BIRRARANGGA Film Festival TYPECAST + ACMI PRESENT

Celebrating Victorian Indigenous Screen Creatives

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This short film program is a retrospective and celebration of Indigenous stories on screen.

Please note this session is classified as Unclassified 15+. Children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Films screening in this session

Abalone 

Director: Tracey Rigney (Wotjobaluk and Ngarrindjeri) | 2012 | Australia | 12 mins | English

An Aboriginal man fights his demons as he cries out for help to a system that has failed him.

 

No Way To Forget

Director: Richard Frankland (Gunditjmara) | 1996 | Australia | 12 mins | English

No Way to Forget is written and directed by Richard Frankland, produced by John Foss and stars Yamatji actor, David Ngoombujarra in the lead role as Shane Francis. The film is based on Frankland's experiences while working as a Field Officer for the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. It is the first film by an indigenous director to win an AFI Award. It screened at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival in the category of Un Certain Regard.

 

Under Skin, In Blood 

Director: Larissa Behrendt (Eualeyai/Kamillaroi) | 2015 | Australia | 12 mins | English

Under Skin, In Blood follows a fictional husband and wife, dealing with the devastating impact of the asbestos mine on the remote community of Baryulgil. The Aboriginal community, west of Grafton, was the site of a major asbestos mine between the 1950s and 70s. Although the Baryulgil mine was never profitable, mining operations continued until the 1970s because it provided employment for the Aboriginal residents of Baryulgil. It has been estimated up to 20 percent of the town's residents have contracted or will contract asbestos-related diseases.

 

The Oysterman 

Director: Romaine Moreton (Goenpul Jagara and Bundjulung) | 2012 | Australia | 14 mins | English

A young Aboriginal oyster farmer meets an aerial artist when the circus comes to town he suddenly realises there is a world beyond the life he has always lived.  or the first time he experiences dreams and aspirations of future, and he must decide whether he will follow in his family footsteps or follow his love. For Charlie, when the circus comes to town, so does the world.

 

The Chuck In 

Director: Jon Bell | 2012 | Australia | 11 mins | English

Australians drink, right? Don’t they? Isn’t that what being a man is all about? Jon, Tony and Rick certainly think so. Three sixteen year olds who concoct an elaborate plan to purchase a carton of liquid gold. The plan, like most plans of mice and men, sounds simple enough. Doesn't it?

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