Like my Brother

Documentary Australia

Supported beneficiary groups within Women & Girls
Age Demographic
Youth - 15 to under 25
Project Focus
Project Area

Project Description

Indigenous girls living in remote communities face numerous barriers when it comes to full and equal participation in sport. Harnessing the full potential of women in sport creates positive and social change; with benefits for both individuals and communities. The concept here is sport, for non-sporting outcomes.

A survey of Australian girls found that they felt inequality was most profound in sport (goodsports.org.au). This needs to change. In the course of making this film, the story has become more than access and equity. The story has evolved to explore the definition of success. Who gets to live their dream in contemporary Australia? What does it take to walk in two worlds and is it even possible?

This inspiring documentary follows four Aboriginal girls from the remote Tiwi Islands community who set out on a journey to follow their sporting dreams. By sharing a universal story of personal growth against the odds we aim to shed light on the mostly inequitable path to sporting success affected by factors such as lack of resources, remoteness and indigeneity. Like My Brother could not be more timely with the recent rise in women’s sport and an increase in collective conscious thinking and awareness of First Nations people self-determination to achieve ‘a voice’.

Expected Outcomes

Like My Brother shares an intimate portrait of girls’ lives in remote Australia. By capturing the stories and traditions, and unique cultural experiences of these aspiring footballers, we hope to promote a deeper understanding of Aboriginal culture, traditions and contributions. Through this lens, we aim to foster a more inclusive and equitable Australia where the Tiwi Island community is valued and respected for their distinct cultural heritage and sporting achievements. Through the girls’ stories, we aim to influence a global audience to place pressure on those who have power (sporting clubs, governments, not-for-profits) to support, create and offer realistic and culturally respectful pathways into sport that set girls up for success. Like My Brother aims to inspire future generations of young girls by sharing a story of young women brave enough to follow their dreams and who are now stepping up as role models in the community.

Success will include the theatrical release of the film, plus national television and screenings in regional and remote communities. We want to inspire viewers to take action by contacting sporting clubs to ask about indigenous athlete policies and applying pressure to ensure supported pathways for indigenous girls.

A secondary school study guide will be produced by Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM). This guide will help teachers and students to explore contemporary indigenous curriculum related issues using Like My Brother as one of the tools.

Project Data & Lessons

Our auspice body, Documentary Australia has developed a sophisticated film measurement framework which will enable us to evaluate the social impact of storytelling through the Like My Brother documentary.

We will work with an impact producer who will help us design and implement strategic impact and education strategies. We will collaborate with a broad range of partners such as Madman films, AFL Clubs, other sporting bodies, education institutions, corporates and community organisations.

Traditional marketing and publicity tools will be utilised. We will track the effectiveness of our marketing efforts by monitoring ticket sales, website traffic, social media engagement, and media coverage. We will gather audience feedback through surveys and reviews to assess the impact of our marketing strategies and make necessary adjustments.

Project Dates

Project Commences: September 15, 2018
Project Completes: June 30, 2024

Funding Details

Funding Needed
Current Funding
Total Project Costs
Auspice Details
As an approved film project on the Documentary Australia platform, LIKE MY BROTHER has achieved Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status, offering philanthropic funding and donors tax deductions when supporting the power of storytelling in the areas of social justice issues.
Other Funding Sources
Philanthropy trusts (including Dyson, Bequest, Delroads Trust, Shark Island Foundation) Individual donors (Government screen bodies – eg. Screen NT)
Other Support Opportunities
Impact investment

Organisation Details

Documentary Australia
ABN: 11227328793


Sal Balharrie
Phone: 0417352673

About Documentary Australia

Documentary Australia is a unique not-for-profit that ensures important stories are told and seen, supported by powerful social impact campaigns. We provide approved projects with access to our DGR status, allowing independent filmmakers to access philanthropic funding and enabling donors to tax effectively support the issues they care about through documentary storytelling. Our networks, relationships and expertise allow us to surround talented storytellers with like-minded funders, educators, policy-makers, community groups and NGOs. We amplify their impact by helping them to work together and by guiding them on how to use documentaries to further their advocacy and impact goals. In addition to providing support to filmmakers through our fiscal sponsorship, we run workshops, develop programs of support and bespoke fellowships for women and First Nations storytellers. Our current programs include the Environmental Accelerator program, the Impact Producer Program, SheDoc to support women filmmakers, Centralised supports Indigenous filmmakers and all our programs are underpinned by a robust measurement and evaluation framework that evaluates the impact of individual films as well as our programs. Our aims are to inspire and catalyse social change through storytelling and we do this by building partnerships that bring new funding into the documentary sector and drive new pathways to audience.

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