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Film Director and Writer Rachel Perkins
Rachel Perkins i(15 works by)
Born: Established: ca. 1970 ;
Gender: Female
Heritage: Aboriginal ; Aboriginal Arrernte people ; Aboriginal Kalkadoon
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BiographyHistory

As the daughter of Charles Perkins, Rachel Perkins grew up in a politically active family. She regularly took part in demonstrations and dicussions on Aboriginal affairs. Perkins began her media career in Alice Springs working for the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA). In 1991 she moved to Sydney to work for SBS Television where she produced a number of documentaries including the award-winning Blood Brothers.

In 1995, Perkins was awarded the first Indigenous scholarship to study producing at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS). She has subsequently worked for the Australian Film Commission and as a film director.

In 2011, Perkins was awarded the Australian International Documentary Conference Stanley Hawes Award in recognition of her contribution to documentary filmmaking in Australia.

Awards for Works

Bran Nue Dae 2009 single work film/TV

Based on the stage musical of the same name by Jimmy Chi and the band Kuckles, Bran Nue Dae is set in 1969 and follows Willie, a young man who struggles to find a balance between the three things that drive his life: his love for his girl Rosie, his respect for his mother, and his religious faith. Willie's uncomplicated life of fishing and hanging out with his mates and his girl in the idyllic world of Broome is turned upside down when his mother returns him to the religious mission for further schooling and entry into the priesthood. After being punished for an act of youthful rebellion, he runs away from the mission on a journey that leads him to meet his 'Uncle Tadpole' and eventually return to Broome. Along the way, Willie and Uncle Tadpole meet a couple of hippies, spend the night in gaol, and meet a gun-toting roadhouse operator, while managing to stay one step ahead of Father Benedictus, who wants to bring Willie back to the mission.

2010 winner Deadly Sounds Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music, Sport, Entertainment and Community Awards Film of the Year
2010 nominated Asia Pacific Screen Awards Best Children's Feature Film
2010 nominated Australian Film Institute Awards AFI Members' Choice
2010 nominated Australian Film Institute Awards Best Film
2010 nominated Australian Film Institute Awards Best Adapted Screenplay
2009 nominated AWGIE Awards Film Award Feature Film Adaptation
First Australians Stolen Generations' Testimonies , 2007 single work film/TV

'First Australians chronicles the birth of contemporary Australia as never told before, from the perspective of its first people. First Australians explores what unfolds when the oldest living culture in the world is overrun by the world's greatest empire.

'Over seven episodes, First Australians depicts the true stories of individuals - both black and white - caught in an epic drama of friendship, revenge, loss and victory in Australia's most transformative period of history.

'The story begins in 1788 in Sydney, with the friendship between an Englishmen (Governor Phillip) and a warrior (Bennelong) and ends in 1993 with Koiki Mabo's legal challenge to the foundation of Australia. First Australians chronicles the collision of two worlds and the genesis of a new nation.' Source: www.sbs.com.au (Sighted 27/09/2008).

2009 winner New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Betty Roland Prize for Scriptwriting
2009 winner Logie Awards Most Outstanding Documentary
2009 shortlisted AWGIE Awards Documentary Public Broadcast For episode three by Louis Nowra and Beck Cole.
2009 winner AWGIE Awards Documentary Public Broadcast For episode one by Rachel Perkins and Louis Nowra.
2009 winner Australian Film Institute Awards Best Documentary
2008 shortlisted Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Scripts For episode six by Louis Nowra and Beck Cole.
One Night the Moon 2001 single work film/TV

A young girl goes missing within the Australian landscape and her father refuses to let an Aboriginal man, Albert, be included in the search party and utilise his 'tracking' skills. It is a decision that proves fatal. Months later, the child's mother approaches Albert to begin the tracking process that eventually leads her to her lost child.

2001 winner AWGIE Awards Television Award Telemovie Original
2001 winner AWGIE Awards Major Award
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