Emu Runner

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 10.11.19

So, pretty much wherever you look these days, there's an Aboriginal film or TV series. Last year's AACT Awards hailed Warwick Thornton's 'Sweet Country' in just about all major creative categories. And Best TV Drama Series was the Ivan Sen spin-off, 'Mystery Road'. Neither were actually the best work of these Indigenous auteurs – but, apparently the results were better than any non-Indigenous competition. And now Deb Mailman is doing it tough as a senator in the ABC's 'Total Control'. But, given the intensity of drama in all three offerings, it's really hard to put 'Emu Runner', a quite intentionally gentle and positive film from the almost-Aboriginal world of Bre (Brewarrina) in the same class. Much effort has been input by non-Indigenous director Ingrid Thomas to get inside this community, with lots of cultural liaison, local actors, the presentation of Bre as a justified Tidy Town winner, along with a heart-warming story. But, to my surprise, the Toronto International Film Festival selected it, as did the edgy Adelaide Film Festival to give it its Australian premiere. So, what was I missing? The story is simple. Gemma is the youngest in the family when Mum dies. Nothing spectacular. It's a hot day fishing; on the way home she keels over. Our first introduction to Gemma is her running like lightning to the refuse depot to get Dad from his work to help. But Mumless, Gem takes to heading bush, where she discovers the local emus. An ancestor was reputed to be able to catch them at full belt; the male emu takes on the early upbringing of the chicks. Just like her Dad – played by go-to troubled Aboriginal father, Wayne Blair? The symbols are there; but it's drought and a fodder shortage that draws Gemma and the birds together. She» Read More

 

Cultural Momentum

Cultural Momentum

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 05.11.19

I never thought my first live sighting of and listening to the great Chinese/American cellist and social activist, Yo-Yo-Ma would be in the great open void beneath Barangaroo Park. But that's what happened this morning as he passed swiftly through...» Read More

 

Warlimpirrnga Wins Copyright Claim

Warlimpirrnga Wins Copyright Claim

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 29.10.19

The successful, if gloomy, Netflix TV series, 'After Life' in which the English actor Ricky Gervais plays a widowed man in a state of aggressively deep depression, chose – for no obvious reason – a near copy of an early...» Read More

 

It's Time for Tarnanthi

It's Time for Tarnanthi

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 25.10.19

Somebody once announced “It's Time”, and won a famous election. Now another Somebody – Djambawa Marawili AM – has declared, “This is the time when we should show the culture and the wisdom of the Country” to the world beyond...» Read More

 

Natives Go Wild

Natives Go Wild

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 23.10.19

Is the mischievously entitled 'Natives Go Wild' our first Indigenous cabaret? The Sydney Opera House's own Head of First Nations' Programming, Rhoda Roberts has written this bitter sweet entertainment and found a cast that actually has more of a Pacifika...» Read More

 

Jandamarra: Sing for the Country : Ngalanyabarra Muwayi.u

Jandamarra: Sing for the Country : Ngalanyabarra Muwayi.u

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 16.10.19

If you are in Sydney on Friday, it would be a mistake to miss out on the single performance of 'Jandamarra', the dramatic cantata telling the story of Aboriginal Australia's Ned Kelly – the Geronimo of the Kimberley. Killed by...» Read More

 

Impasse in Alice

Impasse in Alice

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 14.10.19

Last week in the confidential part of its executive development committee, the Alice Springs Town Council, secretly voted to reject a swap offered it by the NT Government of its current town centre offices for a new Town Hall and...» Read More

 

FIBRE ALCHEMY

FIBRE ALCHEMY

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 02.10.19

From ghost net sculpture to body amour, a new fibre art survey show The Alchemists, brought together by FORM in Perth, draws together diverse contemporary weaving practice from Indigenous artists and art centres across Australia. Opening at The Goods Shed,...» Read More

 

Current Exhibitions


Industry Corner: Industry

Warlimpirrnga Wins Copyright Claim

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 29.10.19

The successful, if gloomy, Netflix TV series, 'After Life' in which the English actor Ricky Gervais plays a widowed man in a state of aggressively deep depression, chose – for no obvious reason – a near copy of an early...» Read More

Industry Corner: Event

It's Time for Tarnanthi

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 25.10.19

Somebody once announced “It's Time”, and won a famous election. Now another Somebody – Djambawa Marawili AM – has declared, “This is the time when we should show the culture and the wisdom of the Country” to the world beyond...» Read More

Events: Event

Sydney Goes Contemporary

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 08.09.19

It's that time of year again for the now-annual Sydney Contemporary art fair at Carriageworks in Sydney. Ever innovative, this year the show began early in the unlikely setting of the Sofitel Hotel on Darling Harbour where 3 suites and...» Read More

Events: Event

NY is the Epicentre

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 05.06.19

As predicted some time ago on AAD, Sotheby’s is moving its Aboriginal art auctions from London to New York in November. There contemporary canvases and historic artefacts will hang in the auction house’s revamped galleries alongside blue-chip modern and contemporary...» Read More

 

Upcoming Exhibitions

FIBRE ALCHEMY

02.10.19 FIBRE ALCHEMY
The Goods Shed, Claremont, Perth, WA
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Fondation Opale Glows Opalescent

17.09.19 Fondation Opale Glows Opalescent
Fondation Opale, Lens, Switzerland
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'Mapa Wiya' (Your Map’s Not Needed)

13.09.19 'Mapa Wiya' (Your Map’s Not Needed)
1533 Sul Ross St. Houston, TX 77006
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