GO-Q Culture: Indigenous TV & Docos

Winter holidays are just the time to grab the doona, head to the couch and immerse yourself in documentaries and stories to broaden your cultural horizons. Here are three very different shows featuring young Indigenous Australians to sink yourselves into while it’s cold outside.

Ella is about dreaming big GO Scholars!  It’s the life story of Ella Havelka from Dubbo who became the first Aboriginal dancer in the Australian Ballet’s 50-year history.  The documentary follows Ella from the Dubbo Ballet Studio in the NSW country town where she was raised by single mum Janna, to Bangarra Dance Theatre and onto the Australian Ballet.  The film showcases Ella’s talent, hard work and dedication to her life-long dream of earning her place in the Australian Ballet, while still staying connected to her Wiradjuri home and culture. In doing so in 2012, Ella Havelka changed the face of Australian ballet forever. Ella will inspire you to keep chasing your dreams.  You can watch the trailer here, and the full documentary on NITV here.

Family Rules. We love some solid reality tele and Family Rules is just that.  Set in Western Australia, the ob-doc series follows Indigenous mother Daniella Rule and her nine vibrant, glamourous daughters as they navigate their teenage years and beyond. A proud Noongar/Ngadju family from WA, the daughters Rule have strong ties to their cultural identity and are funny and witty too.  Series 3 is out and you can watch it on SBS and catch-up here.  If you missed series 1 & 2, you can find them here at SBS On Demand. For a look behind the scenes, check out Family Rules on Facebook.

In My Blood It Runs is the true story of 10-year old Dujuan who lives just outside Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. Of Arrernte and Garrwa descent, Dujuan is a skilled hunter, fluent in three languages and a Ngangkara healer – a supernatural gift he inherited from his grandfather that gives his hands healing power. Despite all his talents, Dujuan struggles to learn the Australian curriculum at his local school, and that gets him into trouble. Watching the documentary, you feel like you are just hanging out with Dujuan. He’s funny, witty and has some lessons for all of us. You can watch the trailer for In My Blood It Runs here and the full documentary here.


A Helping Hand: Kids Helpline

The journey through Covid-19 is (now more than ever) a marathon, not a sprint, and we can all do with a little help to stay positive at the moment as we navigate school, work and family life.  Over the past few months, the Kids Helpline website has grown into a really great resource as your guide to everything novel coronavirus.  What to do when you’re anxious about a pandemic? Here’s a guide to help you. There are blogs, tips and podcasts about socialising while social distancing, stressful money stuff coping with going back to school, staying safe if your home is not safe and a whole lot more.  There are also counsellors to chat to for help 24/7 online or on the phone, and you can also connect on Instagram and Facebook.


Have Your Say: Human Rights’ Watch

Human Rights Watch are conducting world-wide research on how the pandemic is affecting kids’ access to education – and they’d love to hear from GO Scholars. HRW’s Senior Coordinator in Australia, Nicole Toobyn, is speaking to high school students, parents and teachers. Below are all the details from Nicole:

How is #Covid19 affecting children’s access to education? Human Rights Watch is researching the impact of the pandemic on students, parents, and teachers, and we want to hear from you.

If you would be interested in being interviewed to share your experiences, please email toobyn@hrw.org for more details. You can also call or text Nicole on (0459) 464273.


GO Alumni: Calling Creatives!

Screen NSW, in partnership with Bunya Talent, have set up an Indigenous Talent Creative Incubator – an initiative that is as fabulous as it sounds. By applying you have the opportunity to join up to 8 Indigenous producers, writers, writer/directors or director/producers taking part in a 3-day Creative Incubator workshop in Sydney from 21st – 23rd October 2020. The intensive workshop features masterclasses and one-to-one mentoring with experienced writers, directors and producers.

The aim of the Creative Incubator is to identify and develop indigenous talent and advance the story ideas and skills of emerging film, tv and digital creatives in NSW. You have until 31 July to apply, and you can find out more here.


Learn to Drive with TAFE NSW

If you’re over 16 and keen to earn your NSW driver’s licence, TAFE NSW is offering to run its online Aboriginal Learner Drivers Program to support you step by step.  Running the course is dependent on having enough people register their interest.

To sign up, contact Alicia Doolan on 02 8782 0300 or alicia.doolan@kari.org.au.


Surround Sound – The Pillow Fort

A pillow fort is what journalists fondly call an improvised sound studio, created from whatever soft furnishings they can stack to create an acoustic space to record their voice overs for tv and radio. Right now, journos everywhere are reporting from dining room tables and recording audio in makeshift C- shaped pillow forts that make themselves sound great! You can make your own fort to record stuff for school (or video gaming says Mark!).   It’s fun, and better still, you’ll sound like a professional.

Some top tips. 1. Find a space away from traffic and other noises like fridges.  2. Pick somewhere with curtains and carpet, or soft furnishing like a bed or lounge, and not a cupboard. 3. Gather pillows, blankets, cushions, cut up foam or even a piece of furniture. 4. Build your little bunker for your computer/microphone, making sure you have walls on the side and back and leaving room to breathe properly.  A pillow on top is optional. Here’s a photo of mine, and we’d love to see your creations for a prize!  Send a photo of your fort to mark@gofoundation.org.au.


Helpful Covid-19 Contacts

  • You can find all the latest COVID-19 details for NSW schools, universities, and childcare here, and details about SA schools here.
  • Kids Helpline has a special COVID-19 information page, which is a great resource, and there’s someone to talk to 24/7 online or by phoning 1800 551800
  • Visit health.gov.au for the latest health advice or call the 24-hour National COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 020 080.
  • Visit the Department of Social Services for the latest information about COVID-19 assistance and support services.
  • Ask Izzy is a free and anonymous website where you can search over 360,000 services to find food, housing, counselling, legal advice, and a whole lot more. Ask Izzy’s Facebook page is also full of useful info.

Stay safe and warm, GO Family!