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Katele (mudskipper)

NY Premiere

Director: John Harvey

Australia, 2022, 14 min

Shooting Format:Digital

Festival Year:2024

Category:Narrative Short

Cast:Elma Kris, Waangenga Blanco

Crew:Writers: Walter Waia, John Harvey. Producers: Gillian Moody, John Harvey.


Martha, an Indigenous woman works tirelessly in a laundromat loading machines and folding washing, ready for the collection of her boss. When a mysterious visitor arrives, Martha is reminded of the life she has left behind.

About the director

John is an acclaimed writer, director and producer across film and theatre and the Creative Director of Brown Cabs. In film, he has written and directed: Still We Rise (2023 AIDC Best Documentary / Factual Single, 2023 ADG Award for Best Direction); Off Country (2022 ADG Award for Best Direction, MIFF); Kutcha's Koorioke (NITV); Katele (2023 Flickerfest - Best Australian Short Film, Melbourne International Film Festival – Best Australian Short Film), Water (Adelaide FF), Out of Range (MIFF). He produced Spear (TIFF) and the chapter Sand for The Turning (MIFF, Berlinale) and The Warriors (ABC). His theatre writing credits include The Return (2023 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Drama, nominated for 2024 AWG AWGIE Award), Heart is a Wasteland and Black Ties. John received an ACMI (Australian Centre for Moving Image) Commission to create multi-channel video installation Canopy. John is also a Board Director of Bangarra Dance Theatre.

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