Tue 8 Feb 2022
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Join Bryan Andy as we pay homage to the late Rosalie Kunoth-Monks with a screening of Warwick Thornton's 2003 short film examining her life before and after Jedda.
Rosalie Kunoth-Monks was just a teenager when she starred in Charles Chauvel's 1955 film Jedda in the titular role as an Aboriginal girl forcibly assimilated into whiteness by her adoptive mother. The film was notable for being the first colour feature made by an Australian company, and Kunoth-Monks became an icon as the first ever Aboriginal woman to appear in a lead role in cinema.
Join us for a screening of Warwick Thornton's 2003 short film, Rosalie's Journey, where Kunoth-Monks tells her side of the story in her Arrente language, followed by a discussion. We learn about her life before and after Jedda in central Australia as a young woman, and the profound cultural challenges she faced when selected to play the lead role in Charle's Chauvel's film. The film also contains archival footage and excerpts from Jedda.
You will need to be a member of the First Nations Film Club to attend this session. By becoming a member of the Club, you'll also get a range of ACMI member benefits.
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