Dena has broad experience in Production with Editing, Writing, Directing and Producing Credits. Based in Brisbane, Dena is originally from Central Australia. She began her media training in Tennant Creek at Papulu Apparr Kari Language Centre as a trainee Media Officer. After winning a position at CAAMA Productions, Dena relocated to Alice Springs to work as the Production Assistant and trained further in film and television, working on the long running language series Nganampa Anwernkenhe.
A self-taught editor, Dena studied a graduate diploma in Television Editing at AFTRS in 2002. On completion of this diploma she returned to CAAMA Productions and worked as an Editor and Production Coordinator for a number of years. Dena’s first short drama, Yota Dreaming, broadcast on NITV. Whilst her second short film Hush, which she wrote and directed, won the audience award for Best Foreign Short Film at the Films de Femmes, Créteil France. Her documentary, Cheeky Dog, premiered at the Sydney Film Festival. In 2009, Dena premiered another multi-award winning short film, Jacob, at Message Sticks Indigenous Film Festival.
After a short stint at NITV, Dena joined the ABC as the Series Producer on Message Sticks then later became the Commissioning Editor for Indigenous overseeing development and production on Warwick Thornton’s The Darkside, Yagan, 88, The Redfern Story, Outside Chance, Buckskin and Wild Kitchen.
Dena directed ABC’s Comedy Series, 8MMM Aboriginal Radio, in 2015, as well as Nan and a Whole Lot of Trouble, written by Sue McPherson, which premiered at the 2016 Flickerfest Short Film Festival in Sydney.
Dena most recently produced Short Films, Walters Ghost written and directed by Caden Pearson and Shed written and directed by Chantelle Murray. She also developed and produced, Logie nominated Children’s Television Series, Grace Beside Me for NITV, ABC ME and the Disney Channel AUS/NZ.
Other credits include director and co-producer on the documentary series, Shadow Trackers, co-producer on feature documentary, Ella, directed by Douglas Watkins, writer on series one of NITV’s Family Rules, director of Colour Theory Underground and Series Producer of documentary series, Elements, produced by WildBear Entertainment.
Working across a broad range of documentary, factual and drama projects as both creative and investor, enables Dena to foster strong story development and management skills. In 2015 Dena established her production company Inkey Media and continues to develop a slate of projects.Back to Speakers