A new one-hour documentary created by Ninti Media featuring a successful indigenous support program run by Dudley United Football Club, Kangaroo Island, was premiered at Dudley Wines Function Room.

Kicking off: New Island Home was launched at Dudley wines. Indigenous player, Leroy Turner, attended the event. Photo: Jeff Clarke.
Kicking off: New Island Home was launched at Dudley wines. Indigenous player, Leroy Turner, attended the event. Photo: Jeff Clarke.

A new one-hour documentary featuring a successful indigenous support program run by Dudley United Football Club was premiered at Dudley Wines Function Room last Friday night.

More than 100 people attended the event, including AFL Recruiter John Turnbull, local politicians and indigenous player Leroy Turner.

A year in the making, New Island Home, goes inside the inner sanctum of the club during the 2017 campaign and uncovers the remarkable story of success that the Indigenous Work and Relocation Experience has brought to the district.

Ninti Media Producers Amy Pysden and Daniel Clarke said they were thrilled at the turn-out and hoped the film would act as a catalyst for the continued success of the program.

“Having worked in remote Aboriginal communities, we knew immediately upon hearing about the program that we had to tell this story to a national audience,” Mr Clarke said.  

“What we found once we started filming was a story that went much deeper than giving young lads a chance to play football away from their home communities. This was a program that welcomed these young men into their homes, treated them as family, provided them with invaluable work opportunities, and – perhaps most poignantly - changed attitudes across the island.’’

Ms Pysden said, “The film premiere was a celebration of the dedication, progressive vision and selflessness of the Dudley community and KI as a whole. The difference the club has made to the lives of so many of these young lads is truly inspiring and we hope the film reflects that.”

Dudley United FC Team Manager Jeff Howard congratulated Ninti Media on the production of their film.

He said, “The interest shown in Dudley United FC’s Indigenous Relocation Program is reassuring for those who have put in so much effort and we hope this film, to be shown Australia-wide, will create even more success for sport on KI involving young indigenous people.” 

New Island Home was premiered on Adelaide’s Channel 44 on Saturday night and is available to watch for free from the Ninti Media Facebook page.