Homeland Story has taken nine years to make because it was fitted in around gaps in Director, Glenda Hambly’s, other work in the film industry – or when money became available to progress the film.
Glenda first approached Dr Neville White about the possibility of making a documentary in 2009. Dr White put the proposal to the people of Donydji and the response was positive. They wanted a film made so their voices could be heard; they wanted to tell their story to white audiences. Thus, from the start, the goal in making Homeland Story was to raise awareness about the importance and value of Homelands.
When Glenda made her first trip to Donydji in October 2010 she had no idea what to expect. It was her first visit to Arnhem Land as well as to a Homeland. She took a cinematographer friend, Moira Moss, with her and together they tracked Neville’s frenetic work pace as he badgered and pleaded with white government and council officials for better educational and living conditions on the Homeland.