DEBIL DEBIL 20130420
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Carriageworks 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh NSW 2015





Debil Debil is an exhibition at Anna Schwartz Gallery and program of cinema at Carriageworks curated by Professor Marcia Langton AM. The programme of cinema at Carriageworks includes films by Beck Cole, Wesley Enoch, Darlene Johnson, Tracey Moffatt, Rachel Perkins, r e a, Ivan Sen, and Warwick Thornton. All screenings are free to attend but bookings are essential. Please follow booking links below.

FRIDAY 19 APRIL 8:30pm – 10:00pm

beDevil (dir. Tracey Moffatt) (1993, running time 90 mins)
Courtesy of the filmmaker
Introduced by Marcia Langton AM and Tracey Moffatt

Tracey Moffatt’s celebrated first feature film 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 swamps of the islands to the Brisbane docks.  A seminal work in Australian film history it is screened as part of the Debil Debil Screening Programme 20 years since it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.

SATURDAY 20 APRIL 2pm – 3.30pm

One Night the Moon (dir. Rachel Perkins) (2001, running time 57 mins)
Courtesy of the film maker and MusicArtsDance Films
Introduced by Marcia Langton AM and director Rachel Perkins

Set to the striking music of Kev Carmody and Paul Kelly One Night the Moon is located in 1930s rural Australia. Starring Paul Kelly the film tells the story of a child who enchanted by the moon, climbs through her bedroom window and vanishes into the bush. Inspired by a true story, this haunting musical drama challenges a powerful trope in white Australian mythology—the lost child.

SATURDAY 20 APRIL 4pm – 6pm

Session introduced by Peter Robb

WIND (dir. Ivan Sen) (1999, 34 mins)
Courtesy of the film maker and Ronin Films

This extraordinary film is set in 1857 Australia, where in the cold, bleak terrain of the high country, a young Aboriginal tracker Jess and his elderly white sergeant move in on the trail of a killer. With every step closer, the killer delves into the Jess’s mind and soul until finally confronting him with the choice between his ancestral heritage and the only world he has ever known.

Toomelah (dir. Ivan Sen) (2011, running time 106 mins)
Courtesy of the film maker and Curious Films

This celebrated film is set entirely in the remote Indigenous community of Toomelah, located on the NSW, QLD border. The story centres on Daniel, a small ten year old boy who dreams of being a gangster. He is kicked out of school and stepping into his dream world, befriends a local gang leader. Toomelah is a deeply personal story, that intimately depicts mission life in contemporary Australia. It is a provocative and yet comic story that transports audiences inside the community, creating an authentic world and way of life that is “Toomelah”

SATURDAY 20 APRIL 7:30pm – 9:30

Session introduced by Warwick Thornton and Darlene Johnson

Mimi (dir. Warwick Thornton) (2002, running time 6 mins)
Courtesy of the film maker and Flickerfest

Warwick Thornton’s surreal, satirical short film is an insightful and humorous look at white art collectors who purchase Indigenous art purely for its investment value, starring Sophie Lee and Aaron Pedersen.

Payback (dir. Warwick Thornton) (1996, running time 6 mins)
Courtesy of the film maker and Definition Films

It is the day of his release from gaol and Paddy knows of two laws—a white one and a black one. The twenty years he has spent doing time for the white man’s law have been in preparation for this one day—his payback day.

Grace (dir. Wesley Enoch) (1998, running time 19 mins.)
Courtesy of the film maker and National Film and Sound Archives

Grace lives a comfortable life, a far cry from the dramas of mission life she fled years ago. When she returns for the funeral of her sister, Grace is confronted by the family she never met, a past she has long forgotten and the spirit of her country.

Crocodile Dreaming (dir. Darlene Johnson) (2006, running time 27 mins.)
Courtesy of the film maker and Samson Productions

Crocodile Dreaming is a modern day supernatural myth about two estranged brothers, played by iconic Indigenous actors David Gulpill and Tom E. Lewis. Separated at birth, they have different fathers. One is readily accepted as a fully-fledged member of the tribe and is looked on to fulfill the duties of jungaiy, an important ceremonial role which obliges him to be caretaker for his mother’s dreaming, the crocodile totem.The other, whose father was white, is younger and has had to struggle to fit into the tribe who see him only as a ‘yella fella’.

Dust (dir. Ivan Sen) (2000, running time 25 mins.)
Courtesy of the film maker

Five people come together on a dusty, desolate cotton field. Angry at the world and each other, it is only Leroy’s elderly mother Ruby who sees the hidden secrets beneath the surface of the land. The uneasy sky forces the elements to merge and a dust storm awakes.

Plains Empty (Beck Cole) (2004, running time 26 mins.)
Courtesy of the film maker and Flickerfest

In this finely crafted, suspenseful film, a young woman moves to an isolated opal mining camp in Central Australia with her husband. Left on her own in the bleak landscape she encounters a ghostly presence, both frightening and revealing.

PolesApart (r e a) (2009, running time, 6.55 mins)
Courtesy of the film maker

In PolesApart r e a embodies, enacts and performs the part of a fleeing figure. Viewers watch the lone woman’s flight, as through a glass, darkly. This poetic, lyrical work has the qualities and virtues of silent film. Each beautifully constructed, black-edged, sepia-tinted frame acts as a window through which we bear witness to the mysterious woman’s unfolding drama. In identifying with her desperate although enigmatic attempt to escape pursuit by invisible forces, we too become implicated. We begin to identify with her subject position, her humanity.


19 & 20 April 2013


19 April, 8.30pm – 10pm
20 April, 2pm – 9.30pm

Bookings essential