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MARNI premieres on NITV

MARNI premieres on Thursday, 23 January 2020 at 7:30pm AWST on NITV.

MARNI is 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. The enthralling, Slow TV screen project will premiere on NITV as part of the SBS initiative ALWAYS WAS, ALWAYS WILL BE.

MARNI is a mesmerising marathon of colour and dot work is intercut with the majestic landscapes of the Pilbara to a journeying soundtrack. As she paints the audience will experience Allery telling them about herself and her art practice in Yindjibarndi language.

The project was filmed in Roebourne in Western Australia’s Pilbara Region and produced by Western Australia’s Weerianna Street Media by director Tyson Morawin and producer Robyn Marais.

Tyson Mowarin, Allery Sandy and Torstein Dyrting standing near a table covered with tubs of paint and colourful dot painting.

Director Tyson Mowarin, Artist Allery Sandy and Cinematographer Torstein Dyrting on the set of MARNI © Weerianna Street Media

“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,” explained Robyn Marais, Producer at Weerianna Street Media.

Marais continued, “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. Indigenous culture is constantly surprising and entrancing to people who have the good fortune to encounter it.”

The film features an exquisite soundtrack from composer David Bridie, is captured by Cinematographer Torstien Dryting, edited by Regg Skwarko and sound post by Glenn Martin.

“Screenwest was pleased to support the captivating story of MARNI, which shares the amazing talents of Allery Sandy and explores the richness of Aboriginal culture from a unique part of Western Australia,” said Screenwest Indigenous Executive Devina McPherson.

You can experience MARNI on NITV on Thursday, 23 January 2020 at 7:30pm AWST on NITV or watch it now on SBS On Demand.

MARNI was produced by Weerianna Street Media with Principal Production Investment from SBS in association with Screenwest and Lotterywest.


About Weerianna Street Media

Weerianna Street Media produces cultural projects for community and broadcast. Company and creative director Tyson Mowarin presents films about the power of country that can heal and connect. Tyson calls Allery ‘Nanna’ and has been supported by her many times during his heritage filmmaking projects.

Robyn Marais is the longstanding producer of drama and documentary production at Weerianna Street Media in Roebourne, having been engaged from late 2012, the second year of Weerianna’s establishment.

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