• Night Cries by Tracey Moffat will be showing at St Kilda Film Festival's Short Black. (Supplied)Source: Supplied
The Short Black program at St Kilda’s annual Film Festival invites audiences to consider the portrayal of Indigenous Australians through a short film retrospective and panel discussion.
Karina Marlow

24 May 2016 - 4:33 PM  UPDATED 25 May 2016 - 10:20 AM

It is no secret that films created by Indigenous filmmakers were a rarity until the mid-90s. However the National Film and Sound Archive points out that, "after almost a century of silence as a creative voice in screen culture, Indigenous filmmakers have, within a generation, become a vibrant presence in the centre of filmmaking in Australia”. 

The St Kilda Film Festival will celebrate this emerging voice in film culture by screening short films by acclaimed Indigenous directors Tracey Moffatt, Warwick Thornton and Richard Frankland on Wednesday 25 May at St Kilda Town Hall.

Before the screening a panel will discuss the different perspectives in the portrayal of Indigenous Australians on film and how this has influenced the reconciliation debate. It will feature the diverse voices of veteran actor Uncle Jack Charles, performer Tammy Anderson, playwright and director Richard Frankland and emerging filmmaker Dylan River.

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The following short films  will be shown:

No Way to Forget, Richard Frankland

An Aboriginal man is an investigator for the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. Driving on an isolated country at night, he is haunted by things he has learned.

Night Cries, Tracey Moffat

A story of a white woman and her adopted Aboriginal daughter, told with vibrantly coloured landscapes and a richly constructed soundscape.

Green Bush, Warwick Thornton

Every night, Indigenous radio announcer and DJ, Kenny, hosts the Green Bush show for Aboriginal communities. Isolated at the station, he takes requests for music, while at the same time coping with the pressure of the community around him.

Nice Coloured Girls, Tracey Moffat

Nice Coloured Girls contrasts the relationship between Aboriginal women and white men in the past and present.

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The Short Black program will begin with a panel discussion at 6.15pm, followed by the screening at 7.30pm on Wednesday 25 May at St Kilda Town Hall. For more information and to purchase tickets check out the website