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Mitch Torres Mitch Torres i(A66548 works by) (a.k.a. Michelle Torres)
Gender: Female
Heritage: Aboriginal
(Storyteller) assertion
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1 form y separately published work icon Rosie Mulligan ( dir. Mitch Torres ) Australia : Wawili Pitjas , 2016 15416864 2016 single work film/TV

'70 year old Rosie Mulligan a Nyikina woman from the Fitzroy River country east of Broome is also a well renowned artist but more importantly she is the holder and carrier of many of the Nyikina people’s cultural stories and is considered an important woman who many times leads the singing when it comes to cultural times.'  (Production summary)

1 form y separately published work icon Willis Yu Mitch Torres , ( dir. Mitch Torres ) Australia : Wawili Pitjas National Indigenous Television , 2016 15412950 2016 single work film/TV

'Willis Yu is an aboriginal hip hop artist born in Broome raised in Perth. He will give us a tour of his city Perth from the point of view of a rapper, as you can still find culture in a large city.' (Production summary)

1 8 form y separately published work icon Jandamarra's War Mitch Torres , ( dir. Mitch Torres ) Australia : Electric Pictures Wawili Pitjas , 2011 Z1778825 2011 single work film/TV

'Jandamarra's War is the story of an Australian Aboriginal man who should be as famous as Ned Kelly. In 1894, Jandamarra led a rebellion against invading pastoralists in defence of his people's ancient land and culture. Until his death in brutal retribution, this formidable Bunuba warrior waged a 3-year guerrilla war, earning him both the admiration of his people and international notoriety.'

Source: ABC Television ( (Sighted: 16/12/12013)

1 Lookin from the River Out i "What do they do in hard square huts mumma?", Mitch Torres , 2010 single work poetry
— Appears in: This Country Anytime Anywhere : An Anthology of New Indigenous Writing from the Northern Territory 2010; (p. 68)
1 1 form y separately published work icon Keepers of the Story : Jandamarra Banjo Worrumarra , George Brooking , Dillon Andrews , Selena Middleton , Danny Marr , ( dir. Mitch Torres ) 2010 9067420 2010 single work film/TV Indigenous story

'Keeping the story of Jandamarra alive sits in the hands of a few key people within the Bunuba nation. Since the passing of a key story-holder, old Banjo Woorunmurra, other senior people like George Brooking, Dillon Andrews, Selena Middleton and actor and singer, Danny Marr (all of whom appear in this documentary), have played an important role in the preservation of this historical saga and the passing of it on to all Australians.'

'The story-keepers believe that the spirit of Jandamarra is still alive and present in their community. They want to see him turn from a local Bunuba hero into a figure as famous as Ned Kelly and who can become a source of national pride. Filmmaker Mitch Torres, herself a Bunuba woman with a close association to Jandamarra’s story, is part of that process of taking the story to a wider audience. She is seen at work on a new feature-length TV documentary about Jandamarra and talks at length about her responsibility to the community in making the film – how the community not only owns the story itself but needs to own the process of making the film, to ensure that the story-telling is correct and consistent with Bunuba aspirations.' (Source: Ronin Films website)

1 form y separately published work icon Nyirr-Marie Mitch Torres (director), 2010 8861880 2010 single work film/TV life story

'A strong Miriwoong woman, Evelyn Hall (Nyirr-Marie), who died in late 2009, was a senior elder in women’s law in the Miriwoong region and a staunch advocate for Indigenous land rights for her community.'

'It was Evelyn’s strong desire for her story to be told and gave special clearance for this documentary to be shown three months after her remains were returned to Country.'

'The film documents Evelyn’s final return to her Country – by helicopter and by four-wheel drive. She knew that she was not well enough to make the trip again, to walk and live on her Country. As part of her journey, and the record she wanted to leave for her family and future generations, she recounts two Dreaming stories – the Barramundi story and the Two Pigeons story – and visits a site of ancient rock paintings. In her family cave, where her ancestors are buried, she leaves her own hand-print alongside those of younger members of her family and the image of her Snake Dreaming.' (Source: Ronin Films website)

1 5 form y separately published work icon The Circuit : Series 2 Kelly Lefever , Dot West , Mitch Torres , Wayne Blair , Australia : Media World Pictures , 2009 Z1622302 2009 single work film/TV Aboriginal lawyer Drew Ellis continues his journey through the chaotic, challenging world of the Kimberley Court, a circuit that takes a magistrate and an entourage of court officers and lawyers on a regular five-day, 2000-kilometre round trip to dispense justice to the dusty, remote communities of northern Western Australia. (Screen Australia record)
1 1 form y separately published work icon Double Trouble David Ogilvy , Mitch Torres , Danielle McLean , Richard Frankland , Beck Cole , ( dir. Richard Frankland et. al. )agent Australia : CAAMA Productions , 2007 Z1740462 2007 series - publisher film/TV children's young adult

'Double Trouble revolves around twins separated at birth. When Yuma and Kyanna meet up in the central Australian town of Alice Springs, they realise they could be long lost twins. They decide to trade places, with Kyanna heading to a beachside house in Sydney and Yuma trekking out to a remote Indigenous community. It's supposed to be only for a night, but then things get tricky, and the fun starts.'

