We are constantly evaluating our methodological approach as film makers, photographers and researchers.

We are guided by the seminal works of others including:

  • Julie Perini - Relational Filmmaking: A Manifesto - HTML | PDF | ODT
  • Paddy Roe - Paddy Roe's Story - Goolarabooloo - HTML  
  • Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr - Dadirri: Inner Deep Listening and Quiet Still Awareness -  HTML


Over the last decade we have established and abide by a strict adherence to ten (10) 'working principles' that protect the personal, cultural and civil INDIVIDUAL rights of those (Subjects) who appear in our films, photos and supporting documentation;

  1. Invitation - We work with many differing communities by invitation, direct referral or rarely as incidental observors;
  2. Presence - Our presence as 'filmmakers', 'photographers' and 'editors' often has a direct effect on the manner in which people interact and so we are aware, with respect, to seek permission or remove ourselves with no notice if required;
  3. Documenter - As filmmakers, photographers we are the 'documenter' of the 'field of view' captured in a digital format;
  4. Producer - Our Subjects are the 'producer' and we work closely with the Subjects (human people) to select, include, exclude, edit or alter captured digital media to compose the agreed output;
  5. Editors - We produce a 'rough cut' of the final work and this is viewed in full by representative Subject/s before release;
  6. Review - The process of review involves iterative changes to the 'rough cut' till a 'final cut' or agreed digital capture meets the agreement by the Subject/s for final release;
  7. Copyright - Long discussions with our Subject/s informs our position of releasing photos, films, short videos and written material in a digital format under a Creative Commons 4.0 Unported International Licence, which means that our outputs are reusable, identifiable, distributable and ethically engineered for future generations in a historical context; 
  8. Distribution - Ngikalikarra Media reserves the right to distribute generated and 'final cut' digital content via any means to reach the agreed known and unknown audiences without third party (non Subject) intervention;
  9. Redaction - We ensure 'truth' or 'base state' digital material uploaded or distributed by Ngikalikarra Media is viewed, approved and reviewed by our Subjects, with 'redactions' re-published and links to original digital sources preserved for historical, legal or related purposes;
  10. Veto - Our working relationship with our Subjects provides for the 'power of veto' whereby digital material can be requested (in its base state form or location) to be removed without notice from its primary base online location, cognisant (and as explained to Subject/s) that digital material uploaded to the Internet maybe replicated and aggregated outside of our power of retraction. Note: This encompasses and respects cultural 'Sorry Business' and many other reasons for the removal of that digital data from its source location.