HerStory Archive


Born: 1970

Aboriginal or Torrest Stait Islander: Yes

Special Achievements:

Circa 1991 she became the youngest female Executive Producer at SBS Television. In 1995, Rachel won the first Indigenous Program Scholarship to the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS), Sydney. First Aboriginal woman to direct a feature film (featured in book 'Reel Women Workers in Films and TV' by Julie James BAILEY.
Perkins produced the first Indigenous drama initiative From Sand to Celluloid.

Additional Information:

Perkins found the production company Blackfella Films, which focuses on self-representation. 1988 - Perkins directed her first feature film Radiance. Daughter of Charles Perkins (activist).


  • References

    Rachel faces big task for festival.  Centralian Advocate.  August 14, 2001:10.

  • References

    Boon, Cameron.  'Nervy' for our girl Rachel.  Centralian Advocate.  January 15, 2010:4.

  • References

    Rachel Perkins.  (2000, January 10).  Retrieved from http://bonza.rmit.edu.au/biography/show_biog.lasso.

  • Image - Rachel Perkins

    Rachel Perkins, 2012, AACTA Awards Results From Sydney, Australia

    Wikimedia Commons: File:Rachel Perkins.jpg