INDIGENOUS VIDEO PRODUCTION
Culturally respectful production services.
Storytelling in first languages and local metaphors.
Communications shown to help close the gap.
“Racism is killing the Australian dream… But we are better than that” ~ Stan Grant
I have no hesitation in recommending the Moonshine Agency
“ I was privileged to have the opportunity to work with Mike Hill and Sue Collins while I was the National CEO of the Heart Foundation. The National Heart Foundation of Australia, along with the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand and the World Heart Federation provided seed funding and support for the Take Heart Project.
Mike and Sue were extraordinary to work with as right from the beginning they were passionate and committed. Furthermore, they needed to be able to earn the trust of aboriginal families and communities so that they were confident about sharing their stories of living with Rheumatic Fever and RHD. Also, Mike and Sue needed to work with cardiologists, GPs, cardiovascular surgeons, aboriginal health workers, researchers and many others to gain permission to film as well as to learn about RHD. Throughout the time I worked with the Moonshine Agency on this project they demonstrated integrity and respect for Indigenous culture. They were able to not only undertake this work in Australia but also in New Zealand, and this resulted in the powerful documentary Take Heart. Moonshine Agency has been involved in a range of other projects on RHD that have arisen from this work. They have developed a unique understanding of how to successfully “tell stories” within Indigenous communities that have relevance and link with country.
I have no hesitation in recommending the Moonshine Agency as they have the expertise, demonstrated experience and commitment necessary to complete the project on time and within budget.”Dr Lyn Roberts
They take great care to understand their clients and the scope of work
“Mike and Sue are the most wonderful film makers. They take great care to understand their clients and the scope of work, and for us, delivered a piece that was beyond what we could have hoped. Mike and Sue have worked with our students to build “digital stories”, and in doing so have shown their innate ability to connect with, build trust with, and understand the subjects of their films. We’ve been thrilled with the work that they have done for us.
On top of all this, they are wonderful people, generous, kind and caring. I recommend them highly!”
It is a pleasure to be able to recommend Moonshine Agency, and congratulate and thank them for their ongoing work with Indigenous Australians
“I have had the privilege of working closely with Mike Hill and his team at Moonshine Agency, over the past 2 years, in collaboration with the remote Aboriginal community of Maningrida. Maningrida has the highest known rates of acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease, and many children and families have suffered enormously from the effects of this sometimes- fatal disease.
The work of Moonshine Agency in this area has been exceptional. The film team have been important members of a large team of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non- Indigenous people, in an example of collaboration and partnership that should be a model for other similar settings around the country. Mike’s approach to the people he films is one that endears himself to them, and has seen him become a true friend and supporter to many as they have gone through difficult health journeys. I can’t emphasise enough how remarkable this is, for a filmmaker to take on such an active role in the care and support of patients and their families.
In addition to Moonshine’s work with individuals, documenting their stories, they have also contributed significantly to community efforts to develop locally relevant educational resources in the key local languages of Maningrida. These resources have been used within the school and other community settings, and there are plans underway for the Lurra Language and Culture Unit in Maningrida to work with Moonshine Agency to equip other communities to develop similar resources in their own context.
It is a pleasure to be able to recommend Moonshine Agency, and congratulate and thank them for their ongoing work with Indigenous Australians.”
Culturally respectful communication is a key aspect of sharing knowledge and reconciliation
Moonshine Agency has had the pleasure of collaborating with numerous Indigenous Australian communities in the Northern Territory, Victoria and elsewhere around the country.
These projects rely on a basis of trust, honesty and authenticity. We are thankful to be guided by gifted cultural liaisons and linguists. We’re appreciative of the guidelines provided by Screen Australia around pathways and protocols in storytelling with Indigenous communities.
A spirit of recognition and reconciliation informs this work.
We are committed to helping close the gap on Indigenous disadvantage
Be it collaborating with Indigenous thought-leaders and artists, advocating for health equity or celebrating achievements in Indigenous education, Moonshine Agency is committed to helping close the gap on Indigenous disadvantage within a generation.
Community-led efforts across the country designed to improve opportunities, health and educational outcomes of Indigenous Australians never fail to inspire us.
We are passionate about the opportunities afforded by storytelling in first languages with local metaphors and hope to continue our fruitful collaborations with communities in this area.
Creating a culture of change
Moonshine Agency is more than a supplier of Indigenous video production services. The company sees itself as an agent of change. It facilitates this change by activating its audiences.
Moonshine Agency spearheaded an initiative to build a commanding Facebook presence on the Take Heart Project in 2018, then activated that audience to facilitate 35 events around the country on National Close the Gap Day 2019.
We were proud to host a flagship event at Melbourne’s Federation Square on National Close the Gap Day to inspire governments to launch a comprehensive Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) prevention program and stop 2 young people dying from preventable RHD each week.
Embracing First Languages
This important health message on Acute Rheumatic Fever in Yolgnu Matha is one of 15 first language versions of this Take Heart film.