Short Film - 'Our Country' (South West Rocks, NSW)

Our Way

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Description Desert Pea Media is very proud to announce a new collaboration with the Dunghutti (and Gumbaynggirr) community in South West Rocks, in the mid North Coast of NSW.

This production was created over 14 days in August 2020 - an outcome of a unique, collaborative creative process with Desert Pea Media artists, local Original Nations young people, community members, Elders and other family.

The overall purpose of the project was to facilitate an important, inter-generational conversation about social and emotional well-being for Original Nations young people in 6 communities around the North Coast. The project is called 'Break It Down - Community Conversations Around Well-being' - funded by North Coast Primary Health Network.

Desert Pea Media projects involve a dialogue-based storytelling process that encourages participants to analyse '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 :)

The many connections created during this project with the community are friendships and relationships that the DPM team deeply value and respect. We as a team feel honoured to learn, share and create with the South West Rocks community. These projects not only uplift and inspire audiences and community members, but everybody involved.

'Our Country' was Directed by Toby Finlayson, Co-Directed by Rob Sherwood and Coedie McCarthy and shot and edited by Rob Sherwood.

Special thanks to Nancy Pattison, Lionel Blair, Benelong Carrol, Aunty Cheryl Blair, Uncle Martin Ballangarry and the Fig Tree Descendants Aboriginal Corporation. Much respect and gratitude to all the community members that worked so hard to make this a special experience for the young people involved. Thank you all so much for having us on your beautiful country.


Rob Sherwood - Co-Director/DOP/Editor/Colour Grading/Sound Design/Titles Toby Finlayson - Director/Producer/Co-Writer/ Coedie McCarthy - Co-Director/Co-Writer Joshua Garner - Music Composition Josh Nicholas - Audio Mixing/Sound Design Grace Newell - Production Coordinator/Photographer Nancy Pattison - Community Production Coordinator Scott Large - General Manager Belle Arnold - Project Manager

Lional Blair
Uncle Martin Ballangarry
Benelong Carrol

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