The Uluru Statement from the Heart will end Australia's "cult of forgetfulness ... the great Australian silence" when it comes to Aboriginal sovereignty, says film maker Rachel Perkins in her Boyer Lectures. MARK J SMITH reviews. Photo: Ms Perkins with an image of her father, Charlie Perkins.
Opening is Jasper Jones, a new film from Rachel Perkins, her fourth. Local emerging film-maker Dylan River also gets an outing in this smorgasbord of films from around the world, writes KIERAN FINNANE.
Noted film maker Rachel Perkins (pictured) says she is not a director nor office holder of the company that ran the Mbantua Festival last year which still has substantial debts to artists and suppliers including her.
The core inspiration for the Mbantua Festival arose from its site at the Old Telegraph Station. The ideas flowed as soon as it was chosen, says Rachel Perkins. One story to tell was immediately obvious – that of children of mixed Aboriginal descent removed from their families, most of them forcibly, who lived on the site. The theatrical production, Bungalow Song, will be one of the festival highlights later this week. KIERAN FINNANE speaks to Rachel Perkins. Pictured: Perkins with some of the cast on site. Photo by Alexandra Hullah.