There is a new wave of Indigenous filmmakers to watch out for, Wonnaruah sister’s Maddison Coles and Georgia Coles and Kerrod Meredith-Creed from Gunggari/Dharumbal country. All three are current Australian Film Television and Radio- BA in Screen Production students here in Sydney. All three were selected to undertake an internship through Jumbunna Research Unit at UTS to shoot a Music Video for Koori Radio’s Young Black and Deadly program.
Young Black & Deadly (YBD) is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander fast track youth music program run by Gadigal Information Service Koori Radio and located in Redfern, Sydney. The program is for young Indigenous musicians between the ages of 12 and 18 looking to gain quality music industry experience. The musicians selected get a release of their music compilation (EP) and a professionally produced music video.
When Gadigal approached Pauline Clague at Jumbunna about doing a music clip of the YBD crew, she decided to create the same concept with the young Indigenous filmmakers and created an internship program with some young students. The program will run up to July and give the students a hands on experience with Production and Editing. She is hoping to roll out other internships leading up to Winda and other projects that Jumbunna will do in the future in film.
The shoot day was a height of activity, starting in the Gadigal studios before climbing the rooftop to shoot the choreography of the whole YBD crew overlooking Redfern and the CBD. It was an especially windy day, that caused balloons to pop and food to get cold and we were all chasing around the black, red and gold balloons whilst shooting the lunch party scene. We then headed down to cope street and filmed against the graffiti, and down the street, with neighbours coming out to look at the singers. The young singers loved that they were creating a crowd and a fan base as locals were engaged with the song and watching the clip being made. Our team were professional and keen to get the shots done.
The team now start in the editing process and in July they deliver to Gadigal Information Services the finished product.
Georgia “I really felt a real sense of community, being part of this project. I feel like when people are gonna listen to the song they are going to feel the same”.
Maddison “This whole experience has been absolutely incredible! Seeing our people follow their dreams is such a beautiful thing, I really can’t wait to see to see the final cut”.