The community of the remote Queensland township of Doomadgee have been recently acknowledged, taking out the prestigious Best Film award in the ‘Our Way’ category at the 17th National Indigenous Remote Media Festival held in Lajamanu, NT.
A category that included 45 other entries, the Woolbubinya Wellbeing Centre of Doomadgee in conjunction with the community was awarded the accolade for their short film titled ‘Jane and Tom’s Story’; one of six production pieces making up a series of community education and awareness resources targeting the impact of drug and alcohol abuse in remote Indigenous communities.
Independently judged by a panel of industry experts and remote community representatives the ‘Our Way’ category was reserved for films which dealt with the complex and difficult issues faced by Aboriginal communities in an authentic and meaningful manner.
A 3 year project in the making the digital story telling activity was a collaborative effort that began with the seeking of permission from the Doomadgee Aboriginal Shire Council (DASC) to conduct the project within the local community.
Featuring the debut production and director talents of the Woolbubinya Centre’s very own Edward (Beau) Walden the film also featured Brendon (Ben) Peter from DASC, an actor in the film and Qld Remote Media Associations Black Star Radio announcer Sairusi (Sai) Matainavora; also a member of the DASC
Produced in collaboration with sister facility the Kalngkurr Wellbeing Centre Mornington Island; both auspiced by North and West Remote Health production was completed in partnership with North Queensland based Tropic Productions; with support from the Breaking the Cycle initiative, funded by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.
A project aimed at addressing the impacts of drug and alcohol abuse, North and West Remote Health Board Chair Phil Barwick congratulated those involved with the project.
“The team at the Woolbubinya Wellbeing Centre, the Doomadgee Community and all of those involved in the production of Jane and Tom’s Story should be extremely proud of their accolade” Mr Barwick said.
“Not only was the material and their efforts professional and well developed but the high quality and resonating messages are something that can be used as an education tool into the future”.
A DVD featuring all six short films is due to be released next month, to be used as an education resource for local professional workers and to guide change in individual, family and group contexts.