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When Gillian Moody and Adrian Russell Wills met making their first short film together, little did they know that 25 years later they would be bestfriends. The pair turned to each other in navigating the emotional rollercoaster of being adopted into white families and, when connecting back with their bloodlines. Kindred explores the importance of discovering your place in the world, and realising that home and love truly can be found in the people and places your heart connects to.

  • Gillian Gail Kalori Moody
  • Adrian Russell WIlls
  • Gillian Gail Kalori Moody
  • Adrian Russell Wills
  • GIllian Gail Kalori Moody
  • Tom Zubryicki
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    Family, Friendship, Adoption, Indigenous, First Nations
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 33 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    June 14, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    805,000 AUD
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  • Sydney Film Festival - Category: In Competition - Documentary Australia Award
    June 16, 2023
    World Premier
  • Melbourne International Film Festival
    August 17, 2023
    Victorian Premier
    First Nations Film Creative Award - Adrian Russell Wills & Gillian Moody Recipients
  • CinefestOz Film Festival
    Busselton, Western Australia
    August 31, 2023
    WA Premier
  • Brisbane Film Festival
Director Biography - Gillian Gail Kalori Moody, Adrian Russell WIlls

Adrian Russell WIlls is a Wonnarua man originally from Bourke NSW who is committed to explore the outsider, the fringe dweller, the rebel. His point of distinction is that he explores stories that take an audience beyond what they would naturally seek out,
confronting and challenging them to go beyond their own experience. Adrian has explored the documentary form throughout his career; he directed OUR BUSH WEDDING; co-wrote and directed WHEN THE NATIVES GET RESTLESS; BOXING FOR PALM ISLAND and 88 looking at the Bicentennial celebrations of the British colonisation of Australia; his last documentary BLACK DIVAZ premiered at Queer Screen as part of the Sydney Mardi Gras 2018 Film Festival and screened on NITV – SBS. Adrian is a sort after writer/director of Drama, having worked on Blackfella Films’ drama series REDFERN NOW, with Endomol Shine on series 1 & upcoming series 2 of RFDS. Adrian’s other television directing credits include; RUSH; WONDERLAND; THE GODS OF WHEAT STREET; 8MMM; Emmy-nominated READY FOR THIS; WENTWORTH; THE WARRIORS. He is currently financing his original debut feature drama film and collaborating on several television projects.

Gillian Moody is a Wodi Wodi/Dharawal/Yuin woman who has worked in production roles at SBS Television and as an Investment and Development Manager in Screen Australia’s Indigenous Department before stepping into the freelance world and starting her production company Kalori Productions. Her documentary filmmaking includes Series Producer of the 6 x 30 min Documentary TV Series FAMILY RULES for NITV, collaborating with Director Adrian Russell Wills when she co-produced BLACK DIVAZ which premiered at the Sydney Queer Screen Mardi Gras Film Festival receiving the Audience Award for Best Documentary, before screening on NITV and SBS. Gillian then stepped into the director shoes on a project for the NSW Teachers Federation NAA MURU GURUNG - 'to see a path for children' a documentary that tells the inspiring story of Aboriginal Teachers and the work of the union in Indigenous education. Gillian is currently the Senior Manager of Indigenous Connections at the Nations Film & Sound Archive.

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Director Statement

How do you connect to the world around you when you are an Aboriginal adopted child? Knowing there is this whole other family out there, and in particular a mother who brought you into this world is hard to explain or talk about when you are that child living within an adopted family.

For every adopted person this journey and curiosity is different and we are no exception. We knew that one day we would tell our story, the fact we were both Aboriginal growing up in a white affluent world, that we both got to meet our natural families, we met each other’s adopted and birth families and importantly we both got to meet our birth mothers. For some adopted people this can throw your world upside down. It did for both of us, the worlds can be complex and conflicted, the outcome from seeking answers meant; for Gill her family simply grew but for Adrian it saw loss and sacrifice.

KINDRED promises a moving feature documentary as we invite you into our story of friendship and the bond that brought us together, being adopted. The film explores what it really feels like living in two worlds, one black and one white. When we first met we realised we grew up only streets apart from each other, but our paths didn’t cross until we made a short film together, Angel.
This creative connection was the beginning of a wonderful friendship of 25 years and still going strong! In 2019, we decided to do the thing that most filmmakers never do, we turned the cameras onto ourselves to show the deeply effecting journey it is to be an Aboriginal person adopted into a white family and what reconnecting with our bloodline families has added to our lives.

As two individual voices telling our stories, we have used different visual elements woven together giving strong personal narratives that not only hold space for each other and for our families but show our deep connection as we explore themes of family, identity, culture, belonging, racism, trauma, friendship, courage, loss and love.

KINDRED comes from our hearts and the generous hearts of many in our family.