A documentary called Ocean Music, featuring Gamilaroi musician/surfer Tom Avery, premiered in Lismore last night.
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.