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April 08, 2013Yarnangu Detective is not just a TV Show. It is a way of linking NG Media to every community, and linking communities to one another. There is no community on our lands too far to visit, and we have begun filming in the remotest communities to begin with because they are the ones visited irregularly, or if ever at all in the past.
April 08, 2013The first episode of Yarnangu Detective screened at our locally held Film Festival in Warburton to an audience of over 200, with great results. The kids were in raptures, and everyone else was captivated by what they saw on screen. Simon Butler, who had travelled down for the festival, excitedly talked his friends through the episode, and we knew we were onto something pretty special. In the following months, Yarnangu Detective: Kiwirkurra, would be picked up by ICTV and NITV, and screened nationally.
April 08, 2013Kiwirkurra, not only one of the most distant communities serviced by NG Media but also one of the remotest places in Australia, was chosen as the location for what would become our first official Yarnangu Detective episode. But before we could travel, we needed a new detective to replace Gibson Swayne, and Matthew Lewis from Irrunytju stepped up. At just 17 years of age, Matthew was already an accomplished radio presenter for RadioNGM, a member of the Irrunytju Band, and a camera man. He was about to add actor to that list.
April 08, 2013March 2012 marked the official production start for a fully-fledged Yarnangu Detective series, yet from the beginning the journey was fraught with obstacles to overcome. Travelling back to Cosmo Newberry again, heavy rains threatened to end production before it began, and we just limped into Cosmo late at night through driving rain and churned mud.
April 08, 2013The seed for what is now known as Yarnangu Detective was first planted during the 2011 RIMO (Remote Indigenous Media Organisation) Festival, where NG Media General Manager Chris Hobart experienced a side of Indigenous storytelling that was new to him. Chris spoke at length with his Yarnangu media team about what they found funny, and thus Yarnangu Detective born. The idea was built upon finding the bizarre, the funny, the weird in the desert landscape, and mixing it with a detailed human element, and a journey that would take us across the entire Ngaanyatjarra Lands.
April 08, 2013This episode saw our team travel to Warburton, and expand upon the ideas presented in episodes 1 and 2. We decided to extend the scope to allow for other segments to enter in the mix, such as interviewing Karl who works at the local community garden, where community members have access to a wide variety of fresh vegetables and greens. Nara was joined by a new team of local cooking talent, with the mother-daughter combination of Yaritji Miller and Christine Laidlaw working with nutritionist Hannah Stanley to make a delicious Lentil Dahl. On the other side of the camera was Jasmine Lawson, a great camera operator and radio broadcaster for NG Media.
April 08, 2013The Desert Kitchen team once again hit the road, heading north-west to Warakurna for Episode 2. Working at the local Women’s Centre, Nara was joined by HACC worker Kim and Warakurna locals Lisa Nelson and Daisy Ward, with Cynthia Burke taking over camera duties. It was a great episode to work on, as the initially shy Lisa gradually came out of her shell and had everyone in stitches with her sharp humour.
April 08, 2013The first episode brought our host Nara Wilson together with Irrunytju locals Emily Gorey and Hinerangi Tukere, who is also the local HACC worker. These two women were able to help ground the show in the realm of the Ngaanyatjarra Lands and tailor it specifically to the locals.
April 08, 2013 / No tags
April 08, 2013 / ictv, nitv, warburton
April 08, 2013 / matthew lewis, kiwirkurra
April 08, 2013 / cosmo newberry, chris hobart
April 08, 2013 / irrunytju, chris hobart, michael mouritz, cosmo newberry
April 08, 2013 / desert kitchen, warburton
April 08, 2013 / desert kitchen, warakurna
April 08, 2013 / desert kitchen, irrunytju