Source: (Sighted 09/11/2010).

1 form y separately published work icon Jarlmadangah ( dir. Mitch Torres ) CAAMA Productions , 2007 Z1584165 2007 single work film/TV
1 1 form y separately published work icon Bollywood Dreaming Mitch Torres , ( dir. Cornel Ozies ) 2007 Film and Television WA Inc , Z1465013 2007 single work film/TV

A short documentary on Jedda Rae Hill, a sixteen-year-old Aboriginal African-American girl who skates and who dreams of one day going to India to star in a Bollywood movie.

2 6 form y separately published work icon The Circuit Beck Cole , Kelly Lefever , Mitch Torres , Dot West , ( dir. Richard Frankland et. al. )agent Australia : Media World Pictures , 2007 Z1405020 2007 single work film/TV

'The Circuit is set in the Kimberley region of North Western Australia. It is a place of two seasons; the wet and the dusty dry. Known for its beauty, vastness and hardship, this region is a land rich in history for its traditional owners, but now sits within the confines of white ownership and white law. This is the home of The Circuit, the Magistrate's Court, which visits far-flung communities several days a month, bringing conveyor-belt justice dealt swiftly and fairly. Working between two worlds and juggling white law with traditional lore, means that justice can be a slippery beast.'

Source: SBS website,
Sighted: 09/07/2007

1 form y separately published work icon Case 442 Case 442 – A Son’s Journey to Find His Mother Mitch Torres , ( dir. Mitch Torres ) 2005 8864079 2005 single work film/TV

'Frank Byrne began his search for his mother 60 years ago. The journey is nearly over, as he has found Maudie in a pauper's grave, and must have the remains exhumed and returned back to her country. But Frank faces a new journey, as putting his mother to rest opens new discoveries about his own identity. ' (Source: Screen Australia)

1 3 Muttacar Sorry Business Mitch Torres , David Milroy , 2004 single work drama 'A unique performance and workshop package tackling the high incidence of road trauma amongst Indigenous communities. Which road will you choose?' (Yirra Yaakin Noongar Theatre Company)
1 1 One Day in '67 Mitch Torres , 2002 single work drama

'This is a story from the heart of Kimberley country at a time in Australia's recent past when the old world was at a crossroads with the progressive new. How simple life seemed, or was it.' (Source: AusStage website)

1 form y separately published work icon Saltwater Bluesman Mitch Torres , ( dir. Mitch Torres ) Broome : Macumba Media Enterprises , 2001 Z1578986 2001 single work film/TV

In making this film, Producer Rod Freedman was motivated to engage Indigenous writers and directors to begin the sharing of stories that would demonstrate the inner strength of Indigenous people. Showing that the ordinary person is capable of accomplishing great things despite having the odds stacked against them was an inspiration. Uncle Kiddo's story is about a man living a simple life, yet he has had a significant impact on a whole generation of younger musicians. People like the Pigram Brothers, Alan and Stephen, who are now famous in Broome and are also in the film.

1 1 form y separately published work icon Whispering In Our Hearts Whispering in Our Hearts: Uncovering the Mowla Bluff Massacre Mitch Torres , ( dir. Mitch Torres ) Australian Capital Territory : Mayfan , 2001 6549424 2001 single work film/TV

This film depicts the 1918 massacre of Aboriginal people at Mowla Bluff, Western Australia. The story of the massacre is told in interviews with surviving Nyikina, Mangala and Karajarri peoples, as well as through dramatised reenactments of the testimonials of Aboriginal witnesses.

1 form y separately published work icon Behind The Ball Mitch Torres , ( dir. Mitch Torres ) Australia : ABC Television , 2000 Z1579079 2000 single work film/TV biography

This light-hearted Message Stick episode looks into the lives of three retired WA football stars: Chris Lewis, Dale Kickett, and Clem Michael. It examines their contribution of skill to Australian Rules Football and looks at how they have balanced their lives off the field. The most important thing in life to these men has been their families.

1 1 form y separately published work icon Promise Mitch Torres (director), ( dir. Mitch Torres ) Sydney Canberra : Core Films Australian Film Commission. Indigenous Branch , 1998 Z1587364 1998 single work film/TV A Grandmother shares her memories of her 'promise' marriage with her granddaughter.