Meet The ICS Team

Devina McPherson, Producer Indigenous Community Stories Program, FTI: Devina holds a Bachelor of Arts Communications: from Edith Cowan University, is a graduate from Kurongkurl Katitjin School of Indigenous Studies and an advanced Diploma in Screen specialising in film and television production. She's been in the industry for over 10 years and commenced a focus to bringing Indigenous stories to the screen through working on the 'Deadly Yarns' series and continued this through working on 'Bran Nue Dae', 'Straight Shootin' and various other short films. Devina joined ICS as Production Manager of the Indigenous Community Stories archive and preservation initiative at the Film and Television Institute in 2009.





Mitch Torres, Director Indigenous Community Stories Program: Mitch Torres is an Indigenous Writer/director from Broome, Western Australia. She has extensive experience as a director, writer, producer, journalist and radio broadcaster as well as a thorough knowledge of her hometown, Broome.  Her films have screened in multiple international festivals. A  recent example includes; ‘Jandamarra’s War’ (2010) which screened at the Australian Academy Cinema Television Arts festival (2012) and Message Sticks Indigenous Film Festival (2012). Mitch’s documentary ‘Bungarun Orchestra’ screened on ABC-TV in 1999 and she is known specifically for her work on 'BabaKiueria' (1986), 'The Fringe Dwellers' (1986) and 'Emerald City' (1988). Mitch is an award winning documentary film maker with award credits to: 'Jandamarra's War'- AACTA 2012 Best documentary under 60 minutes. 'Whispering in Our Hearts' - Winner of the Montreal Film Festival - Best Documentary 2000, Winner of the Rigoberto Mechu Human Rights Award Montreal Film Festival, Winner Tudawali Award Best Documentary, Tudawali Film Festival Best Documentary Series - 'Everyday Brave' Series of which wrote and directed 'Saltwater Bluesman'. Best Drama Series Winning Team of writers 'The Circuit 1 & 2, to name a few.

“The ICS program is innovative on many levels: it captures histories both old  and new stories in the making to ensure we have them documented.” (Torres, 2016)

Simon Akkerman Acs, Director, Cinematographer Indigenous Community Stories Program: Simon is an accredited, award winning cinematographer, with a career spanning over 40 years. He has a long list of experience working on feature films, documentaries, TV series and commercials. Throughout the years he has directed numerous programmes, including several of FTI's Indigenous Community Stories.

“ICS records the last remaining stories told by WA Aboriginal elders, depicting their culture, language and survival ability. Directing these stories is an unforgettable experience that few people have the opportunity to enjoy. Through working with ICS, I have gained a better understanding of what we humans, black or white, are really all about. Sadly an understanding almost lost in our modern World. The disruption of the Australian Aboriginal people since European man took their lands, has left them (in most cases) totally displaced. I feel privileged to be able to record these stories for their families sake (and the rest of mankind for that matter)." (Akkerman, 2016)


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