Skins Cloak was the outcome of collaboration (2007-2013) with the film team I directed to propose to move the Koori women’s cloak making into the discursive spaces of contemporary art. My method of open-endedness will be used to tell all the different stories I learned in the process of making a film about possum skin cloaks. The film similarly does not select one argument to make but details divergent perspectives on the possum skin cloak’s history and significance.
The sound sources heard in the video are:
1. Synchronized sound from the performances and conversations in the studio in Melbourne in 2000-2011, scripted over the period of 2007-2010
2. Children of the Wasteland, Black and White/Monochrome, 24 minutes, 1953
3. A Symphony of Australian Birds, Simtrax Studios
The Skins Cloak credits are as follows: Directors: Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll with Vicki Couzens, Alex Schweder, Lee Darroch and Maree Clarke
Producers: Arts Victoria Creative Development Fund, Koorie Heritage Trust, and Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
Cinematography: Kasimir Burgess
Sound Design: Joel Stern
Still Photography: Melanie Wigg
Catering, Runner: Alex McLean
Props and Costume: Len Tregonning
Songs: Rob Bundle
Editing: Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll, Alex Schweder
Performers: Kamahi Djordan King & The Bushette, Lee Darroch, Maree Clarke, Vicki Couzens, Rob Bundle, Yaraan Bundle, Kent Morris, One Fire Aboriginal Dance Group led by John Tye, Anjee Lee Solomon, Robert Bamblett, Aaron Clarke, Evie Clarke, Robert Bamblett Jnr with Anjee Lee Soloman, Manarra Bamblett, Keanu Bundle, Jarrah Bundle, Indie Bundle Bell, Ethan Bundle Bell.
For more see Art in the Time of Colony, Chapter 1