What Do We Want?

Australia, 2022

Reko Rennie, Kamilaroi
Three-channel video
Commissioned by ACMI and Artbank


An army of First Nations warriors come out to play in this latest action-packed video by Kamilaroi artist Reko Rennie.

An all-Indigenous crew of martial arts students train together in their dojo; learning teachings of discipline, self-defense and teamwork. When the Sensei cries, “What do we want?” the students respond, “Restitution! Land back! Equality! No more cops killing our mob!”, vocalising demands of environmental, political and social concern, and reflecting the broad diversity within contemporary Indigenous urban society.

Rennie was taught martial arts by his father while growing up in Melbourne’s inner West. What Do We Want? marries his 25-year history of martial arts and his arts practice, while expanding Rennie’s evolving moving image repertoire into the realm of performance.

What Do We Want? takes influence from martial arts films including Blaxploitation films of the 1970s and 80s; utilising the medium to make a statement about authenticity, respect, bravery and collective power. The students in What Do We Want? become a force to be reckoned with.

Displayed in the gallery in a massive three-channel video installation, the work loudly and proudly conveys the diversity of First Nations peoples, and the ongoing fight for justice that unifies them, raising urgent questions that require action and response.


Director: Reko Rennie

Produced by Film Camp, Philippa Campey, Molly O’Connor

Original composition by A.B. Original

Produced by Trials

Director of Photography: Sherwin Akbarzadeh

Editor: Carlo Zeccola


Sensei Master: Adam Briggs (Yorta Yorta)

Students: Caine Muir (Yorta Yorta and Wati Wati), Inala Cooper (Yawuru), James Saunders (Gundtijmara and Wiradjuri), Joe Bell (Yorta Yorta), Kelvin Onus King (Gunditjmara), Kimmie Lovegrove (Ngarrindjeri), Mila Rennie Galvin (Kamilaroi/Gamilaroi/Gamilaraay),Reko Rennie (Kamilaroi/Gamilaroi/Gamilaraay), Sermsah Pepi Bin Saad (Nyikina), Shane Mankitya Cook (Guwa (Koa) and Wulli Wulli), Talahiva Rose (Gomeroi), Vicky Frowd (Wiradjuri)

1st AD: Molly O’Connor

Production Co-Ordinator: Felise Lyon

B Camera Operator: Carlo Zeccola

1st Assistant Camera A Cam: Lachlan Wright

1st Assistant Camera B Cam: Cameron Gaze

2nd Assistant Camera: Thomas Hayes

Sound Recordist: Steven Bond

Boom Operator: Hayden Guildford

Gaffer: Tommi Hacker

Grip: Birrin King

Lighting Assistant: Louis Walter

Stills Photographer: Ellery Ryan

Art Department: Lauren Beck

Runner: Shivesh Ram

Costume Design: Reko Rennie

Costume Embroidery: Best Embroidery

Assistant Editor: Louise Mullins

Conform: Eva Otsing

Post-Production Facility: Crayon

Colourist: Abe Wynen

Graphics: James Neilson

Sound Post Facility: Windmill Audio

Sound Mix: Pip Atherstone-Reid

Camera House: VA Hire

Lighting Supplier: Film Star Lighting

Camera House: VA Hire

Lighting Supplier: Film Star Lighting

Legals: Guestwork Agency

Courtesy the artist, Reko Rennie and STATION

This work contains First peoples content

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