Creative Roe­bourne hub in­spires film award win­ner

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

Roe­bourne film­maker Tyson Mowarin has been recog­nised as one of the most dy­namic Abo­rig­i­nal artists in the Aus­tralian movie in­dus­try, win­ning a pres­ti­gious award at the na­tion’s premier indige­nous film fes­ti­val.

The or­gan­is­ers of Winda Film Fes­ti­val, held a fort­night ago, awarded the Wee­ri­anna Street Me­dia di­rec­tor with the event’s an­nual Martin Leroy Adams Award of Re­sis­tance, given to an indige­nous film­maker “mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in their com­mu­nity and around the world”.

The award is named in hon­our of well-known Abo­rig­i­nal film­maker Martin Adams, who died in mid2017, and this year marks the sec­ond time it has been awarded.

Mowarin said the hon­our was a “huge recog­ni­tion” of not only his more than a decade of film­mak­ing, but also the creative tal­ent of the wider Roe­bourne com­mu­nity.

“I like to think my films bring a pos­i­tive mes­sage from our Roe­bourne com­mu­nity here in the Pilbara,” he said.

“I al­ways try to do things to show peo­ple that good things come out of this area; I’m al­ways fight­ing and talk­ing up against the neg­a­tive stuff that hap­pens.

“There is a pos­i­tive, creative hub here in this com­mu­nity, and a lit­tle bit of recog­ni­tion for my­self is just a re­flec­tion of the cre­ativ­ity and the team­work that goes on here.”

Winda Film Fes­ti­val di­rec­tor Pauline Clague said the award was spe­cial as the only prize to be given out at the event.

“We wanted to look at a film­maker that within that year has gone above and be­yond, not just with film, but also with the work they do in their com­mu­nity and the re­silience they have for not just telling sto­ries but telling them in new ways,” she said.

“Tyson has pushed the bar­ri­ers this year with his vir­tual re­al­ity work as well as drama and doc­u­men­tary, but also by lift­ing his com­mu­nity to an­other level.

“He is still main­tain­ing a con­nec­tion to the peo­ple and coun­try from his area, but also hav­ing the dig­i­tal con­nec­tion to that space and mak­ing sure it’s there for the next gen­er­a­tion, and that’s some­thing we re­ally wanted to recog­nise him for.” Though the Martin Adams award is not linked to any films en­tered in the fes­ti­val, Mowarin en­tered two works — vir­tual re­al­ity ex­pe­ri­ence Thalu: Dream­time Is Now and the drama Undis­cov­ered Coun­try. He said Undis­cov­ered Coun­try, which came out in 2017, had been a par­tic­u­larly suc­cess­ful project, hav­ing won the Aus­tralian Short Screen­play Award at the Syd­ney Film Fes­ti­val, screen­ing at mul­ti­ple film fes­ti­vals in Aus­tralia and over­seas and get­ting picked up by NITV.

Pic­ture: Ngaarda Me­dia

Roe­bourne-based film­maker Tyson Mowarin re­ceives the Martin Leroy Adams Award of Re­sis­tance from John Adams, the brother of the man the award was­named af­ter.

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