Here I Am (2011)
“Cole’s mainly non-professional supporting cast are delightfully quirky and brash... It’s a deeply felt first feature from both actor and director.”
Fresh out of prison, Karen finds herself on the streets with a burning desire to turn her life around but no one to call for help.
From the safe haven of a women's shelter, she begins the journey of reconnecting with her estranged mother (Marcia Langton) and her young daughter, and she is soon propelled to face the most difficult truths of her life.
Set and shot on Kaurna country around Port Adelaide, Here I Am is a moving and hopeful story about the strength and resilience of women.
"There are... many reasons why I needed to tell this story: politically I am concerned about the disproportionate number of Aboriginal people incarcerated in our country; personally I continue to consider my own life as an Aboriginal woman and my role as a mother; and creatively I am driven to create interesting roles and characters for Aboriginal women to play in a story that speaks beyond the realms of race and hopefully resonates with us all as people capable and worthy of love and forgiveness." Beck Cole