CinefestOZ acknowledges the Wardandi, Piblemen, and Menang people, the spiritual and cultural custodians of this land on which we live and work. We honour and respect the significant role First Nations people play in our community and in guiding us and allowing our festival to flourish.
Writer | Director
Karla studied Aboriginal Theatre at WAAPA where she is Alumni and holds a BA in Contemporary Arts majoring in Performing Arts from Edith Cowan University. Karla holds the 2021 Aboriginal Award for West Australian of the Year. Karla is an award-winning filmmaker, actress, radio personality, was Perth’s NAIDOC Artist of the Year in 2009 and 2017 and holds a 2020 International ImagineNATIVE Award, 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, 2 and 3, short drama Tooly, 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 are over 100 full lengths episodes on television. Karla also has an extensive background on radio, as an actress and playwright, as a Noongar cultural dancer and choreographer, singer and speaker, Master of Ceremonies, workshop facilitator for dance, Noongar language and performance and major event curator and original concepts with Wardarnji Festival for over 10 years, Deadly Funny Perth for the City of Fremantle plus NAIDOC, seasonal festivals and events across City of Perth with Bunuru Festival and weekly corroborees at Yagan Square and now the WA Museum. Karla manages and performs with Noongar dance group Kwarbah Djookian singing in language for over 13 years performing at major events such as PIAF with The Giants, Boorna Waanginy, Siren Song and overseas multiple times.
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