March 2015 – The Black Ducks “Peoples of the Mountains and the Sea”
This production was written, recorded and filmed over 5 days in March 2015 in the community of Eden – on the South Coast of NSW (Yuin and Monaro country) as part of a Desert Pea Media (DPM) project.
The project came about through a partnership between DPM, The Smugglers of Light Foundation, UN Ltd, APRA and Eden Marine High School.
The fantastic staff at Eden Marine High School made contact with Ossie Cruse, a local elder, storyteller and cultural leader. Ossie worked with the team – teaching the participants about language, culture and heritage.
This information was then directed into a narrative structure by local young people and Desert Pea Media staff. With the musical direction of DPM guru Joel ‘Roc West’ Westlake and the rest of the creative team, we then turned the narrative into this awesome song, which we filmed immediately on location.
Eden Marine High School Students – Co-Directors/ Co-Writers
Toby Finlayson – Project Producer/Film Director/Co-Writer/DOP/Editor
Joel Westlake – Music Producer/ Director/ Co-Writer/ Film Co-Director
Ozzie Cruse – Cultural Support/ Performer/ Co-Writer
Roy Weiland – Colour Grading/Motion Graphics
David Nicholas – Audio Mixing & Mastering
Brianne Curran – Violin