Kylie Farmer

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Kylie Bracknell, formerly Kylie Farmer and also known as Kaarljilba Kaardn,[1] is an Aboriginal Australian writer, director and actress.


Farmer played Juliet in a run of Romeo and Juliet with the Australian Shakespeare Company,[2][3] featured in the 2010 revival of The Sapphires,[4][5] appeared in Rima Tamou's film Sa Black Thing (an episode of the SBS TV series Dramatically Black) performed in the theatre production Aliwa!,[6][7] appeared in Muttacar Sorry Business[8] and is the face and narrator of the NITV series Waabiny Time.[9]

As Kylie Bracknell, she acted in Nakkiah Lui's Black is the New White,[10] appeared the feature film I Met a Girl,[11] plays Ally in the animated TV show Little J & Big Cuz,[12] and plays Piper in the TV series Irreverent.[13]

Noongar language and culture has featured strongly in her career. She spent 11 years working at Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company, an Aboriginal-led theatre company based in Perth, in the heart of Noongar country.[14]

In 2012, she translated a selection of Shakespeare's sonnets into Noongar and performed them at the Globe Theatre in London with fellow Noongar actors Kyle Morrison and Trevor Ryan.[15]

In 2020, Bracknell co-translated and directed a critically acclaimed Noongar adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth, titled Hecate, the first full-length adaptation of a Shakespearean play performed in one Indigenous language of Australia.[16] She followed this up in 2021 by co-translating, co-producing, and directing a Noongar language dub of the 1972 Bruce Lee film Fist of Fury, retitled Fist of Fury Noongar Daa.[17] Bracknell has also co-translated and directed Noongar episodes of Little J & Big Cuz.[18]

Bracknell was awarded the 2020 Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award.[19]

Language advocacy[edit]

Bracknell is a strong advocate for Aboriginal languages, with appearances at TEDxManly[20] and on the ABC program Q&A.[21][22]

In addition, she has taught Noongar language to young people in country towns through Community Arts Network's Noongar Pop Culture project,[23] around Australia via the early years television series Waabiny Time,[24][25] and in series of online language learning videos.[26]



Year Title Role Notes
2009 Stone Bros. Donna Short film
2012 Brolga Short film
2012 Ace of Spades Annie Short film
2016 Friendship Love & Loyalty Denise
2020 I Met a Girl Amiya


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Dramatically Black Crystal Episode: "Sa Black Thing"
2011 Waabiny Time 21 episodes
2013 Redfern Now Lena Episode: "Pokies"
2014 The Gods of Wheat Street Jamie Lavelle 2 episodes
2017 Little J & Big Cuz Ally 5 episodes
2022 Irreverent Piper 10 episodes


  1. ^ Frank, Lillian (12 January 2008), "Heaven on a beanbag", Herald Sun
  2. ^ Woodhead, Cameron (21 January 2008), "Stars shine through the parsley", The Age
  3. ^ Dennehy, Luke (12 January 2008), "Right royal spot of romantic tragedy", Herald Sun
  4. ^ Boland, Michaela (19 January 2010), "Second life for acclaimed show", The Australian
  5. ^ Blake, Jason (29 May 2010), "Sass, soul and old-school panache in musical gem", The Sydney Morning Herald
  6. ^ Banks, Ron (28 July 2000), "Tale of Survival", The West Australian
  7. ^ Giffiths, Gareth (28 July 2000), "Escape from degradation", The Australian
  8. ^ "Driving home safety message", Eastern Suburbs Reporter, 17 February 2009
  9. ^ Felton, Christopher (23 July 2009), "Pingelly girl relives stories in the sand for TV show", The West Australian
  10. ^ Griffiths, Huw. "Black is the New White gives the comedy of manners an irreverent makeover". The Conversation. Retrieved 21 July 2022.
  11. ^ I Met a Girl (2020) - IMDb, retrieved 21 July 2022
  12. ^ Little J & Big Cuz (Animation, Family), ABC for Kids, 28 April 2017, retrieved 21 July 2022
  13. ^ Irreverent (Crime, Drama), Matchbox Pictures, Netflix, Peacock, 1 June 2022, retrieved 21 July 2022
  14. ^ Higson, Rosalie (5 July 2011). "Actress's new role close to the heart". The Australian. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  15. ^ Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company. "Yirra Yaakin to Perform at Shakespeare's Globe London". Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  16. ^ Bracknell, Clint; Bracknell, Kylie; Fenty Studham, Susan; Fereday, Luzita (3 July 2021). "Supporting the performance of Noongar language in Hecate" (PDF). Theatre, Dance and Performance Training. 12 (3): 377–395. doi:10.1080/19443927.2021.1943506. ISSN 1944-3927.
  17. ^ "Tongue fu: Noongar language fights back with help from a Bruce Lee classic". ABC News. 18 December 2020. Retrieved 21 July 2022.
  18. ^ "Little J And Big Cuz Indigenous Languages". ABC iview. Retrieved 21 July 2022.
  19. ^ "Kylie Bracknell wins Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award". SBS Your Language. Retrieved 21 July 2022.
  20. ^ Farmer, Kylie. "Keep Our Languages Alive". YouTube. TEDx. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  21. ^ ABC Broadcasting Corporation (19 September 2016). "Q and A". Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  22. ^ Brooks, Emily (5 September 2016). "Q&A: Shakespeare's Sonnet 127 Was Read in an Indigenous Language And It Was Awesome". Huffington Post. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  23. ^ Community Arts Network (9 September 2013). "CAN WA Noongar Pop Culture: Meet Kylie Farmer". Vimeo. Community Arts Network. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  24. ^ Waabiny Time. "Waabiny Time". L'unica Productions. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  25. ^ Australian Children's Television Foundation. "Waabiny Time - series 1 Trailer". YouTube. Archived from the original on 15 December 2021. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  26. ^ "Webisodes". Maya Keniny. Retrieved 21 July 2022.

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