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Maya Newell In Conversation

Perth Festival in partnership with Screenwest are presenting a free In Conversation event with Maya Newell on Saturday, 8 February 2020 at the State Library of Western Australia Theatre.

Join Maya Newell, director of IN MY BLOOD IT RUNS and GAYBY BABY, to hear about the triumphs, challenges and considerations in documentary filmmaking in Australia.

From the ethics of telling stories to relationship development, social impact documentary to duty of care for those onscreen, this will be an insightful morning unpacking some of the ‘hows’ around documentary filmmaking.

Following Maya’s talk, a Q&A will be facilitated by Franziska Wagenfeld, Development and Production Executive at Screenwest.

If you are a practicing filmmaker with an interest or career in documentary filmmaking or just interested in learning more about IN MY BLOOD IT RUNS, this is the event for you!


Event Details

Date: Saturday, 8 February 2020
Time: 10:30am – 12:00pm
Where: State Library of Western Australia Theatre, 25 Francis Street, Perth
Price: FREE
Registration: Registrations are open now on the Perth Festival website.



IN MY BLOOD IT RUNS focuses on Dujuan, an inquisitive ten-year-old Arrernte/Garrwa boy who speaks three languages, understands his Aboriginal culture, loves his country and the natural world and seems to have a happy future in Mparntwe (Alice Springs).

At home he is bright and contented, but problems begin at his mainstream school. His teachers are not trained to appreciate the students’ Indigenous knowledge, and the books that Dujuan must read speak of an Australia that is not his at all. As he faces increasing scrutiny from welfare and police, his family battle to keep him safe, grounded in language, culture and identity – the only solution they know works.

The film follows Dujuan’s attempts to reconcile the traditions he holds dear with the colonised world he’s forced to inhabit. A personal documentary told with a perceptive eye, poetic imagery and made in collaboration with Dujuan and his family, Maya Newell crafts another essential portrait of Australian youth, putting the plight of the Northern Territory’s Indigenous children in the spotlight. Thoughtful, passionate and deeply illuminating, IN MY BLOOD IT RUNS is a must for all who care about Australia’s shared future.

IN MY BLOOD IT RUNS is screening from Monday, 3 to Sunday, 9 February 2020 at Lotterywest Films.


About Perth Festival

Founded in 1953, Perth Festival has seeded and cultivated decades of cultural growth as the oldest arts festival in the Southern Hemisphere. It is Australia’s premier curated multi-arts festival and one of the greatest in the world, known for commissioning major new works, celebrating the unique qualities of Perth and engaging diverse audiences.

Perth Festival runs from Friday, 7 February until Sunday, 1 March 2020. Find out more at


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