About the film
Australia has produced some outstanding Indigenous male athletes in Australian Rules Football, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Athletics and Boxing, but there have been far fewer
women who have made it to the top.
Olympic Gold Medalist Cathy Freeman is one such athlete, fellow Gold Medalist for Hockey Nova Peris-Kneebone is another. Wimbledon Champion Evonne Cawley (nee
Goolagong) is another who excelled on the world stage.
Lesser known successes have been Faith Thomas (nee Coulthard) who is to date the only Aboriginal female cricketer to win national honours. Rohanee Cox won the Eddie Gilbert Medal in 2008 and a Silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in Basketball. In 1999 Bridgitte Starr became the first indigenous woman to play in a World Cup finals yet sadly few are aware of the fact.
In 2010 Kyah Simon and Lydia Williams, became the first two indigenous women to win international football honours when both were part of the Matildas’ victorious 2010 Asia Cup campaign.
Lydia had been a part of the Matildas’ 2006 Asia Cup campaign and also the 2007 World Cup, but failed to get on the park.
In 2011 at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Lydia and Kyah Simon have a chance to emulate Harry Williams, by again in Germany, albeit 37 years later, representing Australia at a
World Cup Finals.
“No Apologies” plans to record this historic moment and follow their journey to Germany 2011. Along the way “No Apologies” hopes to uncover the inspirational stories that have
brought two young women sporting success. In doing so “No Apologies” explore the cultural backgrounds of the two girls as well as show how these girls climbed to the peak of their sport through perseverance, discipline and good humour and that no apologies are required.
How does the project meet the aims of a philanthropic foundation?
This project has been embarked on with a view to educating the wider Australian public as to the way they look at Indigenous people and without actually saying it hopefully show them how they tend to have a stereotypical view that is incorrect.
It is hoped that it will also inspire other aboriginal and non aboriginal women and children to chase their dreams and see that with hard work can see you make it to the top.
When Harry Williams became the first male and Bridgette Starr the first female to represent Australia at the world Cup finals an opportunity to record the fact was never taken and we have no record of what it meant and have missed the opportunity to inspire others.
We have another chance to celebrate this achievement in 2011 and we will be making sure that it is recorded for prosperity.
What outcomes do you hope to achieve by making this film and how will you measure its impact?
We hope to inspire young women indigenous, Australian, or new residents to our shores to take up sport and follow their dreams. To show that no matter what your upbringing you can make it to the top.
We also hope to show that not all indigenous people’s lives are the same. Kyah and Lydia’s childhoods could not have been more different and hopefully by exploring that we may educate the greater Australian public.
The measure of its impact will be shown in the reaction of the indigenous community and the young women of Australia once it has been aired. Hopefully we will see it inspire others to participate.
What is your education and outreach strategy
Lydia Williams and Kyah Simon are both Indigenous ambassadors and by making this film we will raise their profiles which in turn will assist them in fulfilling those roles. Both the film and the girls will hopefully dispel some of the long held myths about their culture and give people a better understanding of what it is like to be indigenous and playing sport at the highest level.
We will have a blog site for fans to follow us on our journey. Posts, videos and images will be regularly published. Other social media platforms that we will leverage to engage our audience in our project are Facebook and Twitter. We hope that the girls will contribute to these channels.
In Germany we will have a vehicle with the name of the documentary and sponsors emblazoned on the side. This will raise awareness and we will obviously seize every publicity opportunity possible.
On our return we hope that after the documentary has aired it will be used as a tool to encourage and educate in minority communities in Australia.
Who are the filmmakers responsible for the project?
Ashley Morrison is the Producer and Director. He has been involved in the making of “Zoom Zoom - The Professor” A film about the life of Boxer Azumah Nelson. He also directed and produced “Standing at the Touchlines” a film celebrating Africa hosting the World Cup, where the team traveled through Africa during the 2010 World Cup to see if Football could unite a continent.
Chris van der Sandt from Cape Town is the main Camera man having worked on “Standing at the Touchlines, Chris understands how we work and is great to work with.
Quie-ying MOrrison is Camera 2 and our everything electronic whizz. She is a master of electronic media and a vital component to the team.
That is the team that will travel to Germany, small and efficient.
The documentary shows on SBS free to air Sunday July 1 at 4pm