'Sharing our Stories' is a series of eight educational books and films, published by Pearson, Australia, where indigenous Australian elders and children tell us about who they are, sharing and illustrating their own dreamtime stories. Author and film-maker, Liz Thompson has created this series, in collaboration with indigenous communities. See http://www.lizthompson.com. The communities involved were also part of a digital storytelling project which facilitates creative self representational for young people. Go to http://www.sharingstories.org.
To see all eight films clips on Pearson Places - click here
Our company completed post-production on eight films, for the second series of 'Sharing our Stories, including Final Cut Pro edit, rough and fine cut, editorial direction, sound mix and effects, graphics, titles and credits.
Each story is told by traditional storytellers and beautiful illustrations produced by children from each community.
A selection of four films can be watched below...
Elcho Island - Yirritja Clans
This film clip is about Elcho Island, Australia, where children and elders share their stories. "Today's children should learn about their own dignity, learn about their own culture, learn about who they are, because our colour and our culture never changed." Storyteller - Djunga Djunga Yunupingu.
Bidyadanga - Karajarri people
The story of the Karajarri people. Storyteller Wittadong Mulardy, with her son Mervin, Mullet Mulardy tells part of the stories through song cycles. Mullet speaks of a massacre and tells of the song that came out of the bones and travels across the country, it came to his grandfather's dream...
Flinders - Adnyamathanha people
Yulu's coal is a story shared by the Adnyamathanha people of the Flinders Ranges. Yulu's Coal tells the story of Yulu, the Kingfisher man who travelled to Wilpena Pound to conduct an initiation ceremony, the sacred fires he lit as he travelled left behind the coal deposits today being mined by Leigh Creek Coal Mine. Storyteller - Noel Wilton.
Cape York - Umpila people
Shake-A-Leg - Lockhart River is one of eight film clips accompanying the second series of Sharing Our Stories books and audio CD. "Its about time we the indigenous people share our stories with Europeans as well. They say Australia is a multicultural nation in the world, well bring it on Australia, lets do it." Storyteller - Umpila elder, Patrick Butcher.