Short Film - 'Salty Plum', Palm Island QLD

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Description Here it is you mob!!!

Desert Pea Media is very proud to present a collaboration with the Bwlgcolman community on Palm Island in Far North Queensland.

'Salty Plum' - starring the legendary Nashae Bulsey, was created as part of a larger multi-arts project spanning 14 days in July 2019. An outcome of a unique, collaborative creative process with Desert Pea Media artists, local young people, community members, Elders, and local services. This was made possible by an innovative and groundbreaking partnership with FNQ Primary Health Network.

The overall purpose of the project was to facilitate an important, inter-generational conversation about social and emotional well-being for Indigenous young people in 5 communities around FNQ (Kuranda, Bowen, Palm Island, Thursday Island & Lockhart River).

Desert Pea Media projects involve a dialogue-based storytelling process that encourages participants to analyze 'the real', 'the ideal' and 'the bridge'. In simple terms this means critically thinking about how to create positive change for yourself, for each other and for our communities.

Desert Pea Media has been working with the community and families of Palm Island for more than a decade, and the opportunity to reconnect and create new connections is invaluable to us. These inter-generational conversations around wellbeing, grief, trauma and hopefulness/aspiration are critical to healthy communities, and sadly uncommon.


The relationships the DPM team has built on Palm Island are friendships that are highly valued and respected. These projects not only uplift and inspire participants and community members, but are profoundly impactful experiences for our Creative Team, our core family and our corresponding audiences all over the world. It is a deep honor for us to learn, share and create with all of you amazing mob around this beautiful, sacred country.

'Salty Plum' was Co-Directed, Shot and Edited by incredible filmmaker and DPM brother - Mitch O'Hearn. We thank you brother for your artistic integrity, commitment and passionate work with our DPM family over the past few years.

Special thank you and congratulations to the Bulsey family, also to Frank and Lindsay at Palm Island PCYC, to Jeannie Samm and staff at PICC, and to Aunty Lizzie Doomadgee and Uncle Allen Palm Island.

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