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Karla Hart is a multi-award-winning artist, filmmaker, actor, musician, performer, speaker and teacher who is as passionate about sharing her Noongar culture as she is about shining a light on other First Nations creatives and was recently awarded West Australian of the Year 2021 in the Aboriginal category.
Karla holds a 2020 International ImagineNATIVE Award, was Perth’s NAIDOC Artist of the Year in 2009 and 2017, WA Screen Award, WA Fringe Award, WA Performing Arts Award and a Deadly Award.
Karla’s producing, writing and directing credits include NITV and AFL sports entertainment show Yokayi Footy series 1 and 2, documentary series Family Rules Series 1, 2 and 3 (NITV), On Country Kitchen Series 1 an 2 (NITV), Virtual Whadjuk (VR project), Nyoongar Footy Magic (NITV), Shame (ABCME), Is Sharing Caring (ABC), Angela’s Rules (NITV), Magic Quandong (ABC) and other short documentary films. To date Karla’s film credits as a writer/director/producer are over 70 full lengths episodes on television.
A proud Noongar woman , Karla was raised on Goreng country in WA’s Great Southern, surrounded by her large extended family and with deep cultural knowledge. Her connection to her county and culture has inspired every aspect of her work.
While studying at the WA Academy of Performing Arts and Edith Cowan University, Ms Hart was determined to use her talents to bring Noongar stories to the fore, something she has done in myriad ways including via broadcasting, lecturing, writing and creating original content for event curation, dance, stage and screen.
Karla has not only established herself as a leader in many aspects of the arts, she is committed to self-determination and the telling and sharing of First Nations stories.
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