Cinema in Todd Mall – Aboriginal films shown nightly. You will get to meet some of the filmmakers as they discuss their films, and the important roles they play in Australian cinema, as part of Parrtjima’s talks program Deep Listening.
Please note that some films on the programme will require children under 15 years of age to be accompanied by an adult.
All films are free to watch, but seats are limited. To save your seat please register.
Friday 11 September – 8.45pm
30 mins | PG | Released 1986
This satire flips Australian history on its head, picturing what it might have been like for a European indigenous population if Aboriginal culture had arrived with the First Fleet in 1788 and assumed a dominant position.
Friday 11 September – 9.15pm
10 mins | PG | Released 2014
The Marella (Emu Man) Songline is from the Djugan Country, which starts at Gantheaume Point in Broome and travels through the Dampier Peninsula, across the sea to Kulumburru and on to Uluru. Footprints is a film of the story that has been brought to life from the dirt after 50 years and handed back to the Djugun people from its caretaker, Roy Wiggan.
Saturday 12 September – 8.30pm
The Australian Dream
106 mins | MA 15+ | Released 2019
A feature documentary that uses the remarkable and inspirational story of AFL legend Adam Goodes as the prism through which to tell a deeper and more powerful story about race, identity and belonging.
Sunday 13 September – 8.15pm
103 mins | PG | 2012
In 1968, four talented young Australian Aboriginal girls learn about love, friendship and war as their all-girl group, The Sapphires travel to Vietnam to entertain US troops.
Monday 14 September – 8:15pm
75 mins | G | Released 2015
Actor David Gulpilil explores how white settlement affected life in his hometown of Ramingining, a small and remote Aboriginal community located in Arnhem Land.
Tuesday 15 September – 8.15pm
88 mins | PG | Released 1976
Mike lives with his recluse father on South Australia’s lonely and beautiful Coorong coast. Here his free spirit roams with his pet pelican, Mr Percival, and his secret Aboriginal friend Fishbone.
Wednesday 16 September – 8.15pm
Top End Wedding
113 mins | M | Released 2019
Lauren and Ned have 10 days to find Lauren’s mother, who has gone AWOL in the remote far north of Australia. Why? So they can reunite her parents and pull off their dream wedding in the Territory’s tropical north.
Thursday 17 September – 8.30pm
Australian Biography: Rosalie Kunoth-Monks
Documentary | 30 mins | G
Actor, nun, politician and activist: this is the amazing life of Rosalie Kunoth-Monks. An Arrernte Anmatjere woman, Rosalie played the lead role in the iconic film Jedda aged just 16. Jedda was the first film to feature an Aboriginal person in a lead role, and Rosalie has inspired many. She is a leading force for change and equality.
Thursday 17 September – 9.30pm
Australian Biography: Bill Harney
Documentary | 30 mins | G
Bill Harney introduces us to Wardaman culture and talks of the problems facing Indigenous Australians and his hopes for the future. A fully initiated Wardaman man and respected elder, Bill is a custodian of his people’s stories, including the remarkable Lightning Brothers paintings – some of the world’s most famous rock art.
Our thanks to Black Screen, Australian Film & Sound Archive for tonight’s films.
Friday 18 September – 8.30pm
In My Blood It Runs
90 mins | PG | Released 2019
Ten-year-old Dujuan is ‘failing’ in school and facing increasing scrutiny from welfare and the police. His family fights to give him a strong Arrernte education alongside his western education, lest he become another statistic. We walk with him as he grapples with these pressures, shares his truths and finds space to dream, imagine and hope for his future self.
Saturday 19 September – 8:30pm
55 mins | PG | Released 2007
Aboriginal Rules follows a year in the life of the Yuendumu Magpies Football Team as they battle it out in the Central Australian outback on playgrounds made of red dirt. Yuendumu is about 300 kms north-west from Alice Springs in the Northern Territory.
Sunday 20 September – 8.30pm
Bran Nue Dae
88 mins | PG | Released 2009
Jimmy Chi’s coming-of-age musical comedy Bran Nue Dae is an exuberant ride through the 1960s. It follows an Aboriginal student on the west coast of Australia who runs away from a Catholic boarding school with his cruel headmaster in hot pursuit. He meets plenty of eccentric characters along the way during the journey back to his hometown.