Warwick Thornton Retrospective: Short Films

2009 Message Sticks Film Festival

Past Event: 30 August 2009

Message Sticks

Journey through the lens of Indigenous film-maker Warwick Thornton.

Warwick Thornton has been making films for the last twenty years, beginning at CAAMA (Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association) in Alice Springs and leading to his debut feature and Camera d’Or winning film Samson & Delilah.

The short films in this retrospective present his drama works; distinctive and uncompromising, they weave humour, pain and love with a boldly cinematic style.

Pay Back – 1996, 6 mins
After twenty years Paddy is released from gaol, but now he must face his own law.

Mimi – 2002, 12 mins 45 sec
When Catherine buys two pieces of Aboriginal art at an auction, she doesn’t realise her world is about to be turned upside down.

Greenbush – 2005, 26 mins
Over one transformative night, radio DJ Kenny realises that his job at an Aboriginal community radio station is about more than just playing music.

Country Song – 2008, 2 mins
A senior Aboriginal man reflects on communication the old way. But times have changed and this old man now has a new way!

Nana – 2007, 6 mins
Nana’s granddaughter thinks Nana’s pretty special; because she helps the old people, she’s a good painter and other people love her too. Nana’s got everyone under control.

Also screening, Samson & Delilah at 1pm and Making of Samson & Delilah at 3.30pm on Sunday 30 August. Refer to individual listings for further details.

Presented as part of 2009 Message Sticks Indigenous Film Festival.

Message Sticks Film Festival is presented by Blackfella Films in association with Screen Australia, The National Film & Sound Archive, Sydney Opera House and SBS Television.

Proudly supported by Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Melbourne Museum.

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