Sydney Film Festival in conjunction with Screen Australia will be marking Screen Australia’s Indigenous Department’s 25th anniversary with a very special program titled First Nations: A Celebration. This will also be featured alongside a program retrospective of short films funded by the Indigenous Department, From Little Things Big Things Grow.
The program will showcase documentaries and short films, some of those screenings include features Finke: There & Back which follows one of the longest and most dangerous off-road motorsport race, Teach A Man To Fish which is Grant Saunders’ autobiographical journey, and Wik vs Queensland that chronicles the historic granting of native title to the Wik People by the High Court of Australia.
Whilst out of the short films, Hunter Page-Lochard’s Djali, Tyson Mowrin’s Undiscovered Country, as well as Yulibidyi – Until The End will be part of the program.
From Little Things Big Things Grow will include 19 short films from 15 filmmakers spanning over 25 years of Australian Indigenous filmmaking. Some of these will include Warwick Thornton’s Payback and Mimi, Ivan Sen’s Tears and Wind, Black Talk by Wayne Blair, No Way To Forget by Richard Frankland, and Wesley Enoch’s Grace.
Attending as special guests to introduce their films will also be some of the filmmakers themselves including Dylan River (Finke: There & Back), Grant Saunders (Teach A Man To Fish), and Dean Gibson (Wik vs Queensland) as well as a number of others as part of the short film retrospective.
There will also be a talk held at the Art Gallery of New South Wales on Sunday 17th June at 3:45pm where former funders and filmmakers will be discussing their involvement in the industry as part of the ’25 Years Of Screen Australia’s Indigenous Department’.