Director Statement David Batty
As a two man team I will be co-directing the documentary with Francis Jupurrurla Kelly. We have worked together on projects in the past as co-directors. The collaboration has always proved to be an excellent fit.
Francis is able to communicate with Aboriginal (Yapa) talent directly in Warlpiri. He also brings Yapa sensibilities and subtleties to our work that I would not be otherwise tuned to.
Conversely I am able to translate Francis’ ideas into filmic disciplines. Francis is very much hands on and his input is an integral part of the process. Being at the sharp end of the shooting he is also able to inform me, cast and crew of any on the spot cultural matters that need to be considered.
The film will be shot on HD XD Cam. In the past I have shot virtually all the films I have directed. In this case we will be employing a DOP who is experienced in the field of drama.
The dramatic elements will be shot hand held to give an immediacy and authentic feel to the drama as it plays out. This is not to say the camera will be undisciplined ie: no shaky cam or hard/weird zooms. Being hand held will also amplify the dramatic impact of the Aboriginal point of view .
The bulk of the film deals with extreme hardship, injustice and the cruelty of man against man. The overall tone will be sombre and hard edged. The dramatic elements will carry the narrative in a compelling way. Along with an extensively layered and detailed sound track the viewer will be moved by the tragic events as they unfold.
From the research it appears the killings were cold blooded and inflicted upon people who had little or no knowledge of guns, white people or the English language. They were terrified families who had their world shattered and their loved ones shot and killed.
The references to the killing scenes will evoke more the sense of bewilderment and innocence lost. This will be thoughtfully achieved via point of view camera angles, slow motion photography and soundscape.
For all the Yapa who appear in this film we would like to recruit locally. It is a story which belongs to the people affected by Coniston and one they should have the opportunity of helping to tell.
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