Dreamtime at the G
RMIT & EFC: a partnership based on a deeply shared commitment to the communities in which we operate and a shared future for all Australians.
[Additional information] Quiet guitar and choir music plays throughout the video. This builds to a crescendo at the end of the video.
[Visuals] A small fire is lit on a red gum log. Green eucalyptus leaves smoke as shadowy figures feed the fire. The crackling of the leaves is audible.
[Visuals] Sweeping aerial shots of a eucalyptus forest and a wave crashing onto rocks at the beach. We hear the sound of birds in the trees and the wave as it hits the rock.
[Narrator: Indigenous RMIT Student] I’m a Ngunnawal-Ngarigo man by descent.
[Visuals] The indigenous RMIT student speaks to camera. He has long, curly brown hair and is wearing a t-shit covered in indigenous art.
[Indigenous RMIT Student] On top of that, I’m also a failed musician, a comedian, a cricket player.
[Visuals] A person blows on the embers of the smoking leaves seen earlier. The camera cuts to night-time at the Dreamtime at the ‘G football game, indigenous dancers perform in the middle of the oval under lights.
[Indigenous RMIT Student] And there are lots of plights and successes to my story and it’s just one of many.
[Visuals] The student stares at the camera with a slight smile on his face.
[Visuals] An aerial shot of a car as it drives down a red dirt highway in the outback, we hear the bugs of the desert chirping. An aerial shot sweeping over the suburbs and many houses on winding streets.
[Narrator: German-Australian RMIT staff member] The magic part id, identity is always a gathering of what you have experienced in the past and where you have come from.
[Visuals] An indigenous man in traditional dress holds a didgeridoo and looks towards the sky. The camera then scans over a traditional possum skin coat with a boomerang and two Marngrook (original footballs) sitting on it.
[German-Australian RMIT staff member] You might hear, that I’m not even Australian. To realise that and make a difference is part of who I am.
[Visuals] A group of indigenous men in the Northern Territory sit around on a tarpaulin in the dirt, they smile and wave to the camera.
[Visuals] The German-Australian RMIT staff member stares at the camera with a slight smile on his face.
[Narrator: Kevin Sheedy – Essendon Football Club] To me, building bridges is quite simple.
[Visuals] Archival footage of ex-Essendon football player Michael Long starting his Long Walk, then arriving at Parliament House in Canberra.
[Narrator: Kevin Sheedy] Welcome everybody into an opportunity. The world is full of opportunities…
[Visuals] Kevin Sheedy speaks to camera, he is wearing an Essendon jacket, standing in the Essendon training facility.
[Narrator: Kevin Sheedy] …and sometimes they have been shut away.
[Visuals] Archival footage of thousands of people participating in The Long Walk, arriving at the MCG.
[Visuals] Aerial vision of a forest and two mountains. Birds chirp in the background. Aerial vision of a large open mine. The sounds of trucks and machinery can be heard.
[Visuals] A female RMIT staff member speaks to camera, standing in front of some concrete steps on campus.
[Narrator: Female RMIT staff member] I mean, it’s part of what Australia is.
[Visuals] A male RMIT staff member speaks to camera, standing in front of trees on campus.
[Narrator: Male RMIT staff member] Diversity benefits us all, shared understanding benefits us all.
[Visuals] Indigenous Australians dance, first we see this in a close-up on the Tiwi islands, then a wider shot of dancers at the MCG. An indigenous man carries a flaming log with his face painted in a traditional style. Dustin Fletcher of the Essendon Football Club shakes hands with a local in the street on the Tiwi Islands.
[Narrator: Male RMIT staff member] A shared future for all diversity in Australia, that’s a no-brainer for me.
[Visuals] An Essendon FC VFLW player, Courtney Ugle, looks at the camera and throws a football, painted in Indigenous art style, to herself. She stands in the middle of an empty MCG.
[Narrator: Courtney Ugle] You know this beautiful country that we all live, coming together and becoming one.
[Visuals] Courtney Ugle speaks to the camera, standing in the empty MCG. The camera cuts to a close up of the football she is holding. It is painted intricately in a dot painting style.
[Visuals] The shots begin to cut more quickly. A group of RMIT and Essendon staff participate in a smoking ceremony on the Tiwi Islands. Visible in the group are RMIT Vice-Chancellor Martin Bean and Essendon CEO Xavier Campbell. The scene cuts to a meeting room where Martin Bean and RMIT representatives speak to Essendon staff and Tiwi locals. A female Tiwi local wearing the RMIT indigenous guernsey, kicks a football on a local ground.
[Narrator: Indigenous RMIT student] Being one united nation will help us move forward together. It gives the community a chance to come together, united as one people and one mob.
[Visuals] The indigenous student speaks to camera. He is wearing a camouflage jacket, standing on an RMIT branded basketball court.
[Visuals] An indigenous RMIT staff member speaks to camera. He is standing in one of the dark laneways on campus.
[Narrator: Indigenous RMIT staff member] We want a shared future.
[Visuals] The music crescendos and the cuts are now very quick. An aerial shot of the MCG at night, with the Dreamtime game underway. A local football ground on the Tiwi Islands, surrounded by long grass. A group of indigenous people, in traditional dress, exit the MCG after a performance. A female Tiwi local stands in front of some football related artwork, wearing the Essendon indigenous guernsey. The RMIT student in the indigenous t-shirt laughs at the camera. A group of young Tiwi locals smile and look at the camera. The fire from the first scene is no longer smoking, it has become a full flame. The camera cuts to a wide shot of the Essendon training facility, then back to the RMIT student in the camouflage jacket, he stares at the camera with a blank look on his face. An aerial shot of the RMIT campus, with a large logo. The final shot shows the fire from the first scene close-up, burning strongly.
[Outro] The RMIT and Essendon logos are side by side on a white background, with a x in-between, symbolising the collaboration between the two organisations.
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