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Consultation and collaboration with Community:
The Making of Cooked

Presented by Jake Duczynski

March 31, 2022

As part of the continuum: Independent animation from Japan and Australia exhibition, director and co-writer of Cooked, Jake Duczynski will discuss the making of the five-part political comedy series and how meaningful consultation and collaboration with community was paramount to writing and designing the series. The premise of Cooked sees the ghost of Captain Cook awaken in 2020 and along with Manhra, an Indigenous woman’s spirit trapped inside the body of a goat, together they search for a cure to a mysterious 250-year-old spell. Duczynski takes the audience through his own process of honouring First Nations stories with meaningful research and collaborative, community consultation and how this infused an extra layer of meaning that brought First Nations perspectives across the whole scope of the Cooked production.

This in-person talk event will also be livestreamed on the JPF Sydney Facebook page.


Jake Duczynski is a director, animator and writer who is committed to cultural preservation and telling edifying Indigenous stories. A proud Indigenous Australian man of Gomeroi and Mandandanji descent, Duczynski explores storytelling through animation, working to establish cultural collaboration, facilitate cultural preservation and visualise stories unseen and untold. As a writer and director on the groundbreaking series Cooked (2021), Duczynski uses comedy and satire to explore a collectively-lived Indigenous Australian experience and to hit home some hard truths. His collaborative works include My Grandmother’s Lingo (Dir: Angelina Joshua, 2016), After the Apology (Dir: Larissa Behrendt, 2018) and Remaking The Pathway (Dir: Emma Hudson, 2018). Duczynski is co-owner and creative director at Studio Gilay (formerly Studio Hackett), which develops a slate of original animated works and is committed to forging a pathway for a new generation of creatively driven animators.

Film Stills & Process Works from the film series



March 31, 2022 (Thursday)
6:30pm – 7:30pm AEDT
Doors open at 6:00pm
40 minute talk from 6:30 + 10 Minute Q&A

The Japan Foundation, Sydney
Level 4, Central Park
28 Broadway, Chippendale NSW 2008
Free; bookings not required

JPF Sydney Facebook
Free; bookings not required

(02) 8239 0055

Header image and film stills: © 2021 Jake Duczynski, Studio Hackett

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