Welcome To Country All ages
Tony is a hot shot public servant deeply embedded in the Canberran way of life. Sent to the remote Aboriginal community of Gammon, his mission is to prepare the town for a visit from the Prime Minister, and to reveal the government’s “brilliant plan” guaranteed to fix the Aboriginal community's problem once and for all.
Upon arriving in the community, he is greeted by the straight-shooting, indomitable Mayor Neville and unveils his plan to hold auditions to find the best Welcome to Country act.
Unaware of the cultural faux pas he is committing, the auditions go ahead, bringing to light the best and the funniest elements of the community.
Director Dean Gibson | Producer Helen Morrison | Screenwriter Dean Gibson | Cinematographer Mark Broadbent | Composer Tane Matheson, Jeff Moulton | Editor Charlotte Cutting | Cast Alec Doomadgee, Joel Pierce, Roxanne McDonald, Paula Nazarski
Dean Gibson is an Aboriginal filmmaker with more than 10 years' experience in creating, writing, directing, editing and producing. His work has screened on ABC3, ABC1, SBS and NITV and includes children’s television, documentary and drama. He established Bacon Factory Films in 2013.
Much of Dean’s broadcast highlights in the children’s television space include directing two Sesame Street films: Five Kangaroos, featuring Jessica Mauboy, and The Recyclables, both of which have screened to audiences all over the world. He also created and co-directed the children’s TV series Handball Heroes, which screened on ABC3.
In the documentary space, Dean co-directed the 50-minute feature documentary A War of Hope, which screened on NITV on ANZAC Day. He also created and directed the 50-minute ABC documentary From the Ashes, following the Australian Indigenous cricket team as they toured the UK and discovered the history of Aboriginal cricket in Australia. Dean also co-created and ran a program for emerging Indigenous filmmakers in 2014 called The Production Line, as part of his passion for helping others to have opportunities in the industry. He is a creative, passionate and experienced filmmaker, who believes in the power of stories waiting to be told.