CUNNAMULLA DREAMING DOCUMENTARY
Cunnamulla Dreaming shares its name with the stage show performed in Cunnamulla in 2013.
Production Company Pixel Frame was originally commissioned to create a visual archive which documented the process of the students, community and creative team involved in the show.
It became apparent that the story unfolding in front of them was worthy of a much wider audience and so Cunnamulla Dreaming the documentary was born.
Australia’s National Indigenous Television Network (NITV) first aired it on the 16th of April 2016 at 7.30pm.
The film follows the young people and key members of the creative team as they prepare for their opening night and documents the profound effect the show had on both the young people involved and the community at large.
The film is a story of triumph as the young people of Cunnamulla set out to conquer their own fears and break through the barrier of “shame” to shine in front of their whole community.
It provides a unique insight into this amazing project as it goes behind scenes to uncover the emotional impact that the process had on all involved.
The film is a testament to the dedication of the young people involved who showed the world what they are capable of. It is also a strong reminder that no matter how remote a community may be, students deserve the same opportunities as those in the cities to reach their artistic potential.
It is an inspiration for other communities across Australia and the world to tell their own unique stories and for the young people in these communities to know that just like these Cunnamulla kids you can truly do whatever you put your mind to and chase your dreams.
The Stage Show
The Cunnamulla Dreaming stage performance in 2013 was the culmination of five years of performing arts workshops at Cunnamulla School. The program commenced in 2009 and continued until 2016. The performing arts program in Cunnamulla was a wonderful example of a program that commits to a community and it’s young people over a long-term period to provide positive outcomes for the kids involved and the community at large. I believe that consistency in community is the key to producing tangible results through ongoing development.
Vision: That the concept of self-expression inherent in performing arts education instils a conviction within each student that their voice in the world matters
To empower the young people of Cunnamulla through performing arts education and instil a sense of self belief in each individual through achievement in performance.
- To deconstruct the concept of shame
- To strive for excellence
- To allow the individual to find value in their own voice
- To develop confidence in the individual
- To develop the discipline required to be a performing artist
- To commit to a performance as an individual and to the group as a whole
- To develop creativity and imagination
- To understand the importance of working together and supporting each other