The Dark Emu Story (2023) © Blackfella Films
The Dark Emu Story (2023) © Blackfella Films
The Dark Emu Story (2023) © Blackfella Films

ACMI presents

The Dark Emu Story

Allan Clarke | Australia | 2023 | Unclassified (All Ages)

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Wed 27 Dec 2023


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Allen Clarke's thoughtful documentary quiets the noise surrounding Bruce Pascoe's game-changing book to offer a look at the work and the controversy swirling around it.

Bruce Pascoe's 2014 non-fiction book Dark Emu was a publishing phenomenon, selling over a quarter of a million copies and striking a chord with readers around Australia and beyond. The book asked readers to re-evaluate life on country before colonisation, but after some time, the book was challenged by a number of academics and media outlets.

Allan Clarke's thoughtful and rousing documentary traces the book's journey through publication to the controversy that ensued, standing back to offer a broad perspective encompassing the arguments of the book, the veracity of its challenges, and the impact of the work on Australia today.

Format: DCP
Language: English, Gamilaraay, Wik-Mungkan and Wik-Ngathan with English subtitles
Source: Blackfella Films
Courtesy: Blackfella Films
Runtime: 95 mins

Event duration

95 mins


Unclassified (All Ages)


This event is FREE to attend. Bookings are recommended and tickets are limited to 2 per person.


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ACMI, Fed Square

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