Film

tree Cinema Walgett – Saturday 28 September

Between the trees and after the corroboree writer / producer Christine Olson will introduce the screening of Rabbit Proof Fence. This screening is dedicated to actress Ningali Lawford (1967-2019).

shed Cinema Brewarrina – Sunday 29 September

Festival Director, Bruce Shillingsworth, will introduce two films by Essie Coffey OAM, born Essienina Shillingsworth (1941–1998). Coffey made My Survival as an Aboriginal (1978) and My Life As I Live It (1993).

Born near Goodooga, Coffey was a Muruwari woman, and the co-founder of the Western Aboriginal Legal Service and the Aboriginal Heritage and Cultural Museum in Brewarrina. She served on the Aboriginal Lands Trust and the Aboriginal Advisory Council, and was an inaugural member of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation. She was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) on 10 June 1985, for service to the Aboriginal community. She was nominated for an MBE but refused it, explaining “I knocked the MBE back because I’m not a member of the British Empire”.

These screenings have been made possible through the generosity of Martha Ansara who photographed Coffey’s film My Survival as an Aboriginal, which she co-produced with Coffey and filmmaker Alec Morgan. Coffey and Ansara later collaborated once again to make a sequel, My Life As I Live It.

2cuz outdoor Cinema – Tuesday 1 October

Alex, station manager 2CUZ is setting up the screening of Putuparri and the Rainmakers in a special way. This film is being screened in three townships because dancers from the northern townships of Australia have identified it as being important for all festivalgoers to see as part of our collective journey to becoming sensitised to the importance of ceremony. The screenings of this film have been made possible through the generosity of director Nicole Ma.

dance hall Cinema Wilcannia and Menindee – Wednesday 2 October

Daytime indoor screenings of Putuparri and the Rainmakers will be held in the town halls in Wilcannia at 10.30am and in Menindee at 1pm on Wednesday 2 October.