Penny Smallacombe

Penny is a member of the Maramanindji people from the Northern Territory. She has completed a cadetship with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and has a Master of Arts (Documentary Producing) degree from AFTRS. She worked as Producer/Director with the Indigenous Programs Unit in the ABC, and produced the ABC’s highly successful Yarning Up series 1 and 2.

Penny was also a part of the Screen Australia Indigenous Department’s Producers Initiative in 2011. She produced a series of shorts called The Forgotten Ones in 2010, directed by prisoners from the Northern Territory, and prior to heading up the department worked as a Senior Programmer for NITV, National Indigenous Television, a division of SBS. During her time at Screen Australia, Penny has stewarded some of the Indigenous Department’s projects including the development of 8MMM Aboriginal Radio, The Warriors, and the production of Spear, Mystery Road (TV series), Goldstone, Sweet Country, plus the Moments in History documentary series and Blue Water Empire. She has also overseen numerous emerging initiatives, including 2 series of Songlines on Screen, Pitch Black Shorts, Shock Treatment, State of Alarm and the Producers Initiative.