Early Films of Tracey Moffatt

Available: Apr 01, 2022 00:00
Until: Apr 29, 2022 03:59
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Early Films of Tracey Moffatt
A program of Tracey Moffatt's landmark early films: "Nice Coloured Girls," 1987, (16 min), "Night Cries: A Rural Tragedy," 1990 (19 min), and "Bedevil" 1993 (90 min).

"Nice Coloured Girls" is a short film classic by Tracey Moffatt, one of Australia's foremost visual artists. Three Aboriginal women cruise through Kings Cross and pick up a 'captain' (a drunken white man). They encourage him to spend his money on them and to drink until incapacitated while they steal his wallet and race off to catch a cab, self-satisfied. Nice Coloured Girls contrasts the relationship between Aboriginal women and white men in the past and present.

"Night Cries: A Rural Tragedy": On an isolated, surreal Australian homestead, a middle-aged Aboriginal woman nurses her dying white mother. The adopted daughter’s attentive gestures mask an almost palpable hostility. Their story alludes to the assimilation policy that forced Aboriginal children to be raised in white families.

"BeDevil" is a trilogy of ghost stories that follows characters pestered by visions - real, remembered and imagined. These contemporary tales travel from the sparseness of the outback, through the murky, rotting swamps of the islands, to the Brisbane docks.
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Bedevil Bedevil

Bedevil

"Bedevil" is the stunning debut feature from Tracey Moffatt and the first feature directed by an Australian Aboriginal woman. Inspired by ghost stories she heard as a child from both her extended Aboriginal and Irish Australian families, Tracey Moffatt has constructed a sublime trilogy in which characters are haunted by the past and bewitched by memories.
87 minutes
Nice Coloured Girls Nice Coloured Girls

Nice Coloured Girls

This stylistically daring film audaciously explores the history of exploitation between white men and Aboriginal women, juxtaposing the “first encounter” between colonizers and native women with the attempts of modern urban Aboriginal women to reverse their fortunes.
17 minutes
Night Cries: A Rural Tragedy Night Cries: A Rural Tragedy

Night Cries: A Rural Tragedy

On an isolated, surreal Australian homestead, a middle-aged Aboriginal woman nurses her dying white mother. The adopted daughter’s attentive gestures mask an almost palpable hostility. Their story alludes to the assimilation policy that forced Aboriginal children to be raised in white families.
17 minutes

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