Private Project

Ngaluk Waangkiny

Ngaluk Waangkiny follows the journey of a courageous group of Aboriginal Elders living on Whadjuk Noongar boodja as they fight for respect, recognition and acknowledgement from the City of Perth.

Once banned from the city streets, these Elders now have a seat at the Council table and are making decisions that are quite literally changing the face of Boorloo - Perth.

Co-written and directed by award-winning filmmaker Poppy van Oorde-Grainger and acclaimed Noongar artist Ian Wilkes, this short film is rich with archival vision, personal histories and moments of profound change.

  • Poppy van Oorde-Grainger
    Director
  • Ian Wilkes
    Director
  • Ian Wilkes
    Writer
  • Poppy van Oorde-Grainger
    Writer
  • Michelle White
    Executive Producer
  • Poppy van Oorde-Grainger
    Producer
  • Jeremy Thomson
    Editor
  • Ashton Yarran
    Cinematographer
  • Brooke Collard
    Production Coordinator
  • Nic Montagu
    Videographer
  • Torstein Dyrting
    Videographer
  • Sam Field
    Videographer
  • Simon Holland
    Videographer
  • Nathan Keene
    Videographer
  • Will Faulkner
    Videographer
  • Poppy van Oorde-Grainger
    Videographer
  • Alex Blocher
    Sound Recordist
  • Damien Lowry
    Sound Recordist
  • Uncle Albert McNamara
    Key Cast
  • Uncle Ben Taylor Cuiermara
    Key Cast
  • Aunty Doolann Leisha Eatts nee Garlett-Yarran
    Key Cast
  • Uncle Farley Garlett – Kulbardi
    Key Cast
  • Aunty Irene McNamara nee Donnelly
    Key Cast
  • Aunty Margaret Culbong – Moogeddy
    Key Cast
  • Aunty Muriel Bowie nee Blurton
    Key Cast
  • Uncle Noel Nannup
    Key Cast
  • Aunty Theresa Walley
    Key Cast
  • Uncle Walter Eatts
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 11 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 1, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    38,000 AUD
  • Country of Origin:
    Australia
  • Country of Filming:
    Australia
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Various
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Poppy van Oorde-Grainger, Ian Wilkes

Poppy van Oorde-Grainger
Writer, Director, Producer, Videographer

Poppy van Oorde-Grainger is a filmmaker and artist based in Perth WA. She is also founding director of Same Drum production company. Poppy first gained national recognition as winner of the Fremantle Print Award and later the Australia Council Kirk Robson Award for leadership in community arts and cultural development.

Poppy’s work has been broadcast on Nickelodeon, SBS and ABC and presented at international festivals and galleries including London International Festival of Theatre, Japan Media Arts Festival and Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney. Most recently Poppy directed, co-produced and co-wrote Galup for Perth Festival 2021.

Ian Wilkes
Writer, Co-Director, Narrator, Lyricist

Ian Wilkes is a Noongar theatre-maker, dancer and performer. He has directed several plays including Black Swan's York and Yirra Yaakin’s Boodjar Kaatijin and Songbird and performed numerous lead roles including in Yirra Yaakin’s Hecate, Ochre’s Kwongan, CO3’s The Line, Black Swan State Theatre's The Tempest and Yirra Yaakin's Honey Spot at the Sydney Opera House.

Ian is also a founding facilitator of Culture 2.0, Yirra Yaakin’s regional youth engagement program and was a facilitating artist on Community Arts Network’s Burdiya Mob project and a performer and cultural consultant on Beyond Empathy’s Excursions project. Most recently Ian co-wrote and performed in Galup for Perth Festival 2021.

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Director Statement

This is a story about coming together and true reconciliation. It's about what is happening now in Boorloo. It's easy to get angry and start a fight, it's much stronger to try to fix things. True leadership is showing mercy and care over anger and violence. It takes a strong Elder to walk with a government that has oppressed them in the past. These Elders, with all the weight of their experiences and history on their shoulders, have still got the power, resilience, leadership and strength to lead this social change.