Rydin’ Time (2005)

Purchase this title online here.

”You go out there and you ride time like nobody’s rode time before”.

Set in the dust and excitement of the Mt Isa Rodeo, RYDIN’ TIME is a half hour Documentary about family support and unity.

Already seasoned rodeo riders themselves, three teenagers, Kaleb Comollatti, Dallas McNamara and John Stacey are continuing a proud, family history of professional saddle Bronc and Bull Riding.

“Rydin’ time” is a positive story about youth and the strength of family.

25 minute documentary
Nganampa Anwernekenhe Series 18
Directed by Trisha Morton-Thomas

DVD available from Ronin Films.

Further clips are available from Australian Screen. If you intend to use this film in the classroom please purchase an educational copy from Ronin Films.

About the making of the film

Rydin’ Time was filmed at the 2005 Mt Isa Rodeo. Upon meeting John, Kaleb and Dallas it became evident that they would be the main focus for the documentary. We follow the three young teenagers as they endeavour to take out the 2005 buckles in their events.
Primarily the filmmakers follow the teenagers behind the chutes as they prepare to ride and talk to them about their love for the sport of Bull riding.

Director’s Statement

The initial idea for Rydin’ Time was to be a film about Bull Rider John Pluto Jnr, a rising star in the Professional Rodeo circuit. We were to meet John and his father John Pluto senior, also a bull rider at their family cattle station in Boorooloola in the Northern Territory, then follow them to Mt Isa where they were to compete at the Mt Isa Rodeo. From there John Junior was to board a flight to the USA to try his luck on the American Professional Rodeo circuit. Unfortunately all our plans fell apart and we found our self in Mt Isa without our talent.

We decided then that we would do a story about indigenous rodeo riders and approached several Isa Rodeo competitors. It was here that we met Glenn Willets, a professional saddle Bronc rider, who was competing for a title ranking with the Australian Professional Rodeo Association. He introduced us to Kaleb Comalloti, John Stacey and Dallas McNamara.

I had grown up around stockmen/ cowboys and went to every single rodeo in my area as a kid, but this was the first time I had ever gone behind the chutes of a rodeo arena, especially one the size of Mt Isa. It was a real eye opener.

Although we now had our talent it was still murky as to exactly what their story was! It wasn’t until we got to the edit suite that it began to fall into place and John Stacey became the driving force behind the story.

Rydin’ Time Press Kit


Featuring - John Stacey, Dallas McNamara and Kaleb Comolloti
Director - Trisha Morton-Thomas
Writers - Trisha Morton-Thomas and Dena Curtis
Producer - Rachel Clements and Trisha Morton-Thomas
Cinematographer - Warwick Thornton
Sound recordist - Vance Glynn
Editor - Dena Curtis