Program
Director: Stephen Maxwell Johnson
2019
Australia
105 minutes
Unclassified 18+

“gripping, visually spectacular…a visually ravishing and commendably nuanced” (Hollywood Reporter)

Stephen Maxwell Johnson’s long-awaited follow-up to Yolngu Boy is the most powerful and engrossing Australian film of the year. It takes an unflinching look at the brutal facts of white settlement, facts that we are still coming to terms with. A massacre of Aboriginal people in Arnhem Land in 1919 leaves deeply damaged survivors: Baywara, a warrior consumed with anger and intent on revenge; Travis, a white man with an uneasy conscience and no way out, and Gutjuk, the boy caught between two cultures. This is a film with all the breathtaking beauty and savage ugliness of this country. It is rich in dramatic tension driven by taut, understated performances by newcomer Jacob Junior Nayinggul, Simon Baker, and Jack Thompson in his best role for many years. “urgent and stinging” (Variety)

Film Type Feature Fiction
Program Strand Feature Fiction Competition
Language English and Aboriginal languages
Subtitles English
Director Stephen Maxwell Johnson
Producer David Jowsey, Maggie Miles, Witiyana Marika, Greer Simpkin, Stephen Maxwell Johnson
Screenwriters Chris Anastassiades
Cinematographer Andrew Commis
Editor Jill Bilcock
Cast Simon Baker, Jacob Junior Nayinggul, Witiyana Marika, Jack Thompson
Accolades Berlin, 2020
Genre Aboriginal/Indigenous, Drama, Western