Non-Indigenous filmmakers who are keen to tackle Indigenous stories may want to attend the next session of Ozdox, the Australian Documentary Forum.

Entitled Black is the New Orange, the August 19 session at AFTRS will feature prominent Indigenous filmmakers and two Screen Australia executives.

They will be sharing insights into the storytelling process and the issues facing Indigenous Australia at the event produced in association with the Australian Directors Guild and AFTRS.

The panel will comprise Penny Smallacombe, head of indigenous at Screen Australia; Sam Griffin, an investment manager in the documentary unit of Screen Australia; Blackfella Films’ Darren Dale; and factual series producer/ director Jacob Hickey.

Smallacombe is a member of the Maramanindji people from the Northern Territory. She has a Master of Arts (documentary producing) degree from AFTRS. She worked as producer/director with the Indigenous Programs Unit in the ABC and made several series of shorts for the ABC, Yarning Up1 and 2 and The Forgotten Ones. Most recently she worked as a senior programmer for SBS’s NITV.

Griffin has been involved in the development or funding of Putuparri, First Contact 2, Black As and Zach’s Ceremony. Before moving back to Australia she was a TV producer in New York.

Dale serves on the board of Screen NSW and the council of AFTRS. He has produced numerous documentaries including First Contact, First Australians and The Tall Man and is now shooting DNA Nation, a 3 x 52 minute series for SBS..

Hickey’s recent credits include Inside the Firestorm, Dirty Business – How Mining Made Australia, Once Upon a Time in Cabramatta, Immigration Nation and First Contact.


WHEN: Wednesday  August 19 – 
6pm refreshments – 6.30pm forum starts

WHERE: AFTRS Theatre, Entertainment Quarter, 130 Bent St, Moore Park NSW

ENTRY: Suggested donation $10 / $5 concession

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