"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
Marion’s Film Story
Professor Marion Kickett was one of the people who inspired me into working with Indigenous people. Marion, Mike and I spent a day out in York in September 2013 filming for what was to become Marion's Film Story. We had a really enjoyable time and I learnt a lot about Aboriginal life.
I don't know how Marion kept going, as we had her talking about her life in front of the camera on-and-off from 06.30 to 16.00. Truly, a tiresome advocate! We had a lovely time exploring York, and Mike and Marion had prepared lots of yummy food.
We ended up editing our raw footage into 70 minutes of film for Marion's Film Story. This was much more than we had expected.
I'm really thrilled with these results, particularly as we were working with no film crew and had limited ourselves to a one-day shoot. I'm looking forward to the day that we have the funding to film Marion again in her natural settings, this time with a full film crew. And to working with other people on their Stories.
Educating University Students
It is essential that Sharing Culture disseminates our content at all levels of the education system to help create societal change. For example, people working in the health, social care and criminal justice systems need a good understanding of issues relating to Aboriginal people. They should be able gain this understanding at school and university.
In this regard, what is occurring at Curtin University in Perth in terms of embedding Indigenous Cultural Capabilities across the university is exciting. All 2,000+ students engaged in health-related courses have to do a course relating to Aboriginal culture and health.
We've produced three vodcasts for the Curtin Teaching and Learning Centre, based on Marion's Film Story and Mike's film Paintings from the Heart.
We're certainly hoping that our Content will eventually be used in universities worldwide. We're also keen to develop community education programes in the future.