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Screenwest supported Nintila Aboriginal Film Festival Releases Program and new workshop

Screenwest is pleased to support Nintila Aboriginal Film Festival this November, as it grows to become a centerpoint in Kalgoorlie’s important cultural events calendar.

The Nintila Aboriginal Film Festival is a 5-day film festival featuring films by Aboriginal directors or films of significance to Aboriginal history, language or culture hosted in Kalgoorlie.

Postponed through COVID-19, the festival has again aligned with NAIDOC Week celebrations running in November 2020. The community impact of this festival is incredibly strong, from engagement with screen culture and Indigenous culture to development and inspiration of emerging filmmakers.

With Screenwest’s support, the festival this year will be hosting an expanded skills and development workshop, facilitated by filmmaker Rodney Stratton and Mark Bin Bakar, the creator behind the beloved Mary G character.

The two-day session running on Monday, 9 and Tuesday, 10 November will focus on emerging filmmakers finding their story and directorial voice, empowering their creative and working through possible future pathways. The workshop is free and those interested are encouraged to contact Goldfields Aboriginal Language Centre.

Festival Coordinator Sue Hanson said, “The 4th Nintila Aboriginal Film Festival 2020 is proudly run by the Goldfields Aboriginal Language Centre Aboriginal Corporation (GALCAC).

“This is the first Aboriginal film festival to be held in the region and was born from the desire to showcase films produced, directed, filmed, or featuring Aboriginal people and Aboriginal language.

“Nintila is inspiring, uplifting and is encouraging locally made film production. GALCAC is thrilled to receive support from Screenwest and Lotterywest for the 2020 Nintila festival.”

Screenwest CEO Willie Rowe said, “The work that the Goldfields Aboriginal Language Centre does is so important in sharing Aboriginal screen culture. Screenwest is proud to support the festival and its empowering workshop to inspire filmmakers of the future.”

Nintila Aboriginal Film Festival Program. Click to download PDF.


Event Details

Film Festival

Date: Monday, 9 November – Friday, 13 November 2020
Time: Screenings 6:00pm daily
Where: Kalgoorlie Orana Cinemas
Tickets: Tickets are free and available from the Goldfields Aboriginal Language Centre Aboriginal Corporation (GALCAC) at 264 Hannan St, Kalgoorlie WA 6430.


Filmmaking and Acting Workshops

Date: Monday, 9 November – Tuesday, 10 November 2020
Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Where: Kalgoorlie Town Hall
Registration: Please email to express your interest in attending this workshop.

This festival program and filmmaking activities are made possible with support from Screenwest and Lotterywest through the Audience and Community Engagement Fund.


More Information

For more information on the Nintila Aboriginal Film Festival, their screening program and workshop please get in touch with the Goldfields Aboriginal Language Centre.

Phone: +61 8 9021 3788


Goldfields Aboriginal Language Centre

The Goldfields Aboriginal Language centre is the peak body for the preservation and study of the Aboriginal languages of the Goldfields region of WA.

Find out more at or follow the Wangka Facebook page.


Workshop Facilitators

Rodney Stratton

Rodney is a freelance film maker who has worked in film production for over 25 years with films broadcast on ABC, SBS and NITV.

Rodney has worked as director of photography and editor, at times on the same film, specialising in remote and Indigenous film production to a cinema grade.

He always uses current equipment with cameras including the Sony PMW-F5 Cinealta Digital 4K cinema camera and the new Sony A7111 both using a set of 12 Carl Zeiss prime lenses. Post production includes a dedicated editing suite running 4K monitors, FCP X, Pro tools, Adobe and more.

Award winning films include Land of the Little Kings with Archie Roach, and Frankie’s Story for the ABC.


Mark Bin Bakar

Meet the creator behind Mary G. Mark is a live performer, television presenter, writer, director, producer of film as well as a motivational and inspirational speaker.

Mark is a Kitja man who has been a major contributor to the Kimberley, Western Australia and Australia through the arts and media. He is a committed person and has a state and national profile through his character Mary G. He is a Kimberley person married to a Noongar woman.

Mark is a live performer and a television presenter and has won a number of awards over the years. He is also a writer, director, and producer of film and video. He has had three documentaries and two series of 6 episodes each on national television. He established and created the nationally acclaimed Stompen Ground Festival. He has events management skills along with public speaking and submission writing abilities.


Audience and Community Engagement Fund

The Audience and Community Engagement Fund aims to assist organisations to create and organise activities which enrich and elevate the Western Australian screen industry.

Screenwest is committed to supporting the promotion of Western Australian productions and practitioners to their local community through these activities which make a rich, cultural contribution to a vibrant WA.

Read about other Audience Community Engagement Fund supported activities on the Screenwest website.


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Posted 12 October 2020

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