACT 2 (SBS), BLACK AS (ABC), ZACH’S CEREMONY. Prior to her move back to Australia, Sam was a television producer in New York.
Darren Dale who currently serves on the board of Screen NSW and the Council of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, and in 2012 was the recipient of the prestigious AFTRS Honorary Degree. Darren has produced a number of award winning documentaries including First Contact, First Australians and The Tall Man. Darren is currently producing another 3 x 52 minute documentary series for SBS, DNA Nation.
Jacob Hickey who is a factual series producer and director. His recent credits include Inside the Firestorm, Dirty Business – How Mining Made Australia, Once Upon a Time in Cabramatta, Immigration Nation and First Contact.
Dena Curtis has both created and commissioned a number of Indigenous programs. In 2009 She premiered short film Jacob at Message Sticks Indigenous Film Festival, it later went on to win the Adelaide Shorts Gold Shorts Award and WOW Film Festival Best Drama. During her 3 years at the ABC, Dena oversaw the production on documentaries such as Buckskin, Yagan, 88, The Redfern Story, Outside Chance and Wild Kitchen. Last year she Series Directed the narrative comedy program 8MMM Aboriginal Radio, she also recently completed her fourth short film Nan and a whole lot of Trouble and is currently developing a slate of both factual and drama content.
Trisha Morton-Thomas was born in the Northern Territory, she is a writer, producer and actor who has worked in film and television for over 20 years. [Which mob?} She also has a background in radio broadcasting, journalism and theatre. Trisha trained in the Uta Hagen technique of acting at the Eora Centre for Performing arts in Chippendale and has worked with some of the most celebrated directors in film, television and theatre including Rachel Perkins, Warwick Thornton, Wayne Blair, Stephen Page, Noel Tovey and Nigel Jamieson. Straight out of drama school, she landed the lead character Mae, in Rachel Perkin’s 1997 debut feature film Radiance. In more recent years Trisha has appeared in the award winning ABC drama series Redfern Now, series 1 and 2, as the formidable Aunty Mona and most recently as Lola in 8MMM Aboriginal Radio, the first Australian Aboriginal, narrative comedy series which she also wrote and produced as well as starred in. In 2004 Trisha worked for the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA) where she produced, directed and wrote documentaries and short drama for Imparja Television and SBS. Many of her documentaries were sold onto the ABC and NITV. In 2007 she joined the newly established National Indigenous Television Services (NITV) as one of the first Aboriginal Commissioning Editors, eventually working her way up to Senior Commissioning Editor. While at NITV, Trisha oversaw hundreds of hours of television production including documentaries, dramas, music television and magazine style formats. Trisha co-owns the production company, Brindle Films with business partner and producer Rachel Clements.
Rachel Clements has produced award winning documentaries including Big Name No Blanket, Blown Away and Ochre and Ink. She has executive produced documentaries commissioned by ABC and NITV, including Urrpeye (Messenger), the launch documentary for NITV. Rachel has also produced drama projects including 8MMM Aboriginal Radio, the first Aboriginal narrative comedy series, and Double Trouble, the first Aboriginal childrens’ drama series.
Georgie McClean is Senior Manager of Strategy and Communications at Screen Australia – the federal government agency responsible for film, television and digital content – where she oversees the development of an evidence base from which to develop and evaluate programs and policy levers for Australia’s screen sector. She has over ten years’ experience in the Australian arts and media industry, including many years managing policy, research and community engagement at SBS. She has a Doctorate in applied research on Media from the Institute for Culture and Society at UWS, a Masters of Communications from RMIT and a BA from the University of Melbourne. She has lived, studied and worked in Indonesia, Argentina and Japan and has a passion for facilitating engagement between ideas, research and practice.