About SQ

SQ Mob Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Program

Screen Queensland acknowledges the Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the traditional owners of the land of this country and recognise their connection to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to them, their cultures, and to their elders, past, present and emerging. At Screen Queensland we are committed to empowering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander practitioners to share their rich culture and perspectives with the Queensland and global community through screen storytelling.


Screen Queensland’s vision is for our state to lead and inspire the world in creating and sharing First Peoples screen stories to drive cultural change and foster a more inclusive screen industry – on camera and behind the scenes.

Screen Queensland supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories and storytellers through its dedicated SQ Mob Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Program. The program overseas First Nations screen production, screen culture festivals, career development initiatives (such as mentorships and workshop ) and networking events. Under this program, 10 per cent of our screen production funding is committed to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander projects and storytellers.

Programs are rolled out throughout the year. To stay informed of opportunities and events, subscribe for our eNewsletter, follow Screen Queensland on social media, and check out our applications page .

Highlights of First Nations screen stories supported by Screen Queensland through the years include:

  • Incarceration Nation (2021 feature documentary, screened on NITV – Bacon Factory Films)
  • Strait to the Plate (2021 food series, NITV/SBS Food – Lone Star Production Group)
  • Always Blak, Always Cracked (2021 feature documentary, NITV – JETZAK)
  • Wawu Divine Hope (2020 feature documentary, NITV Karla Grant Presents – Insights Media )
  • My Family Matters: Ipswich (2020 feature documentary, NITV Karla Grant Presents – Bacon Factory Films )
  • Blue Water Empire (2019, documentary series, ABC – Lone Star Production Group)
  • Total Control season 1 (2019 drama series,ABC – Blackfella Films)
  • Robbie Hood (2019 youth series, ABC and NITV – Ludo Studio)
  • Grace Beside Me (2018 youth series, ABC and NITV – Inkey media )
  • Ella (2016 feature film – WildBear Entertainment)
  • Mabo (2012 biographical drama series, ABC – Blackfella Films)


Contact

Douglas Watkin 
Content Director (Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Program)
dwatkin@screenqld.com.au
+61 7 3248 0520


The SQ Mob logo

The SQmob brand developed by ingeous studios – a Cairns based Indigenous creative agency, draws upon the unique and ancient storylines of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders, represented in a modern world.

The central element of the brand is symbolic of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander screen industry and and represents a new horizon for the industry.

The outer lines are symbolic of the ancient storylines of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures as told through the eyes of our modern storytellers. These simple sketch lines represent storytelling as draw from lines in the earth as storytelling was done by ancestors for generations.

Colours have been extracted from both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures to symbolise the storytelling by both cultures.