World Premiere: Warriors

Date 21 July 2022
Time 6:30pm (GMT)
Location Kings College, London
Date 22 - 29 July 2022
Location Available Online
Date: 21.07.2022 Time: 6:30pm (GMT)


This a First Nations-led, student-centred program, in which a team of five Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students of the Murrup Barak, Melbourne Institute for Indigenous Development at the University of Melbourne in Australia, are on a journey together through experiences of First Nations’ exhibitions and collections, including expert conversations with First Nations leaders on Indigenous knowledges, material culture, art and place.

The students – Maggie Blanden, Nicholas Currie, Ethan Savage, Jessica Alderton, and Shanysa McConville – have collaborated to create a video documentary, Warriors, on the season theme ‘Who are we now?’. The premiere of Warriors at Kings College, London, will be followed by a moderated Q&A with the filmmakers. The film will be livestreamed for a limited time after the event.

About Murrup Barak

Murrup Barak, Melbourne Institute for Indigenous Development takes its name from the Woiwurrung language. ‘Murrup Barak’ means the Spirit of Barak. The name was chosen to honour the memory of the visionary Aboriginal leader William Barak. The name reflects our respect for Indigenous cultures and knowledge and our vision for an Institute that makes an enduring contribution to Indigenous Australia through the transformative impact of education and employment in the context of Australia’s leading University in teaching, learning, research and employability.

Image: University of Melbourne Juris Doctor student Maggie Blanden, Plangermaireener/ palawa, on Country during the creation of the collaborative documentary Warriors, 2022.

About the Students

  • Ethan Savage
    Master of Arts and Cultural Management
    Badu in the Torres Strait and northern Kaantju and Girramay

  • Shanysa McConville – Alumnus
    Bachelor of Arts- double major in Ancient World Studies and Anthropology
    Honours in Ancient World Studies
    Currently Curatorial Assistant in the Art Museums at The University of Melbourne
    Eastern Arrernte

  • Nicholas Currie
    Bachelor of Fine Arts
    Yugambah and Kuku Yalni

  • Maggie Blanden
    Juris Doctor
    Plangermaireener/ Palawa

  • Jessica Alderton
    Bachelor of Arts -(Art History major, History minor)
    Dharug/Darug – Boorooberongal