Film & TV

Black Screen


black-screenReconciliation Week is coming up later this month and to celebrate, the Black Screen initiative is offering a free screening of Indigenous films at the Hopgood Theatre, Noarlunga.

A series of short G-rated films including Yolngu Guya Djamamirr (Chooky Dance), Ralph, Captain of the Team, Wadyu Matyidi and Jandamarra’s War (M) will screen as part of this national celebration during Reconciliation Week.

Aldinga Primary School Aboriginal students from R-7 have been working with film-maker David Wilson to create their own film describing their visits to local sites which have significance for the Kaurna people. It also presents the diversity of the Aboriginal student population at the school and describes projects and educational initiatives they are involved in at the school.

Yolngu Guya Djamamirr (Chooky Dance) follows the sensational performance of Zorba the Greek – Yolgnu style which became an overnight hit on YouTube. This is the story behind the dance.

Black Screen is an initiative of the National Film and Sound Archive to provide Indigenous communities and the broader Australian public with free access to Indigenous films. Country Arts SA CEO Steve Saffell said it was a fantastic initiative.

“Black Screen is a celebration of Indigenous culture showcasing a wide range of terrific films,” he said. “Indigenous communities and the wider Australian public will come together to share in this great National Film & Sound Archive initiative that honours the traditional custodians of our land.”

The films will be presented by Country Arts SA and the Onkaparinga Council at the Hopgood Theatre on May 29, 6.30pm, which will also include a performance from Aldinga Primary School students. Tickets are free but must be booked in advance by contacting the Theatre on (08) 8207 3977.

For those in regional South Australia, Black Screen will also have free screenings at:

  • Mt Gambier Helpmann Theatre on May 27
  • Whyalla Middleback Theatre on May 27
  • Renmark Chaffey Theatre on May 27
  • Port Pirie Northern Festival Centre on May 27
  • Goolwa Centenary Hall on May 30

Related links:

Reconciliation Week information

National Film and Sound Archives: Black Screen

Hopgood Theatre website

Country Arts SA


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