Rachel Clements / Director
Alice Springs based Rachel Clements and Trisha Morton-Thomas are the founders of Brindle Films, recipients of the 2015 Screen Producers of Australia (SPA) Breakthrough Business Award and the first Northern Territory production company to receive Screen Australia Enterprise funding. Recent feature documentaries include Finke: There and Back (premiered in competition at Sydney Film Festival, released into cinemas by Madman in 2019) and The Song Keepers (MIFF Premiere Fund, released into cinemas by Potential Films).
Rachel has produced drama projects including 8MMM Aboriginal Radio, the first Aboriginal comedy narrative series, for the ABC in 2015, and Double Trouble (2007), the first Indigenous children’s drama series for network television (Channel 9, Disney Australasia, ACTF).
Rachel has produced award winning documentaries including Big Name No Blanket and Ochre and Ink. In 2014, Rachel produced Blown Away, a documentary for the ABC on the 40th anniversary of Cyclone Tracy (10th best rating show of the week for ABC). Occupation: Native (one hour documentary) for NITV/SBS won the SPA Best Documentary Award in 2017.
Rachel has produced or executive produced feature documentaries for cinema, television drama (children’s and comedy), 30 broadcast documentary films, and over 65 hours of magazine style television for NITV. She has produced from remote Aboriginal communities to international locations. She has executive produced documentaries commissioned by ABC and NITV, including Urrpeye (Messenger), the launch program for NITV.
Rachel’s films have been broadcast in over 40 countries, and she has attended festivals and markets with her films including Cannes, Sundance, MIPCOM, Hotdocs and Sichuan. Her films have won AACTA, ATOM and AWGIE awards.
At her AFTRS graduation in 2001, she was the recipient of the inaugural FFC Creative Producer Award. In 2013 she was awarded the Bob Plasto Award by the NT Government, for her contribution to NT film and television.
Current projects in production include Uluru & the Magician (feature documentary), Audrey and Me (feature documentary), History Bites Back (television documentary) and Give Us Green Darling (television documentary). MaveriX, a 10 x 30 min children’s drama series, created by Rachel, is financed and scheduled to enter production in 2021 for ABC and Netflix.