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Trisha Morton-Thomas

Born in the Northern Territory, an Aboriginal woman from the Anmatyerr People, Trisha has worked in the media, arts and entertainment industry for well over twenty years. Starting at the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA) as a voluntary radio announcer in 1983, she later moved into journalism and then worked at the ABC in Darwin in 1990. Needing a change of scenery she relocated to Sydney in 1991 where she worked with the Bangarra Dance theatre as a sound technician. Feeling restless again she decided to turn her hand to acting and trained in the Uta Hagen technique of acting at the Eora Centre for Performing arts in Sydney and worked with some of the most celebrated Australian directors including Rachel Perkins, Warwick Thornton and Wayne Blair. Her acting career took off when she landed the role of Mae in the feature film Radiance. In 2004, homesickness bought Trisha back to Alice Springs where she again started working at CAAMA where she produced, directed and wrote documentaries for Imparja TV. Many of her documentaries were sold onto the ABC and NITV.

In more recent years Trisha has appeared in the award-winning ABC drama series Redfern Now, series 1 and 2, as the formidable Aunty Mona, and most recently starred as Lola in 8MMM Aboriginal Radio, Australia's first Aboriginal narrative comedy series for TV, which she also wrote and produced. In 2007 she joined the newly established National Indigenous Television Services (NITV) as one of the first Aboriginal Commissioning Editors, eventually working her way up to Senior Commissioning Editor. While at NITV, Trisha oversaw hundreds of television hours including documentaries, dramas, music television and magazine style formats.

In 2017, Trisha began writing the feature film Cloud Money, supported under Screen Australia's Gender Matters initiative, and intended to be produced as a French-Australian co-production. Other projects in development include a musical White Blokes.


FINDING PLACE [from the CAAMA Collection] »

In traditional Aboriginal societies, the concept of manhood is very different from the way it is normally viewed in mainstream white society...

RYDIN' TIME [from the CAAMA Collection] »

Few films have captured rodeo culture with as much energy and honesty as this superb documentary from the CAAMA team. In the heat and excitement of the Mt Isa Rodeo, three teenagers compete as Bull and Saddle Bronc riders...

BUNGALUNG [from the CAAMA Collection] »

Around a campfire, on a moonlit night, two Anmatjere Elders, Patsy and Jane Briscoe, sing and re-tell an epic Dreaming story told to them by their father and grandfather...

SUNSET TO SUNRISE [from the CAAMA Collection] »

By the light of a comforting campfire, Rupert Max Stuart, a 77-year old Arrernte Mat-utjarra Elder and a custodian of the Alice Springs area, offers poignant words of wisdom to a younger generation...


WINNER! 2018 ATOM Award for Best Indigenous Video! The Aboriginal story is often buried deep beneath the accepted 247-year Australian historical narrative...