Director Matthew Walker on making I’m Wanita

Making I'm Wanita was a five year crusade through the perils of a very difficult craft.
Wanita leans out of car waving on parade

Feature documentary I’m Wanita is a piece of travelling chaos which stuck out like a burning guitar at the 2021 Sydney Film Festival and won the Documentary Australia Foundation Award. Wanita Bhantiar herself is a Loretta Lynn tragic who committed herself utterly to becoming a Country Music Star. Her blinding vision took her to set up in Tamworth 25 years ago, tour when she could, marry a Turkish cowboy (in Turkey) and plot to record in Nashville. She calls herself ‘Australia’s Queen of Honky Tonk’. 

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.

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