Rydin' Time: Back on the Bull

Rydin' Time: Back on the Bull
WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that the following program may contain images and/or audio of deceased persons
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John Stacey is preparing to ride a bull but gets off it and walks for a while. His uncle Shayne Stacey explains that John was stomped on by a bull once and injured badly. John’s father Brenton encourages his son to get back on the bull. John’s mother Rhonda talks about the risks of the sport of rodeo riding. Kaleb Comollatti talks about being smashed while riding bulls and swears to wear a helmet while riding for the rest of his life.

Summary by Romaine Moreton

While many young folk are confronted with the physical consequences of risk-taking, here we have young men who are well aware of the potential harm of their sport.

Rydin' Time Synopsis

A documentary about three Indigenous rodeo riders, Kaleb Comollatti, Dallas McNamara, and John Stacey who ride at the Mt Isa Rodeo in 2005.

Rydin’ Time is part of the Nganampa Anwernekenhe series produced by Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA) Productions. Nganampa Anwernekenhe means 'ours’ in the Pitjantjatjara and Arrernte lanuages, and the series aims to contribute to the preservation of Indigenous languages and cultures.

Curator's Notes

An observational style documentary intercut with interviews to camera. The energetic soundtrack creates a youthful, lively narrative true to the documentary’s subjects. Rydin’ Time is about the passion of three young men, and their effervescent dreams of youth.

Notes by Romaine Moreton

Production company:
CAAMA Productions
Rachel Clements and Trisha Morton-Thomas
Executive Producer:
Jacqui North
Trisha Moreton-Thomas
Dena Curtis and Trisha Morton-Thomas
Kaleb Comollatti, Dallas McNamara, Brenton Stacey, John Stacey, Rhonda Stacey, Shayne Stacey