Director Statement Francis Kelly

My name is Francis Jupurrurla Kelly and I am working with David Batty to make a film about the Coniston killings. I really want to make this film to help Aboriginal people tell their stories and to also make it accessible for people to watch.  I am a Director on this film so that I can work with the Warlpiri people in making this film. This Coniston film is not only important for ‘now’, but also for the future of Aboriginal people.

They shot a lot of Aboriginal people a long time ago. Some people were shot for no reason in those days. I first heard a little bit about Coniston when I was about 16 or 18 years old. A lot of people in that time were not keen on talking about Coniston. They were, in that time, a little bit shy because some of the people that were affected in those killing times were still around. Now that most of those people have gone, we want to talk about it. Us Aboriginal people have been hiding these proper stories about what really happened for all this time. It’s now the right time to tell this story.  

This film has to be made now. If we were to make this film in ten years time Aboriginal people wouldn’t know how to talk about it and how to describe it. It would be too late, all the people that were there (at Coniston) will have passed away. In ten years time it would only be the young generation and they won’t know about it.

This Coniston film is important because people have forgotten about it, or they didn’t really know about it in the first place. We want to bring it back because people have been writing stories about it in the white societies but not understanding the Aboriginal side.  I think it's time for black and white to remember what has happened in our past. Most people don’t know much about what happened at Coniston. And even in that area (Central Australia) some people have forgotten about the stories. Its been passed around, but only a tiny bit.

I am working together on this film with Jupurrurla (David Batty). I have worked with him for long time since we first made that Manyu Wana video. From there I learnt a lot from him and he helped us to then make the Bush Mechanics video.

Jupurrurla is going to help make this Coniston one because he knows both white people way and Aboriginal way. He knows together we work as one. That’s why I have got him to help me because there isn’t anyone else I trust to understand Aboriginal way. He has respect for us. We will make this film together so everyone around Australia can understand what happened in those Coniston killings.

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Coniston on ABC's NT 7.30 Report

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Coniston sells out at Araluen

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Coniston selected as finalist in the 2012 ATOM Awards

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Coniston at the Melbourne Film Festival

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Coniston screening sold out at Sydney Film Festival

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Coniston documentary selected for the 2012 Sydney Film Festival

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Coniston documentary nears completion

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Coniston documentary gets into gear

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Francis Kelly receives the 2011 Tudawali Award

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Coniston documentary : moving ahead

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