RAW, an incredible national opportunity for millennial Indigenous filmmakers wanting to break into the industry, today announced that 21-year-old student Enoch Mailangi, descendent of Bwgcolman and raised in the heart of the city of Sydney in Waterloo, has been chosen to have his web series concept developed and pitched to the ABC. The decision was made by a panel of film industry professionals.
Mailangi was one of three finalists chosen to enter into a week-long writer’s workshop held at AFTRS with celebrated scriptwriter Greg Waters (RIOT) before pitching their concepts to a panel of leading Indigenous creatives including Leah Purcell and Wayne Blair; ABC TV Head of Indigenous Kelrick Martin; and AFTRS Head of Indigenous Unit, Kyas Sherriff.
Mailangi’s concept is a narrative comedy titled All My Friends Are Racist. The series follows four young people living in Sydney who navigate predominately white spaces whilst dealing with all the drama of self-obsession, self-entitlement and self-sabotage, in true millennial self-deprecating style.
“We loved the pitch because it’s a raw exploration of what it’s like to be millennial, Indigenous and living with all of the quirks of being a millennial like sexual awakenings, fears of the imminent future, career disaster choices, family reunion and separation,” said Purcell.
“RAW is about nurturing the talents of young Indigenous filmmakers by giving them real industry experience, while also bringing Indigenous content made by talented storytellers to an international audience”, added Blair.
The two other finalists, Cindy Hill of the Wadja people from Woorabinda and Caden Pearson of Bagarrmugu from Hopvale in Cape York, will stay on with Mailangi to be part of the Writers Room. Under the mentorship of Purcell, Blair and Waters, the RAW participants will each write episodes for All My Friends are Racist and develop it into a conceptualised pitch for the ABC with the hope of having it produced into series.
“I’m really honoured to have been selected by the RAW executives and mentors. Having zero experience in filmmaking, it’s a daunting industry to try to break into. RAW offers a way to help me enter into the industry, supported by incredible role models like Leah and Wayne,” said Mailangi.
RAW is supported by Artology – an award-winning organisation focused on championing youth creativity – and produced by Artology’s Liliana Munoz in collaboration with ABC Indigenous, and run in partnership with the Indigenous Unit at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS).