Protector and Defender

Madeline is a young woman who has been told she’s too white to be Aboriginal, and while many young people in Wynyard are disempowered, Madeline’s connection to Country and her proud lineage give her resilience and a strong sense of identity.

CO-PRODUCERS: Lara van Raay & Rebecca Thomson
DURATION: 5mins 43secs
YEAR: 2017

Madeline is a young woman from Wynyard in Tassie’s North West, where youth are disempowered. She’s been told she’s too white to be Aboriginal, but Madeline knows who she is and where she comes from. She’s already represented Australia at a youth forum in China and at the United Nations, and works to educate and empower her community on environmental and social issues.  She sees herself as a protector and defender of Country and community and draws strength from being one of a long line of strong women.


LA WEBFEST, USA - April, 2018 (Screening at Sony Pictures Studios April, 2018)
Cradle Mountain Film Festival, Australia - April, 2018
Melbourne WebFest, June 2018


Nominated for Outstanding Reality Series, Outstanding Directing, Outstanding Cinematography & Outstanding Editing at LAWEB FEST, USA - April, 2018
Winner - Outstanding Cinematography LAWEB FEST 2018 (Reality - Documentary series)
Nominated for Best Australian non-fiction series at Melbourne WebFest, June 2018


Madeline Wells
Christine Wells
Olive Ralph
Adele Wells
Scott Wells
Alexander Wells


Writer, Director & Producer - Ninna Millikin
Co-Producers - Lara van Raay and Rebecca Thomson
Executive Producer - Abi Binning
Associate Producers - Michael Gissing & Linda Booth
Editor - Craige Langworthy
Sound Recordist - Rebecca Thomson
Camera - Lara van Raay
Additional Camera - Ninna Millikin
Music Composition - Nicholas Storr
Interview Transcription - Jacqueline Dickes
Title Graphics - Vivien Mason
Series Mentor - Kirsty Stark
Stills - Lara van Raay, Rebecca Thomson and Takani Clark
Mentoree & Runner - Takani Clark
Colour Grade & Sound Mix - Digital City Studios
Website Design - Sarah Owen

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