Alumni profile: Kimberley roots a career boost for filmmaker March 6, 2015 Documentary maker Vicky Biorac counts working on Baz Luhrmann’s film Australia and television drama Home & Away among her career achievements. But it was her strong desire to tell indigenous stories through documentary that led her to return to her remote hometown of Kununurra after several years chasing the big time in Sydney. “My move back home to Kununurra was about supporting the region and economic development in the town as well as being able to support Aboriginal people with positive stories,” Vicky said. After graduating, Vicky (BA (Hons) 1997) worked in television production in Darwin and Sydney where she worked on promotional trailers at Channel 9 and Foxtel’s Lifestyle Channel. Ten years ago she returned to Kununurra to set up her own production company, B Visual Media. These days, Vicky produces documentary-style corporate videos on a raft of subjects including Kimberley tourism, the Ord River Expansion Project and the Argyle Diamond Mine, with clients as far afield as China, India and Belgium. Her latest ventures include a music video for a New Zealand country singer and a Film and Television Institute of WA project documenting the language and culture of Kununurra’s Miriwoong people, a language less than 20 people now speak. “I get to do a lot of variety – scriptwriting, as well as producing, filming, photography and editing,” she said. “The world is a big place still even though you live in a small town.” Working with Luhrmann’s company Bazmark as a location scout was a career highlight. “We ended up working with Baz and his producer introducing them to people in town, Aboriginal elders, teaching them about the country and they actually ended up including some of these people in their filming and some of their stories in the script,” she said. “In Sydney I didn’t have an opportunity to work on a big film like that, but I came back to my hometown and it dropped in on the doorstep.” Her documentary Across The Silent Land, which she wrote while an Honours student at Murdoch University, won her a writing award and was nominated best documentary in the 1997 WA Screen Awards. Print This Post Media contact: Pepita Smyth Tel: (08) 9360 1289 | Mobile: 0417 171 551 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Categories: General, Future Students, Domestic students Tags: across the silent land, argyle diamond mine, australia, b visual media, baz luhrmann, bazmark, channel 9, film and television institute wa, foxtel, home & away, kimberley tourism, kununurra, ord river expansion project, vicky biorac, wa screen awards Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!