From the bustling streets of Sydney to the aquamarine vistas of the Torres Strait, their stories span a diverse population across the country and yet share common themes of resilience, courage, optimism and success.
As part of their contemporary lifestyles, these inspiring young Australians showcase music, politics, careers, histories, bush medicine, language and stories. Their unique journeys span Aboriginal cultures across the country from the bustling streets of Sydney to the aquamarine vistas of the Torres Strait.
Director Leah Purcell says:
Who We Are: Brave New Clan celebrates diversity across Australia and we hope it inspires audiences to find out more about Indigenous place names, people, languages and cultures in their own local area.
Featured in the doco:
James Saunders, a Gundtijumara on his father’s side and Wiradjuri on his mother’s side, who through his success as a rugby player, challenges stereotypical perceptions of gay men in Australia and is passionate about Indigenous representation in the media.
Actress Miranda Tapsell (pictured above), a descendent of the Larrakia and Tiwi nations, hopes to help bridge the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians through her work in theatre, film.
Engineering student, Harry Sabatino from Sabai Island in the Torres Strait is motivated by the threat rising sea levels pose to his island home and plans to start up an engineering business in the Torres Strait that will employ local people.
Wiradjuri man Joshua Toomey’s determination and hard work has seen him become NAIDOC Apprentice of the Year and soon, a fully qualified electrical linesman.
Kim Isaacs, a Yawuru and Karajarri on her mother’s side and Noongar on her father’s side, works as a doctor in a medical centre in Broome, WA. In addition to qualifying as a western doctor, Kim learnt traditional Aboriginal medicine from her grandfather and now draws on both in her practice.
Meerooni woman of the Gurang nation, Kaylah Tyson (aka Kaylah Truth), is successful solo hip hop artist, who recognises the power of music to reach people and make connections.
Watch 'Who We Are: Brave New Clan' on NITV (channel 34) - Sunday 16 August 8.30PM.