Our Law series, Larapinta doco for NITV.

Two new documentary series for 2022 profile Indigenous police officers and the story of the oldest river in the world.

NITV has commissioned two new documentary series slated for 2022 – Larapinta and Our Law -the latter previously screened as a single half hour doco.

Our Law expands to a six-part series given access to the Indigenous officers and cadets attempting to break the cycle of Indigenous incarceration, while giving voice to remote communities being policed.

Documentary Larapinta (named after the the oldest river in the world Larapinta – also known as The Finke River) asks how do we live in harmony with the environment and what can we learn from our country’s Traditional Owners?

The Larapinta (Finke River) is also home to the oldest culture in the world and its past, present and future is a story about culture, environment, art, climate change, totems and song lines. Host Talia Liddle, a proud Arrernte, Luritja and Pertame woman, returns to her country along Larapinta, meeting local characters, scientists, rangers, traditional owners, artists, historians, archaeologists and palaeontologists.

Kyas Hepworth, NITV’s Head of Commissioning and Programming, said: “NITV is committed to developing First Nation’s stories and producing premium factual content. We are thrilled to bring Larapinta and Our Law to audiences across Australia – that are in the zeitgeist and warrant telling. Stories of Country, protecting our natural environment and the ongoing solutions from an Indigenous perspective on incarceration.

“We, as a channel, are honoured to share these stories with all Australians, and look forward to both programs premiering in 2022.”

Graeme Mason, CEO of Screen Australia said, “We are proud to fund these powerful documentaries through our First Nations Department and ensure these vital stories are told. It’s great to support Gary Hamaguchi writing and directing his first documentary series Larapinta, teaming up with talented producers Michaela Perske and Mitch Stanley to bring the story of the oldest river in the world to our screens. Taryne Laffar has also proven herself a dynamic producer and we’re thrilled to support the full series of Our Law. I look forward to seeing both these series on NITV next year.”

Michaela Perske and Mitch Stanley, Larapinta producers said, “We’re excited to bring this series to life and share the history of Larapinta (Finke River) from all angles. We’re taught about the Nile and the Amazon yet few people know about Central Australia’s lifeline and artery. Years of mistreatment has been detrimental to the entire eco system, but local Indigenous knowledge may just be the key to rejuvenating this natural wonder.”

Taryne Laffar, Our Law producer, said, “It is with relief, excitement, responsibility and pride that I wish to say, to be working with and for so many Indigenous Traditional Owners and Communities around Western Australia – this is for you.

Our Law not only shines a light on the policing of Aboriginal Peoples in WA, through the lens of Aboriginal Police Officers and the Indigenous Peoples and Communities they police, but is providing solutions based contemporary evidence when looking at the historical and contemporary issues of relations between Indigenous Peoples and the WA Police.”

Paul Williams, Documentary Manager, Screenwest: “The commission of Our Law as a six-part series by NITV speaks volumes of the filmmaking team’s ability to navigate the complexities of First Nations people’s relationship with law enforcement, to tell a story of great importance to WA and Australia more broadly.”

Devina McPherson, Indigenous Program Manager, Screenwest: “I’m proud to be supporting Pink Pepper and Periscope Pictures. Our Law has made such an impact with the initial NITV half hour documentary, which went onto being acquired by Netflix, and is now commissioned as a full six-part series by NITV. Our Law addresses the need for deeper cultural understanding for healing within Indigenous communities in Western Australia, and is an intersection between law enforcement, Indigenous agency and culture. The project is a timely reminder, and encouragement of wider audiences to acknowledge and experience the wealth of stories from Indigenous people across this vast state, and I’m looking forward to see the final series.”

Our Law is a Pink Pepper production for NITV, produced by Taryne Laffar, Sam Bodhi Field, Darren Dale and Jacob Hickey. Principal production investment from Screen Australia, in association with NITV. Financed with support from Screenwest and Lotterywest.

Larapinta is a Pursekey Productions and No Coincidence Media production for NITV, produced by Michaela Perske and Mitch Stanley. Principal production investment from Screen Australia, in association with Screenwest. Financed with support from Goolari Media and Screen NSW.

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