Home' Sydney Film Festival Program : Program 2015 Contents Sydney Film Festival is proud to continue our partnership with Screen Australia’s Indigenous Department.
This year, we will be presenting two extraordinary programs, Songlines on Screen and Pitch Black Shorts.
A special Screen Australia initiative in conjunction with NITV, Songlines on Screen aims
to give place to some of the many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander songlines that
are integral to the makeup of Indigenous Australia, incorporating the full spectrum of
storytelling including dance, song, art, body painting and sites of significance.
This program of seven new short films features an extraordinary array of Indigenous
talent, from directors and producers to screenwriters and actors.
SCREEN: BL ACK
SONGLINES ON SCREEN
Australia | 2015 | 25 mins | In Djambarrpuyngu with English subtitles | World Premiere
Director: Sylvia Nulpinditj | Producer: Gaia Osborne | Production Company: ARDS
One woman’s journey to learn an endangered songline from remote Arnhem Land that
explores cycles of death, life, rain and tears; the replenishment and abundance of land, sea
and spirit. A quest to ensure this ancient songline is practiced for generations to come.
Australia | 2015 | 10 mins | In English | World Premiere
Director: Cornel Ozies | Producers: Nganyamea Nagarra (Eileen) Torres, Eloise Schnierer | Wawili Pitjas Enterprises
In 2014, a group of young Aboriginal men from a tribe which had almost completely lost their songs
discovered that a law boss from a neighbouring tribe knows some of their cultural songs and dances.
They have not been performed for more than 50 years and it was thought they had been lost forever.
Australia | 2015 | 10 mins | In English and Miriwoong with English subtitles | World Premiere
Director: Ju Ju Wilson | Producer: Robyn Marais | Production Company: Bigapitja Pty Ltd
Granny Sheba Dignari travels to Miriwoong country in northern Australia’s Keep River National
Park to teach some kids a song for country about the brolga.
Australia | 2015 | 9 mins | In English | World Premiere
Director: Kimberley West | Producer: Jodie Bell | Production Company: Ramu Productions
A story from the Bugarregarre time (the dreamtime) when the spirit beings came out of the
ocean, and woke up the silent, barren land as they moved from west to east to source fresh
water. This creation story comes to life through the use of re-enactments as Richard Hunter,
an elder of the Goolarabooloo people, recounts the steps of his first people.
Australia | 2015 | 12 mins | In Kukatja with English subtitles | World Premiere
Director: Mark Moora | Producer: Neil Turner | Production Company: Pilbara and Kimberley
Tjawa Tjawa is a Ngarti traditional story told in Kukatja language about a group of women who
travelled from Roebourne in the northwest of Western Australia to the Great Sandy Desert
south of Balgo in search of husbands.
Australia | 2015 | 15 mins | In Yolngu with English subtitles | World Premiere
Director: Keith Lapulung Dhamarrandji | Producer: Paul Williams
Yolngu song men trace the epic Dreamtime story of their great nomadic warrior, Wurray,
across the wilderness of North East Arnhemland.
Australia | 2015 | 15 mins | In English | World Premiere
Director: Kelrick Martin | Producers: Jaclyn Hewer, Melissa Kelly
Kelly, a young Aboriginal girl, wants nothing more than to be left alone after her mother’s
death. On the day of the funeral her uncle, fulfilling a promise to Kelly’s jailbird father, takes
her back to the taboo historical massacre site of her ancestors.
Australia | 2015 | 11 mins | In English | World Premiere
Director: Tracey Rigney | Producer: John Harvey | Production Company: Brown Cab Productions
Recently released inmate Carp is initiating his childhood friend with a backyard tattoo.
His beer soaked stories grow darker as he tells his friend what it means to be a man.
Australia | 2014 | 6 mins | In English, Warlpiri and Anmatyere with English subtitles
Australian Premiere | Director: Dylan River | Producer: Tanith Glynn-Maloney
Fresh out of the academy, White Cop (Khan Chittenden) experiences his first taste
of Aboriginal community life, as Black Cop (Wayne Blair) puts him to the test.
Australia | 2015 | 10 mins | In English | Australian Premiere
Director: Benjamin Southwell | Producer: Ian Ludwick
Dee, a cross-dressing performer (Warren Clements), is about to perform her encore for the
crowd when she receives some unexpected news.
Australia | 2014 | 7 mins | In English and Noongar with English subtitles | World Premiere
Director: Dot West | Producer: Jodie Bell
A distraught young girl (Cheyenne Carter), confused about her own identity, finds answers and
comfort from an unlikely source.
UNDER SKIN, IN BLOOD
Australia | 2015 | 12 mins | In English | World Premiere
Director: Larissa Behrendt | Producer: John Harvey | Production Company: Brown Cab Productions
A woman (Margaret Harvey) clings to memories of happier times with her husband (Aaron
Pedersen) and son, before the asbestos-riddled town ruined their lives: based on real
experiences of Aboriginal workers at the Baryugil mine.
Australia | 2015 | 11 mins | In English | World Premiere
Director: Ryan Griffen | Producer: John Harvey | Production Company: Brown Cab Productions
After a bungled robbery, James is on the run from the law with nothing but the open road
ahead of him. Thinking he is in the clear, he tries to relax, before realising that he has two
unexpected passengers on board.
PITCH BLACK SHORTS
TUE 9 JUN 6:30 PM EV9
WED 10 JUN 6:30 PM EV9
SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL 2015
14 SCREEN: BLACK
Links Archive Program 2016 Program 2014 Navigation Previous Page Next Page