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A beautiful australian landscape in Tracey Moffat's Night Cries


Night Cries


20 Feb

A story of a white woman and her adopted Aboriginal daughter, told with vibrantly coloured landscapes and a richly constructed soundscape. The film is in part a response by visual artist Tracey Moffatt to Charles Chauvel's celebrated feature film, Jedda (1955).

  • Shot totally in a studio, the film explores the relationship between an Aboriginal woman and her white mother. The daughter, now the sole carer for her dying mother, dreams of faraway places.

    During her tending of the old woman, we feel her frustration with her filial responsibilities, her suppressed anger, her own need for warmth and love, her personal loneliness. Her memories and dreams invade her nerve-fraying routine until the old woman dies and we share the daughter's immense sense of loss.

    Much of the power of the film lies in the artificially created, vibrantly coloured landscape and carefully constructed soundscape. The environment contributes another personality: an unbending, unchanging force.

    Winner of the Best Short Film at Melbourne International Film Festival 1990 

    Nominated for the Palme d'Or - Best Short Film, Cannes Film Festival in 1990

    This film screens in our Cinemas and takes place every half hour from 7pm-7am.