Indigenous web series Aussie Rangers premieres on iView today

Cast and crew of WA-made web-series Aussie Rangers.
Cast and crew of WA-made web-series Aussie Rangers.

WEB series Aussie Rangers director Kelli Cross hit the ground running when she came on board the Indigenous project, which airs on iView from today.

Cast and crew gathered for a preview of the five episode series, created and produced by Shakara Walley, at the State Library Theatre on November 27 ahead of its upload.

Aussie Rangers is a workplace comedy set in Black Stump National Park which is under threat of being shut down despite the endangered Quokkacoot (which no one has ever seen) residing there.

The series was principally funded by Screenwest through the Screenshot initiative which aims to see Indigenous filmmakers in key roles of directing, writing and producing.

“I got into this project kind of at the last minute so it’s been really crazy after all this mob had done all the hard work in the development,” Ms Cross said.

“(It was) wild and fast this production, in the world of filmmaking it was crazy fast, just in turnaround from finding our amazing crew who put up with me and Shakara; you need a medal for that.

“I don’t think I’ve laughed so much on set before.”

ScreenWest chief executive Ian Booth said the organsiation had seen a range of Indigenous talent coming through.

“There’s this whole body of Aboriginal filmmakers coming through, mainly women, which is really exciting,” he said.

“There’s a long history at the organisation for supporting Aboriginal filmmakers and getting Aboriginal stories told at the highest possible level.

“Some of the key things we’ve had is an Aboriginal board member and also having a dedicated budget to have resources set aside for Aboriginal initiatives.”

Watch the series at http://iview.abc.net.au/

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