Noon­gar rules fam­i­lies can re­late to

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Screen - Sara Fitz­patrick

A NEW doc­u­men­tary se­ries com­ing to the small screen in Jan­uary will spotlight a frag­ment of Perth most lo­cals have never seen be­fore.

Filmed mostly in Mid­land, Fam­ily Rules fol­lows the lives of a sub­ur­ban Noon­gar fam­ily, com­pris­ing ma­tri­arch Daniella Rule and her nine daugh­ters, as they tra­verse the world of teenage angst and sib­ling ri­valry.

“As far as I’m aware, there hasn’t been a do­mes­tic ob­ser­va­tional doc­u­men­tary like this made ever be­fore,” ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Re­nee Kennedy said.

“Co-ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer and indige­nous en­tre­pre­neur Karla Hart feels like ur­ban indige­nous peo­ple here in WA don’t nec­es­sar­ily get their sto­ries told and hope­fully this will change that.

“That’s not to say that peo­ple aren’t want­ing to de­velop those sto­ries or make them or broad­cast them, but I guess the right thing just hasn’t come along.”

Kennedy, who grew up in Floreat and at­tended New­man Col­lege, hopes Fam­ily Rules en­ter­tains but also gives view­ers a look at a “very re­lat­able” indige­nous fam­ily.

“The se­ries was de­vel­oped with the idea of look­ing at univer­sal themes like com­ing of age but through the prism of this par­tic­u­lar Noon­gar fam­ily of women,” she said.

“It’s just ex­tra­or­di­nary that they are a fam­ily of 10 women and they are all very strong­minded, en­gag­ing, in­ter­est­ing, smart and gor­geous.

“I hope peo­ple watch it and come away hav­ing learnt some­thing about their cul­ture but also feel like th­ese are just nor­mal peo­ple they can re­late to.”

The moviemaker and mu­mof-two pro­duced a seg­ment of the 2008 Lo­gie-win­ning doc­u­men­tary Con­struct­ing Aus­tralia: The Bridge and launched her pro­duc­tion com­pany Me­ta­mor­flix in 2013.

“My per­sonal mo­ti­va­tion is to tell sto­ries that re­flect the di­ver­sity in Aus­tralia – I’m pas­sion­ate about do­ing that but in an en­ter­tain­ing and en­gag­ing way that doesn’t lec­ture peo­ple,” Kennedy said.

“Fam­ily Rules is a great cel­e­bra­tion of the Noon­gar com­mu­nity here in Perth and the in­cred­i­ble peo­ple in that com­mu­nity and the strength and beauty of that com­mu­nity.”

The cast of Fam­ily Rules, a com­ing doc­u­men­tary se­ries cel­e­brat­ing the Noon­gar com­mu­nity in Perth.

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