The Pilbara backdrop was celebrated on screens across Australia last week as a new children’s TV show, featuring a cast of Roebourne children, premiered. The five-part series Thalu, created by Roebourne local Tyson Mowarin’s Weerianna Street Media, focused on a group of indigenous children who undertake a journey to save their country from the threat of a mysterious dust cloud and its inhabitants. Thalu ran each weeknight on NITV last week, showcasing the stunning Pilbara landscape and celebrating indigenous culture and storytelling. Weerianna Street Media producer Robyn Marais said the feedback had been overwhelmingly positive. “It’s a very exciting situation to be in because we are just so happy for those young people that worked almost full-time for six weeks and did an amazing job,” she said. “I think what we want people to take away from the show is that the town of Roebourne is a very creative town, the children are very talented and that anything is possible in the Pilbara. “You see and appreciate something different each time you see the show.” The program, shot in Roebourne on Ngarluma country, weaved the stories of the community with Ngarluma culture and featured a cast of newcomers. It received principal production investment from Screen Australia in association with Screenwest and the Western Australian Regional Film Fund, and was financed with support from NITV, ABC and the Australian Children’s Television Foundation. NITV channel manager Tanya Orman said Thalu was as much an action-packed adventure as it was a celebration of the Pilbara region and its indigenous culture. “It’s so important for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids to see themselves reflected on screen — and to celebrate indigenous culture and language,” she said. Thalu is available to stream on SBS On Demand and will air again on ABC in July.