CinefestOZ Broome's unreal line up of filmmakers!

18 October 2023 4
CinefestOZ Broome's unreal line up of filmmakers!

CinefestOZ are so excited to be welcoming CinefestOZ Koorda, Kelton Pell, Broome Ambassadors Mark Cole Smith and Mitch Torres, co-writer and director of Kindred, Adrian Russel Wills, as well as Zac James and Marlanie Haerewa.

Adrian Russel Wills is a Wonnarua man originally from Bourke NSW and comes from a strong line of ancient storytellers. Adrian wrote and directed two episodes of Blackfella Films’ drama series Redfern Now for ABC-TV and co-wrote an episode of RFDS and directed two episodes of the upcoming series. Adrian’s other television directing credits include; Rush, Wonderland, The Gods of Wheat Street, Wentworth and Warriors. His latest collaboration with Gillian Moody, Kindred, is screening at CinefestOZ Broome Opening Night.

Kelton Pell has built a reputation for being one of our finest Australian actors. He has enjoyed an illustrious theatre career over the last twenty years performing throughout Australia. His films include RedDog: True Blue, Looking For Grace, Bran Nue Dae, Blackfellas, Australian Rules and Three Summers.

Mark Cole Smith - star of ABC drama Savage River and Mystery Road: Origin, and recent feature Sweet As - is Nyikina man who grew up on the Martuwarra (Fitzroy River) and began working at a young age as an actor in Broome. In the time since he has gone on to forge an incredible career in film, television, music and stage. With numerous awards and nominations under his belt and an incredible body of work already behind him, Mark has continued to grow and challenge himself as an artist and creative, earning industry attention as the wild card from the west.

Mitch Torres, a Djugun, Djabirr Djabirr, Gooniyandi, Walmajarri and Yawuru woman who has trained and worked for more than 30 years as a journalist, tv presenter and producer, as well as a writer, producer and director of stage, tv and film projects. A storyteller at heart, Mitch believes in the power of a good story and the impact it can make to forge changes in society. She currently works with her family film production house: Wawili Pitjas Films producing factual and lifestyle programs and are venturing into drama.

Zac James is a TO Wongi, Yamatji man who studied at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, specialising in acting and performance. After several years working as an actor for the Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company, he made his playwright debut as the writer of 'Kaarla Kaatijin.’ He continued with several other works showcased in the ‘Yirra Yaarns’ project.

Marlanie Haerewa is currently the Associate Director of Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company and has strong ties to both her Aboriginal and Maori cultures, bringing a wealth of knowledge to the production. Artistic Director, producer, teacher and performer specialising in devised theatre, puppetry and contemporary performance.


Join us for the second CinefestOZ Broome, WA’s First Nations Film Festival proudly presented with Goolarri Media! Unfolding from 26- 29 October 2023, enjoy a four-day immersive film experience in the gorgeous Kimberley.

Set in the centre of Broome, the festival comprises a mix of feature film screenings and special events spread across cinemas and venues. The festival will celebrate the importance of on-screen storytelling in connecting communities and fostering reconciliation in the Kimberley and beyond, giving attendees the opportunity to experience in- conversation filmmaker discussions centered around championing First Nations stories.

CinefestOZ and Goolarri Media respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we gather, the Yawuru people. We recognise their continued connection to country of this beautiful place and acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded. We show our respect to the Elders and Ancestors of the First Nations people that are a part of our Festival and celebrate the traditional and contemporary storytelling of the oldest living culture.

Book your CinefestOZ Broome tickets

Fri 27th Oct - Muru Special Screening 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Sat 28th Oct - Meet the Filmmakers Lunch at Willie Creek Pearl Farm 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sat 28th Oct - Closing Night Did'jun First Nations Shorts 6:15 pm - 9:00 pm
Sun 29th Oct - FREE COMMUNITY SCREENING Rebel's with a Cause 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm


Meet the Filmmaker Lunch at Willie Creek Pearl Farm

This event is not to be missed!
Saturday 28th October 11am to 3pm
Coach Pick Up from outside Sun Pictures at 10:15am sharp

The crystal clear waters and mangrove lined banks of Willie Creek Pearl Farm are home to all kinds of wildlife, from barramundi to brolgas and even a few saltwater crocs! It's a stunning location to hear from leading First Nation filmmakers while enjoying a lunch of the best in local produce.

The experience includes an incredible tour of the Willie Creek Pearl Farm gaining unique insight into the fascinating process of modern pearl farming. Learn how pearl technicians seed and harvest oysters and discover exactly what makes the perfect pearl.

Following the tour delve into the filmmaking experience of our special guests Emmy nominated Azie Dungey and Adrian Russell Wills in an insightful hosted conversation over a bespoke gourmet tapas style lunch and drink upon commencement.

What's Included:

  • Coach Pick up/ Drop off from Sun Pictures at 10:15am to Willie Creek Pearl Farm
  • Willie Creek Pearl Farm Tour (1 hour)
  • In Conversation with First Nations Filmmakers
  • Tapas lunch with a drink per person (additional drinks can be purchased at the cash bar)

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