Kiara Milera on the set of Warwick Thornton's 'Sweet Country' in 2016, with Michael Fairbairn, Dylan Rivers and Drew English. (Photo credit: Tanith Glynn-Maloney).

The South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC) has selected four indigenous filmmakers for a writing residency at Adelaide Studios’ new Pirrku Kuu Hub. 

The Pirrku Kuu Hub, a dedicated story room for Aboriginal screen makers, is a key initiative of SAFC’s Aboriginal Screen Strategy.

As well as access to the space, the four – Kiara Milera, Joel Brown and brothers Edoardo and Michael Crismani – will participate in SAFC-led professional development opportunities throughout the year.

Edoardo Crismani's documentary The Panther Within premiered on NITV in March, and his short drama 440 was selected for the SAFC’s Aboriginal Short Film funding initiative in 2016. 
Michael Crismani wrote, directed and produced short film I Kept the Beat, which aired last year on NITV and SBS On Demand, for the NITV/SAFC Microdocs Initiative. 
Joel Brown is a recent graduate from Flinders University and completed an attachment in the ADs department on the second series of Cleverman. He has also directed two micro-documentaries with NITV and has worked as an actor, choreographer and animator.
Kiara Milera is about to commence pre-production on her short film No Ears as part of the SAFC’s Aboriginal Short Film funding initiative. Milera recently completed a director’s attachment with Warwick Thornton on Sweet Country. She has also written for Black Comedy. 

SAFC CEO Annabelle Sheehan said she looked forwarded to seeing the filmmakers develop their projects.

“It’s great to have Aboriginal filmmakers based at the heart of the Adelaide Studios and working alongside the other screen practitioners here," she said. "This residency is an important commitment of SAFC, to build on the strengths of the Aboriginal screen sector which is having a worldwide impact."

SAFC’s Aboriginal strategy executive Lee-Ann Tjunypa Buckskin said: “The Aboriginal Screen Strategy is facilitating a number of exciting initiatives. Our local Aboriginal film makers are gaining vital industry knowledge and experience, while increasing a greater capacity to tell their stories while widening their access points to screen both here in Australia and internationally.”

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