Goolarri Media provides a clear direction for Indigenous creatives to develop viable careers at both community and mainstream levels based on access to state, national and international markets. Goolarri will continue to enhance and introduce new creative elements to existing successful high quality programs and develop new creative works whilst focusing on access and marketing strategies for distribution and dissemination.
Goolarri Writers Program offers tailored support and mentoring for emerging Indigenous writers and creatives so they can develop professional skills in stage and film writing. Since 2014 it has been delivering the nuts and bolts skills of performance writing through tutorials, workshops and Master classes with leading industry professionals.
Led by screenwriter Dot West and playwright/dramaturg Mari Lourey, the program has supported the writing and development of award winning films that have screened at festivals nationally and internationally, including Sydney Film Festival, MIFF, Cinefest Oz, St Kilda, Birraranga, ImagiNative Canada, and been aired on SBS, ABC and NITV.
There are several new theatre works in development, following the critically acclaimed premiere in Broome and Perth of Melody Dia’s FIFO – Fit In Or F…k Off!, a co-production with Goolarri Media and and Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company, supported by Ilbijerri Theatre. In 2022/23, Goolarri Writers Program partner company is Ilbijerri Theatre, led by its Artistic Director, Rachael Maza, as director, mentor and dramaturg.
Claire G Coleman Visits Goolarri Writers Group! Recently, Goolarri Writers Group were lucky to have the acclaimed, award winning Noongar writer and public intellectual, Claire G Coleman, come visit. As a special guest of Notre Dame University, Claire made time to come and meet with our writers, joined by some of our stellar colleagues from Magabala Books, and share her wisdoms about why the Sci Fi and speculative fiction genres are so suited for First Nations artists to be exploring.
As well as speaking with the group, Claire generously spent one on one time as a mentor with some of our lucky writers. She also generously shared a wickedly interesting play she is in the process of writing, which we had a lot of fun reading and brainstorming.
Only a truly humble and curious artiste would do that!
Thank you Claire, and thank you Gillian Kennedy and Notre Dame for making this possible.
Throughout The Year, Many Opportunities Are Presented To Support Indigenous Artists’ Performances. Some Of These Performance Opportunities Bring Indigenous Artists To A Local, State-Wide And Nationwide Audience.
A Taste of Broome
Kullarri NAIDOC Festival
Country Music Club
The Music Development Officer At Goolarri Media Can Provide Resource And Administration Support To Performing Artists And Can Also Provide Marketing, Promotion And Distribution Support.