Cheeky Dog

Black line drawing of two dogs facing each other on a white background
Title:
Cheeky Dog
NFSA ID:
1021476
Year:
2005
Courtesy:
Ronin Films
Category:
WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that the following program may contain images and/or audio of deceased persons

Dion Beasley is an Indigenous teenager who is deaf and has muscular dystrophy. He lives with his family in Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory.

His teachers and carers, including Joie Boulter, encourage Dion's drawing, particularly as a way of expressing his fascination with dogs.

Joie and others launch the successful Cheeky Dog label in Darwin, using drawings by Dion on T-shirts and other product, with royalties going back to a trust fund set up for Dion's benefit.

Dion's family hope that this business will create security and financial stability for his future. At the same time, the designs are a striking vehicle for Dion's distinctive talent and his sense of humour.

This delightful portrait of Dion includes charming sequences in which his drawings are animated.

Director:
Dena Curtis
Executive Producer:
Rachel Clements
Series Producer:
Barbara Clifford
Camera Operator and Sound Recordist:
Robyn Nardoo
Editor:
Dena Curtis
Music:
Warren Williams