Night cries: a rural tragedy

Australia, 1990

Film
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In the red glow of the outback an Aboriginal woman nurses her ill white mother. As we watch the old woman dying her daughter confronts the finality of death; the bitterness of memory. Shot entirely in a studio “Night cries” uses a stark set-design, a palette of colours as from a dream, and a haunting soundtrack: of bush noises, gasping breath, the wail of a dingo, to suggest a world that combines the frightening distortion of a nightmare and the painful isolation of human loss. Subtitled “a rural tragedy” the film’s portrayal of a personal agony illuminates and exposes the general horror of Australia’s race history. With Marcia Langton, Agnes Hardwick and Jimmy Little.

Credits

producer

Penny McDonald

production company

AFTRS

Duration

00:17:00:00

Production places
Australia
Production dates
1990

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

37403

Language

English

Audience classification

G

Subject categories

Aboriginal Australia → Aboriginal Australians - Producers and directors

Aboriginal Australia → Aboriginal Australians - Women

Experimental

Experimental → Experimental films - Australia

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Bereavement

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Bereavement

Short films

Short films → Short films - Australia

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Colour

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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