I've just loaded six Revel project web pages onto our Sharing Culture website so please check out what we've been up to. Here's a brief summary of the project:
"Surviving the death of his mother at age five, the harsh conditions of a 1940s government native settlement, a murder trial and years of incarceration, Revel Cooper became a self-determined man who spoke for the rights of Aboriginal people. He played a large part in developing one of Australia's first Indigenous art movements that still thrives today. Revel died in 1983 in tragic circumstances, and was buried thousands of kilometres from his homeland and family."
'Revel' was originally planned to be a feature length documentary about various aspects of Revel Cooper's life, which would be directed by Mike Liu. It would focus on Aboriginal art, social justice and resilience to adversity, as well as the search for family that had been fragmented for generations.
However, as time has gone by the project has grown and grown. It has now developed into a slate of projects, one of which remains the original documentary. I've recently been focused on Revel's early life, including his time at Carrolup and his murder trial.
I'm researching for a documentary film, as well as developing an educational multimedia iBook. It all keeps me very busy. It's been a real pleasure and a great experience working with Mike. He is in one of those talented, passionate people with a 'Big Heart'. He is an amazing researcher and we are uncovering all sorts of fascinating stuff about Revel.
Please check our six project webpages, which you can move along from link to link. You'll learn about some of the fascinating stories that our films and related projects will touch upon, as well as different elements of our initiative. You can also meet some of the team who have helped us along our journey.
One very special person has been Cathy Coomer, a niece of Revel Cooper. I've learnt so much from Cathy.