Eight years ago, renowned Australian Aboriginal artist Regina Pilawuk Wilson was introduced to filmmaker, Cassie De Colling and their years-long friendship began.
Regina invited Cassie to travel with her across the country and the globe, to capture both the significant and everyday moments of her life. From the Australian outback to prominent galleries in Washington D.C, MADE IT WITH MY HANDS is a glimpse into the relationship between Australian Indigenous artists and the blossoming contemporary art scene.
MADE IT WITH MY HANDS invites viewers to sit amidst the threads of Regina’s artwork The film is a look into Regina’s friendships, traditional knowledge and contemporary Indigenous culture.
The approach of this documentary is a combination of biography and memoir, a glimpse into the great artist and matriarch’s life. We wanted to peel back some of the layers of life, as we say in Australia 'on country' and how that contrasts with the contemporary Indigenous art world.
The film developed on our travels together. Regina would call me to travel across the country and the world with her, to capture moments in her life. With more than 40 hours of footage, we condensed it down to the most important moments Regina and I wanted to share.
Inspired by films such as Camera Person and Hale County, good morning, good evening, each scene is edited to place viewers in my shoes, so they could experience things authentically as they unfold. This film is a love letter to Regina and a homage to our friendship.
United Nations - Sustainable Development Goals FF - New York
Producer: Cassie De Colling and Regina Pilawuk Wilson
Directors: Cassie De Colling and Regina Pilawuk Wilson
Writers: Hannah Dougherty and Regina Pilawuk Wilson
Editor: Hannah Dougherty
Assistant Editor: Kelsey McGowan
Colourist: Tom Meares - Peachy Colour
Composer: Wil Hughs
Sound Design and Mix: Joseph Dutaillis