• "We Don't Need A Map is a crucial film for Aus, contrasting the power of the Southern Cross both for Aboriginal people and Culture" (NITV)Source: NITV
"We Don't Need A Map is an important Aussie doco every Australian needs to see."
Sophie Verass

18 Jul 2017 - 1:05 PM  UPDATED 18 Jul 2017 - 1:54 PM

This year, the Sydney Film Festival premiered its anticipated event with a seemingly unusual choice for opening film. Rather than your typical arthouse drama - something with Sarah Snook and a Rufus Wainwright soundtrack -  - the 2017 gala screened a local production, a documentary and an Indigenous film. A diverse hat-trick of cinema. 

Warwick Thornton's (Samson & Delilah) newest cinematic masterpiece, We Don't Need A Map, instantly became added to culture guides as a 'this years' must see movie'. The tongue-and-cheek documentary explores an initial comment Thornton made in 2010, saying that symbol of the Southern Cross was being at risk of becoming "the new swastika". Speaking to academics, Elders and personalities, Thornton uncovers what the constellation means in different Australian contexts through documentary storytelling.

Spinning a lively debate at the after party and on social media, We Don't Need A Map opens a dialogue about the complexity of an iconic symbol which has undoubtedly increased in profile over the last few years, but has almost always existed.


We Don't Need A Map is a part of the #YouAreHere documentary series on SBS & NITV. It premiers on NITV on Sunday, 23 June at 8.30pm on NITV Ch. 34.

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