15 Nov 2012
Locally made contemporary documentary Yagan will have its first screening in Perth and will be included in the film program of the Great Southern Festival, at Albany in early 2013.
Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said the documentary, based on the true story of Yagan, was filmed in Perth earlier this year and would screen in Albany, along with the Western Australian feature film Satellite Boy.
“I am pleased to announce the screening of Yagan in Perth and two screenings in the Albany Town Hall on February 25-26, 2013,” Mr Day said.
“The story of Aboriginal warrior Yagan, which received State Government funding support under ScreenWest’s Matched Primetime Production Fund initiative, is a vital part of WA’s formation and one of the most important stories of the Noongar people.
“The talented team at Spear Point Productions have done an excellent job in bringing such an important story to our screens.”
Yagan tells the story of the conflict between the Swan River colony and the Noongar people where a young warrior named Yagan emerged; it also depicts the efforts of the Noongar community to locate and repatriate his remains from a grave in the UK.
Yagan was written, directed and produced by Kelrick Martin, of Spear Point Productions and produced by David Jowsey (Mad Bastards, Satellite Boy).