Maralinga Tjarutja is the 2020 recipient of the annual SDIN Award
Maralinga Tjarutja (Blackfella Films) has been announced as this year’s recipient of the annual SDIN Award. The announcement was made by Benjamin Law on the Everyone Included panel as part of the Screen Forever conference on Wednesday 17th February.
Maralinga Tjarutja was selected by an external panel from a very impressive shortlist which included First Day (Epic Films) and Thalu (Weerianna Street Media).
The award recognises an Australian based project, producer and/or production company and/or screen organisation that has made a significant contribution through excellence or impact to diversity and inclusion either on or offscreen within the Australian screen industry.
Directed by Larissa Behrendt and premiered on ABC TV and iview in May 2020, the documentary Maralinga Tjarutja shines a spotlight on the 60,000 year connection to country of the Maralinga Tjarutja people who survived dispossession to enable atomic testing between 1953 and 1963.
Maralinga Tjarutja gives voice to the Maralinga people to tell their own story of cultural strength in the face of aggressive colonisation.
The panel agreed the project displayed a genuine, ethical and tender engagement with its subject matter and an importantly inclusive and collaborative approach.
SDIN members include all Australian broadcasters, state and national screen agencies, guilds and business associations as well as MediaRING, FreeTV and AFTRS. SDIN members commit to supporting greater inclusiveness around workforce, talent development, training and partnerships. The SDIN Charter and a full list of members is available at www.sdin.com.au.
Tracey Mair, TM Publicity