Black Screen comes to Whyalla

PROGRAM: This still is taken from Walking with Us, a film by Dylan Coleman which explores a collection of stories about the importance of cultural protocol told by indigenous elders. It's one of several films that are part of Black Screen 2019.
PROGRAM: This still is taken from Walking with Us, a film by Dylan Coleman which explores a collection of stories about the importance of cultural protocol told by indigenous elders. It's one of several films that are part of Black Screen 2019.

A free film festival showcasing some of the best movies produced by indigenous filmmakers is coming to Whyalla as part of National Reconciliation Week.

Black Screen connects culture, stories and language with community through the screen to celebrate Indigenous film and culture.

This year's filmmakers are Dylan Coleman, Clem Newchurch, Isaac Coen Lindsay, Edoardo Crismani, Jamie Collins and Thibul Nettle. The festival also features collaborative works from communities.

Isaac, a Ngarrindjeri man from the Riverland, is leading the annual Country Arts SA program this year.

"There are many amazing filmmakers in South Australia and it's been fun and also a great responsibility to choose a handful for Black Screen. I hope you enjoy what we are putting up on the big screen!" he said.

The showcase is coming to the Middleback Arts Centre on May 28 and Centre Manager Ryan Sutherland says she's looking forward to it.

"Hopefully it inspires young Aboriginal people to look at becoming a filmmaker, they will get the chance to have a chat with Isaac after the festival," she said.

Ms Sutherland said the pool of films for Black Screen were quite diverse, and would be split into a morning and nighttime session, with the night session focusing on more serious content.

"We've been running Black Screen for a few years now and it's a very popular program," she said.

"It's also very important for our organisation, it's quite nice to have that content up on the screen and give these filmmakers the screen time they deserve."

Black Screen is presented in South Australia by Country Arts SA and the 'Give up Smokes for Good' campaign from Drug and Alcohol Services of South Australia (DASSA), with support from the National Film and Sound Archive and the South Australia Film Corporation.

Find the full program of films at countryarts.org.au/events/black-screen-2019/.