WIK v TAREE

WIK v TAREE

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 14.06.18

Two documentary films on significant Indigenous subjects came early in this year's Sydney Film Festival – which has such an honourable tradition of celebrating First Nations creativity. But what a gulf between the two. The first was an encyclopedic history...» Read More

 

ON GADI COUNTRY

ON GADI COUNTRY

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 19.03.18

In an extraordinary first – extraordinary because it's the first time in 180-odd years that the Australian Museum in Sydney has taken the opportunity to celebrate the local Gadigal culture – we're in the middle of 'Weave', a Festival of...» Read More

 

BAMBULA

BAMBULA

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 26.01.18

What better way to prepare for Australia/Invasion Day than by spending its eve with 'Bambula'? For this offered the ancient musical traditions of Yolngu Arnhemland transported to Sydney – as they so rarely are – and given a more universal...» Read More

 

MY URRWAI

MY URRWAI

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 21.01.18

Incredibly, Belvoir Theatre in Sydney has shows Upstairs and Downstairs that originate from the Torres Strait. That's an impressive first. Jimi Bani may fill the bigger venue nightly with laughs, but Ghenoa Gela presses you against the walls of the...» Read More

 

MISSION SONGS PROJECT

MISSION SONGS PROJECT

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 15.01.18

The Sydney Festival kicked off with two Torres Strait Islander tributes – Jimi Bani's autobiography at Belvoir (which I've missed) and Jessie Lloyd's on-going 'Mission Songs' project to collect the music which kept exiled Indigenous people alive during the 'Mish'...» Read More

 

SWEET COUNTRY

SWEET COUNTRY

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 12.01.18

Oh boy, has Warwick Thornton set us a series of virtually unanswerable ethical questions in his latest film as director and cinematographer! 'Sweet Country', his successor in terms of its examination of the Aboriginal condition in Central Australia to the...» Read More

 

PAINTING COUNTRY

PAINTING COUNTRY

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 01.11.17

Most people know and happily accept that canvases by remote Aboriginal artists may look abstract but invariably involve a representation of parts of the Country that is so important to them....rockholes, food sources, ancestral Dreaming tracks, caves, saltpans, etc etc....» Read More

 

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