• Director Rachel Perkins on the set of Redfern Now. (Supplied/Blackfella Films)Source: Supplied/Blackfella Films
The production company behind TV series Redfern Now and TV film Mabo has been recognised at the Sydney Film Festival.
NITV Staff Writer

18 Jun 2019 - 2:15 PM  UPDATED 18 Jun 2019 - 2:24 PM

Blackfella Films has been awarded the 2019 Sydney Unesco City of Film Award at the closing night of this year’s Sydney Film Festival.

Acclaimed actress Deborah Mailman presented the award to producers Darren Dale and Miranda Dear and director Rachel Perkins.

The $10,000 cash prize is awarded each year by Create NSW to filmmakers based in New South Wales whose work “stands for innovation, imagination and impact”.

The winners also receive a four-week residency in Los Angeles. 

Accepting the award, Ms Perkins said the production company had contributed to a broader Indigenous cultural resurgence. 

“We are proud to be a part of the broader wave of Indigenous film and television that Australia rightly embraces as some of our best cultural expression," she said. "Twenty five years on, Blackfella Films is still going strong and we are working towards a more unified nation through storytelling.” 

Mr Dale described the acknowledgement of the company's work as "humbling and thrilling".

"We consider ourselves incredibly fortunate to be able to do what we love every day," he said. 

"This acknowledgement is not only of Blackfella Films, but of all the incredible collaborators – the actors, writers, directors, artists, crews, the list goes on – who are so integral to any success we may have.”

The back catalogue of Blackfella Films includes the TV series First Australians, First Contact and Filthy Rich & Homeless, feature documentary The Tall Man, TV film Mabo and TV drama series Redfern Now.

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