On Australian Shores: Richard Greatorex

This week we visited Richard Greatorex who suffered blindness as he claims as a result of having a mixture of 2,4-D and 2,4,5-T in his eyes as an Agriculture Protection Worker in the Kimberley region of Western Australia in the late 1970'2 and early 1980's.

Richard's story highlights the many difficulties that he has endured as a result of his blindness and the effects this has had on his immediate and extended Family. We returned a few days after the first film shoot to find Richard's immediate family present who can attest to the many and varied ways in which this legacy has affected Richard. This return to the source or 'kalara' ensures that the permissions required of the primary producer, Richard Greatorex, are respected and that the process of editing through to final resolved short film are transparently approved.

30 August 2018 - Richard Greatorex and Family review the final cut of Richard's story with Alexander Hayes.

30 August 2018 - Richard Greatorex and Family review the final cut of Richard's story with Alexander Hayes.

On Australian Shores: Suzanne Sinclair

Episode One: Suzane Sinclair

For many years Magali and I have overheard others speak of the horror stories of trials and widescale use of herbicides across Australia, including Agent Orange which according to Wikipedia is:

"...It is a mixture of equal parts of two herbicides, 2,4,5-Tand 2,4-D. In addition to its damaging environmental effects, traces of dioxin found in the mixture have caused major health problems for many individuals who were exposed."

Recently we met with a number of brave people such as Suzanne Sinclair who have been forced to care for those who have been affected by these toxic herbicide sprays. Their personal stories are both compelling and heartbreaking and in Suzanne's case she lost both her partner Cyril Hunter and her Son, Nigel Sinclair as she will attest.

Magali McDuffie with Suzanne Sinclair and Eugene Hunter in Subiaco, Perth, Western Australia.

As you will discover, there is a hope that the Australian Government will not only officially and categorically acknowledge their claims but also provide adequate compensation for what many survivors claim is the most horrific of illnesses and death as a result of exposure to, use of or direct contact with these herbicides.



Protecting Country

Protecting Country is an independently produced film bringing the voices of the contemporary Adnyamathanha, Gurindji, Tanganekald, Yankunytjatjara Anunga, Mirning, Narunnga Aboriginal Australian people forward who are united in their stand AGAINST the present and planned uranium mining and nuclear dump activities in South Australia.

Bruce Hammond, an Aboriginal Tanganekald man with ties to the coast in the lower South East of South Australia and the central desert regions of Finke and Alice Springs in conjunction with Alexander Hayes & Magali McDuffie from Ngikalikarra Media brought the ‘Protecting Country’ documentary film on a screening road trip across Australia. 

The road trip took 14 days to complete and we travelled over 7741 kilometres through some of the most remote regions of Australia. Alexander Hayes was accompanied by photographer Liam Wille on this road trip, responsible for documenting community consultation and also providing additional cut away footage photographs for the final cut of the film.

The  film features many well known Aboriginal Elders and leaders from South Australia who provide their account of how important it is for all Australian’s to protect country from past, present and planned uranium mining and nuclear dump activities.

Contributors featuring in this film include;

  • Karina Lester
  • Bruce Hammond
  • Regina McKenzie
  • Tauto Sansbury
  • Vince Coulthard
  • Sharpie Coulthard
  • Ty Butler
  • James Butler
  • Clarrie Coulthard
  • Stephen Atkinson
  • Steven Harrison

The road trip commenced on the 17th July 2017 departing from Canberra, Australia travelling through and featuring private and public screenings  in the cities and towns of Canberra, Condobolin, Hay, Balranald, Mildura, Adelaide, Hawker, Nepabunna and Iga Warta.

We had intended on then travelling through Maree, William Creek, Oodnadatta, Coober Pedy, Marla, Alice Springs, Yuendumu, Tanami, Halls Creek, Fitzroy Crossing, Derby and through to Broome, Western Australia. 

Whilst we were in Iga Warta we heard news that Yami Lester, late Father of Karina Lester who features in the film had sadly passed away.

