Karla Hart, a Noongar writer, director, producer and actress was named 2017’s Artist of the Year by NAIDOC Perth for her achievements across film, theatre and music at a ceremony held on 16 June at Crown Perth.
“Having been raised by my grandmother in the country surrounded by a huge extended family, stories were always being told and you never forget how special they were. I want to tell those stories and so many more so that they are around forever for everyone to enjoy and feel a part of something special,” said Hart.
Ian Booth, Chief Executive Screenwest congratulated Hart on her recognition.
“Karla is incredibly driven and passionate about telling Western Australian stories. She provides other Indigenous creatives with a fantastic example of how hard work and perseverance pays off.”
“With talents in writing, directing and producing as well as acting and Noongar traditional dance performance, she is a force to be reckoned with. Once you meet Karla, you do not forget her.”
The first half of 2017 has already seen two of Hart’s productions airing on NITV: FAMILY RULES and ON COUNTRY KITCHEN. Hart is also co-directing and co-writing A TEAM OF CHAMPIONS which looks at the role of Noongar players in the AFL, currently in production.
FAMILY RULES was a six part reality television series hit that captured the attention of Vogue Magazine and gathered a substantial following.
Hart developed the FAMILY RULES series with Metamorflix, going on to co-executive produce, shoot and direct. FAMILY RULES was spawned from the documentary short, ANGELA’S RULES, Hart’s original concept which she also directed.
ANGELA’S RULES aired as part of series 2 of FROM THE WESTERN FRONTIER, the critically acclaimed observational documentary series produced by Metamorflix.
Both ANGELA’S RULES and FAMILY RULES feature the Rule family and showcase strong, independent Indigenous women in way that have never been done before.
ON COUNTRY KITCHEN put a twist on the typical series, combining Western Australian produce, characters and adventures starring comic and cultural man Derek Nannup and one-of-a-kind Indigenous chef ‘The Black Olive’ Mark Olive.
ON COUNTRY KITCHEN was co-written and directed by Hart.
Hart’s other talents and passions are across the arts from dance to composing songs. She studied Aboriginal Theatre at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and completed a Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary Arts at Edith Cowan University.
This is the second NAIDOC Perth Artist of the Year Award for Hart; she received the honour in 2009 as well.