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Karroyul: Kelrick Martin Interview

Monday 11 January 2016

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Perth-based Kelrick Martin is one of several Australian film-makers whose short films have been selected to play in our Lotterywest Festival Films program. Martin’s film, Karroyul, will play before each screening of Mia Madre at both UWA Somerville and ECU Joondalup Pines from Monday 11 January.

We met with the director at UWA Somerville where we discussed Karroyul and why he loves to make films in Western Australia.

Kelrick Martin is a Ngarluma/Bunuba man from Broome and commenced his career as a cadet radio broadcaster for Goolarri Media. Enrolled at the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) in 2001, he completed his master’s in documentary writing and directing. In 2006, Martin teamed up with renowned Australian documentary film-maker, Tom Zubrycki, to make his first documentary film, Mad Morro. In 2007, he was recruited by National Indigenous TV (NITV) as its first commissioning editor.

Martin formed Spear Point Productions in 2010 and has since been a key figure in Western Australia’s Indigenous screen-production sector. His credits include documentaries, Yagan, Outside Chance, and Prison Songs, which received five Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Award (AACTA) nominations in 2015. Karroyul is his first short-fiction film, and was AACTA-nominated for Best Short Fiction Film.

Martin is currently the Indigenous manager for Western Australia’s state screen-funding agency, ScreenWest. 


Other short films selected to appear as part of Lotterywest Festival Films are The End of the Earth (with In Harmony), directed by Adrian Holmes; High Tide (with Blind Date) and Naji (with The Brand New Testament), both directed by Kimberley West; and The Guests (with The Wait), directed by Shane Danielsen.

Further short films will be announced at the launch of Season Two of our film program on Monday 18 January.

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