by GREG KING
As part of the 2018 St Kilda Film Festival, there will be a retrospective on the career of filmmaker David Batty. He reflects on 35 years of filmmaking in remote Aboriginal Australia. There will be an opportunity to view rarely-screened gems from his vast archive of work interspersed with personal anecdotes in this interactive screening moderated by Batty’s close friend, writer Jim Buckell.
After kick-starting his career in Alice Springs in the 1980s, David was instrumental in establishing the first television production unit at the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association. He continued to make films with and for Aboriginal people for the next four decades, culminating in his latest production Black As which has reached more than 100 million viewers. From the Warlpiri Sesame St, to the iconic Bush Mechanics series, audiences will gain some behind-the-scenes insight into Batty’s uniquely Australian narratives with universal appeal. Greg spoke to David Batty about his film career and some of the challenges in filming in remote areas of Australia, and a little bit about what we can expect from this retrospective screening on Wednesday May 23 at 7.30pm.