Madeleine Madden

Virgin Australia Voyeur - - STARS OF 2018 -

THE GRAND­DAUGH­TER OF ABO­RIG­I­NAL AC­TIVIST CHAR­LIE PERKINS CAP­TI­VATED AU­DI­ENCES IN 2018 WITH MA­JOR TV ROLES IN MYS­TERY ROAD, PIC­NIC AT HANG­ING ROCK AND PINE GAP. NOW, HOL­LY­WOOD BECK­ONS.

You’re cur­rently shoot­ing your first Hol­ly­wood movie, Dora the Ex­plorer

— will your fo­cus shift to Los An­ge­les now? Yes, that’s the plan. In a way, Hol­ly­wood kind of came to me first, shoot­ing Dora in Aus­tralia. I get to work with some of the best cre­atives in the in­dus­try, but from the com­fort of home. You’ve been in­cred­i­bly pro­duc­tive in re­cent years, and in 2019 you’re ap­pear­ing in Dora, and Tidelands (Netflix). Has your fam­ily’s his­tory of achieve­ments pro­pelled you for­ward? Ab­so­lutely. I have a legacy to up­hold and that’s what re­ally drives me. I see how hard my grand­par­ents, on both sides, have fought for us and have risked ev­ery­thing to cre­ate a brighter fu­ture for my sib­lings and other Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple. I’m eter­nally grate­ful for the things they’ve given me. This year is the 25th an­niver­sary of the In­dige­nous Depart­ment at Screen Aus­tralia. Do you feel like progress in In­dige­nous rep­re­sen­ta­tion is be­ing made? Def­i­nitely. Our sto­ries are be­ing cel­e­brated and our voices are be­ing heard, but there’s still a long way to go. The gen­er­a­tions that have come be­fore have paved the way for my gen­er­a­tion, a gen­er­a­tion of in­tel­li­gent, proud and con­nected young peo­ple.

What can we all do to move closer to rec­on­cil­i­a­tion and a more just so­ci­ety for First Na­tions peo­ple? We’re liv­ing in a time where there’s so much noise and chaos in the world. I think what we lack is si­lence. I think peo­ple need to lis­ten more and have calm, open con­ver­sa­tions. The ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem needs to be shaken up, too, so peo­ple can be prop­erly ed­u­cated on our coun­try’s past and how we can move for­ward to­gether.

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