Thanks for writing this Kieran. It really does seem a …

Comment on They must be joking! by Alex Kelly.

Thanks for writing this Kieran. It really does seem a fitting ridiculous cherry on top of a bloody sad and awful new development. Still can’t believe this slipped past so many of us who would have willingly fought to restrict such a monstrosity. So worried for the grand narrative this building asserts as it towers and casts shadows across town. A tragic metaphor in steel and glass. As if a sprightly yellow bunny fixes any of it.

Recent Comments by Alex Kelly

Film short on answers for trouble in the streets
@ Erwin: To be clear, I make a distinction between the film and its content and the project – the campaign and release strategy.
I was speaking specifically to the impact and outreach release strategy when I said: “What is driving this project and the impact strategy that runs alongside the release of the film are the goals that the family and community on screen have identified” and spoke of the 35 people strong planning meeting.
If it was not clear this strategy meeting was for the *release* of the film and the process of addressing the content of the film itself was very different.
We didn’t start with goals and work backwards to create a film that fit them, we started with the story as it unfolded and built the impact strategy around that when the film was completed, which I regard as critical to doing this work well and not producing what you call propaganda.


Film short on answers for trouble in the streets
In My Blood It Runs is on at the Alice cinema from February 27.


Film short on answers for trouble in the streets
Building an impact and outreach strategy around a film (or book or album) does not make that work of art propaganda. Ask Kieran [Finnane] – I’ve provided her with some tips and strategies on this kind of work for her forthcoming book. If she runs with this approach will that make her book propaganda for the peace movement?
What is driving this project and the impact strategy that runs alongside the release of the film are the goals that the family and community on screen have identified.
After the film was completed over 35 people gathered for three days to discuss how they wanted the film to be released and what they hoped it could achieve.
This is because issues of misrepresentation are so common and also because the ethos and process of creating this film ensured that those featured on screen remain in control of the way the film was made and is released.
There is a lot more I would like to share as I feel that this piece misrepresents the film and discounts Dujuan and his family’s experiences.
However, it’s your perspective on the film. Just as this film is Dujuan’s perspective on life and school in Alice Springs.
People can read more background on the project our website.
Alex Kelly
Associate Producer and Impact Producer, In My Blood It Runs.


Council on climate: wide-ranging action as matter of urgency
A great first step. Well done to Jimmy Cocking and the Alice community for pushing this. Look forward to further actions.


Help from fracking campaigner, or orchestrating students?
Erwin, this is an appalling article. You’ve fallen for and run with the deliberate smear campaign of the fossil fuel companies who have sought to undermine the youth climate movement by suggesting “the world-wide school strike movement being exposed to influence from established pressure groups”.
I am deeply frustrated to see you push this line.
The Australian article that you cite has been roundly discredited. Anna Rose has had nothing to do with the AYCC for many many years. The organisation has a principle that staff have to leave the org once they turn 30. It was such a rubbish industry spin piece I can’t believe you use that to back up your claims.
One and a half million young people around the world have called for action on climate change and rightly so. We need urgent action to arrest the devastating impacts on our natural world – and all of our lives.
As someone who has recently left Alice Springs, in large part due to the increasing climate impacts, I am devastated to see this beat up “in the public interest” rather than a questioning of our political “leaders” about what the hell they are doing to respond and prepare for the horrors to come.
All my solidarity to the kids – thank goodness you are providing us with a spark of possibility in these dark times. And three cheers for all the adults, parents, teachers and orgs who have got behind the kids.
We must rise.


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