Updated: Aug 7
In February I was in Perth and had the opportunity to shoot two of the most enjoyable and entertaining events on the same day! The ILBIJERRI Theatre Company and the Te Rēhia Theatre Company (Aotearoa/New Zealand) have joined forces to create a heartwarming and honest comedy called Black Ties. Created by a bold and brilliant team of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Māori artists and with a peerless cast including Uncle Jack Charles, Mark Coles Smith, Lisa Maza, Tuakoi Ohia and Brady Peet, BLACK TIES re-imagines the popular rom-com wedding from a distinctively First Nations perspective. Unfortunately, due to some media obligations, I can't share all the images with you, but there are a few selected below.
Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse: Koorlangka album launch
Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse, together with Russell Holmes and the Dolce Ensemble, launched Koorlangka to a sold out crowd. With the huge ballroom of Government House packed, the audience was treated to gorgeous songs in Noongar language. Koorlangka is a legacy work that invites listeners "back to the campfire." The focus is on the entire community learning to sing language songs together to pass on to our children as a legacy of love and healing. One of the most moving song and storytelling experiences I've ever had the pleasure of attending.
Uncle Jack Charles in Black Ties
Gina Williams performing to a full house in the ballroom at Government House, Perth
Gina Williams, Guy Ghouse, Russell Holmes and the Dolce Ensemble