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A three week recording of a commissioned painting by an outstanding Pilbara artist, Allery Sandy, is the focus of a wonderful long-form NITV experience titled Marni. A mesmerising marathon of colour and dot work is intercut with the majestic landscapes of the Pilbara to a journeying sound track. As she paints we hear Allery tell us about herself and her art practice in Yindjibarndi language.

Filmed and Post Produced in Western Australia

on the Traditional Country of the Ngarluma & Noongar Whadjuk peoples

Production Information


Robyn Marais


Tyson Mowarin

Director of Photography

Torstein Dyrting ACS


Regg Skwarko

Assistant Editors

Nathaniel Edwins

Marnie Allen


Glenn Martin


David Bridie

Filming in the Pilbara

This film showcases Allery’s work and hopefully will spark sales at the Art Centre,

…and in highlighting the incredible beauty of the natural environment in the Pilbara, we hope the film inspires audiences to visit this under-appreciated part of the nation. The themes in Marni of looking after country and the importance of language are a gentle invitation. Indigenous cultural heritage is deep, and the sensibilities expressed within it refined.

Robyn Marais, Producer

Allery Sandy

Artist's Statement

“I’m telling a story to the kids.”

“Children always ask, ‘what you painting Nanna?’. It’s honouring the tradition and passing it on to our children. Someone might step in my shoes and learn.”

– Allery Sandy, Artist

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