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Wiradjuri poet and artist Jazz Money brings her first feature film to Australia

Phoebe Blogg -

This week the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) announced acclaimed Wiradjuri poet and artist Jazz Money will showcase her debut feature film labelled 'WINHANGANHA' in not one, but several selected venues across Australia.

Known as a Wiradjuri word that can be translated to 'remember, know, and think' in English, WINHANGANHA, was inspired by Money's desire to question the complex and intersecting ways in which archives represent and affect the lives of First Nations peoples.

Initially created from the NFSA's Re/Vision project, which invited a female Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander creative to build a new work from the national digital audiovisual collection, the new feature film is based on a response to the question: Who Are We Now.

The WINHANGANHA feature film not only highlights Money's talent as a poet but further reflects her passion for storytelling through visuals as well.

Featuring everything from early audio recordings through to contemporary television, feature films, sports programs, and music clips, Money has aimed to build a narrative from the voices in the audio-visual content held and preserved by the NFSA.

The feature film also showcases a new and original score by Filipino-Aboriginal Drapper and composer Rhyan Clapham a.k.a. DOBBY.

"In creating WINHANGANHA, it was important to me that it celebrated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander protest and resistance, both to material dispossession and also in the creation of film, television and music that centres our experiences," said Money.

WINHANGANHA feature film promotional poster. (Image: Supplied)

Money's other digital works have appeared online as well as in galleries and museums around Australia and the world. In 2020, Money was awarded the David Unaipon Award from the State Library of Queensland and a First Nations Emerging Career Award from the Australian Council for the Arts.

Having recently debuted her book 'How to Make A Basket, in 2021, Money's poetry is widely respected and has been published across Australia, as well as being reimagined as murals, visual and video art.

"While protest is the turning point within the film, it is love and joy that is the overall message.' 'WINHANGANHA is both a universal and intensely personal journey, weaving a lyrical narrative path through decades of Australian audiovisual history," said National Film and Sound Archive CEO Patrick McIntyre.

"Jazz Money has presented an extraordinary creative statement which sits between the worlds of art and film, and which is a compelling and thought-provoking testament to the power of archives to tell new stories," he said.

Artist and poet Jazz Money. (Image: Supplied)

The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia is the national audiovisual cultural institution. Originally known as the National Historical Film and Speaking Record Library and operating under the auspices of the Commonwealth National Library, the collection comprises more than 4 million items, including video and audio recordings, and contextual materials such as costumes, scripts, props, photographs and promotional materials

Dating back to 1935, the historic collection is one of the first audiovisual archives in the world. Ensuring the collection provides an unbroken record of life in Australia, our culture and creativity, NFSA curators continually add to the collection.

The NFSA, in association with the Sydney Film Festival, will present the 64-minute feature, described by Money as 'a poem in five acts' at the Art Gallery of NSW on Friday November 10th.

WINHANGANHA will then debut to ACT audiences on Wednesday 15th November at the NFSA's Arc Cinema, whilst Melbourne audiences can see the film at a free screening at ACMI on Wednesday December 6th. A free Brisbane screening will occur on the 26th January at the Australian Cinémathèque, QAGOMA, with additional screenings around Australia taking place in 2024.

For further information and to purchase tickets to The National Film & Sound Archive's screenings of WINHANGANHA, visit www.nfsa.gov.au

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