‘Docked’ Short Film Shoot Wraps in Melbourne

Shooting recently wrapped for Amie Batalibasi’s independent short film Docked.  This is the filmmaker’s latest film starring talented South Sudanese actress Nyawuda Chuol with the awesome Damian Hill who recently wrote and starred in the Aussie feature PAWNO. What a dynamic duo and what a privilege to collaborate with these two actors. “‘Docked’ is a story that came to me […]

‘Blackbird’ short film uncovers the untold history of Australia’s Sugar Slaves and will screen at ACMI, Melbourne CBD in December

Regina Lepping and Jeremy Bobby as siblings Rosa and Kiko in Blackbird short film by Amie Batalibasi © 2015.

On December 5th & 12th, ‘Blackbird’, a short narrative film exploring a dark and little known part of Australian history, will screen as part of the VCA Graduate Screenings at ACMI. The film is the culmination of a long personal journey for Australian Solomon Islander filmmaker and Footscray local, Amie Batalibasi. 2013 marked 150 years […]

Blackbird Film Shines a Light on a Dark Part of Australian History

Australian South Sea Islander cane cutters on a sugar cane plantation in Queensland SLQ

Melbourne based Australian Solomon Islander filmmaker Amie Batalibasi has embarked on a journey to tell a story that has so often been left out of mainstream Australian history dialogue. The Australian South Sea Islanders (ASSI) are the descendants of some estimated 55,000 to 62,500 Pacific Islanders who were brought to Australia between 1863 and 1904 […]