David Mudgedell wrote and directed his film Car Troubles in 2009. This work was the first drama to be made in the remote town of Balgo. His works recall stories about life in the outback and explore the real aspects of living on a remote community that are so often misrepresented by mainstream media. David’s works capture the diversity of Art, Music and Cultural practices that are present within every day life in Balgo. In 2010 he completed the short film project Our Own Story Country, Telling Stories, and co produced Balgo Burnout. Excerpts of educational and community based projects produced by David Mudgedell and Warlayirti Artists are featured on Hack for Tripple J. David accomplished works shows us how video initiatives and art production contribute significantly to the social, cultural wellbeing of the Indigenous residents of the Kutjungka region.
Warlayirti Artists was established in 1987 and is known for Balgo art – Paintings from the Great Sandy Desert 1986. Since 2002, the Corporation has facilitated training in film and video as a successful and effective medium to explore and define issues that relate to the Indigenous people of the community. In 2004 Warlayirti Artists was nominated for the inaugural Indigenous Governance Awards in recognition of it achievements in developing the corporate governance of the organization. It is the only organisation in the region to offer Indigenous people the opportunity to actively participate in the market economy.
David lives and works in Balgo, Western Australia.
Image: Balgo Burnout, 2010.