We’re a team. ‘Boomerang and Spear’ is our team branding. In the Nyungar language – from the south west of Western Australia – Kylie (or Kerli/Koilie) means ‘boomerang’ or ‘small boomerang’, and Clint (or at a stretch, Kitj) means ‘Spear’. As ‘Boomerang and Spear’ we work together on language projects and creative endeavours. We also offer tailored cultural consultation, script reading and personalised referral services.
Kylie Bracknell (formerly Kylie Farmer) [Kaarljilba Kaardn] is an accomplished actress, voice-over artist, TV presenter, writer and theatre director from the south west of Western Australia – the Nyungar nation.
As an actress, Kylie has appeared in television programs such as The Gods of Wheat Street (ABC) and Redfern Now (ABC), films including Ace of Spades, Stone Bros and Sa Black Thing and theatre productions Black is the New White, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, The White Divers of Broome, Wulamanayuwi & the Seven Pamanui, The Sapphires, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Muttacar Sorry Business, Romeo & Juliet, One Day in ‘67, King Hit, Aliwa and Booyi Koora Koora.
Kylie directed Windmill Baby as ‘Associate Artist’ at Belvoir Street Theatre, as well as ‘Don’t Ask What the Bird Look Like’ at Queensland Theatre for Queensland Premier’s Drama Award (2018-19). She served as assistant director on The Business (Belvoir), Beautiful One Day (Ilbijerri and Belvoir) and Amy Goes to Wadjemup (short film), and as co-artistic director for the large-scale Welcome To Country event as a part of the 2006 Perth International Arts Festival. Kylie co-wrote the short film Main Actors (ABC, 2006) and has translated selected Shakespearean sonnets into the Nyungar language for a performance at Shakespeare’s Globe in London as part of their ‘Globe to Globe’ festival (2012).
Her voice is featured on the animated series Little J and Big Cuz (NITV), the feature film Mystery Road (2013), and various radio and television commercials. Kylie hosts the children’s television program Waabiny Time (NITV) and is a past presenter of the Marngrook Footy Show (NITV). She delivered a TEDx talk in Manly (2014) to raise awareness of Indigenous languages in Australia and was a guest panelist on ABC’s Q&A ‘Shakespeare special’ (2016).
Kylie has coordinated and managed a variety of theatre, film and television, and radio industry programs. She was Program Manager of the Media and Screen Industry Indigenous Employment Program for Screen Australia, and Program Manager of the Indigenous Department at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School. She is currently employed as Associate Artist at Perth Festival as part of their programming team.
Passionate about keeping Nyungar language alive, Kylie is currently working on translating a full-length Shakespearean play into the Nyungar language for Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company & Bell Shakespeare, and translating two episodes of Little J & Big Cuz into the Nyungar language for Ned Lander Media.
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Dr Clint Bracknell is a musician, songwriter and ethnomusicologist and from the south coast Nyungar region of Western Australia. His award-winning PhD research focused on the aesthetics and sustainability of Nyungar song and his ARC funded research investigates the use song in language revitalisation.
An accomplished guitarist, bassist and singer, Clint composes, produces and performs music for a range of different contexts. The Australian described his composition work as ‘masterful’ and his ‘live guitar and vocal qualities’ as ‘pure magic’ in 2016. He was nominated for ‘Best Original Score’ in the 2012 Helpmann Awards and recent theatre composition and sound design credits credits in include Water (Black Swan STC 2019), Skylab (Black Swan STC 2018), The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Black Swan STC 2016), King Hit (Yirra Yaakin 2014) and Shaun Tan’s The Red Tree (BGTC 2012). His music has also featured on international advertising campaigns, television programs and the feature film H Is for Happiness (2019).
Clint a member of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language Advisory Board and is an elected member of the AIATSIS Council. He was invited to present the Australian Academy of Humanities 2019 Hancock Lecture and was recipient of the 2017 Wingara Mura Excellence Award at the University of Sydney, the 2016 Robert Street Prize for the most outstanding PhD thesis each year at UWA, the 2015 UWA Eileen and Aubrey Wild Music Research Travel Scholarship and the 2013-2014 State Library of Western Australia’s J.S. Battye Memorial Fellowship. Initially a high school teacher, he has received both secondary and tertiary teaching awards. Clint contributed to the United Nations International Expert Group Meeting on Indigenous Languages in 2016, regularly presents at research conferences and publishes scholarly articles and book chapters.
Currently Associate Professor at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and Kurongkurl Katitjin Centre for Indigenous Australian Education & Research, Edith Cowan University, Clint developed the Bachelor of Music (Contemporary Music Practice) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (2014-2018) and is interested in the links between Aboriginal Australian song and languages, emerging technologies and creative futures.
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