Maya Newell In Conversation

Maya Newell In Conversation Sat 8 Feb State Library of Western Australia Theatre Sat 8 Feb State Library of Western Australia Theatre FREE Ticket info Register
Sat 8 Feb at State Library of Western Australia Theatre FREE

Presented in partnership with Screenwest

Join Maya Newell, director of In My Blood It Runs and Gayby Baby, to hear about the triumphs, challenges and considerations in documentary filmmaking in Australia. From the ethics of telling stories to relationship development, social impact documentary to duty of care for those onscreen, this will be an insightful morning unpacking some of the ‘hows’ around documentary film making.

Following Maya’s talk, a Q&A will be facilitated by Franziska Wagenfeld, Development and Production Executive at Screenwest.


In My Blood It Runs focuses on Dujuan, an inquisitive ten-year-old Arrernte/Garrwa boy who speaks three languages, understands his Aboriginal culture, loves his country and the natural world and seems to have a happy future in Mparntwe (Alice Springs).

At home he is bright and contented, but problems begin at his mainstream school. His teachers are not trained to appreciate the students’ Indigenous knowledge, and the books that Dujuan must read speak of an Australia that is not his at all. As he faces increasing scrutiny from welfare and police, his family battle to keep him safe, grounded in language, culture and identity – the only solution they know works.

The film follows Dujuan’s attempts to reconcile the traditions he holds dear with the colonised world he’s forced to inhabit. A personal documentary told with a perceptive eye, poetic imagery and made in collaboration with Dujuan and his family, Maya Newell crafts another essential portrait of Australian youth, putting the plight of the Northern Territory’s Indigenous children in the spotlight. Thoughtful, passionate and deeply illuminating, In My Blood It Runs is a must for all who care about Australia’s shared future.

In My Blood It Runs Mon 3 – Sun 9 Feb 2020 at Lotterywest Films.

We encourage you to register if you are: a practicing film-maker with an interest or career in documentary film making or just interested in learning more about this amazing film.

Register to attend here. 

Time & Location

Sat 8 Feb

8 Feb, 10.30am – 12pm

State Library of Western Australia Theatre, 25 Francis Street, Perth


1.5 hours


Free Event


If you would like to attend please register here.

In partnership with Screenwest

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