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Grandmother's Dreaming

9m Experimental, Spoken Word 2022

Region: Merimbula NSW

Unclassified: No age restrictions

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this film contains images and references to people who have died.

Meaghan explores her relationship with her grandmother and mother through the mist of mental health, their deaths connect place and time. This true spoken word piece is illustrated with still images and a soundscapes that brings Meaghan’s pain and growth to the surface. This is in respect of Kunai country traditional custodians of the land on which Meaghan’s grandmother was born.

Director Meaghan Holt

Director Meaghan Holt My name is Meaghan Holt. I was born in South East Gippsland. Our family pay respects to the traditional custodians of those lands. I have lived in Merimbula, the home of the Djiringanj people for a period of 11 years. I feel very connected to the country here as some of my mother’s family lived here post colonisation. With this in mind I respectfully consult with community on a regular basis. This film was made on Djiringanj and Thaua country and I pay respects to the traditional custodians of the lands on which my grandmother was born and bred and honour to the Gunai/Kurnai, Narigo and Monaro people as sovereignty was never ceded.

“My mother passed when I was 9. My grandmother was integral to the shared care of my growing up. She was an adventurous soul who was born and lived in the same town for her lifetime, but would take leaps and bounds to get to us. She often spoke about my mother, due to mental health issues and grief. She would tell me stories of how her and mum would communicate. Sadly she passed while I was in hospital care. My mother and grandmother were very nostalgic. Keeping traditions alive. I hope this is reflected in the film, combining with my fathers culture as an Aboriginal man. I hope that people will learn that the stigma behind mental health is best healed on these lands.”

Director

Meaghan Holt

Producer

Meaghan Holt

Cinematographer

Brent Occleshaw

Languages

English, Dhurga

Country

Australia

Studio

Gooseboy Productions