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Island Home Country (2008)

Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

Island Home Country

Jeni Thornley | Australia | 2008 | Unclassified (15+)


Wed 30 Oct 2024

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Thornley’s deeply personal and unsettling essay film is a profound meditation on what it means to live on stolen Aboriginal lands. Drawing together personal reflections on her Tasmanian upbringing, historical footage, photographs and newly shot material, Thornley’s thought-provoking documentary – made in consultation with Aboriginal community members and her own family – moves across time to explore the ongoing impact and legacy of colonisation.

Preceded by Film for Discussion Martha Ansara (1973) 24 mins – Unclassified 15+. A hybrid documentary featuring Thornley as lead actress and made by the Sydney Women’s Film Group that questions the social roles assigned to women.

And Maidens Jeni Thornley (1978) 28 mins – Unclassified 15+. An essayistic exploration of the cycles of decay and growth in four generations of Thornley’s maternal family that has become a landmark in Australian feminist cinema.

16mm prints of Film for Discussion and Maidens courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive, Australia.

To be introduced by the filmmaker.

Format: DCP
Language: English
Source: Jeni Thornley and NFSA
Runtime: 52 mins

Event duration

52 mins


Unclassified (15+)


Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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