The Djarn Djarns (2005) Flickerfest
The Djarn Djarns (2005) Flickerfest
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The Djarn Djarns (2005) Flickerfest

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The Djarn Djarns

Wayne Blair | Australia |
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Discover this moving short by renowned writer and director Wayne Blair.

Eleven-year-old Frankie Dollar is the leader of the Djarn Djarns, a group that performs traditional Aboriginal dances. There's always plenty going on at the cultural centre where the dancers often perform and on this particular day they seem to be very much in demand. But Frankie is really in the doldrums because one year ago to the day, his father died. Now he needs his friends more than ever.

The Djarn Djarns is the story of a young Aboriginal boy who, in the course of one day, negotiates grief and friendship, loyalty and betrayal. Hunter Page-Lochard, who plays the lead role of Frankie, manages this challenging mix of emotions with charm and strength.

Frankie's journey is set against contrasting worlds: the razzle-dazzle showbiz of the Dreamtime Centre where Frankie is a traditional dancer – or djarn djarn – and the dark domestic history of the death of Frankie's father, the absence of his mother and Frankie's subsequent sexual abuse by his mother's white boyfriend.

The link between these worlds in Frankie's life is the love of his fellow djarn djarns. It is that mateship between boys that makes The Djarn Djarns – despite its difficult dramatic terrain – a hopeful film that is, by turns, poignant, disturbing, satirical and funny. (Source: Creative Spirits)

Following the screening a discussion will be held by First Nations Curator Jenna Warwick.

Format: Digital
Language: English
Courtesy: Flickerfest
Duration: 26 mins

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60 mins

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Gandel Digital Future Lab, Level 1
ACMI, Fed Square

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