6.30pm, Tuesday 5th July
Byron Bay Community Centre

9th Arakwal NAIDOC Week Screening 2016

Presented by Arakwal Corporation, Flickerfest & iQ with support from Screenworks

The Arakwal Corporation, Flickerfest & iQ are thrilled to present two inspiring aboriginal short films selected from the finalists of Flickerfest 2016, local short ‘Nan And A Whole Lot Of Trouble’ & ‘Under Skin In Blood’; plus the acclaimed feature ‘SPEAR’ directed by Bangarra Dance Theatres artistic director & choreographer Stephen Page.  This outstanding film is produced by John Harvey and stars Hunter Page-Lochard & Aaron Pedersen.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with ‘SPEAR’ producer John Harvey & Flickerfest director Bronwyn Kidd.

SPEAR, Australia’s first contemporary Indigenous dance film is an exhilarating cinematic debut for choreographer Stephen Page and his talented team of local film-makers.” Luke Buckmaster, film reviewer The Guardian

This programme will take you on a special journey with some of the freshest aboriginal filmmakers today.

Come along & enjoy these unique stories from incredible filmmakers & support the celebration of the aboriginal culture during NAIDOC week with this programme of amazing films.

A fundraiser for the Arakwal Corporation & supported by the Indigenous Coordination Centre.

Plus, Screenworks will be hosting a screen industry workshop with ‘SPEAR’ producer John Harvey prior to the screening at 4.30pm – 6pm, an ‘in conversation’ with John Harvey covering his filmmaking process.  The workshop is an invitation only event, if you are interested in attending please email: [email protected]

Tickets: The Byron Theatre & byroncentre.com.au | or at door – $12/10

Programme Details & info: www.iQ.org.au | 0414 779881

9th Arakwal NAIDOC Week Film Screening programme (105min)

Nan & A Whole Lot Of Trouble – 11min / 2015 / Comedy

Writer: Sue McPherson

Director: Dena Curtis

Producer: Lois Randall

Nan, of Aboriginal and Irish descent, keeps a photo album of dead family members. Younger sister Min believes this morbid European tradition is culturally inappropriate. Told with warmth and humour, this short film tackles cultural taboos.

Under Skin In Blood – 12min / 2015 / Drama

Writer/Director: Larissa Behrendt

Producer: John Harvey

Inspired by real events experienced by Aboriginal workers in the 1970s at the Baryugil asbestos mine in New South Wales, a woman recalls happier times before her life was ruined by something nobody could see.

Spear – 84min / 2015 / Drama

Writers: Justin Monjo & Stephen Page

Director: Stephen Page

Producer: John Harvey

Starring: Hunter Page-Lochard, Aaron Pedersen and Djakapurra Munyarryun

“A foot in each world. A heart in none.”

Acclaimed Artistic Director and Choreographer Stephen Page brings Bangarra Dance Theatre’s outstanding dance work SPEAR to the screen. Striking and original, Page weaves story through dance to deliver an extraordinary cinematic experience in his feature film debut.

Using gesture and dance, with minimal dialogue, SPEAR follows a young Aboriginal man named Djali (Hunter Page-Lochard) from the outback to the streets of Sydney on his quest to understand what it means to be a man with ancient traditions in a modern world.

Featuring brilliant Bangarra dancers and an evocative David Page score that combines traditional and contemporary music, SPEAR is an intimate journey with one of Australia’s most celebrated artists and one of the most affecting and spiritually resonant films of the year.

Spear Trailer link: www.vimeo.com/148186407

Spear Website: www.spear-film.com.au

John_HarveyJohn Harvey

John is a writer, director and producer.  He’s produced several short dramas including:  The Farm; The Hunter; The Oysterman for broadcast on ABC TV and the chapter Sand for the feature film The Turning.   He has written and directed the documentaries: Light From The Shadows (Artscape ABC TV);  Menny and the Bundaroos(ABC TV) and short documentary Upi Mop Le: The Last Fish.  John has produced over 14 theatrical productions for presentation at major festivals and venues across the country.  John studied screenwriting and producing at AFTRS and was Awarded the AV Myer Award for Exceptional Indigenous Talent in 2011. He was also a participant in Screen Australia’s Indigenous Producer’s Initiative.  He is currently a producer intern with Robert Connolly at Arenamedia.

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