Director, Blackfella Films P/L, Sydney, NSW (Photo by Leon Mead).
Rachel Perkins’ is a member of the Arrernte nation whose lands surround Alice Springs and the Kalkadoon people from the Mt Isa region.
Rachel has served on a number of federal agencies including Screen Australia, the Australian Film Commission, and the Australian Film Television and Radio School. She was a founding board member of NITV, which she was instrumental in establishing. She has also served on the boards of various Aboriginal organisations and industry associations, including Bangarra Dance Theatre. She currently serves on the board of the Australian Heritage Commission.
Her company Blackfella Films, established in 1993, is a leader in the creation of Indigenous content, including the series First Contact, Redfern Now, First Australians, Ready For This and its latest production DNA Nation. Her work as director includes documentaries such as Freedom Ride and the more recent Black Panther Women as well as movies Bran Nue Dae, One Night the Moon, Mabo and the upcoming film Jasper Jones.
She also works in the cultural sector, directing festivals, such as the Yeperenye Festival for the Centenary of Federation. She researched and published The Black Book, a director of Indigenous people working in the cultural sector. In more recent times she has focussed on the development of Arrernte culture, the first project being an Arrernte Women’s Camp, which recorded and revived the repertoire of Arrernte women’s traditional musical heritage.