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Tom Avery, who is also known as Blakboi, wrote and edited the documentary, and was also the assistant producer and director.

The documentary – produced with Mullumbimby-based film company Turtle Films – tells the story of Tom Avery’s family and culture, and their strong connections to the Bundjalung nation.

The Lismore launch coincided with the documentary being screened on SBS/NITV.

Mullumbimby-based film company Turtle Films  helped Avery produce the film as part of a mentorship program.

Following the launch, an Unofficial Art Exhibition/After Party took  place upstairs from Tommy’s Tavern in the Tales of the Seven Art Studio.

The work of local street artists Jeremy Austin and Justin Livingston was on  display, along with music by Hiphop outfit TLK (formerly supafresh), DJ Mud, and others.

Both Austin and Livingston are responsible for much of street art which adorns Lismore’s Back Alley Gallery.

‘I’m not Indigenous but I respect the local custodians and these young men and women around here are really doing their culture proud,’ Justin Livingston said.

Jeremy Austin said it was a pleasure to collaborate with Avery.

‘Street art and music have always gone hand in hand and our event is another example of this,’ he said.

‘We all come from different cultural backgrounds, we sing different songs and paint with different colours but our event is all about coming together as one.’

Salvador Castro of Turtle Films said  working with Tom Avery on the documentary had been a pleasure.

‘Once we heard about the SBS/NITV mentorship program we made a list of local Indigenous artist that we wanted to work with and my first choice was Tom.’ he said.

‘He’s a great musician and story teller so it was an easy choice.” Said Salvador.

 

A section of the crowd at the premiere of Ocean Music.
A section of the crowd at the premiere of Ocean Music.

Davin Montagne of Lismore and Fai Rynita of Booyong at last night's premiere.
Davin Montagne of Lismore and Fai Rynita of Booyong at last night’s premiere.

Lismore photographer Natsky with some of the art on display.
Lismore photographer Natsky with some of the art on display.

Bimbi Gray and Erin Lewis of Lismore.
Bimbi Gray and Erin Lewis of Lismore.

Little and Daddy enjoying some couch time.
Little and Daddy enjoying some couch time.

Skye dancing with Jackson Reid.
Skye dancing with Jackson Reid.

Brendon Waters, aka DJ Mud, and Teddy Rhodes.
Brendon Waters, aka DJ Mud, and Teddy Rhodes.

Georgia Philp and Kate Hallen of Lismore.
Georgia Philp and Kate Hallen of Lismore.

Vincent Bashfoid .... the man on the couch.
Vincent Bashfoid …. the man on the couch.

Dy Campbell and Abbi Borowski of Lismore.
Dy Campbell and Abbi Borowski of Lismore.

Street artists Justin Livingston and Jeremy Austin hosted the after party.
Street artists Justin Livingston and Jeremy Austin hosted the after party.

Rohan, John Loose, Brad, James Rendal and Stevie Law.
Rohan, John Loose, Brad, James Rendal and Stevie Law.

Maureen and Peter Jaggle of Jiggi.
Maureen and Peter Jaggle of Jiggi.

Paul (Duck) Connelly of Lismore.
Paul (Duck) Connelly of Lismore.

Nick Barovsky and Natsky.
Nick Barovsky and Natsky.


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