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Inspired by the rise and rise of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander storytelling, the Australian Film Television and Radio School has collaborated with some of Australia’s most prolific and experienced filmmakers to offer insights into the process of consultation, protocols and collaborative practices.

“As shared storytellers of this land, Australia, we have a responsibility to ensure best practice and authentic collaboration occurs between Indigenous and non-Indigenous filmmakers.”

– Kyas Sherriff, Head of Indigenous AFTRS

Who is this for?

Australian storytellers who want to make a film with Indigenous characters, direct a documentary focusing on the Indigenous community, or write a script with Indigenous material need to be familiar with these principles and incorporate these practices.

With special thanks to Rolf De Heer, Sarah Stollman, Catriona McKenzie, Ryan Griffen, Richard McGrath and Rolland Gallois for their generous contributions.

Further reading: Screen Australia’s Pathways & Protocols: A Filmmaker’s Guide to working with Indigenous people, culture and concepts