Power to Country is an intimate portrait of Garrwa woman Shirley Simon, displaced by global shifts in climate and a lack of stable power. Shirley was forced to leave her family’s homelands on a beautiful island in remote Northern Territory because of energy insecurity but the place she escapes to, the nearby town of Borroloola, is also dealing with an energy crisis. As a strong matriarch, Shirley wants to ensure her descendants are connected to their country and culture — community-owned solar power might just be the solution she needs to return home.
As many communities across Australia face severe environmental threats, Original Power is building knowledge, resourcing action, and creating the connections that will galvanise change through the First Nations Clean Energy Network. For Shirley, their Borroloola Solar Homelands Project is just the beginning.
Storytellers: Shirley Simon, Lynette Simon & Family
Director: Josef Jakamarra Egger
Producer: Andrea Distefano
Supervising Director: Genevieve Grieves
Field Producer: Libby Collins
1st Assistant Director: Conrad Rory
Co-Producer: Maya Ghattas
Executive Producer: Kelrick Martin
Consulting Producer: Kieran Satour
Cinematographer: Ryan Andrew Lee
Sound Designer: Lachlan Harris
Editor: Josh Burns
Sound Recordist: Francis Diatschenko
Supervising Post Producer: Ramona Telecican
Production Assistant: Anita Archer
Supervising Editor: Rah Dakota
Legals: Deborah Doctor, Muse Legal
Special thanks to Yanyuwa and Garrwa People, Shirley Simon, Lynette Simon and family, Gadrian Hoosan, The Original Power team including Conrad Rory, Lauren Mellor, Dan Brookes and Scotty McDinny, Shaun Evans and the Li-Anthawirriyarra Sea Ranger Unit, Mabunji Aboriginal Resource Indigenous Corporation, Malandari store and Redimart store, Borroloola and the GARUWA team.
Filmed on the traditional country of the Yanyuwa, Marra, Garrwa, Gudanji and Binbingka people of the Borroloola Community and Mumathamburru (West Island), North-East Northern Territory.
Financed with the Assistance of Shark Island Foundation.
Supported by ABC.