Yami Lester is and always will be a key figure, a leader and respected anti-nuclear campaigner, a Yankunytjatjara man, an Indigenous person of northern South Australia. Lester, who survived nuclear testing in outback Australia, best known as an anti-nuclear and indigenous rights advocate - 

To honour cultural sorry business and to respect the rights of Yami's Family and Relatives we did not screen the first cut of the Protecting Country film as we travelled up from Port Augusta and onto Coober Pedy, Alice Springs, Katherine, Halls Creek, Fitzroy Crossing, Derby and Broome - read more about this here >

Public and private screenings of the film were resumed with cultural consultation as of the 17th August 2017 with a screening of the second cut of the film at the Djugun Community of Coconut Wells, Broome, Western Australia.

You can read more about this at

Moving Forward

From mid September 2017 through the June 2018 we listened to Pat Riley, CEO Pandanus Park who gave us an account of the many and varied ways in which government assigned service providers have disenfranchised the Yurmulun Community, Western Australia.

In this short film, Pat Riley and John Edgar outline their key challenges of living in a remote region and the many issues they face as constant shifts in government agency affects their community. Appearing in this film also is Nyikina Elder and Traditional Custodian, Jeannie Warbie.

Act Of Genocide

For a few years now we have witnessed first hand the protracted attacks on the Goolarabooloo community by members of other family groups. We were asked to participate as filmmakers in capturing the blatant actions of services which threaten the existence of the Mallingbar Community, Broome, Western Australia.

Mallingbar Community, Broome, Western Australia is home for Aboriginal people and has come under repeat attacks of demolition. In this short film Ronnie Roe, Walman Djugun Elder takes on the Broome Shire, Broome Rangers Service and the Yawuru Corporation.

Voices Of The Goolarabooloo - Ronnie Ronnie

We listened to Ronnie Roe, Walman Djugun Elder, Goolaraboo whilst visiting Mududun near Broome Western Australia in April 2018 as he addresses those responsible for the devastation and desecration of country as he claims under native title.

Ronnie gave his candid account of what matters most to his people, community and to countless national and international visitors to this pristine region of the Kimberley.

Native Title

As filmmakers we have the privilege of listening to and documenting the views and opinions of those who are often silenced or ignored by mainstream media.

This is true to our own ethos of:

"...We are partial documentary filmmakers, meaning we choose to work with people who are often not afforded mainstream media representation or who are marginalised even from their own communities." [ ]

Recently we met Ronnie Roe, Walman Djugun Elder, Goolarabooloo who provided a candid account of what his opinion is on  'Native Title' overseen by the Australian Federal Government.

It is no coincidence that this film output coincides with the upcoming 'Native Title' 2018 Conference which will soon be conducted here in Broome, Western Australia.

Voices of Goolarabooloo - Phillip Roe & Jeannie Warbie

Today, Magali and I returned to the Goolarabooloo Millibinyarri Aboriginal community which is located only 12 kilometres north of Broome central,  fresh from recent rains in Mankala season -

We sat with Phillip Roe, Grandson of the late Paddy Roe (Lulu) and discussed the final points Phillip wanted included in the 'Voices Of Goolarabooloo' documentary trailer we are releasing today. The trailer features Jeannie Warbie, Senior Nyikina Traditional Owner and also Phillip Roe, Goolarabooloo Law Boss and Traditional Custodian as well as Frans Hoogland, environmentalist, community spokesperson and mediator. A renewed fight to protect country, maintain law and culture in the face of rampant economic development which threatens and destroys the natural environment forms the central theme to this documentary to be released in late 2018 by Ngikalikarra Media. The trailer contains the key messages that the Goolarabooloo community have lived out through colonisation, forced removal of children, massacres and incarceration of Aboriginal Goolarabooloo people over 223 years. 

Both Phillip Row and Frans Hoogland speak of the failure of native title, the greed and corruption within land councils and the blatant disregard by a few individuals as they step outside of Law to the detriment of themselves and their immediate Families. With mineral sands, natural gas, fracking and other non-conventional mining international consortia pressuring the Aboriginal communities into non-veto positions, the federal and state governments using the instrument of native title are causing massive divides between traditionally harmonious people according to Roe.

Frans Hoogland provides the fullest account of Liyan and the Bugarregarre, the core to Aboriginality and Law, culture as the main thread in this trailer, with Jeannie Warbie and Phillip Roe providing context and the contemporaneous challenges they face.