Two girls holding hands - Still from 'Arrkutja Tharra, Kungka Kutjara, Two Girls' (2023)
Still from 'Arrkutja Tharra, Kungka Kutjara, Two Girls' (2023)

In conversation with Ludo Studio


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Thu 13 Jul 2023

Hear how the powerhouse animation studio behind Bluey teamed up with two renowned First Nations artists to bring to life their poignant, uplifting story of friendship and resilience.

Ludo Studios is the production company behind the 6-minute animated film that’s screening as part of the exhibition Two Girls from Amoonguna, at ACMI. Made by First Nations artists Sally M Nangala and Marlene Rubuntja, the film recounts their intertwining journeys of friendship and resilience from town camps in Alice Springs to the Sydney Opera House. Ludo animated Sally’s iconic paintings and Marlene’s soft sculptures, bringing to life brush strokes and camp dogs to create the work titled Arrkutja Tharra, Kungka Kutjara, Two Girls.

Join the curator of Two Girls From Amoonguna, Jenna Rain Warwick, for a discussion with Ludo’s Animation Director Claire Renton and Production Manager Rhiannon Steffensen about how they brought their wealth of animation industry experience to traverse collaborations between the Alice Springs art centres that support Sally and Marlene, and Ludo’s Brisbane studio, to create this poignant, uplifting short film.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear from the creative minds behind an Emmy Award-winning powerhouse known for producing internationally renowned content, including Bluey, Robbie Hood and The Strange Chores.


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Rhiannon Steffensen

Rhiannon Steffensen

After completing a BA in Film and Screen Media Production at Griffith University, Rhiannon Steffensen has gone on to play an active role in the Brisbane screen industry over the last decade as a producer and production manager on many projects including award-winning web series Two Weeks, feature animated film The Wishmas Tree and the highly successful Emmy Award-winning kids television series, Bluey. She currently works at Ludo Studio, managing production and development on their slate of animated projects.

Claire Renton – Ludo Studio

Claire Renton

Claire Renton is the Animation Director for the Emmy-award winning Bluey television series. Claire started working in her first animation studio at sixteen and has been hooked ever since. Two decades on and her obsession for animation and storytelling has led her across Asia and the UK, creating animation for television and feature films and working with Disney, the BBC, CollegeHumor, Halfbrick, GOMA and more recently, Ludo Studio.

Two Girls from Amoonguna

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Two artists recount their intertwining journeys of friendship and resilience in the Central Desert through the medium of animation.

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