Mandurah media students document​ local Aboriginal elders’ experiences in Shire of Murray partnership

Mandurah Baptist College. Photo: Supplied.
Mandurah Baptist College. Photo: Supplied.

Talented local students had the chance to script, storyboard an develop a film based at Binjareb Park in Pinjarra, which looked at the lives of elders in the region. 

The students, from Mandurah Baptist College’s media department, worked collaboratively with filmmaker Simon Akkerman and Karrie-Anne Kearing.

The cinematographers spent a Saturday in August at the cultural park with the passionate young group. 

As Binjareb Reference Group chairwoman, Ms Kearing introduced students to the local Aboriginal elders and helped them film their responses.

Mr Akkerman supplied his expertise and equipment on the day, which included a drone.

The video was made possible thanks to a grant provided by the Shire of Murray, which was organised by community development officer Kelly Shipway. 

The video will be used by the Binjareb Reference Group to share their knowledge with their youth.

The school’s media department recently held a launch of the video with Ms Kearing. 

One hundred specially designed badges by graphics teacher Peta Stenhouse were gifted to the group at the launch, which will to be handed out after their youth have viewed the video.

The school hopes to continue the partnership in 2019.