One night, in the Australian outback in the early 1930s, a young girl steps out of her bedroom window - entranced by the beautiful, beaming moon. When her parents go to check on their sleeping child, she is nowhere to be found. The mother and father, recent settlers in the rugged landscape, spend the night looking for her. To no avail. By early morning, the father turns to the local police for help. The Sergeant suggests that Allman and their very best man, Aboriginal tracker Albert set out to find her. But the father revolts – insisting 'no blackfella is to set foot on my land." Instead, he gathers together as many white men as he can find, and conducts a line search across the desolate plains in search of the child. Albert watches helplessly as her every trace is stamped to dust. Sometime later, the daughter is still missing, and the mother makes a decision to take responsibility into her own hands, to reconcile the loss of her child. She goes to find Albert"¦
Based on a 1930`s story of an Aboriginal tracker who was not allowed on the property of white settlers whose child had become lost. The creative team behind this film comprises songwriters/musicians Paul Kelly and Kev Carmody - Paul Kelly actually stars in the film as the father of the lost child - and screenwriter John Romeril. Kaarin Fairfax plays the mother and Kelton Pell the tracker.
This important and beautiful film is a major step forward for director Rachel Perkins, she shows a sureness of purpose, a divine vision of landscape and man in this film which is about us, Indigenous Australians, white Australians. The music is a perfect fit thematically. It`s beautiful and the performances are just great.