Perkins at the 2012 AACTA Awards in Sydney
1970 (age 47–48)|
|Occupation||Producer, director, writer|
|Spouse(s)||Richard McGrath (divorced)|
|Parent(s)||Charlie Perkins, Eileen Perkins|
Rachel Perkins is an Australian film and television director, producer, and screenwriter. She is known for her films Radiance (1998), One Night the Moon (2001), Bran Nue Dae (2010), and Jasper Jones (2017). Perkins is an Arrernte woman from Central Australia, who was raised in Canberra by Aboriginal activist Charles Perkins and his wife Eileen.
Early life and education
Perkins was born in Canberra in 1970. She is a daughter of Charlie Perkins and granddaughter of Hetty Perkins, and has Arrernte, Kalkadoon, and German ancestry. Her sister is Hetti Perkins, an art curator. For schooling she and her sister attended Melrose High School.
In 1992 Perkins founded Blackfella Films, a documentary and narrative production company creating distinctive Australian content for television, live theatre, and online platforms, with a particular focus on Indigenous Australian stories. Its productions have included multi-award winning seven-part documentary series First Australians, television film Mabo, and TV series Redfern Now.
She was also curator for the 2009 Message Sticks Indigenous Film Festival. This tenth anniversary of the festival held at the Sydney Opera House featured the premiere of Fire Talker, a documentary film about her father Charlie Perkins by Australian filmmaker Ivan Sen.
Since 2015, Perkins has been the president of the AIATSIS Foundation, which is part of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies.
- Blood Brothers (1993) – producer, director, writer
- Radiance (1998) – director
- One Night the Moon (2001) – director, writer
- Flat (2002) – producer
- Mimi (2002) – producer
- First Australians (2008) – producer, director, writer, narrator
- Bran Nue Dae (2010) – director, writer
- Mabo (2012) – director
- Black Panther Woman (2014) – director
- First Contact (2014) – producer
- Jasper Jones (2017) – director
- The Prospector (TBD) – director
- 1998 – AFI Award Best Achievement in Direction: Radiance (1998) (nominated)
- 2002 – Byron Kennedy Award
- 2001 – Awgie Award Television – Television Original: One Night the Moon (2001)
- 2001 – Major Award: One Night the Moon (2001)
- 1998 – Audience Award: Radiance (1998)
- 2002 – Special Achievement Award: One Night the Moon (2001)
- 2001 – IF Award Best Direction: One Night the Moon (2001) (nominated)
- 1998 – Most Popular Feature Film: Radiance (1998)
- 2001 – Genre Award Best Feature Film – Musical: One Night the Moon (2001)
Tudawali Film and Video Awards
- 1994 – The Tudawali Award: Blood Brothers (1993)
- 2000 – Best direction: Radiance (1998)
- Unearthing our first voices (Canberra Times) Archived 10 September 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
- Melbourne, The University of. "Perkins, Rachel - The Encyclopedia of Women and Leadership in Twentieth-Century Australia". www.womenaustralia.info. Retrieved 2016-03-10.
- Celebrating the Achievements of our Past Students, ACT Government, archived from the original on 30 January 2017, retrieved 31 January 2017
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- "SBS Film – Spreading the message by Mary Colbert".
- "ABC Sydney – What's on This Weekend – SATURDAY 9 May – FILM FESTIVAL". Archived from the original on 11 September 2009.
- Slattery, Claire (18 Oct 2016). "Foundation launches million-dollar plan to record Australia's songlines". ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 27 Oct 2016.
- "A Foundation for all Australians". The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS). 14 May 2015. Retrieved 27 Oct 2016.
- Dow, Steve. "Rachel Perkins on Jasper Jones and Indigenous activism". Saturday Paper.
- Mengel, Noel. "Hurt and healing voiced". Courier Mail.
- Munro, Kate (28 November 2014). "First Contact producer Rachel Perkins: 'Prejudice often comes from ignorance … people can change'". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 Oct 2016.
- Dow, Steve (28 January 2017). "Rachel Perkins on Jasper Jones and Indigenous activism". The Saturday Paper (Australia). Retrieved 28 January 2017.
- Windsor, Harry (13 February 2017). "Screen Australia backs new projects from Jocelyn Moorhouse, Leah Purcell". If Magazine (Australia). Retrieved 15 February 2017.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Rachel Perkins.|
- Biography of Rachel Perkins in The Encyclopedia of Women and Leadership in the Twentieth Century
- Article about Rachel Perkins and her movie Radiance in Urban Cinefile
- Rachel Perkins on IMDb