Oz touts indigenous filmmaker progress

Screen Australia last week launched the Black List, a comprehensive catalog of screen and TV productions that highlights indigenous Aussies in key roles.

The Black List chronicles the work of 257 indigenous Australians with credits as producer, director, writer or d.p. on 674 productions, and while the title might be a nod to Oz’s irreverent sense of humor, Screen Australia has not had any negative responses. A rep tells Variety: “The publication was developed through the Screen Australia Indigenous Unit and would be well aware of any sensitivities.”

Screen Australia topper Ruth Harley says that during the ’70s, there were no films and only one TV skein with key indigenous creatives, but things have changed. During the past decade, indigenous filmmakers contributed to nine features and 16 TV dramas.

“Indigenous filmmakers have broken through to achieve both critical and commercial success, with Rachel Perkins’ ‘Bran Nue Dae’ taking more than $6.7 million at the Australian box office and Warwick Thornton winning the Cannes Camera d’Or for ‘Samson & Delilah,’?” Harley says.

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