Indigenous student Hollie Johnson talks about life at RMIT and the support she receives through the Ngarara Willim Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
AUDIO: Ambient music
TEXT ON SCREEN: Ngarara Willim Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. Hollie Johnson talks about life at RMIT. RMIT University logo.
VISUAL: Hollie sitting in a studio talking to the camera, there is a large artwork on the wall in the background. Cuts to a shot of an Indigenous map of Victora and focuses in on the Ngarigo region on the map. Cuts to a shot of Hollie walking on campus alongside friends.
HOLLIE JOHNSON SPEAKS: My name's Hollie Johnson.I live two hours south east of Victoria. I'm a Gunai Kurnai and a Monaro Ngarigo woman and I'm in my second year of Photography.
VISUAL: Shot of RMIT city campus from Swanston street. Returns to Hollie speaking to the camera. Cuts to Hollie taking photos out on the streets. Cuts to Hollie walking around city with a friend, talking. Returns to Hollie speaking to the camera.
HOLLIE JOHNSON SPEAKS: I study Bachelor of Arts (Photography) at the city campus and hopefully, by the end you'll have a career or a job leading up to it or you get to work with some amazing photographers overseas. And the lecturers and teachers are amazing. With my photography course, I'd like to start a project taking photos of Traditional Elders and just getting their stories, what's happened in their life and photograph themselves at home or just a place that they love and being able to see that story in their face.
VISUAL: A close-up on Hollie side-on speaking to the camera
HOLLIE JOHNSON SPEAKS: I'd love to exhibit my project at the Gallery and have family come and hopefully get acknowledged from other photographers and get some work experience out of that.
VISUAL: Hollie operating and setting up lights in a studio and arranging old metal objects for a photo shoot. Hollie then starts taking photos in the studio from various angles
HOLLIE JOHNSON SPEAKS: I guess what motivates me is being with nature, going home, seeing my friends and family. I've been offered some scholarships, as well, which has helped me buy equipment and I was able to get a MacBook, which I wouldn't have been able to afford and some accommodation and study support which has helped me a lot with my rent and paying bills.
VISUAL: Returns to Hollie speaking to the camera. Cuts to a shot of Hollie and two friends walking up to the entrance of the Ngarara Willim centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples on campus. Cuts to shot of Hollie and several friends sitting at table laid out with salads, eating and talking.
HOLLIE JOHNSON SPEAKS: The Ngarara Willim Centre is kind of like a home away from home. Since I live two hours away, I have my own family, my own mob here. Yeah, I just feel welcomed here.
VISUAL: Returns to a close-up, side-on view on Hollie speaking to the camera
HOLLIE JOHNSON SPEAKS: The Ngarara Willim Centre is a home away from home for anyone that's relocating or even if it's just down the road.
TEXT ON SCREEN: Thinking of studying at RMIT? www.rmit.edu.au/ngarara. RMIT University logo, Ngarara Willim Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples logo.
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