|THE DROVER'S BOY|
|Crew: ||Screenwriters: Margaret Mchugh|
The Drover's Boy is an award-winning hybrid documentary set in the 1920s outback Australia, which recalls a time when it was illegal for white Australians and Aboriginals to marry. Thus a drover and his Aboriginal wife are forced to pass off their relationship under the guise of her being a 'drover's boy'. This meant she had to bind her breast, cut her hair and change her name to disguise herself as an Aboriginal boy. This tender and important love story, based on a ballad by Australian bush legend Ted Egan, pays tribute to this forbidden union and the significant contribution Aboriginal women have made to the pastoral history of frontier Australia.
In 2010, Margaret McHugh completed her undergraduate degree from the Australian National University School of Art with Honours in Documentary Photography and Video Art. It was during this degree that she developed her unique visual style and interest in experimental filmmaking. Upon graduation from the ANU, Margaret was awarded the prestigious professional mentorship with the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) in Canberra. Margaret has also studied visual art, photography and filmmaking at Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Spain and Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland. Her work has been screened locally, interstate and internationally in Europe.
In 2012, Margaret was accepted into the inaugural Graduate Diploma in Documentary at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS). This course focused on the future of nonfiction storytelling and engaged with the latest innovations in documentary filmmaking.
In 2014, she was invited back by AFTRS to direct another film, The Drover's Boy, which had its world premiere at the Sydney Film Festival 2015 and was shortlisted for the Event Cinema Australian Short Screenplay Award. The Drover's Boy has gone on to screen and win awards at many more festivals in Australia and internationally.
She is currently doing her Master of Research at Macquarie University on Hybrid Documentary, which is a research training pathway to a PhD. Margaret looks forward to continuing to explore the boundary between video art and documentary filmmaking in her creative practice.